Christianity vs. Deism- Lace

Hey everyone! Welcome back to TGWAM! This week is our last week of our first series. I hope you all have enjoyed it so far. The first week I talked about Christianity versus Atheism. Atheism isn’t really a religion at all actually. It’s the lack-of. Atheism is the disbelief or lack of belief in the existence of God or gods.” Last week I talked about Islam. Islam is the religion of the Muslims, a monotheistic faith regarded as revealed through Muhammad as the Prophet of Allah.” (If you want to go read those two posts, or Bryanna’s last two religions series posts before this one you are more than welcome to :)) This week I will be talking about Christianity versus Deism. Deism is the “belief in the existence of a supreme being, specifically of a creator who does not intervene in the universe.”

What this means is that Deists believe in a god that created the universe but doesn’t interact with mankind. This is very different from Christianity. Our whole purpose as Christians is to have a relationship with God. These are basically polar-opposites. I kind of feel like Deism and Atheism are kind of similar in that aspect. They’re polar-opposites of Christianity.

Deism is a natural religion. Not a “revealed” religion. (Revealed religions are religions such as Islam, Christianity, and Judaism). The term “revealed religion” means that it is a religion that is based on divine revelation rather than reason.” Deism shows that everything has a reason. Christians believe that too, but not in the same way. Deism talks about how everything physical has a reason and had to have had a creator so that’s the ONLY reason they believe in God at all. They believe that God created the universe and then basically just left it to figure itself out. They don’t believe that they have a God-given purpose. They believe that humans have a God-given reason but not a God-given purpose. Those two are very different. They believe that they’re just supposed to basically follow their gut and see what happens. It’s kind of a “go with the flow” kind of religion. The official Deism website says that “Deism frees those who embrace it from the inconsistencies of superstition and the negativity of fear…“ The Bible tells us to not be afraid because God is with us. Isaiah 41:10 says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” This proving that God is always with us and we don’t have to fear because God has everything in control.

Deists don’t believe in the Trinity. They believe that God is uncaring and uninvolved in world which is very untrue. It’s actually the opposite of the way God is. God cares so much for us that He sent His Son to die on the cross for what we’ve done wrong just so He can spend eternity with us. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Deists also don’t believe in any way to be redeemed or saved. We as Christians only believe in one way to be saved. That is to first, admit to God we’ve sinned. Second, believe that Jesus is the Son of God. And third, confess our sins to the Lord. Deists don’t believe in anything like that. While we’re on the subject of eternity, let’s talk about Deists and what they believe about the afterlife. Deists “hope” an afterlife exists, but don’t necessarily “know”. It just isn’t something that they worry about.

The entire Bible is filled with accounts of God’s interactions with world and many miracles which are both things that Deists believe to not be true. Miracles happen everyday and I don’t see how people can just sit around and watch a baby take its first breath, watch someone walk away from a car accident without a scratch, or see someone be cured from cancer and just say that they were “just lucky”. No! Those are MIRACLES from GOD. No one else can take credit for that. Not doctors, not nurses, not police officers, nobody. It’s all God. Everything was and is created by God and everything that happens is a result from God. He loves His creation. He cares for His creation. This is all fact based truth because it is in the Bible.

Now you may be asking yourself, if God loves His creation so much and He has the ability to do so many miracles then why does He let bad things happen to us all the time? I feel like that’s one of the hardest things for people to grasp about Christianity, or any religion with a god that “let’s” bad things happen to their people. My thoughts on this are, if a parent disciplines their child for doing something wrong is that making them a bad parent? No. It actually shows the parent’s love for their child. It shows that they care enough about their children that they discipline them to show them that it isn’t okay to do whatever they did wrong. This is the same way with God. God puts obstacles in our way to teach us something, open our eyes to a situation, etc. It isn’t out of hate. It’s out of love. Everything God does is out of love because God is love. God made us for a reason. He didn’t make us to just exist. God isn’t just a “being” that made the world to be backed with science or reason. He made the world so we could be with Him and so He could have a relationship with us.

Thank you so much for reading my post this week! I hope you enjoyed it! I hope you’ll come back to read Bryanna’s final religions series post on Thursday! There are many religions in this world, but we know that there is only one true God. We as Christians need to continue to spread the Gospel and show the world God’s love for us. Thank you once again for reading my final post in this series and for your support in this new idea! I hope you enjoyed it! 🙂 ❤

 

Show the World His Love,

 

Lace ❤

 

Works Cited:

 

http://www.deism.com/deism_defined.htm
https://www.gotquestions.org/deism.html

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One thought on “Christianity vs. Deism- Lace

  1. jimbelton says:

    The idea of the watchmaker God (the deist’s creator who sets the universe in motion, then watches it without intervening) comes out of the problem of evil, which is essentially the question of why God allows so much suffering in the world. I agree that though this school of thought was born from Christianity, it opposes it, and is more akin to atheism. If you want to convert atheists to a Christian viewpoint, the problem of evil is probably the biggest hurdle in your way.

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