An atheist/agnostic I converse with on a regular basis has accused me and other Christians of self-importance on the following grounds: to think that God (if He even exists) would care about you is arrogant (as to how we got this idea that we ought not to be arrogant came about well, that’s the white elephant in the room).
Whether or not Christians can be called arrogant for maintaining that,
God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
well draw your own conclusions, but don’t forget to take into consideration that this arrogance my friend speaks would be based on something which we had no part in carrying out (God loved, God gave).
This all came to mind after reading something in Burt Prelutsky’s column, “Ann Coulter’s Big No-No”.
This is what Mr. Prelutsky pointed out,
Unlike most of the non-religious people I know, I am not opposed to religion. In fact, I tend to prefer believers to agnostics and atheists. They don’t seem to be nearly as self-righteous and self-important. Perhaps it’s unavoidable that if a man doesn’t believe in a superior power, it tends to make him view himself as the center of the universe.
Let me say that Christians can be arrogant (I don’t dispute that) not to mention self-centered (we’re only human). However, this behavior goes against the life which God has called us to live. For example, the Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians (4:1-3),
Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
and to the Philippians (2:3-4),
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
Now, as Prelutsky pointed out,
Perhaps it’s unavoidable that if a man doesn’t believe in a superior power, it tends to make him view himself as the center of the universe.
If one believes that there is no god then doesn’t it follow that one is the center of the universe? Then why is it wrong for an atheist to be arrogant and self-centered?
He’s just living out his faith.