Does John Lennon offer any answers in “IMAGINE”?

In the wake of the recent tragic terrorist attacks, a popular video on You Tube with nearly a million views shows an unnamed pianist before a crowd on the street in Paris playing a piano with a giant ‘peace sign’ painted on it. He’s playing John Lennon’s song, “Imagine”—a song with a strongly secular humanist, antireligious message. In the lyrics, Lennon writes:  Imagine there’s no heaven, It’s easy if you try, No hell below us, Above us only sky, Imagine all the people,  Paris-attack-John-LennonLiving for today …, Nothing to kill or die for, And no religion too, Imagine all the people, Living life in peace.

Lennon was blind to the implications of this humanistic worldview he was promoting. If there is no heaven or hell, that means there is no ultimate reward or punishment for anything you do while living on this earth. This was what the apostle Paul meant when he wrote, “What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, ‘Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.’” (1 Corinthians 15:32)

What does a world look like with no moral constraints from God? Far from the peaceful paradise that Lennon ‘imagines’, the history of the 20th century bore out the results, as the Marxist, atheistic communist regimes took over and committed murder and genocide on a mass scale never before seen in history. The simple fact is, the true morality of the Bible looks absolutely nothing like the actions taken by militant Islamists.

When terrible things like this happen, people always are moved to ask why a good God would allow such evil things to take place; but what people sometimes fail to realize is the very idea of ‘good’ and ‘evil’ that they are using to judge the situation comes only from God in the first place. Take this as an opportunity to share the Good News with those who are looking for answers!

Extracted from article by Paul Price

3 thoughts on “Does John Lennon offer any answers in “IMAGINE”?

  1. Hope you have a satisfactory explanation for how we came to be perfectly moral human beings. The Bible, in my view, provides the only satisfactory history of this cosmos. We were created perfect and in God’s image. Adam and Eve’s SIN resulted in God’s judgment; enter death and suffering and the sad outcome we see all around us. God himself provided a way back into a right relationship with Him along with the promise of eternal life. Jesus (God the Son) took the punishment for our SIN and for those who repent of their SIN and accept Jesus as Saviour and Lord become sons and daughters of GOD. God the Father sends the Holy Spirit to indwell all believers so that we might know know Him. He is our teacher, comforter and counsellor. God is good.

    • I don’t think we will ever agree – our views are diametrically opposed. Of course there are non-theistic explanations. Science abounds with them. Philosophy and literature are also more moralistic than any dogma. Precisely because they are un-dogmatic. But I’ll end it there.

      • Sorry Justin. It seems to me that you see man as God but even PhD scientists such as Dr Dean Kenyon who wrote two of the evolutionary biochemistry textbooks has now come out and said that the discovery of DNA (complex information) and the electron microscope (reveals complex machinery in even the simplest cells which is controlled by the information on the DNA) rang the death knell of evolution. He now propounds Intelligent Design.

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