MSNBC has an article about a group of over 400 young people who are doing everything they can to deny the existence of God, assuming that if there is a God, this will send them directly to hell, do not pass go, do not collect $200. Their latest method is posting their own five second denial of the Holy Spirit on YouTube. Their organizing website, the Blasphemy Challenge , instructs them to:
...record a short message damning yourself to Hell, you upload it to YouTube, and then the Rational Response Squad will send you a free The God Who Wasn't There DVD. It's that easy. You may damn yourself to Hell however you would like, but somewhere in your video you must say this phrase: "I deny the Holy Spirit."Seems like a lot of trouble to assert your skepticism. Maybe we should call it YouFoolTube .
To be clear, I really don't want to make light of this. It is mortifying. It is also a very telling sign about the day in which we live. Our children will grow up in a world increasingly hostile to values that were mainstream in our childhood. The question is whether or not we are preparing them for it.