Christianity Johnson on 08 Dec 2008 12:00 am
Imagine that you are a Christian. You are living inside the religion, but your brain begins to awaken and you notice problems. For example, if you are an intelligent person, you realize that the Bible’s story of creation is obviously incorrect. And Christianity’s violent reaction to those with alternative lifestyles is totally out of whack with Jesus’ position on love…
As your brain begins noticing these problems, you may find yourself writing an article like this:
Christianity has always been a diverse faith. The various theologies, political ideas, and other views held by Christian groups throughout last twenty centuries have varied widely. This has made Christianity strong, adaptive, and dynamic in furthering the truths it posits. However, parellel to its historical strengths have always been weaknesses: movements that, though often well-intentioned, have done more to hurt the cause of Christ than help it.
In American Christianity today, there are many such movements. In true Twice Infinity style, this article will examine three of those movements: one theological, another political, the third scientific…
It would be interesting to know what “truths Christianity posits”, given that three of Christianity’s “truths” are wrong according to the author.
Having gotten this far, the author now has three choices:
1) The author can retrench into fundamentalism, although this is unlikely. If the author is intelligent enough to get this far, that intelligence is likely to reject fundamentalism.
2) The author can try to go with lighter and lighter versions of religion. The following article shows just how far a person can go in the light direction:
Basically, this second article suggests that you can make up anything you like and call it “God”:
So I started searching. I attended Sunday services of just about every religion one can imagine. I found what felt like bits of truth in most of them. I also heard parts of religious dogma that I didn’t believe, especially when they portrayed God as being vengeful and judgmental and told me that I was a sinner by nature. I never found one religion that met all of my needs.
I think each person has to discover his or her own unique path to God. There is no one path and no wrong path.
Not to diminish the importance of this decision, I use the analogy of going to a salad bar. At a salad bar, there are many choices. Some are appealing, and some I would never touch. I end up putting together my own combination. Every person who comes to the salad bar will make different choices, based on his own needs or desires.
I think the same is true with choosing a religion or spiritual path. I believe strongly that each person should have the right to choose his or her beliefs and not be told by someone else or some institution what to believe. As a minister in a Christian church, I have for years practiced a Buddhist tradition of meditation and attended a Jewish Shabbat. And some of my favorite poets are from the Sufi tradition.
Yes, God is a salad bar and you pick and choose whatever you like from the buffet of “religion”. This also is an outwardly ridiculous position for any intelligent person, but many are able to live in this world of “casual Christianity” by refusing to think about it.
3) Or, the author can actually follow his intelligence to its logical conclusion and realize that the entire religious space is make believe. God, obviously, is imaginary – if you take the time to honestly think it through. The author, as well as other intelligent Christians, are encouraged to awaken their brains to the beauty and truth of reality by reading this: