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Christianity Johnson on 08 Dec 2008 12:00 am

When a Christian’s brain turns on, what happens next?

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:

Three Movements Killing Christianity

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:

Look within to find the right path

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:

- Whywontgodhealamputees.com

5 Responses to “When a Christian’s brain turns on, what happens next?”

  1. on 08 Dec 2008 at 5:54 pm 1.born again pastafarian said …

    it is actually quite valid for the “casual christian” author of the piece to declare that god is as we define it a la the salad bar analogy — part of confronting the fallacies of religion is to realize that man created god in his own image rather than vice versa. defining god as one chooses doesn’t imply that the god being defined is necessarily a personal god. what is so wrong with defining god as the universe itself — as nature? perhaps it is the term “god” that you find so offensive?

    http://dilbertblog.typepad.com/the_dilbert_blog/2007/05/god_for_weasels.html

    “casual christian” seems to be working toward to becoming enlightened, so please do not condemn him for writing an article while still on the path rather than waiting until he fully arrived so that he could offer something perfected more to your liking lest you throw out the baby with the bath water. articles like this will help others arrive, too, by inviting them to embrace chunks of reality they can handle so they can break down their own compartments of irrationality gradually — on their own terms and at their own non-threatening paces. for those of us who were brought up steeped in religion with all of its social trappings, breaking loose can take time. it’s not unlike adopting a vegan diet after eating meat three times a day every day for over thirty years — it’s easier to remove animal flesh from the diet in a separate stage from eggs, dairy, etc. trying to do it all at once is much harder. it helps to give one’s self time to adjust to each new stage before moving on to the next.

    i speak from experience in both cases: embracing my religion-free rationality and adopting a diet that is compassionate to both my body and the planet.

    cheers on a great website and blog. i hope to offer what i’ve found here to friends and family who could benefit from it.

  2. on 19 Dec 2008 at 5:30 am 2.Kneebow said …

    You are not truly born again.

    Yes, man created a religion that condemns himself and that the only person that could redeem him is Jesus. Why would he do that?

    Their is differance between being a natural man and a spirtual man.

    The person who wrote is erronious and self-centered. God is not a commodity to please your personal self-intrest. No christian is casual about their blief in God. No one is casual about a person they would die for.

    You must deny you self to become a Christian. Its not about you. Its about God. All paths do not lead to God, only Christ does, for He said in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father but through me.”

  3. on 19 Dec 2008 at 9:05 am 3.loved one said …

    “You must deny you self to become a Christian.”

    you mean you must deny yourself the tools of intelligent thought. (I agree with Einstein on this one – I noticed you shut up about him once you realized your error)

    “Its not about you. Its about God. All paths do not lead to God, only Christ does, for He said in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father but through me.” ”

    well actually it was me that said “I am the way… etc..” so actually you should be worshiping me. If I put in in a book would it make it more convincing to you?

  4. on 06 Jan 2009 at 2:59 pm 4.john said …

    I don’t understand how you reached your conclusion about the Twice Infinity post:

    “It would be interesting to know what “truths Christianity posits”, given that three of Christianity’s “truths” are wrong according to the author.”

    None of the 3 points he raises contradict any basic tenet that makes up the core of Christianity.

  5. on 07 Jan 2009 at 4:40 am 5.loved one said …

    to john:

    ???? who are you talking to? your comment makes very little sense and seems to add little to a dead discussion (look at the date).

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