This week the God Squad takes on the topic of “Cafeteria Christians”:
A “cafeteria Christian” is defined in this way:
The label “Cafeteria Christian,” was coined to describe people who pick and choose the beliefs and rituals they like in a religion, while leaving out others. I understand your frustration over this trend.
The problem is that EVERY Christian is a “cafeteria Christian”, as the author is forced to admit. Many of the teachings in the Bible are insane, according to the author, and must be discarded:
Many people leave behind on the theological cafeteria line the old teachings about the role of women, the condemnation of homosexuality, teachings prohibiting certain forms of birth control, and dietary laws in favor of vegetarianism. Old religious teachings in some places justified slavery and discrimination, and leaving such teachings behind was a good thing.
The amazing thing is that Chistians look at the insanity and deny that it as insanity. For example, the idea that a magical being in the sky answers prayers is insane. Most “Cafeteria Christians” accept it nonetheless. The idea that a man rose from the dead is insane. Most “Cafeteria Christians” accept it nonetheless. Most Christians retain the homophobia and use their “god” to justify it. These beliefs that they accept are just as insane as slavery.
The big question: why don’t Christians recognize obvious insanity? Why do they instead embrace it?
Why don’t Christians see that a “god” who advocates slavery and discrimination is insane and then reject the whole package?