Human Nature: My Release
April 7, 2011 § 17 Comments
It’s human nature to reason. There has to be a reason for everything. We are taught to not question our religion, but how can we not question something that we base our lives off of? We are taught to model our lives after Christ, be Christ-like, and at the same time taught not to question who and what we believe. How can we put so much weight in something? How can we transform our lives based off someone, without looking into who or what we put our life into?
Christianity is a religion based off faith. A very loose, thin string of faith. I can no longer ignore the theories against Christianity. Not primarily that, but I’m scared to base my life off of faith alone. Having faith about anything can change the way we live. Children act off faith, too. Tell a child Santa Claus (I’m NOT at all equating the two as myths, but same concept) gives out coal to bad children and watch how their disruptive behavior turns to good behavior.
The child merely believes in Santa Claus, but that belief is enough.
People need hope, people need belief. Throughout all the bad stuff, there is hope that a sinner like you can make it into heaven.
How hopeful and inspiring that a former drug addict or stripper, can now be accepted, forgiven, and have their past erased. How inspiring can it be for you to be drunk 2 of 7 days of the week, when the Bible explicitly says drunkards will be denied the kingdom of heaven (1 Corinthians 6:10). How comforting is it, for a poor person, to be treated equally and know that being rich won’t get you into heaven, as the commonly misunderstood passage in Matthew 19:24 states.
Yes, faith can build multi-million dollar churches, turn young teens turn into missionaries, and completely lead someone into a different life. Look around. Anything with dialogue (the Bible), institutions (churches and private schools), and fervent leaders (ministers) can do that. Look at Islam, Buddhism, and any other religious organizations or even cults. All these things people change their lives for the same reason! Faith! They all believe what they’re reading is correct, close their eyes and believe faith will carry them through.
A lot of questions are put to rest with replies like, “You don’t know what God has in store”, or “God didn’t create our minds to understand everything.” Another common phrase within the Christian faith is “Your reward is in heaven.” Well, I believe, that type of response can be used for anything. I equate it with telling a child, “Keep your room clean for a month and I’ll put your new toys in a closet until next year, but you are not allowed to open your closet until then.” Good luck convincing that kid on those presents.
OK, I admit: maybe that wasn’t a horrible example, but I think you understand. Lol.
Many of us read the Bible with “blind eyes.” We ignore the women oppression, the historical inaccuracies, etc. We all nitpick the Bible, whether or not we try to. We ignore some sections and chose to follow certain ones. For example, women praying and prophesying in church. I think a lot of the things (things that are still a problem today in Africa and the Middle East) in the Bible were written with a cultural bias You see some women oppression throughout it, some proposed killing of homosexuals (Leviticus 20:13).
So, like hypocrites who ignore portions of the bible, “non hypocrites” ignore portions, too.
I find it hard to believe the complete Bible was written with a pure heart and in total submission to God. In regards to the infallible English translation of the Bible, I was once told God knows our heart and intent.
I’m not trying to persuade anyone to give up on religion, but to persuade everyone to open their eyes and question whatever they are being taught. Do not read something you base your life off of with blind eyes. There are many other Christians that I’ve had conversations with on the possible fallibility of the Bible, and they too agree with my sentiments. We can’t continue to ignore portions of the Bible and deem them as “not as important.”
If we are to take the Bible as the whole truth, how can we not believe certain portions of it?
There was a time, when I felt as if the music ministry was my calling. I was so moved by Israel Houghton: Alive in South Africa. It felt as if God was speaking to me, as if I should dedicate my life winning souls for Jesus because he did invaluable things for my life. Then, I had faith. Was it my faith? Just mere believing was enough.
Do we just live? Or does God have our steps ordered? Is it planned or God designed? Do we need a reason for atrocities and natural disasters? Do we just need something to cling to after natural disasters? Do we need hope of a paradise after death?
To wrap this up, I do believe in a God. I do believe someone created us. My main problem, namely a complex, is the Bible. Especially the Bible, or Jesus, being the centerpiece of Christianity, it forces you to rethink the whole practice. I don’t know if Jesus literally turned a loaf of bread into a buffet to feed thousands. I don’t know why many things happened then, that we can’t see now. I don’t know. And maybe it’s not meant for me to know. Maybe that’s my problem. Maybe my faith isn’t strong enough.
Please view my short Afterword.