Initially, when I decided to interview a believer so that I would get both sides of the story, I was going to interview John Smart. Partly out of laziness, and partly out of consideration, I decided to interview my mom instead. She is a salt of the Earth, Pentecostal, Flag waving Holy Roller. After concluding the interview, I feel that some of my brain cells have evaporated. Nonetheless, a peak into the mind of a true holy roller reveals no surprises.
Scientifically and logically, there is no evidence of God, and no historical evidence of many events of the Bible- including possibly the existence of Jesus Christ. So what makes you a believer?
But is faith alone enough? And why?
Yes, because God is our creator.
But what evidence do you have that God is our creator, particularly the Judeo-Christian God of the Bible?
The sunrise, the thunderstorms, the human body. Miracles.
But how does all that tie unto a male, authoritarian God, especially since the story of Genesis would make the Earth about 5,ooo years old, when that is obviously not so?
Um, God’s time is not the same as our time.
How do you know that?
Cuz it says so in the Bible.
So you believe the Bible to be the 100% truth.
What about passages where it says to murder disobedient children? That women can’t go to church on their periods? Or, what about the passage that says you cannot suffer me, your most precious and favored child, to live because I’m a witch?
*Sigh. For the period and being unclean, that was the law of the old testament. The New Testament doesn’t use all the laws and regulations the old testament did.
What about not suffering me to live?
Well, you’re my daughter and you will live.
Lucky me. So what you’re saying is you can pick and choose what passages in the Bible you follow and what ones you don’t have to?
Well in the case of there being a scripture that says to kill witches… I’ll talk to my Pastor about it.
Oh, to be such a blessed daughter as me. But getting back to my original question… if you believe the Bible to be completely true, why do you get to ignore some passages and beat non-believers over the head with others?
Well… Christ…. came to free us from the power of the law.
But Christ never said anything about homosexuality and abortion, and you and your friends treat those as big issues.
Abortion is murder.
Thats debatable mom, but what did Jesus say about abortion? And homosexuality?
I think the homosexuality is in the old testament.
But you say its wrong to be homosexual, even though Christ apparently freed us from the law.
Well, its in the old testament… I have to look up the verses.
I can see that I’m getting nowhere with this. You do realize you’re contradicting yourself?
And thats fine with you?
Um… out of scripture, one person might get one thing and one person might get another, led by the Holy Spirit.
Describe the Holy Spirit to me. How do you know it exists?
Uh, the Holy Spririt is the third part of the trinity. The father, the son, the Holy Spirit, they are one.
Yes, we know. But how do you know it exists?
Because its written in the Bible.
But going back to my original question. There is no way to prove the Bible’s accuracy, since its been translated and retranslated, over forty books are missing and many events contradict themselves. How can you use the Bible as an absolute truth when there are these issues?
Well, the Bible is the word made flesh. Jesus Christ is the word.
*Sigh. Okay, lets change topics. You believe in the rapture, right mommy?
What about the guy who said it would happen on the 21st? When do you think it will happen?
There will be wars and rumors of wars… there’s no way of knowing. Only God knows.
What about athiests? Do you dislike them?
Do you believe its possible to be moral without being a Christian?
Do you think that some faithful believers who act like hypocrites ruin it for the rest of you?
Because thats just one man’s opinion.
*Blink Blink. Yeah, so anyway. My final thoughts: obviously, blind faith is contradictory and will lead to your eventual madness. I hear tell that many Christians find their faith strengthened after doubt. But does Tamerlane make a point? Are moderate Christians hypocrites?
My mother, a “true” believer who looks to the Bible as the 100% truth, freely admitted her beliefs are illogical and contradictory, and literally did not bat an eyelash. She clings to her lack of logic and rationality, and in this way makes her somewhat immune to the criticism that Tamerlane accuses our fellow bloggers of.
But for a moderate believer, what to do? The jury is out on that one, and its really none of my business. I regard the Bible as more of a literary text and am bothered by its misogyny, racism, homophobia, and genocide, as I’m sure many Christians are. Since I’m not a Christian, I’m not in it, to be frank.
But I will leave with this thought. A few days ago, someone very important to me went into the hospital and this is someone in my life who has battled chronic illness and has all ready been through Hell. I could feel this person giving up hope… and so I sat cross legged- I do not fall to my knees, because the Gods I believe in do not demand my servitude and groveling- and I prayed for my loved one. This person is fine now, and so the point I am trying to make, I suppose, is that love is irrational, as irrational as belief in the most bizzare Gods.
Actually, I’m not really sure what point I’m making. You see, all of this is very irrational.
But getting back to my point before I made that final point, faith is not rational. And so, decisions involving rational things like government policy and finances, as that poor slob on John Smart’s show who got rid of all of his assets in preparation for the rapture now undoubtedly knows, should not be made on faith or even perhaps in some cases even love- just ask Anakin Skywalker, who swore himself to the dark side and dissolved the Republic in an effort to save Padme Amidala, his beloved wife.
Darth Vader- Shoulda Been More Rational
Or ask you’re average 21 year old girl from the projects with a seven year old son. Sure, she was probably in love with her baby daddy during those ten minutes in the back seat of his cigarette stained Ford Focus, but that isn’t making him pay her child support.
But to make my final point which is my real final point and finalizes the final point I made earlier- my suggestion to Moderate Christians who struggle with doubt is this: Follow your heart, and then keep it to yourself.
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