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Christianity in crisis!

23 August 2012, 11:05

Christianity in crisis!

Followed on from Christianity makes you immoral:

http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/Christianity-makes-you-immoral-20120815 

The reason Christians will not accept that their gospel (good news) is in crisis is because they will have to admit publicly that it is all a fantasy based on faith, emotion and feelings. In fact the most illiterate (uneducated) continents in the world are the most religious. (*) Africa and Latin America head the list as they have the least atheists and non religious in the world. In other words most Christians are illiterate (**) and therefore unable to logically analyse things. The rest are totally brain washed as a result of the propaganda and indoctrination they have had to endure since childhood when they were illiterate because; if you trust the good news gospel you need blind faith like a child as Jesus told us. (***) 

It’s always the same story. Most people come across Christianity as children growing up (we  are all born atheists) and understandably they are easily indoctrinated but when they become adults at twenty one years old they do not discard what they were told but allow themselves to remain brainwashed, because they can't deal with the fact that life is indeed ultimately meaningless, so they need the illusion of a purpose driven life, where one is held by the loving hands of a caring personal God who takes you with him to spend eternal life in heaven when you die. They are still like little children in need of close family ties. That’s why they call God “Abba” Father, each other, brother and sister, and themselves “sons of God” and Jesus is called a friend who sticks closer than a brother. 

Others come to Jesus when experiencing “hard times”. These would be sickness, substance abuse/addiction, bereavement, tragedy, poverty, divorce, war, instability, unemployment, orphaned, loss, accident, theft, etc. Preachers use the message of life’s situations and circumstances that corral you into a corner whereby “you feel a lack of control” and thereby you turn willingly, thankfully and robotically like being hypnotised to a Christ who: heals the broken hearted, sets the captive free and makes the lame to walk and the blind to see. 

People don't need to be born again; they need to grow up, think for themselves by being educated and start to take  responsibility for their own lives and rather strive to constantly improve as human beings unfettered by chains of superstitious thinking, where blaming the devil, sin nature etc is a convenient cop-out.

Christianity is in crisis because we are living in the twenty first century. We have the science and technology. We are in the information revolution age, where being dumb on purpose is not a virtue and ignorance is not bliss. We have the internet and Google. The internet is doing to evangelical ideas and the Bible what the printing press did to medieval Catholicism. 

Over the last 150 years evolution has been established as a scientific Theory just like the Theory of gravity. The Big Bang theory has now been proved by the discovery of the Higgs boson as the only explanation of how our universe is how it is. The out of Africa theory proved by genetics blows the Adam and Eve creation mythologized myth out of the water. There was no talking snake, no Adam and Eve and no original sin, therefore there is no need for a saviour. We are not born in original sin and totally depraved. We originate from Africa. 

You can believe that evolution, the big bang and out of Africa Theories are flawed and full of holes because you do not want to understand them, but that does not mean that they are flawed. Serious scientists have proved that they are truth, who am I to argue? Do you argue with your Doctor or your IT Technician or the brain Surgeon; of course not. You would have to be insane to do that.  That is why atheists regard evangelical Christians as mentally ill, deluded, gullible, naïve, superstitious, childish thinkers and as a result they have no credibility. 

Many contributors on MyNews24 tell us that they have a relationship with Jesus, and their life’s have changed and that is why they believe. They will explain that Jesus, the resurrected Son of God, is in their heart and that they respond and are guided by an inner witness of the Holy Ghost; therefore scientific facts, proofs, evidence, confirmation, verification, substantiation, corroboration and any knowledge opposing the Bible have never been stop signs or speed bumps on their “spiritual” path. The ultimate defence of their faith is their testimony. After all avenues of reason are exhausted (or more usually, at an impasse), many will proclaim that although they cannot always explain their beliefs, they always know why they believe and it’s because of what happened to them. 

The problem with using testimonies to validate beliefs is that it puts you in an untenable position. In order for your testimony to have any weight, it must be true to others as well. Yet what do you do about competing testimonies? If you acknowledge them, then for those people at least, your testimony holds no water. And this is especially damaging, since testimonies are often used to try to convince others that Christian ways are God's ways, and that they really work. It does not help your cause if you reject competing testimonies as being of the devil, for then you cannot expect anyone to believe in yours.

This, however, is the position that Christians must take, for otherwise their testimonies become meaningless. That is why Christians proclaim that the only way to the Father, joy and heaven is by Jesus “the door”, “the window”, “the gate”, “the way”, “the truth” and “the life.” There is no other way. Only “born again” Christians will make it to heaven as they have become new creatures in Christ and are accepted by God as children of God. 

Yet in reality the only evidence for the indwelling of the Spirit comes from a few contested Bible verses, some contested philosophical arguments, and a subjective feeling (imagine) that one knows God personally. This is easily countered by the subjective experiences of other believers in other religions around the globe. So there is a problem with testimonies: yours is not the only one; for every testimony about how God helped you kick a drug habit, turned you around, or healed you, etc there are others, for how he did nothing or the bad habits came back again or the healing was lost. So the question arises, whose testimony are you going to believe? Testimonies are just people testifying about their experiences. And no one can say whose are valid, and whose are not. 

Would you become a Scientologist just because a celebrity like Tom Cruise says it works for him? Or convert to Islam like Cat Stevens, a famous singer from the sixties, who converted to Islam changed his name to Yusuf Islam and probably had an experience just like yours. Many famous film stars have found that Buddha has changed there lives. Cognitive behavioural therapy used by Psychotherapy counsellors also helps in producing positive results in changing unwanted behaviour patterns. Faults, flaws and weaknesses in our character are natural to all humans. In Church these flaws are called sin, which makes you feel condemned and in an emotional hypnotic state you give your life to Jesus who loves you despite your flaws and can deliver you from your perceived sins. 

You might be changed and healed mentally by your experience but it happens in your imagination. That is why it is real to you. It does not mean Jesus is really the son of God. At most he was a philosopher and prophet. Biblical scholars themselves admit that the God of the Bible is a warlike tribal God whose throne was in the heavens (sky), and does not exist outside the holy Bible text or the imaginations of believers. Therefore Jesus cannot be the Son of God. To you, he might be, but in reality he is not. Just an imaginary friend for adults like you had when you were a child. 

* http://www.zpub.com/un/pope/relig.html

** http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literacy (Africa is the continent with the lowest literacy rate in the world.)

*** http://bible.cc/matthew/18-3.htm

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