Recently, another claim was made by a Christian contributor as to how vile and uncaring the world has become.
I questioned this assertion based on UN reports showing a fall in armed conflicts and fatalities, a fall in infant mortality rates and communicable diseases and also a drop in numbers of those living below the bread line, all this despite a rapidly growing world population in the last 20 years. The writer denied these facts.
What would motivate a person to deny this encouraging news?
Furthermore, when shown what a particular biblical text’s meaning and context were, according to several renowned biblical scholars, the same writer branded this explanation as heresy.
Does the layman and ‘Pastor Bob’ really know better than the academics who dedicate their lives to studying these texts?
Yet another article has now appeared, misrepresenting and skewing the theory of evolution in a feeble attempt to show science as a mere belief. CyberMatix rightfully questioned this author’s motivation for attempting to rubbish science with untruths. Indeed; what is the motivation for this strange behaviour?
It is not just the denial of facts that surprises one, but when reading these Christian posts as they decry the present world and its apparent falling state, you cannot help but notice, the enormous joy they derive from doing so. Such delight cannot come from just moaning, or questioning science.
There must be something more to this.
Pascal wrote, “One was well-minded to understand Holy writings when one hated oneself.” There is an apparent connection between an intense dissatisfaction with oneself and a proneness to being gullible. The urge to escape our real self is also an urge to escape the rational and the obvious.
Eric Hoffer puts it this way,” The refusal to see ourselves as we are, develops distaste for facts and cold logic. There is no hope for the frustrated individual, in the actual, and the possible. Salvation can come to them only from the miraculous, which seeps through a crack in the iron wall of inexorable reality. They ask to be deceived. The rule seems to be that those who have no difficulty in deceiving themselves are easily deceived by others. They are easily persuaded and led.”
Christianity by its very nature rejects the present and centers its interest on the future, based on doctrines from the ancient past. It is from this attitude that it derives its strength, for only then, can it proceed recklessly with the present—with the wealth and lives of its followers.
All reasonable people understand that whether you are trying to learn from the past or are planning to create a better future; the present is the only point in time in which you can act. The only point of power we have is the present. Fundamentalist Christianity only uses the present to affirm its status, or to obtain commitments and money from its followers, otherwise it diminishes the importance and beauty of the present.
It is impossible to depreciate the present without the assured hope of a better future. By continually expanding upon the incurable wickedness, vileness and the uncertainty in our understanding of the present, Christians are able to soften their own personal feelings of failure. Why else do it?
These Christians are telling us that the present is a failure for everyone, science cannot be trusted, even the most happy and successful amongst us, are worthless sinners in a spoilt world.
I think that it is only by depreciating the present for all, that they are able to get a sense of equality, with the happy, effective and well-adjusted, content folk of the world.
It is startling to realize how much unbelief is actually necessary to make some Christian beliefs possible. What we have come to know as blind faith, is actually belief sustained by innumerable unbelief’s.
The testimonies of the religious here on Mynews 24 bear witness that they are often selfish people, who were forced, by innate shortcomings or external circumstances, to lose faith in their own selves. They separate the instrument of their selfishness from their ineffectual selves and attach it to a holy cause. And even though it is claimed to be a faith of love and humility they adopt, try as they may, they are never loving or humble.
It appears to me that the world has to become viler and more uncertain by the day for these believers to feel equal to their fellow man, or they will be forced to face up to what they really are – losers.
Ref: “The true believer” by Eric Hoffer