I’ve recently come to a harsh conclusion.
Surely we are being arrogant or simply naïve to think that we can fabricate an explanation or believe 2000 year-old accounts of divine explanations for our existence in the universe.
I was born into an Afrikaans, Christian family and from a young age considered myself to be a “Christian”. When I eventually had the opportunity to be confirmed at age 17, I turned it down, as I realised that no matter how hard I tried to believe it, I simply couldn’t.
If I was born in here in South Africa, but was brought up by a Muslim family, I highly doubt that I would ever have become a Christian. In fact, almost all people would not make the change.
This, firstly, shows the extent to which people’s beliefs are based on those around them. Who’s to say that the Muslim version of events is not right?
The church’s ability to adapt to the times also astounds me. For centuries, they have been lagging behind in progressivity. This is to be expected, as any way of life that is based a book won’t be able to change easily. On the contrary, what is astounding is the fact that it has changed at all.
In the 11th century, Christianity was very different to what it is today. Back then; the Church entertained its followers by publicly hanging heretics, people who were brave enough to openly believe in anything else.
In 1960, our very own NG Kerk publicly backed the apartheid policies of racial segregation. Thirty years later, in 1990, they finally realised their mistake.
A couple of centuries ago, the church hanged homosexuals. Now some denominations have accepted gay marriage. That is quite a vast scope of interpretation.
The fact that there is room for interpretation, makes the whole Bible much more difficult to believe. If one fact can be ignored, who’s to say another fact cannot be ignored? Who’s to say any facts are true?
If God existed as he is depicted in Christianity, then he would know that I would doubt this religion based on him, so surely he would know I would decide to not be a Christian. The implication of this is that he would have created me knowing that I am going to hell.
I was always told that God gave us the gift of free will to be able to choose him. But then I was also told that he knows everything that will happen in the future. So then he would have made me knowing the decision I’d make. A clear conflict of “facts” has a clear implication, that one of the facts is wrong.
The bottom line is that no one truly has any idea why the world and the universe exist. Christianity is just as likely as any other religion to be a true explanation. That is, highly unlikely.
No one can argue with Jesus’s teachings, whether they actually happened or not. If everyone did unto others as they would have others do to them, I think the world would be a better place.
I may live my life by this Christian message, but I believe human beings with ulterior motives have manufactured the Christian religion.