Does it Matter What We Believe? – Christian Beliefs

A few years back there was a movie called “A Few Good Men” playing in the theaters. It starred Tom Cruise and Jack Nickleson. Tom Cruise played the part of a Naval lawyer. In one courtroom scene, Jack NicklesonNickleson was on the witness stand and Cruise was interrogating him. He pointed his finger at Nickleson and in a loud voice demanded, “I want the truth.”. . . Theatergoers watched as Nickleson’s face turned red, the veins in his neck bulged and in an angry voice he replied,“You can’t handle the truth!”

For the past two hundred plus years, the “Professionals” of Christianity (the clergy, theologians, biblical scholars, professors of religion, the hierarchy of the church) have, in essence, spoken this same line to the people in the pews, regarding the truth of religion. They have covertly said over and over, “You can’t handle the truth,” . . . about God, about the Trinity, about prayer, about the virgin birth, the resurrection, original sin, atonement, heaven, hell and eternity.

For over two hundred years, the “Professionals” of Christianity (with only a few exceptions) have chosen to remain silent about the true history and authenticity of God, religion and the dogma of the Church. Opting instead to allow the myth of an immature belief system to continue unabated; by maintaining an “Our father who art in heaven” theology.

But now, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, intelligence is beginning to overtake the silence of the Church. More than just a few of the Church “Professionals” are breaking rank. They are talking and writing about the true understanding of gods and goddesses, religion and “faith.”

Some – who would squelch this new truth – object on the grounds that the people in the pews should believe what ever they want to believe. If the old belief (myth) system gives them comfort, leave it alone. After all, many of them . . .”can’t handle the truth.”

My question to you is . . . Does it matter? . . . Does it make one “hoot” of difference what the masses believe?

I believe that it does.

It is a well known fact that ‘what a person believes will affect how he acts.’  If one believes there is a supernatural being, “up there” or “out there’”who will hear and answer prayer, it lessens one’s feeling of personal responsibility. “I will pray for the hungry, the homeless . . . and God will care for them.”

If one believes that his/her “Holy Book” contains the inerrant word of God, and the moral law(s) for all time, then all debate over moral issues is dead.

If one believes that his/her “Holy Book” contains the inerrant word of God, he/she might be persuaded to strap on a vest full of explosives, walk into a crowd of innocent people and blow one’s self up.

If one believes that his/her “Holy Book” contains the inerrant word of God, he/she might feel compelled to bomb an abortion clinic, to drop “smart” bombs on a city of two million people, or to suggest “taking out” the leader of a foreign country.

Belief in a God and/or an ancient book, is a belief based on lack of knowledge. Twenty-first century knowledge explains how when and where Gods and Goddesses and those ancient books came from, and renders such belief systems impotent. Facts, evidence, reason and just a little bit of logic must prevail if the human race is to mature beyond it’s current state.

Yes, I know all the arguments about leaving room for the spiritual and the transcendent and not wanting to disturb Granny and her comfort zone . . . but such right brain (emotional) thinking is bringing the world closer and closer to the brink of disaster.

Richard Holloway, Bishop of Edinburgh, in his book,  Godless Morality writes:

”it is better to leave God out of the moral debate and find good human reasons for supporting the system or approach we advocate, without having recourse to divinely clinching arguments. We have to offer sensible approaches that will help us to pick our way through the moral maze that confronts us.”

It is time for all religions to become honest . . . and first of all, honest with themselves.

That’s what I believe . . . but then, I could be wrong.

Barry E. Blood

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