So admits this guy, but without taking this to its logical and necessary conclusion: The kind of faith he’s talking about is foolish. When literally billions of people praying to the same God have received absolutely nothing in return but dead silence for thousands of years, it’s time to re-evaulate your belief in that God–or so it would seem to those not brainwashed into thinking believing in fantastic entities entirely in the absence of evidence is somehow virtuous.
I’m reminded here of the plaintive question so often asked by casual but firm believers: “Well, if there is no God, what would be the purpose of life?” Exactly, homes! There is no cosmic “purpose,” and you have just underscored the entirety of why believers believe in the first place. Religion is nothing more than a highly predictable outcropping of human psychology. At whatever point in time early humankind recognized its own mortality was the point in which the early human mind began subconsciously assembling to notion of what Christians now call “Heaven.” All of the really raucous moral bullshit came later, but a hominid glancing at his dead friend Og in a ditch could only be struck by terrified wonder while thinking the equivalent of, “Fuck; that’s gonna be me someday!”
I’m used to people being less than rational, but Pastor Mark here introduces an ugly corollary to his ramshackle stance on theism: God uses fools to shame those of us who merely think we are wise. And to demonstrate just what a proud fool he is, Pastor Mark concludes hs post with this:
[T]he results speak for themselves. Noah was saved from the flood. David defeated Goliath. Benaiah killed a lion in a pit on a snowy day. The Wise Men found the Messiah. Peter walked on water. And Jesus was raised from the dead.
Never mind that these are nothing more than obvious legends and allegories culled from apocalyptic literature representative of the collective mindset of the time frame in which it was assembled. Pastor Mark here is foolish enough to recognize these unwitnessed and over-the-top events as historical facts, and shame on those who are too damned wise to catch on.
This blogger should change his name to “Nosrettab Kram.”