I have a lot of Christian friends and acquaintances. After all, it is no secret that I have been unraveling from a previous ten year trek from Evangelical Fundamentalism, to moderate Evangelicalism, and from there doing an about face into Atheism. This transformation of mine appeared to be rather sudden in the eyes of my friends, but in all honesty I was hanging on by a thread for about four years prior to the fact. I even saw some foreshadowing going on when I read a book called The Way Of All Flesh, by Samuel Butler. I might get into that at a later time.
Some of my readers might be struggling with figuring out my motivation by now. Why am I writing about religion so fiercely? What is the point of criticizing something that I no longer believe in anyway? I’m doing this because I can honestly attest to the fact that the way faith was presented to me, and the way that the bible advocates for this to take place is often times harmful to having a healthy state of mind. My own state of mind and moral sensibilities were robbed of their dignity because the foundation of my knowledge about god was built on my own ignorance and fear of the unknown.
I made the case in a few of my earlier posts as to why I believe that Christianity and the bible itself is not consistent with reality or even basic morality. There seems to be a very real cognitive dissonance that is alive and well within modern theology. Just think about the emotional turmoil that arises from removing or severely altering the value of self worth? This is advocated directly from the bible itself!
James 4:9-10 says, “Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.…” In context the author is advocating this as a way to draw near to god. The assumption here is that it will bring comfort and consolation. The silently embedded lie is that this is the least we can do as human beings since we are evil by nature. We must gravel, we must beg, we must be pathetic worms always! Then god will comfort us and grow us in love. Does anyone else see the disconnect? This is essentially a guilt ridden religion that claims to remove guilt but then advocates it as a virtue. No thank you friends. No thank you!
My friends, save yourselves the heartache and start yourself out on good ground. Say to yourself, “I’ve made mistakes but I’ve learned from them and each time this is done I can take joy in the fact that I am an even better person, a wiser person than I already was. I’m not a worthless idiot, and I’ve never been one. I’m a human being and I’m awesome both inside and out.” It turns out that having pride and confidence isn’t so bad after all. Take it and run with it!