The compulsion we feel to control the world around us is natural. It is an ingrained part of our programming. It is built into our brains because the human experience forces us to confront the chaos of the world around us, which can be quite overwhelming. But let’s consider the implications of the impulse for control turning into an obsession. Once the impulse becomes an obsession, it can easily become a pathology—a sickness that will not only lay waste to others but also consume our own soul.
Imagine that you and I live in a modestly sized community. When we first formed the community, we all agreed on a simple plan to protect the community. Every time someone did something to harm the community, we would lock them in a large enclosure and isolate them from the community. It took several months, … Continue reading A Simple Plan
We have erected artificial walls, one meticulously manufactured brick at a time; and now we find ourselves lost in a labyrinth, escape from which is impossible without divine intervention.
As a seeker of truth, I require evidence that something is true before I will believe it. Many Christians who feel compelled to make the rest of the world believe exactly as they do—typically the ones who have no evidence to substantiate their beliefs—bristle at this and accuse me of trusting my intellect over God’s revelation.
When someone says they are taking a belief on faith, realize that their “faith” has to come from somewhere. If it doesn’t come from evidence, it is coming from a feeling, from some other human “authority” figure, or from peer pressure. I will freely admit that I don’t have all the answers. I may be a skeptic, but I’m willing to be convinced. I just need to see evidence before I’ll accept something as true. I refuse to assent to an assertion as being true just because someone else believes it.
Many Christians lean on apologists to validate their faith, which is a backward approach to developing a system of belief.
Because of a recent question about books that I recommend, I thought I’d publish a list of some of my favorite theology books. I consider most religious books to be “inspirational” (and I use that word very loosely) fluff or agenda-driven rationalizations of personal dogma. Books resonate differently with different people, so I'm hesitant to … Continue reading Books I Recommend
When our religion is characterized by a one-way flow of ideas and psychological manipulation designed to produce unquestioning compliance, then it’s time to start asking what the manipulators are hiding, and it’s time to start looking for a better way.
In the new beginning, God brought heaven to earth. And God said, “Let there be Light!” And there was light. And the One who brought life was a light to all mankind. And that Light remains shining in the darkness, and the darkness could not extinguish it.
Religious institutions are intentionally designed—are purposely structured to manipulate people’s actions and beliefs. Growth is the product of systemic manipulation and corporate marketing rather than organic flourishing. And so the body of Christ is suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Read more...