the easy way out

I was reading an article on Beliefnet, topic not really important; it was the comments that drew my attention. A debate between two people obviously on opposite sides of the religious fence – both equally annoying.

Person 1:

…those who are born again welcome all who want to be saved.

All wanna be saved, and God wants-ta save all through their repentance. However, not all accept His Son. Thus, they reject the Father. Thus, they won’t be saved.

So, you either believe it all and you’re good to go or you don’t and you’re damned…damn, must be nice.

Person 2:

Finally, the question is, do I want to live my life based on a system that has no solid evidence of its claims, in the name of which many heinous crimes have been committed?

The answer is no.

There’s something about the “heinous crimes” argument that really irks me. People like to drag it out to make a point about how horrid religion is…I bet they still fill up their car with gas despite the number of wars waged in the name of oil!

Both sides are just too easy. There’s a lack of thoughtfulness, of true introspection, and a complete inability to see something from someone else’s viewpoint.

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3 thoughts on “the easy way out

  1. Ken says:

    I think you are right.

    I think that all of us, evangelical, liberal and new atheist, are trying to make sense out of life in a time when it seems that no belief is reliable. For some, evangelicals perhaps, the defense involves courageously staying with the inherited truth. For others, atheists perhaps, the approach involves courageously venturing away from the inherited truth and trying to face life and death without faith, with science alone. Liberals seek a compromise position, seek a way to keep the faith without the inherited truth, hope to find a way out through the middle. For all, it is very hard to see, or acknowledge that one sees, the other points of view, the value of the other defenses. To do so is to risk doubting one’s own defense, to risk the loss of courage. It is frightening to face nihilism. We condemn each other hoping it will make us safer.

    Richard Dawkin’s said on NPR “the universe does not owe us meaning.” It is an interesting expression. It captures at once the lack of meaning we all encounter and, at the same time, our helplessness in the face of it, the injustice of it – we have no right of claim.

  2. Jodi says:

    Thanks Ken – and I know that most people, myself included, try to simplify the complex. We want to boil things down to understandable portions. There are things however, that defy this simplicity and religion is one of them in my opinion. As a matter of fact to much simplicity can render a rich topic utterly useless – which was my reaction to these arguement – useless.

  3. Ken says:

    Yes, I see what you mean: religion defies simplicity. It is an elegant expression of what religion does.

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