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Thoughts on Waiting for Godot
"Fidei respondet non quaestiones, tantum prohibet interrogans eos."
Einstein once remarked that it is a form of insanity to keep doing the same thing and expecting a different result. Most of Christendom has been waiting for thirteen hundred or two thousand years−whatever the true case may be−for "the Lord" to come, rescue his people, clean up this mess of a world, and to inaugurate the "Kingdom" of Heaven. Despite some clear statements by Jesus that should preclude this thinking, the majority of believers−in the face of so much confusion−have defaulted to "Waiting for Godot".
The 2000 year wait begins to make those waiting for the "Lord" to come look like Vladimir and Estragon in Samuel Beckett's play. This seriously troubles some theologians but the alternative to holding this view is equally or more troubling for them because it would put the blame for the delay squarely on OUR shoulders and introduce an agonizing examination of what is wrong. That is a place that most Christian thinkers don't want to go BECAUSE they think two things:
1. The disciples and apostles MUST have gotten it right because they are the NT writers, otherwise NO ONE got it right and that is an unacceptably disturbing thought,
2. It is all in God's hands anyway so let's just believe harder.
To challenge these two positions would involve the almost complete dismantling of Christendom and its dogma and doctrine, and who wants to do that? Who has the temerity to stand up against the whole Christian movement of the last two thousand years, all those grave and learned theologians, including the disciples and the Bible, and challenge the general consensus? Only Godless atheists and agnostics do that. Right?
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