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"Fidei respondet non quaestiones, tantum prohibet interrogans eos."
"Faith does not answer questions; it prevents us from asking them."
Darrel W. Ray, Ed.D. "THE GOD VIRUS;
"How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture"
Thoughts on Waiting for Godot
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 wait from circa 35 C.E. begins to
make those waiting for the "Lord" to come back 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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