First of all, “religion” certainly is dangerous, and for more reasons than Bill Maher lists in this graphic. Like Maher (a well-known TV host/political commentator/atheist), I want nothing to do with “religion” and here’s why: http://wp.me/p2wzRb-cP.
Now, what about “faith” (an entirely different thing) being dangerous? Are there people out there who believe their faith supplies all the answers to every question? Sadly, yes.
In my faith, saying Jesus Christ — whom serious Christians believe is the son of God — is the answer to everything is superficial and, in my opinion, shows a disturbing lack of thought.
(Then again, we live in a culture that discourages thoughtful living, so this shouldn’t be a surprise.)
I have all kinds of questions that following Jesus doesn’t answer:
- Is there life on other planets?
- If there is life on other planets, do they know about God?
- Why is our world set up so people and animals kill and eat each other to survive?
- When is Jesus going to return (as the Bible says He will)?
- Why is spirituality so repugnant to some people and so welcome to others?
- And finally, how did hip-hop ever become popular? ;-)
What’s truly fascinating is that Jesus Himself didn’t know the answers to all the questions. The Bible says that before He was crucified on a Roman cross, one of his followers asked when He would return. Jesus replied “No one knows when that day or time will be. The Son and the angels in heaven don’t know when it will be. Only the Father knows.”
Does this bother some Christians? Probably. But it doesn’t bother me; serious Christians believe Jesus is God AND man and when He was physically on earth, Jesus set his Godhood aside. Thus the lack of knowledge about His return.
But what about my questions? There was a time when some of them, especially the third question, disturbed me greatly. I’m not nearly so disturbed today, but these unanswered questions are still important. Our culture tends to suggest we can be God, with all the wisdom, all the technology and all the resources to command our lives and destinies.
But my questions (which I don’t believe science can ever answer) are important and necessary because they remind me that God is God. And I am NOT.
So what about you; do your unanswered questions keep you from seriously investigating what it means to follow Jesus and be transformed by His love, His life, His death and His resurrection? Post your thoughts below and let’s have a conversation.