Just like the “Go Natural” movement for women and the “Dred Conscious” phase for men (and select women), the “Bash Christianity” movement has reached a fever pitch.
It goes a little something like this…
- Mike was born into a hyper-religious environment, where church attendance and engagement was mandated as law. He “learns” the gospel of Jesus, being taught that only one path leads to the truth.
- Mike gets older, asking the inevitable questions that any inquisitive soul asks. What about people who never hear about Jesus…do they go to hell? What does the Trinity mean? If Adam and Eve were the first two humans, are we products of incest? And on and on.
- He then starts to read a few books and talk to a few people outside his religious circle, gets enmeshed in “other” cultures and realizes they are divine souls too.
- Then he learns about Constantine, Council of Nicea and colonization.
- Mike subsequently becomes irritated that he was lied to all his life.
This is only a slight exaggeration. People come of age at their own time in their own way, but enlightenment (tricky word) often has a steep price: a sense of superiority and alienation. Some become better people through this process, some become more insufferable.
I’ve witnessed people leave the faith and achieve a certain level of discipline and morality that their pastor or church couldn’t help them achieve. Many Christian practitioners would write off that person, saying that the system isn’t flawed. The devil’s just at work.
I’ve also seen people become more destructive (to self and others) after moving from Christianity. They become the ones that parse every verse of the Bible for inconsistencies. They’ll make it their life’s mission to convince you Jesus didn’t exist. They’ll continue to practice the same oppressive “preaching” they condemn Christians of doing.
Yet they are as unorganized, unproductive and unbearable as they were before they were “enlightened.” This crowd seems to be growing more by the day.
Everybody that adheres to a spiritual code seeks the same thing: understanding the limitations and constraints of the human experience. We don’t know with certainty what happens after death. But the Bible or Siddhattha Gotama provides an answer.
Answers that would require more proof in any other realm is replaced by “having faith” in the spiritual realm. Those relying on science to explain complex phenomena are at an equal “disadvantage” because science is often behind what’s happening in front of us; new scientific discoveries emerge every week.
Whichever route one goes, it all rests on perception. Having a unique perception is completely fine if it helps maintain inner peace that doesn’t involve enforcing your “peace” on your disagreeing neighbor.
More and more people are so bent on proclaiming the name of Jesus or Allah or Ra as The One (or not The One) that the medium takes precedence over the message, which becomes collateral damage in a game of “who’s imaginary friend is more powerful?”
If you feel the need to bash another’s path to spiritual salvation, then you, suffice to say, are not at peace. Which makes your path to “enlightenment” akin to a person getting in the car to go to their mailbox.
A complete waste.
Christians say it’s Jesus. Muslims say it’s Mohammed. New Age teachings say it’s you.
But who cares who the messenger is. Did you get the message?