Christianity

When God Says No

[caption id="attachment_150" align="alignright" width="202" caption="from The Onion"]from The Onion[/caption] Christianity commonly teaches that God always answers prayer in one of four ways (here's an example): 1) Yes 2) No 3) Wait 4) A specific answer. ex. "Choose chocolate, not vanilla." Let's examine these answers a bit more, shall we? I hope it's agreed that no one can physically hear God. We just don't have casual back-and-forth chit-chats with the Almighty Whatsit. Prayer, for even the most sensitive and faithful religious individual, is a one-way street. If we could hear God, we wouldn't need to guess what he was saying in response, now would we? (more…)

Christianity

5 Things I should have known about faith

Dear Previous Self, cross and sky I love you, chica. You're delightful, passionate, curious, and charmingly sardonic. And whatthehell, you're me; of course I've got a soft spot. But oy, you have got to break out of that slump of blissful ignorance you've been stuck in since that first felt storyboard in Sunday school. There are some things that must be said. They may not convince you or influence you, but what kind of Future Self would I be if I didn't try to knock you upside the head? 1) You were not born a Christian. No matter what your family is or was culturally, you are only a member of a religion once you choose to be. Unfortunately, parents don't trust their children to think and learn on their own, and the word "indoctrination" should be used for what inevitably follows. (more…)