You know what is really annoying to an ex-Christian or probably anyone that has managed to find their way out of religion? "You have your truth, and I have mine. Everyone has their own truth." Sound familiar? Why would I find such a seemingly charitable statement so frustrating? Spend four decades devoting your life to a lie, offering your money and more importantly your time to it. Suddenly, the word TRUTH takes on a whole new meaning, something of profound value.
So, what was my truth as a Christian? Here goes. My truth was that an invisible being, namely the God of the Bible, created the world and all of mankind. Unfortunately, because I was such a filthy rag (quite literally the menstrual kind) to him, there was no way I could ever be in his presence in Heaven (you know, that place that only Christians can go to, also invisible). Therefore, he sent his son Jesus, who was also God but fully human, to be sacrificed as an atonement for my sins, only to come back from the dead three days later. When I accepted this through faith and baptism (getting dunked in a pool of water), God sent the Holy Spirit to reside within me. By the way, the Holy Spirit is God too, just in ghost form. Yes, that was my truth. Oh, and I had a personal relationship with all three, or all one, or I don't know. Makes perfect sense, right? Well, it did at the time.
Every statement that I just made in the paragraph above pertaining to my Christian truth cannot be tested, cannot be falsified, and thus can never be proven true. If truth is something that comports with reality and facts, how have Christians taken a word like truth and completely turned it on its head, claiming it as their own? It's a complete hijacking of a word that should actually mean something! What's even more egregious is the notion that Christianity's truth is under assault by society at large. Sorry. Belief is not synonymous with truth, and believing something enough doesn't make it true either, nor are there multiple forms of truth. Let's not even throw faith in the mix...that's a whole other subject.
Yes, I'm a little bitter about all of this. And yes, some of that bitterness is directed towards myself, because I was part of the problem for so long. But why care now? Why can't I just move on? I think the real question is how I ended up believing such things in the first place. When a child is raised absent of any critical thinking skills, when truth involves a talking snake, a talking donkey, or even the witch of En-dor, what's the expected outcome? And that is why it's so personal. Yes, election outcomes are swayed by people's truth; but more importantly, are the children that are swayed by others' truth. CHILD INDOCTRINATION...THAT'S WHY IT MATTERS.
More on that in the next post!