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I thought I’d write a little about the point of my blog. What is this all about? Why am I writing what I am writing? As a young man, in my late teens I flirted with evangelical Christianity. At the time I was intrigued by the televangelists such Pat Robertson of the 700 Club. Watching them, I accepted Christ as my personal savior. However, as I continued to watch them, pretty soon I grew disillusioned. Firstly, by the outright wackiness of much of what they said. I noticed that they espoused right-wing politics, which really has nothing to do with Christianity. And the insistence on Biblical literalism, what is up with that? It was as if I had to abandon reason to be a Christian. If forced to make a choice between evolution and Biblical creationism, I’d side with reason.
But what finally drove me away from conservative Christianity was their view on salvation. Everybody who was not “born again” went to hell. Everyone. Muslim, Jew, Buddhist, Pagan or atheist would burn for all eternity. Say what…huh?? It was salvation by dogma. If someone “drank the coolaid” and swallowed their theology whole, they had salvation. But if not…the fires of hell awaited. The problem with this logic is that salvation thru dogma means we better subscribe to the right dogma or we’re toast. Since all religions are really just speculation, we’d better speculate correctly or hell is round the corner. But what if the Jehovah’s Witnesses are the One True Faith, and then all Southern Baptists go to hell? The Baptist would be in for a rude surprise on judgment day. So salvation all depended on luck…hoping our parents lucked out on picking the right religion and raising us in the same.
I came to the conclusion that any theology that believes only those who subscribe to their theology have salvation is not only wrong, but is a power play to keep it’s members brainwashed. So I moved on in my spiritual journey. I never abandoned the idea of God and the reality of the Unseen World. But I have taken an eclectic view towards spirituality. I have sought to personally experience the spiritual, to touch and see the Unseen. What I have learned is that this passage from the Bible is quite true, “Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened for you.” If we want to personally experience the reality of a spiritual existence, all we need to do is look. The committed skeptic cannot encounter this Unseen World. We need to knock to open that spiritual door.