Thursday, October 28, 2010
And we burn
And we turn it inside out
To take it back
To the start
And through the rise
and falling apart
We discover who we are
I think for questions to truly be questions, they have to be open-ended. They must have the freedom to lead to any conclusion.
However, in most religious circles, freedom is the last thing we want people to have in regard to their questions. Questions are fine.... as long as the arrival to a particular answer is guaranteed. One toe may be dipped in the water, but the other foot must be firmly planted on shore.
Often, the only time religions want deep, meaningful questions asked is when they are being directed at other religions. I read a local Evangelical blog whose writers are dedicated to converting Mormons out of Mormonism. They continually challenge Mormons to question their most cherished beliefs, to look at rational arguments, and to "consider" the evidence. In short, they ask Mormons to do with a sincere effort that which they would never truly do themselves.
It is common among the religiously minded to assume they have dealt with the questions, because they have read their apologist's responses. A Christian reading Lee Strobel's The Case for Christ does not qualify as having dealt with the questions. :)
Unfortunately, much religious questioning has all the sincerity and depth of the following comment, which was made to me by someone who is concerned about the direction my life is taking:
"I do not believe it is wrong to have questions - as long as those questions do not let you stray from your beliefs."
That about says it all.....
Posted by Andrew at 9:35 PM