One of the great questions of humankind is, Who is God to you? I would imagine that there is a plethora of possible responses from ‘pure energy’ to ‘a personal friend and confidant.’ Naturally some may say, ‘None.’ Data indicates that the ‘nones’ are increasing here in the U.S. Many Christian churches see more empty pews than filled ones. What’s going on?
A knee-jerk response by deep believers is the moral corruption of our society. There is always blame; it is a soothing salve. Tribal, too. Those and us. Righteous and wicked. White and black. No shades of gray.
A Presbyterian minister ‘came out’ recently as godless. He also holds Jesus as myth. One can imagine the righteous uproar. Currently there are 1,345 comments about his post! He wrote:
For example, I believe that:
- Religion is a human construct
- The symbols of faith are products of human cultural evolution
- Jesus may have been an historical figure, but most of what we know about him is in the form of legend
- God is a symbol of myth-making and not credible as a supernatural being or force
- The Bible is a human product as opposed to special revelation from a divine being
- Human consciousness is the result of natural selection, so there’s no afterlife
In short, I regard the symbols of Christianity from a non-supernatural point of view.
He speaks of a “godless Christianity” in his post. That seemed quite contradictory to many who made comments. To me, that is not at all important. People can believe whatever they care to believe. Life goes on. Live your own life. Be nice.