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Some self-proclaimed “debunkers of Christendom” letting themselves loose on the web with their 5-minute renditions on Youtube, supposedly “debunking” Christian classics such as C.S.Lewis’ “Mere Christianity,” while drooling their wisdom into their web cams, are having a hard time with the lack of “rationality” contained in some of the stuff I’m putting out. No wonder. Faith is something you just can’t fit into the box of rational reasoning. On the other hand, if you truly reason properly, you’ll inevitably wind up with faith.

I admit, at first glance the whole idea of Christianity may seem like a major cop-out. All the professional “debunker” sees is a bunch of lunatics who’ve cooked up this “God-idea,” and to top it off, they come up with the ultimate superhero to save them from the one thing everyone is most scared of, since it’s the one thing they can’t possibly avoid: kicking the bucket.

Well, it didn’t work that way with me. My conversion was much more of a big surprise – both for myself, and my atheist friends who never forgave me – than the result of a search for an emergency exit or way around that one fateful event at the end of our road.

To this very day, death doesn’t represent a threat to me or anything I’d dread necessarily. Maybe I’ve seen too much misery. And I’m not the only one. Friends, acquaintances & relatives around us are dying away like flies, as if they all got tired of the charade presented to them daily on the silver platter of “reality,” brought to you by the corporate media machinery.

The proof of God’s existence stamped all over His creation is too overwhleming for anyone to ignore but idiots, we’ve covered that. But IF there is a God, then it stands to reason that this present life isn’t the best He could possibly come up with. And if one bothers to look up what the greatest known and most widely recognized authority on God’s views and views has to say on the matter, they will find confirmation there. All the great heroes of faith, the Good Book claims, were in it for something better than this mess – and it’s doubtful that theirs was as big as ours. So what was good for them, certainly will do for me – even though our generation must admittedly be the most spoiled of all times.

No one’s ever had is as easy as we do – we, the ones in the winner’s hemisphere of the New World Order, that is, & yet never have we felt so miserable at the same time.

“Blessed are the dead,” the Bible says at one point. And all the faithful say, “Amen.”

No, escaping death is definitely no incentive to embrace all that defies our debunkers’ rationale and become a Christian.

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Jan.26, 2007

In “Mere Christianity,” C. S. Lewis said, “Really great moral teachers never introduce new moralities: ‘People need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed.’ The real job of every moral teacher is to keep on bringing us back, time after time, to the old simple principles which we are all so anxious not to see…”

Even so, I’m finding out that the gist of the lessons the Great Master Teacher has been trying to bring home to me for the past months, if not years, was in essence laid down already 2000 years ago. For once, there’s the ever returning them of “Without Me ye can do nothing,” (John 15:5), and then there is the equally important truth that whatever we do or may think to be accomplishing, without love, it’s worth nothing (see 1Corinthians 13).

What makes these old doctrines sound strange is, of course, the sad fact that so few have ever really managed to live them, and it gives religious groups some strange, weird, esoteric or “New Age” slant to be claiming that these ancient values are very well to be expected of us to be put into practice. What’s odd to most people about it, is that it’s something they cannot achieve by any efforts of their own, but rather, the total “anti-effort:” a letting go of all personal effort (excepting the one to obey), ambition and ulterior motives, and just “let go and let God” do through us what we humanly can’t.

Availing ourselves of the same, supernatural power through which every true man or woman of God in both, the Old and New testaments did whatever they accomplished for God, sounds so strange, so weird, so sectarian to us rational thinkers in the age of the peak of man’s glorious achievement, where we’ve constructed machines to do practically every human task for us (except eating, sleeping, making love and going to the toilet… but they’re probably working on it), without having relieved one ounce of the suffering humanity has known since its early fall.

It sounds preposterous in modern man’s ears that God would be expecting of us to believe in the same child-like simple way that out forefathers did. They had the Holy Spirit, we have television, tanks and cars. They had miracles, we get Pat Robertson and George Bush… aaand, of course, the almighty (?) dollar.

That seems to be the accepted fate of 21st century humanity, and anyone saying, “You keep your trinkets, your politicians & TV-religion and your money, just give me those good old lasting values from the Bible,” strikes the vast majority as outrageous, blasphemous and treacherous. Although it could hardly be deemed so, especially since no one wishing to return to the standard of biblical faith would be blaspheming the true God, only the established religious System, which are as far apart as the Rockefeller church in New York and John the Baptist’s coat. And as to who is truly being treacherous, I suppose only time will tell.

Nor can it be said that our modern “do-it-yourself” type of religion has anything really new about it, since it originated with Cain, and has been observed by tower-of-Babel constructors, golden-calf carvers and temple vendors ever since. The old way of truth just sounds so weird and so damnable to us because it still goes against our same old greedy and selfish grind. The Devil doesn’t like Jesus any better than he did 2000 years ago, nor do the followers of the one get along any better with the followers of the other.

What has improved, though, is the art of disguise. It’s more difficult than ever to tell who’s really a real follower of Christ. In fact, without the supernatural gift of the Holy Spirit called discernment, it’s hopeless.

That’s one more reason why we need that supernatural help from above that make us sound so strange, so weird, so esoteric. If you want to look up what other gifts or weapons God equipped His people with in order to combat the Enemy’s forces in this world, even back in St. Paul‘s day, read the 12th chapter of 1Corinthians. It will lead you right to the most powerful weapon of all, described in a chapter all on its own, and we’re right back where we started from: All you need is love, and it’s the only thing that matters,and trying to do anything without Love, which is God, is useless… (see,once again, John 15:5).

So, just a little reminder – not as much for anyone out there as for myself – of one of the major lessons the school of life is all about. For without becoming good learners in the first place, we’ll never manage to be good teachers…

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