Soft Soap

This post is somewhat of a sequel to an earlier post of mine, so start here: The Great God of Feelings.

I’m slowly finding out that there are very few self-proclaimed atheists left. Few are those who hold to a strict materialistic view of the universe, meaning matter and space just happen to exist for no apparent, logical reason. The majority of our population, it seems to me, claim some sort of belief system or religion; some sort of creative element to the universe in which we live. However, I fear, this increasing “spirituality” is only serving in moving us further from the actual truth. Why?

1. Instead of seeking truth, we seek comfort.

Simply put, people want the emotional comfort of a God without any of the less desirable consequences. The result of this longing for comfort is self-made, worthless religion. Truth is compromised for the sake of comfort. When times are good it feels right to believe that there’s purpose in the universe — a loving and caring Father in heaven who accepts everyone no matter how they live their life. On the other hand, when the chips are down or we feel like pursuing ungodliness for the moment, its nice to have a God who cares about nothing except love; one whom you can put on the shelf for the next time the sun is shining. God’s just a switch to be turned off and on.

2. We actually think that what we say and believe has some sort of bearing on what’s really true.

-I’ll never understand this one. I mean, I can believe with all my heart and scream at the top of my lungs that I’m 6’10, but at the end of the day the fact is I’m 6’1 on a good day with sneakers. Just because you say you believe something, doesn’t make it true. Enough said.

Consequently,

3. The Christian Gospel is distorted:

Take a look at some of the things that the Gospel is not: Gospel for Life: What the gospel isn’t. You may find that they are the very things that your “religion” holds so dear; your beloved “doctrine” if you will.

Now what? SEEK TRUTH, not comfort! I’m begging you. Spare yourself the despair that awaits “comfort-seekers” when they inevitably find out that they have no solid ground to stand on.

“In religion, as in war and everything else, comfort is the one thing you cannot get by looking for it. If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end: if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth – only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin with and, in the end, despair.”

-C.S. Lewis

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