11 February 2008

Believe in what you want

What follows is a strong, patronizing post about Fundamentalist Christians who believe in a literal reading of the Bible. You've been warned:

Last night, against my better judgement  I went to a Bible Study. I say against my better judgement because I know that when I go, I'll end up having an argument with someone about literal readings of the Bible. I think there is probably a better place to have an argument about that and I always feel bad for bringing up something that really has no baring on how a Christian might be a better Christian for reading whatever it is we are reading.

As far as I can see it, if you are going to be logical about it, the story of Noah's Ark can be read a couple of ways. First , as a story, an allegory, about God and salvation or as a real story of a miracle. What I don't think you can argue is, If you think about some aspects of the story of Noah's Ark, they could have been accomplished without a miracle. No, the story of Noah's Ark is completely illogical, unrealistic, and impossible. I don't think I need to go into why this is. It doesn't make any sense at all and if you want to argue that it happened, the burden of proof lies with you.

I can't digest cherry picking facts to support what you believe. If science is on the Christian's side, like if Noah's Ark had been found, as some people claimed last night, it can prove the Bible is right. If science doesn't side with Christians in the case of the world being several billion years old, then it gets tossed out because it contradicts the text. And then Christians start to equate faith and science and say, Well, everyone is just having faith in something different, you in your cell phone and me in my Ark.

Someone asked me, Well if you have to choose between the Bible and logic, what do you choose? The answer, which I thought is clear enough, is logic. Since when did faith become believing illogical things because you think God said them. I don't accept that sort of faith. Is that really what it takes to be a Christian?

If you want to throw out science entirely, that's much more acceptable, I think. At least you are being fair. You can't have it both ways though.