“An honorable man will not be bullied by a hypothesis. For in the last analysis all tyranny rests on fraud, getting someone to accept false assumptions, and any man who for one minute abandons or suspends the questioning spirit has for that moment betrayed humanity.” –Bergen Evans, “The Natural History of Nonsense”
I wrote Snap Out of It: How to Get Saved from Spiritual Insanity to show readers why and how to exit Christian fundamentalism. It seemed to me that big segments of the population were operating under false assumptions:
The Bible is the inerrant word of God, and clearly tells the human race what the creator thinks, wants and how he relates to us
Human life began 6000 years ago in the Garden of Eden, where the first humans disobeyed God and fell into original sin, which brought them under the judgment of God, and eternal punishment after death unless they follow the plan of salvation
We should take the ideas of Christianity on faith, and not need evidence that the God of the Bible or any god exists, Jesus Christ was a historical person, humanity is under divine judgment, or heaven and hell are real places
The idea, then, is to believe, not question, examine or doubt. Don’t worry that you are basing your life on an unjustified conclusion. If ideas taught by the church or the Bible cause gay and lesbians self-hatred or support discrimination…cause division within families and between nations, that is the price we must pay for following “inspired” truth, we are told.
If you are a Christian believer, instead of saying “the word of God is true,” I suggest you begin with the premise that “whatever is true is the word of God.” Begin there and see what you find, about the universe, the Earth, history and the human race.
I cannot demand you follow a particular path, whether a more liberal type of Christianity or Humanism. But I will insist that you question any idea you hold that may be false. As you look honestly at what you believe and refuse to “step over” beliefs that are contradicted by modern knowledge, whether about the universe or the human race, careful examination of the Bible, and your own personal experience, without the comfort of wishful thinking, you will begin to free your mind of illusion.
A free mind is your reward for seeking the truth, without fear of what you may have to leave behind.