Saturday, May 12, 2007


I found the quote below from Internet Monk who found it here.
It's a thought provoking read. Here is part of the post:
If there was no such thing
as Christianity,
I would have to appreciate books simply for the good writing.
I‘d have to socialize with my community rather than the people in my church.
I’d have to use common sense and wisdom rather than using fleeces and ‘sensings’ to make decisions.
So, I wouldn’t have had to get so stressed about missing God’s will if I chose to buy that red car instead of that blue one.
I wouldn’t be able to watch a movie looking for anti-Christian themes and stuff.
I couldn’t say ‘I’m not responsible for the wrongs of my past because I’ve repented.’

If Christianity was not an option to me,
I’d have no option but to enjoy music simply for the music,
not for the message or for the worship experience.
I would have to love my family, my relatives more than my church family.

If I couldn’t be a Christian,
I couldn’t call a non-Christian my enemy, because I would be one of them myself.
I’d have to obey the doctor’s orders rather than go by faith.
I wouldn’t feel compelled to turn my eyes away from the topless statue, ‘Venus’, Instead, I would feel compelled to admire its artistic beauty and grace.
I would not have religious reasons to think I am above the guy I work with.
I wouldn’t pretend that I don’t like beer.

If there was no such thing as Christianity,
I’d have to learn to have the beauty of nature inspire me.
I couldn’t have sentimental reasons to favour Israel over the Arabs and would have to let my opinion on that issue be based on what is fair.
I couldn’t break fellowship with another Christian who doesn’t agree with my view on doctrine.
I’d have no choice but to give due consideration to the arguments of scientists.
I would dress up the kids for Halloween thinking only of the fun of it all.
The faith healer wouldn’t have performed the fake ‘make the leg grow’ miracle in Jesus name.

If I couldn’t have been a Christian,
I would have been sent to a pyschiatrist for the time I made that weird, strange outburst in Church that was explained to be supernatural.
I would have been able to attend the P.T.A. meeting when I went to the Church business meeting.
I could not have told the girl I wanted to go out with that it was God’s will that we dated but instead would have had to tell her that I really wouldn’t accept ‘no’ as an answer.
I would have visited my neighbour who was in the hospital with cancer when I told the family I was praying for him.
I wouldn’t’ve felt obligated to view that extreme fanatic as a role model for myself. I would have seen him as an unbalanced individual.
I couldn’t have told people that God spoke to me about an issue. I’d have to abandon my psuedo-spirituality and false humility and tell people that I thought of it myself.

If there had been no such thing as Christianity,
The crusades - the ‘Holy’ wars, would not have happened.
People wouldn’t make a fuss about those Harry Potter books.
People wouldn’t read those Left Behind books.
Tele-Evangelists wouldn’t push people down on the floor.
I couldn’t say that the devil made me do it.

That’s the way it could have
and would have been
If there was no such thing.


Whispering Heart said...

Happy Mothers Day Mom!!!!!

will be seein you in a few hours,
Luv yah!

~~eldest son~~

daisymarie said...

Interesting and thought provoking....

Anonymous said...

Wow! This is my new favorite! Some writers are so good at articulating the things I think in scattered ways. This is more than "thought-provoking", it is profound. It exposes the shallow theology by which we've lived for so many years.

Steve F. said...

This is precisely what so much of the "emergent church" movement rails against: this image that Christianity, which is supposed to be about worshiping and serving Christ, ends up being about all this crap.

Thank God for people who are willing to say, "Christianity is both so much more, and so much less, than all this nonsense."

God, let our lives be such that we testify to what and who God really is, rather than all this legalistic BS. Let me be set free from the perceived "shoulds" and "musts" of a human institution, and let me just serve You, instead.

Let me be a Christian who can get past all this, and be what they said of Rich Mullins: "he was an arrow pointing to God."

Thanks for posting this, even if it did irk the hell out of me....

Steve F. said...

By the way, I followed the link to ~eldest son~'s blog. I all but wept when I read this post dedicated to you.

Wowee, Batman. That's one powerful blessing y'all got there.

In my work with our youth group, about once every 10 years I get to see love like this exposed. It is a very beautiful thing when it happens.