What if…those two words continue to bounce around in my head.
What if the Bible was only written by men?
What if the church is wrong?
What if prayer does nothing?
What if all religion is merely a creation of humans to ward off the fear of death with the promise of an afterlife?
What if we are only an evolutionary anomoly?
What if this life is all that there is?
I wonder to myself do any other people who claim to be Christian ever have those thoughts? If they did would they ever speak them? Is there a danger in letting those thoughts occupy space in our brains?
Is there a fear in church leadership that does not allow for these thoughts to be spoken because to do so might undermine the leaderships position and power?
Is there more concern among Church leadership to maintain the status quo rather than to risk losing members or, more importantly it seems among the ecclesiastical heads, a loss of money?
Here are a few more questions…these are really at the core of this quest for me.
What if the Bible actually is saying something more than what most Evangelical have been led to believe? Could a passage actually mean something other than the popular interpretaion that fits neatly with our theology?
Could our view of God be less than who God really is? Could God be more glorious than we can even imagine? Could we as Christians be guilty of creating a god that fits our narrow understanding thus leading people away from the real God?
I think that it is possible. In fact I think that it happens everyday.
I think God is far more than an overweight preacher in an ill fitting pastel colored suit pontificating how his god speaks through him.
Next time I would like to look at the god made in the image of American Evangelicals.