I’d like to say “Weird Wednesdays” is a new blog series I’m starting, but given that I’m notorious for promising blog series-es and not following through, it’s best if I tell the truth. Alliteration is fun
Two weeks ago, I mentioned that I’ve been studying/researching weird stuff (I’m paraphrasing myself), and I was (and still am) hesitant to share. Reason 1: It’s weird. Reason 2: I’m not keen on advertising the dark side’s antics.
When I say “dark side” I’m not referring to the dark side of the force. The religion in Star Wars falls under the category pantheism, which is the belief that “the impersonal God is one essence with the universe. God inhabits all things. The universe is God and God is the universe. In other words, God is not separate from the universe but is contained within it.”
I’m not a pantheist. I’m a Bible believing Christian, which means I believe God is immanent. In other words, “God is present in all of creation, while remaining distinct from it.”
Fair warning. This post may seem crazy to those who are not Bible believing Christians, particularly atheists who deny a spirit realm exists, and also to agnostics, some of whom don’t believe in the spirit realm. I’m of the understanding that some agnostics acknowledge there is a spirit realm, but pooh-pooh man’s ability to make any meaningful sense of it.
Christianity is actually in agreement (somewhat) with that second class of agnostics. The Bible tells Christians that the spirit realm exists, but we are to have nothing to do with it. (Thus we acknowledge and make peace with our inability to make complete sense of it.)
Deuteronomy 18:10-11 (NIV) puts it this way: “Let no one be found among you who … practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord…”
Hence, Reason 3 for my hesitancy to blog about this. First and foremost, a Christian should focus on Bible reading and growing in understanding of the scriptures. However, as a Christian, I’ve found comparison and contrast to be a useful apologetics tool. Joseph Campbell would call it comparative mythology, and he’s actually who introduced me to the concept. However, interestingly, Campbell and I came to opposing conclusions based on our comparative study.
Joseph Campbell says this: “Every religion is true one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically.”
My comparative study led me to the conclusion that only one religion is true. The rest are false.
I realize religious exclusivism is becoming less and less popular these days. But, I’m a software developer by trade. I code software, and I like it, and I’m also fairly good at it. If that isn’t evidence that I’m both analytical and logical, I don’t know what is.
When I say Jesus of Nazareth is the only way to God, I didn’t come to that conclusion overnight. And if I’m being honest, I pieced the puzzle together with much consternation. However, now that I see the full picture, it’s a truth I cannot deny. (Option 2: live out the rest of my days in state of increasingly debilitating cognitive dissonance.)
Well, shoot. This is going long. And I didn’t even get to the weird stuff yet. My apologies for that. I hope you will come back tomorrow for Part 2. (I wasn’t trying to bait with the title of this post. Promise. :/ It’s just getting late…)