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A Rather Rough Comfort Blanket

August 28, 2014

Are you sitting comfortably? If so, the question is: should you be?

No, I’m not talking about hard pews; I’m talking about the idea that Christianity is a “comfort blanket”, meant to make me feel better; a “crutch” for weak people who aren’t strong enough to cope with what life throws at them; or simply “wishful thinking” – death is scary, so let’s believe there’s something afterwards… It’s the “easy” way, just an escape from reality!

Thing is, Christianity isn’t very comfortable – you may even be expected to suffer and die for your faith! And even if it doesn’t go that far, there’s no way following Jesus makes life “easier”:
He expects single people to abstain from sex – something that I personally struggled with; it certainly didn’t make my life any “easier”;

He expects you to part with some of your hard-earned cash for the benefit of others; for some, that’s no “easier” than chastity!

He expects you to love unlovable people, forgive those who hurt you and pray for your enemies. Is there anyone that finds it “easy” to live up to that requirement?

He expects you to submit your wishes and plans to a higher authority; definitely not “easy” in an era that treasures independence and self-sufficiency!

Really, the only good reason anybody would go along with that (unless they’ve simply misunderstood the whole thing) is because they’re convinced Christianity is true and Jesus is alive!

Don’t believe the anti-God propaganda that claims that faith is just for weaklings, people who can’t face up to the realities of life. If anything, atheists are just as bad at facing reality: why would the first Christians insist Jesus was alive, putting their lives at risk, if they had made it all up? If they were convinced it was true, what did they base that on? Why are people still willing to sacrifice comfort and career in order to serve God?

Following Jesus is not an escape mechanism; it’s challenging, and some might even call it mad. But on the other hand, it’s definitely worth it: not because it’s easier than the alternatives, not because it makes life more comfortable, but because of the reality of who Jesus is and what he’s done for us.

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One Comment
  1. The “religion is a crutch for the weak” idea is a cliched Freudian new atheist rhetoric which works both ways. Atheists could be accused of dismissing God because they’re afraid of being made accountable for their actions. If there’s no God, we need never fear consequences for anything we do.
    Thomas Nagel said, ““I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious believers. It isn’t just that I don’t believe in God and naturally hope that I’m right in my belief. It’s that I hope that there is no God! I don’t want there to be a God; I don’t want the universe to be like that.”

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