A personal note to Christians

Dear Christian friend,

Have you ever read the Bible?  I don’t mean just parts of it here and there, but the entire Protestant-Christian version of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation?  If you have, were you fascinated and captivated by reading the divine word of Yahweh Himself, much more than you have any other piece of literature or did you find it incredibly boring and hard to follow?  Did you read anything that seemed inconsistent to you?  Did certain parts disturb your sense of love and justice?  Did some parts seem plain silly?

If you believe that the Bible is the word of God, then I trust that you’ve actually read the entire book.  Believing also that it is the perfect word for life and salvation from eternal hell, you must also read it every day of your life, and read it every day to your children, don’t you?  Oh, you don’t?  Why don’t you?  Could it be that deep down inside you know it’s a farce?  That’s also the reason why you don’t make any real effort to share the gospel with unbelievers.  If you really believed the Bible, then you’d read it more than you watch TV.  And you’d tell everyone about it.  But you don’t, do you?  You don’t evangelize because the message is just silly and unbelievable and you know it.  Now’s the time to be totally honest with yourself.  It’s hard to do when you’ve believed a falsehood your whole life, but if you free your mind to critically explore the evidence, then you will be free to explore the world and all it has to teach us about our Creator.

In the movie The Matrix Morpheus, a man freed long ago from the mental imprisonment of the Matrix, informs Thomas Anderson that what he’s believed his whole life is not real.  It may appear and feel comfortable to him, but it’s all based on a lie.  The truth is not nearly as comfortable because it is new and different.  But the truth, however, will set him free where he can join in the fight for the truth and the possibility of a freedom and growth never before experienced.  Anderson is given the choice: take the blue pill and stay in the fantasy world or take the red pill and wake up to the truth.  Morpheus says to Anderson,   “This is your last chance.  After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.”  Most believers in “revealed religions” choose to take the blue pill.  They want to stay comfortable in their known world with their family and friends.  That’s why they really don’t think critically about their religious traditions.  They just accept them and ignore the red flags.  But you’re not like most people, are you?  I know that about you.  That’s why you’re here now.  Take the red pill, friend.  And join me in the exhilarating journey and exploration of God’s World and God’s truth!

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