“Some inner recess of their brain tells them that the doubt zone is a no-fly zone, avoid at all costs, here there be demons” (Temaskian)
I think, at least what I find, is dealing with issues of the like or even bigger ones (ie: the trinity or atonement) Christians can exhibit a real fear of ‘asking’ because it might change their precious faith and land them on the side they see as ‘against God’. Nothing worse than to be found ‘fighting against God’ in their opinions.
That Pat dude really hit the nail on the head with regards to this – the church is about serving God but it seems to be leaning viciously to the angle of being ’self serving’…to uphold the church. Is the church really about enlightenment might be the best question to ask – about the spirit of ‘truth’ they claim it is?
I am having some serious doubts this is the case when I blog and talk with orthodox Christians. Anything that goes against the orthodox views (as listed by various creeds some 1600 years ago) are labeled as ‘unreasonable’…and this is how they view being ‘truthful’. Truth to them may very well be obedience and not the search for answers to their tougher questions.
It is in this sense it is all ’self serving’ and not very open to debate or discussion on such issues (ie: anything orthodox). You can’t question the virgin birth (as crazy as an idea as it might seem to some) because it’s an orthodox viewpoint…meaning going away from that means you also move outside the Christian circle of acceptance – and might be on the side that is against God.
You call it trapped…I might tend to agree the more I debate with the orthodox position and see this idea of obedience as more important than ’seeking the truth’. What is to be sought anyways – they have all the answers now.
***Comment first aired at Temaskians blog ‘The Uncertainty of Christianity’