Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12

“Is It Helpful?” is not as Helpful as “Is It True?”

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When did we get into the habit of allowing religious discussion to be thought of as something divorced from reality?  The stuff of the spirit separate and removed from the stuff of everyday life … “spiritual” vs “real.”  Even when we know better, why do we so often allow others to frame the conversation as an “either/or” proposition?  If it isn’t real – if it isn’t true – really and truly true – then what’s the point?  Allowing “truth” to be separated from reality (eg. religious truth versus scientific truth, my truth versus your truth) just isn’t helpful!

Here is a great quote from C.S. Lewis.

One of the things that distinguishes man from the other animals is that he wants to know things, wants to find out what reality is like, simply for the sake of knowing.  When that desire is completely quenched in anyone, I think he has become something less than human. As a matter of fact, I don’t believe any of you have really lost that desire. More probably, foolish preachers, by always telling you how much Christianity will help you and how good it is for society, have actually led you to forget that Christianity is not a patent medicine. Christianity claims to give an account of facts – to tell you what the real universe is like. Its account of the universe may be true, or it may not, and once the question is really before you, then your natural inquisitiveness must make you want to know the answer. If Christianity is untrue, then no honest man will want to believe it, however helpful it might be: if it is true, every honest man will want to believe it, even if it gives him no help at all.


Author: kenmaher

When I'm not working I enjoy Astronomy, Camping, Comic Books, Epic Fantasy Novels, Games (both playing and designing), Hiking, Juggling, Sci-fi, and building strange things out of pvc pipe. I also enjoy being an honorary pre-schooler with my four great children ... much to their mother's dismay.

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