"I guess I have a lot of problems, so many that I don't have time to go into them all in detail. Suffice it to say I'm anal, obsessive, vain, quick to temper, overly introspective, lazy, judgmental, insecure, and self-righteous. Probably the most annoying thing about me is that I'm hugely opinionated. But I kind of make up for that by always being right."

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Day 27: The Way The Truth And The Light

From time to time people email me about Jesus. They assure me that I would be happier if I gave him some of my burden. For them Christianity is such a matter-of-fact, common sense notion they can't understand how I could be so blind as to not embrace it. Even worse, it isn't as though I'm a savage living in the jungle, unaware of God's great love for me, I've actually read The Good Book. It's as though I've been given a precious gift I stubbornly refuse to unwrap.

First let me just say that I'm a big fan of Jesus. He's my favorite character in the best selling book of all time. I am a little curious, though, in The Bible we hear about Jesus as a baby and, later, about Jesus as a man, but we never hear anything about teen Jesus. What's up with that? I suspect it's because he was a spoiled kid. I mean, think about it. Imagine you're 13 years old, and you show up at the father-son picnic...with God. You'd win every event you entered. Nobody can eat more pie than God!

Anyway, a very nice woman from Texas wrote to me yesterday, and I sent her this reply, which I now pass along to all of the nice Christians who have written me similar letters:

Dear Xxxxx,

Thank you for writing.

I am not a Christian because the religion is nonsensical to me. Different races, different nationalities, different centuries, have brought thousands of different belief systems. At this time and in this place that system is Christianity. Why should anyone believe that because they were born here and now that their system is any better than any of the others? And truly, if you do not believe that yours is the one true religion you are not, in fact, a Christian. At least not according The Bible I've read. You are simply a spiritual person who has gravitated toward the beliefs you have been exposed to the most, and are therefore the most comfortable with. Which is fine. But it has nothing to do with truth or reason.

As my son Cooper said to me when he was eleven years old, "Jesus is like Santa Clause for adults." Only Santa doesn't threaten to send you to hell if you don't believe in him.

take care,