Fortune Cookie Faith

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There are a lot of books being written in the Christian Living Genre that are just plain brainless babble.  I get so sick of seeing status updates from Facebook friends who are quoting their latest guru.  People just don’t know how to THINK anymore.  And the Christian psycho babble that passes as “good writing” just infuriates me.  It reminds me of the Witch Science scene from Monty Python’s “The Holy Grail.”

It used to be called Bumper Sticker Christianity because you would find these pithy little sayings glued to the bumper of every car sporting a fish decal.  I AM a Christian and when I would see Christian bumper stickers, it would make me want to ram the back of this idiot’s car just to remove that dumb saying from the face of the earth.  I can’t imagine how irritating it would be for a Non-believer.  I don’t have any issue with free speech, my issue is with stupidity.  The only bumper sticker that I’ve ever seen that I actually would put on my car was the one that said, “Stupid should hurt.”  I whole-heartedly agree with this.

I think of these quotes from shallow Christian authors to be on the same level as fortune cookies.  They are about as deep and equally likely to be true.  For example, I read this on my Facebook wall today, “If you want God to do something NEW in your life, you cannot keep doing the same OLD things.  DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT.”  Holy Subjects and Verbs, People!  If I want God to do something new, then I have to do something new?  Wouldn’t that just mean that I am doing something?  Where is the evidence that God’s works are connected to my works?  Can God be so easily manipulated?  Does God copy me?  Seriously, I’d like to hear where these guys come up with some of this mental fluff.  It’s like cotton candy for Christians.  It’s fluffy and sweet, but nutritionally void of any value and likely to make you hyper.

Give me a deep thinker with a logical argument and I am far more likely to quote him.  I agree with author and speaker Ravi Zacharias who argues that Post Modern thinking lacks logic.  One of the qualities of Post Modernism is the ability to hold conflicting ideas simultaneously.  This idea for example, “All religions lead to heaven.”  First of all, all religions do not CLAIM to lead to heaven.  Second of all, almost all religions CLAIM to be the EXCLUSIVE way to wherever they are going.  So that, logically means that SOMEONE has to be wrong.  We can’t all be right, because we all say we have the ONLY way.  But there are millions of people who are completely willing to embrace these two conflicting ideas embedded in the simple statement of All roads lead to the same place.  In real life, do all roads lead to the same place?  No.  In the math world, do all lines lead to the same point? No.  So why would you embrace that idea on a spiritual plane?  It’s illogical.

“Truth by definition is exclusive.  The moment you affirm something, you exclude anything that challenges that.” ~Ravi Zacharias

Yet time and again I read these fortune cookie quotes on my Facebook page and I just shake my head that this is what passes as Faith now days.  Watch this youtube video blog featuring a 5 minute clip of Ravi Zacharias talking about the question, “Can All Religions be True at the Same Time?”  It’s logic.  Let’s use our brains to express our Faith and quit subscribing to these authors of Fortune Cookie Faith.

About amamiot

My family and I are missionaries in Costa Rica. Before that we lived in Mexico and before that we came from Minnesota. I am a teacher, an artist, a "journaler", a quilter, a cooker, a baker, a hostess, a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend. I like reading and watching movies (ehem, and quoting movie lines). I would love to be in a Jane Austin movie but I don't know how to ballroom dance or play Whist.

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