apologetics

Is religion just a something for the weak?

It is no longer about my strength, only His.
— Ab

Marx: religion as, “the opiate for the masses”.

Even though today we have taken this phrase out of its original context, with perception being what it is, the question remains, is religion (Christianity) an opiate for the masses?  

Opiates are an artificial means to a high used to ease or escape some current affliction for temporary relief.  So the question is…   

Is Christianity artificial?  

Many would argue, YES, ironically, Marx would not.  In fact, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that Karl Marx was not an atheist, but rather, against God.  However, the argument that Christianity is a “fake” is a difficult one to make given today’s scholarship.  We may disagree on who Jesus is, but to say He was completely invented is an argument that no longer holds its ground. (Watch the video: I don’t believe in God because I think it was all made up.)

Is religion a “high”? 

For some, Yes.  Religion is another “feel good pill”, or something I do to make me feel “better”.  While God does and will provide consolation, it’s not about this.  And if we get hooked on those consolations, then Marx is right. If we are in it merely to “feel good”, we may need to re-examine our motives just as if we would if we were in a marriage merely to “feel good”.  There is so much more. God doesn't want us to get hooked on his “good feelings”, he wants us to get hooked on Him, as any passionate lover would.

Is religion an escape?

Religion is about as far away from an escape as San Diego is from say… Pluto.  In fact, a relationship with God is the anti-escape. It’s more like a giant 1000x magnifying mirror that reveals even the most hidden blemishes and blackheads of our soul. Only when we see them for what they really are, can we remove them once and for all, and God will provide the tools (and this doesn’t always feel good).  

image.png

Do you really think she did it just for a high or to escape?

Is religion temporary?  

For many of us… unfortunately, it is.  We are temporary creatures.  Hot/cold, in/out, short attention spans, bored easily and disenchanted easily-er.  In the grand scheme of things, our lives in this place are temporary.  Our culture, our world, the universe and everything in it… is temporary.  God is the only constant.  

Freud: religion as, wishful thinking.

Freud theorized that it was our early, collective psychology of - neediness - that projected the “illusion” of an idyllic, benevolent, loving father, to comfort us from the harsh realities of life, protect us from our violence, and forgive us of our guilt.

And he was probably right… about countless ancient beliefs and their deities.  But this is not Jesus. Jesus was a living, breathing, historical, figure who walked the earth at a specific time, in a specific place, was recorded, believed in, and followed to this very day.  Jesus is no psychological projection just as Abraham Lincoln is no projection.

However, isn’t it interesting that Freud, the father of psychology, identified our deepest psychological need of being loved, of being comforted, of being protected and being forgiven.

The Real Illusion

Maybe it is not God that our psychology projects, but rather the image of strength that is the illusion. We are unceasingly bombarded by these images… aren’t these the artificial, the escapes, the opiates of the masses? And maybe it’s when we can shed this image, like throwing down a heavy armor, and are - ok in our weakness - that God can finally get through to the flesh, un-impeded. And once he is in, he brings his strength with Him. And then we are strong. And it is in this sense, that God is for the weak.


You might also like…

Is Christianity just another myth, fairytale or legend?

Christianity was made up for power, control and money.  

When asked, why do you think Christianity was made up? The most common answer given is: for power, control and money.  But this cannot be the answer simply because, It’s impossible. Historically, the church wasn’t in any position to have any sort of power or control (if that was what it sought) until, at the very earliest, the mid 5th century. That’s four hundred years (or more) after the death of Christ.  That’s like saying that the United States was conceived for the purposes of something that will not occur until another two hundred years, or more, from now. 

Without a doubt, there were times throughout history where those in the church did abuse her power, (and unfortunately still do) for control and money.  And It is wrong. It’s also no secret, these are all well documented, and the church admits to them all.  But to say that Christianity itself was invented for this purpose… is not only impossible, but disregards history.  

abe.jpg

Do you think he was following a fairytale


So where did it come from?

In order to see why something was founded, a good place to start is its founder and the founding principles.  So if Christianity was founded for power, control or money, we should see indications of that in the founder and his precepts:

Turn the other cheek  

Love your enemy

Love everyone else as you love yourself

Forgive infinitely

Blessed are the meek, the peacemakers  

If you want to be the first, be last, the servant of all 

Work for treasures in heaven, not on Earth

Beware of the deceitfulness of riches

Sell what you have and give to the poor

If you have two of something, give one to the poor.  

Feed the hungry

Give drink to the thirsty 

Clothe the naked 

Shelter to the homeless

Visit the sick 

Visit the imprisoned

Are these the precepts of power, control and money?

We may say, yes, well Jesus and the early church had it right, but the “institution” ruined it many years later.  Then at least we can agree that it wasn’t all made up, and lets save that next debate for another time.

In peace.