So Christianity is feeling attacked and Christians are learning how to defend their faith in what they believe is a downward spiraling country, or so I am told. Attacked? I ask. How so?
I was told that because their rights are increasingly being taken from them while expanding the rights of other religions, they are under attack.
This country was founded on freedom of religion, (which by the way should include freedom from religion, but that’s a whole other post in itself) and at the time, this meant “worship as you choose.” Yes, it’s no surprise that our forefathers came to this country in search of religious freedom and most of them were Christian. They were looking for a new world because the one they lived in had become corrupt (the ruling class, governments, and the church leaders were in cahoots). They wanted to establish a new world that was free from the tampering of the church by the government, and free from the tampering of the government by the church. This is why our forefathers clearly stated that the two should be separate.
It wasn’t until much later that our brave citizens and leaders actually fought for independence and then after that when they actually got together to draw up the Constitution; much later. Worshipping as one chooses was still important.
Yes, it’s true that most of the folks who came to this country to establish the new world were Christians (late 1400s) and founded towns and civil states based on those same morals that many Christians strive to uphold (while destroying Native American civilizations, again, another post), but those morals are not inherently Christian morals, they are inclusive of all religions and no religion. Such basic beliefs as “Be nice” or “Treat others with respect” or any other such beliefs are not exclusive to any single religion.
Various leaders along the way chose to ignore the separation of church and state clause during the 1900s because most everyone in the government believed exactly the same way and therefore allowed such everyday Christian examples of doctrine into the courtrooms (like Ten Commandments), on money (1950s), into "The Pledge of Allegiance" (“Under God” was added in 1950s), and into schools (like prayer—addressing Jesus) without ever thinking that it was any sort of impingement upon anybody’s beliefs, because it is true that most people were in fact, Christian. Those who believed differently from the masses had learned early on not to speak openly about it because of history (see Crusades, 1099-1295; Reformation, 1500s; Spanish Inquisition, late 1400s to early 1800s; any major war; Irish Catholics vs. Protestants, beginning in 1600s; witch hunts in Europe, 6th century through 1792, South America until 1830s, and then in America in the 1690s, and so on). Those whose idea of God (or a greater power) which didn’t fit the Christian definition pretty much nodded their heads in agreement while secretly believing whatever they believed, hiding so as not to be affronted and possibly killed. At the very least in those early days of forming a nation, they risked being ostracized during a time when safety was in numbers and being alone meant certain death.
But as time drew on, leaders with strong Christian faith saw it as a testament to the sovereignty of the nation to unite Americans under God. This was also during a politically scary time, and those well-meaning leaders felt that adding God’s name to money and the Pledge, would show other countries that America had the backing of God. Christians see this God as the God who can only be reached through Jesus. Non-Christians for centuries have understood that this definition of God is limiting and in contrast to the “worship as you please” part, but have gone along with it to keep from upsetting the system, while applying their own definition of God.
The term God has been used since man first began speaking of something ineffable. All religions refer to God in an attempt to describe the formless and all-powerful. God is the overarching catch-all for that which cannot truly be articulated. Each religion inserts its own definition when the term is used, just as when the term home is used, each person conjures up his or her personal representation of the same. Now that our society is attempting to take back the governmental places (state/federal run and state/federal funded) from the imposed Bible verses and references to God, it is being seen as an attack on Christianity.
The state and federal government never belonged to Christianity anyway, so how can that be an attack on a faith?
That all-encompassing term God has been defined and redefined throughout the ages and there is no single definition that will sit right with everyone, but most certainly, it does not belong to any singular religion.
Some folks reject an idea of God altogether, but as many will agree, it’s not that they don’t believe in a power bigger than themselves, it’s that they refuse to get into the argument of which religion has the claim of God. The word God has left a bitter taste in many people’s mouths, because of religion and the narrow definition or the exclusivity of the rights into heaven according to that religion’s doctrine.
Science and religion were pitted against one another early on because science dared to begin trying to understand this power, or God.
Religion saw science as the adversary because the explanation is truly not to be understood cognitively but instead experientially. But theory without experience is also simply cognitive, and many in religion haven’t truly experienced that power of God, of the divine, but believe in the eternal reward of the afterlife. They believe their reward, and proof, will come after this lifetime so full of suffering. Those who choose to step out of religion and into a personal spiritual relationship with the ineffable are often ostracized and put down, even today, for their style of worship.
Science has discovered that energy is within and without, above and below. Energy is around always and without fail. Quantum mechanics has yielded explanations for how prayer can work—through energy. And now the Higgs-Boson has been discovered, which can best be described as what happened before the Big Bang.
People, it’s the same thing.
God is the energy matrix.
It’s what runs within and through all of us, because we are truly all God’s children. We are energy. Plants, animals, the planet, the galaxies, and our solar system are all energy. We all have access to this Universal Life Force Energy that is everywhere!
Upon hearing that Christians are feeling attacked and need to learn to defend their religion, it seems apparent they don’t understand that not all people believe that Jesus is the only way to God, who provides eternal life in heaven if He is accepted as the only Lord and Savior.
Some people believe the God that was meant in “under God” or “In God We Trust” was the bigger God. This God, who is that energy matrix, cannot truly be described in a way for all people to understand. It’s like the analogy of the word home: one cannot truly understand another’s description until that place is experienced. Even pictures will not give the feel of it.
No one is trying to kill Christianity. It is not under attack. Non-Christians want you to understand that this country never really was “yours” to claim as your own. The forefathers understood that “God” was a much greater power and force than the human mind could possibly fathom, and they saw how greed had corrupted the churches and government of European countries. They agreed that the only way to thwart that in a new country (as history often repeats itself), was to keep God out of the Constitution and out of government and allow the people to decide for themselves, based on the times and the events going on around what was acceptable and what was not.
Times have changed. Non-Christians simply want Christians to stop assuming that everyone believes as they believe or that only their way is the right way and to be allowed freedom from having to listen to prayers made to a singular deity (Jesus) to get to a larger deity (God—however one defines it).
Nope, no one is attacking you. You feel attacked because you are realizing what you thought belonged to you actually belongs to everyone.
Times have changed and Christians are hearing more about things non-Christian because we are no longer afraid of losing our jobs for admitting our non-Christian status. Of course, here in the south, we still don’t volunteer it unless we detect we are in similar company or until we are fairly certain our Christian brothers and sisters truly understand that we are ALL God’s children, and that God is in ALL—even those who believe differently from you.
Namaste (translates into something like “The eternal and infinite that lives and dwells in me sees and recognizes the same within you, and I greet you with love and grace.")
Laurie M. Knight, another believer of the right of all people to worship (or not) in whatever fashion they please as long as it doesn't take away the next person's right to do the same, who believes in the inherent connection of everyone to his/her own understanding of the divine, and who believes we are all one anyway so what's the point of always being at odds over whose God is the "right" God.