The Christian Noob (n00b)

born & raised Catholic, now going to a Presbyterian church & still learning

influences in my psyche

I often feel that technology and logic are stronger influences in my psyche rather than faith. Maybe I’m too smart to accept what the Church teaches as true (faith).

I see religion as a man-made and conditioned belief system whether true or not. Nonetheless I opt to believe in this supernatural state. After all, my soul’s gone through hell (the spiritual torture and simple terror) to return to my physical state night after night. Then again, I could’ve possibly been seizures considering my son’s new medical condition.

Yet at times, I read and think — as in the case of the following quotes from my all-time heroes regarding his ideas of religion and over all faith. The first one comes from Einstein.

“I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own — a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotism.”
– Albert Einstein

Another great mind and my favorite philosopher, Nietzsche, wrote lots of material against religion — especially Christianity and the corruption within it.

“Faith means not wanting to know what is true.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

In his continuous rants, Nietzsche also pointed out the Jewish roots of Christianity that many Christians either aren’t aware of or simply prefer to ignore. As Christians, we must be proud of our Jewish heritage.

“The Christian is simply a Jew of the ‘reformed’ confession.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

If a man/woman can spend great amounts of his/her time organizing his/her words carefully to tell others that there’s no God, maybe he/she could as easily find truth in God. As weird as it may seem, I find in these negative criticism a means of reflection on what I believe as a Christian and a mere man — making such ungodly comments valuable forms of theology.

“Faith means not wanting to know what is true.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

Of course, Nietzsche hasn’t been the only philosopher who’s critisized religion.

“Religion is based… mainly on fear… fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand… My own view on religion is that of Lucretius. I regard it as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race.”
– Bertrand Russell

Considering this whole lot, maybe I just think too much and don’t accept religion as such — a belief system.


3 responses to “influences in my psyche

  1. Tamara 02/07/2011 at 22:31:44

    To me, this doesn’t show you’re thinking too much– it shows an openness to and thoughtfulness about various perspectives. But as you seek to grow in faith, I hope you won’t allow ideas about faith from people who have never encountered it to too heavily inform your thinking– because that would make about as much sense as looking to someone who had never tasted ice cream to describe to you in detail its taste and texture. In either case, you’re better off experiencing it for yourself. 🙂

    • The Christian Noob (n00b) 02/08/2011 at 08:06:46

      Tamara, I’ve actually learned so much about religion from Friedrich Nietzsche — especially his book ‘The Antichrist.’ Now that comment was completely heretic!

  2. kateshrewsday 02/14/2011 at 13:45:02

    Hi, hope you don’t mind this comment, far too long: I stumbled upon this and have a similar background. I agree totally with the man-made belief system thing: but I’m not sure we come from a place of the mind when we approach Him. Thus those of intellect may find the whole thing pointless and baffling

    Not so CS Lewis. He includes a wonderful passage in his Narnian Chronicles, The Silver Chair. It puts something indefinable into words. It’s about a journey under the earth to rescue a bewitched Narnian prince. When the deed is done and the underworld is ending, a fiery chasm opens to the core of the earth, and the little drones which people the land begin to jump in. Apparently they have been bewitched too: and it’s where they belong. One of them tells the people from Narnia that they are from the land of Bism, where diamonds are not dead and lifeless, like the sad little things in the crust. Rather, they are living and growing on trees.

    Of course, it’s an allegory. I have a feeling much religion is like those crust-dwelling diamonds.It’s not about suspending our intellect: rather about immersing it in something living.

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