February 17th, 2009- I’m walking through the DVDs at Wal-Mart looking for something worth watching. It’s a task similar to finding a needle in a haystack. My eyebrows knit a bit as I scan one poor offering after another. I guess it isn’t right for me to scorn those who produce our entertainment for offering us this slop when the masses are buying it. The problem is…I’m not the masses.
My eyes latch onto a strange cover. It’s a gentleman named Bill Mahr standing between parted waters a’la the Red Sea. His shoulders and palms are raised in the, “I don’t know” or “I don’t get it either look.”
“Religulous? Oh, no.”
I pull a copy away from the rack and peek at the back. I’m going to paraphrase what the back said, “Comedian and TB host (Oops, I mean TV host, sorry.) Bill Mahr travels the globe questioning religion by asking the critical questions all else are afraid to ask. Such as ‘Why is faith good?’ and ‘If there is an all powerful God, why doesn’t he just speak to us directly?”
Note: I have not seen the documentary so I’m going on a little assumption. What I have pictured is a smug Bill Mahr ambushing the faithful with difficult questions then standing with the “I don’t get it either look” when the devotee is unable to answer.
There’s a lot to say here…I’ll just break it down by points.
Point #1- There’s nothing wrong with questions like these. If God is real, then they all have answers. They must. After all, if Jesus was asked these questions he would have an answer wouldn’t he?
I just hate the idea of shooting these questions at someone who might not know enough to answer them. It’s a little like throwing trigonometry questions at a fifth grader then denying the existence of mathematics if they can’t answer.
Point #2- Even I had to think about how I would answer the question, “What’s so great about faith?”
My answer would run a little like this… “Well Bill, that’s a little like asking, ‘What’s so great about oxygen?’ or ‘Why is water so special?’ Faith is the nourishment that feeds the relationship with our Creator. Our bodies were designed to use water and oxygen otherwise we would die. The same goes for the soul. In this case, we’ll use the Biblical definition for death…separation from God.
You need faith in order to have any relationship with the Almighty. I
Point #3- The question, “If there is an all powerful God, why doesn’t he just speak to us directly?” has been around for a while. Even believers ask God this question.
My answer? “Ok Bill, this question has a lot to do with us being created with a will. Ages ago, the angels were offered a choice and some rebelled against God. This fallen world (Adam and Eve’s stupid choice) offers us this same choice. Reject God or accept him.
He’s already offered us all the evidence we need to come to the correct decision: Christ’s empty tomb plus the testimony of saints and Scripture…the amazing intricacy of Nature and our bodies, which are IMPOSSIBLE without some design…and the structure of our souls, the ideas of charity, liberty, creativity, will, and a sense of right are constructs of a creative soul not chemical reactions.
And trust me Bill, one day he will make it plain and it will be plain for all eternity. As they say in the broadcast business…this is only a test.”
Maybe we will never completly understand God’s reasoning here; afterall it DOES mean some will be lost. Is it God’s choice to save who He will? He chose Isreal over the hundreds of different tribes of the ancient world. Have you noticed they’re still around?
Point #4- I have no doubt Mr. Mahr found plenty of things to criticize that cannot be defended. With all the flaws humans have and the houses of straw they build around the Bible’s strong bulwark, there are many man made practices that aren’t worth anything more than scorn. Throw in a few false teachers and the wackiness of the miss-informed and I’m sure Bill Mahr had a “hey” day.
Thankfully I’m not ultimately in charge.
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