Given my recent struggles with faith, I don’t have a whole lot to say this Easter. Recently I have found more truth in artistic expressions of faith than in Church life itself. Rembrandt was one of the great masters of religious art. I find his painting exude the mystery, difficulty, and humanity of true faith. In short, his paintings are filled with a kind of dark love, a shadowy expression of faith, but a vision of God and love nevertheless. His works seems to capture so well the uncertainties of the spiritual world, of the struggles which faith engenders, while at the same time conveying a trust that, in the end, the light and love of God will prevail in our lives.
Faith, Hope and Love, these are really all we need.
Dawson Stone said:
You seem an intelligent fellow. How on Earth can you believe in God/Religion? There are at least 3,500 religions in the world. Three possibilities:
1) They are all right (impossible)
2) They are all wrong (most likely)
3) One is right and you have a 0.03% chance of having been born to the right religion
Not very good odds.
And Christianity as a moral code is beyond the pale. All people born or original sin to be exonerated by a human sacrifice? It is obscene!
I can improve the 10 Commandments in about 30 seconds. How about Honor thy Children (who you brought into the world) versus Honor thy mother and father (who have a decent chance of being assholes.
If I can improve it, God didn’t write it.