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Bizarre -- but Sadder Still . . .


Every now and then, a truly bizarre story cuts through the more pedestrian weird stuff in the media. The story of the transgendered individual who died in a voodoo ritual to cleanse the "spiritual grime" from his soul certainly qualifies.

When one sees how many people will believe anything other than Christianity or some other more traditional belief system, it gives the lie to the notion that Jesus rising from the dead is just too unreasonable to believe. Because if you can believe that voodoo cleanses your spiritual grime in apparently dangerous rituals, then you can believe anything.

So why do some people, indeed many people, persist in so far going down philosophical roads like this?

One answer might be that, for all the demands made by their newfound religion or belief-system, it is at least still "theirs," or so they think. And if there's one thing we know about human beings, it's that they oftentimes would rather sit in their own stew than to try anyone else's system, including God's. That would require giving up their autonomy, and well, we can't have that.

The tragedy is that, in pursuing our own agendas, our own will, we actually enslave ourselves far worse than anyone else could. In chasing ourselves, instead of loving God and neighbor, we may think we are truly liberated. But the results say something much different.


Comments:

"...When one sees how many people will believe anything other than Christianity or some other more traditional belief system, it gives the lie to the notion that Jesus rising from the dead is just too unreasonable to believe..." ... Yes...Your article reminds me of a passing but aactually KEY discussion in Dorothy L. Sayers detective novel THE DOCUMENTS IN THE CASE. It does not have her famous Lord Peter character...but the main character (and very UNWILLING detective) is Paul Munting - a true great-grandfather of today's postmoderns...He is awash in 1920's cynicism and wants to write novels that will expose life's gritty realities to a clueless world...But (here I keep it vague---don't want to spoil it for you) the actual murderer--victim---and other players are with him---under his own roof...and well...there are a few interesting discussions and one similar to yours in the book done by some quality minor characters...Within these discussions, a key clue fall out...Munting is CAUGHT - maybe by his own leftover sense of morality - so he must (oh, so reluctantly) expose the murderer...and act as if there were some kind of moral imperative (much to his self disgust). +++++ Watch for the discussion on the Lost Generation (of the post WWI era) being too ready to believe anything. It is done well---is an interesting short sidetrack that actually leads you to the next step in the story!
Well, honestly churchiness can have a stiffling air to it at times. And it is difficult to disassociate the Church Triumphant from it's rather-overly-human members. And some people do in fact desire independance to an exagerrated degree. And of course sometimes it's just a girl...