I was at a noon lecture today and was at the periphery of a conversation which occurred prior to the lecture. A woman who describes herself as Christian comes from another culture where there is a belief that is handed down through the generations. This belief is that there is a certain clan of people who sold their souls to the devil “a million” (her words) years ago in order to avoid slavery. People from other clans will even today not allow their children to marry into this particular clan because the belief is that this particular clan is still held subject to that act of “a million” years ago. She spoke this with the tone and body language which said to me that she finds it hard to believe that these various clans would still think that they are bound by something which seems a bit crazy and which happened “a million” years ago . She finished by stating her dismay that people think they would be bound by something “that they didn’t even do.” At this moment, a light sort of clicked on for me as I thought that it looks like Christianity finds itself believing just about the same thing. A man and a woman listened to a talking snake and ate an apple because of it. Therefore, every single man and woman for all times, even though they had nothing to do with that initial event, is bound by it and in need of redemption even though they played no part in the original deal. Seems a bit crazy and certainly happened a long time ago and a whole ton of folks believe that we are all bound by it. Looks the same to me. So if it doesn’t make sense in one story why do we insist that it does make sense in the other story?
In case people are wondering about the password protected post that precedes this one…it’s mainly a log of my thoughts on various things for the last 6 months or more. Not well organized. Not all that coherent. Not really something for a lot of people to digest and much of it is kind of just honest crazy stuff and questions that I wonder about. If I don’t write them down I find I will forget them. So it’s mostly an organizational thing for me alone. I might give out the password on occasion to someone here and there when I am looking for an opinion, but it will mostly be just for me. So don’t be offended or hurt. It’s just stuff that I wanted to log for myself.