“Either God does not exist, or he is unimaginably cruel.”
– Dr. House
In a fight with an atheist, a Christian can throw a lot of jabs and punches with proofs for the existence of God. However, when a Christian has the atheist on the ropes, the atheist comes with a Mayweather right hook and it seems to always knock out the Jesus freak. What is this power punch? Suffering. “If God is good and loves his children, why do good people suffer?” Bam! 7,8,9,10 The HeavyWeight champion of Religion is…Bill Maher! If suffering didn’t exist, Bill Maher would probably be doing nightly infomercials. Yet with such an argument to knock out opponents, he’s making millions on HBO. How can a God-fearer stand up to the Goliath of arguments? Is there a stone that will fly high enough to knock out this Andre the Giant?
One of the biggest roadblocks to a young person’s faith is the perception that the Church is not accepting of persons with same-sex attraction. One hears gay Sodomites caused God to pour down fires from heaven and gay people are going to hell. Then they have an epiphany…they meet a gay person. He or she doesn’t seem to be the Anti-Christ looking for an opportunity to place a 666 chip in your brain. In fact, he or she can seem pretty darn kind, and another person’s faith bites the dust! Peace out homophobes, I’m moving in with Mitchell and Cameron (if you’re old, that is a Modern Family joke). What’s a Catholic to believe?
My two year old daughter loves frogs and is getting super into a show called Leap Frog. However, when my daughter says frog, it really sounds like the F-word. We were in church the other weekend and during a very quiet part of the mass, my daughter said loudly, “Daddy, frog movie, frog movie!” But to the untranslated ear it sounded like something entirely different. Needless to say, I’m going to hell.
My soul resorts to the frog word when I have deep anxiety about the big questions in life. The biggest question I and every homo sapiens has ever asked is, Who are we, Why are we here? The answer to this question is found in the original creation story, Genesis 1, but barely anyone knows this. The sad reality is, the creation story of the Bible has become a mud wrestling pit for creationists and Darwinians – throwing down cage-match style.
After my conversion I was given a book on Catholic miracles and I was blown away! I thought miracles were when over-pious religious freaks saw things like Mary’s afternoon selfie in their grilled cheese, which always left me wondering if they still ate it? Sinners.
Let’s get to the heart of the matter, who’s right? Why does it matter?
C.S. Lewis said that if there is no heaven or hell, than nothing matters, but if there is a heaven and hell, everything matters. What C.S. Lewis is hinting at is that if heaven and hell don’t exist, then nothing means anything – go to the strip club, do whatever the hell you want; then when all the pleasure loses its luster, die quickly. However, if there is a heaven and a hell; if one has a chance to be in a new heavens and a new earth, where one has a Father with an endless imagination and also endless Love – this is the only thing that matters.
There was a guy up at the front of our main campus building with a sign, “Church is a joke, have a personal relationship with Jesus.” So I went up to talk to him, but when I got there I sat back and watched some of the interactions others were having with him. Most of the people that were approaching him were Protestant. They would scream at him and say the sign was offensive and that he was reading the Bible wrong. But was he?
I’m not talking about the medieval popes either (which would also be true, albeit in a different sense).
One of the biggest mistakes people make is to think of the Catholic Church as a sexually repressed religion. Bishops, priests, and nuns obviously don’t have sex and so one would think that sex = bad. This is what a lot of people think the Catholic Church’s sex education consists of: