Welcome to Progress Planet’s four-part series on Questioning Faith and God: Faith on the Rocks. This is Part 4 of 4. Click here to start by reading Part 1.
People have long pointed out that Isis with Horus on her lap is probably an earlier rendition of Mary with Jesus, and that there are many similarities between their stories, not just a handful that could be easily discounted. Consider these incredible similarities, which are presented in this .pdf file (go to the tables on the second page).
To date, nothing has shaken human faith in God completely. Despite all the new evidence that the Jesus story, as we have come to know it, has likely been meshed and merged with other ancient stories from other ancient cultures, people don’t like to change their own tightly held beliefs. Some preachers seem absolutely crystal clear in their message about Jesus. But for many who are willing to consider other possibilities about the life of Jesus, their concepts of God and even Jesus have broadened but not diminished.
It is said that sometimes the more one learns the less one knows, which is true for many who start out with a fixed perspective on God and then learn to expand their concepts of God beyond the portrayals in the Bible. Some people move from having a fairly clear idea of what God is, perhaps one that they may have learned in Sunday School, to almost no idea at all, but they still believe.
Occasionally, when we come across Biblical inconsistencies or an ancient Bible verse that promotes rape, slavery, human or animal sacrifice, genocide, taking pleasure in the dashing of infant’s heads against rocks or something truly inhumane, we may pour our relationship with God over an imaginary tall glass of ice and let it chill for a while. Faith can move into a deep mental chill as we consider how religion has used these verses to inflict pain and suffering over time.
When modern women stop to consider the overwhelming evidence of leadership roles that Jesus put women into in His ministry, they can often feel disenfranchised by the centuries of subjugation that have ensued.
Eventually the freeze thaws, no matter how devastating the reality of these discoveries. By the time they hear the next ambulance they likely go right back to praying.
To some, that nearly automatic instinct to pray is quite a blessing, to others, an accomplishment that required years of practice. Despite hardships, conflicts and questions many can still maintain a hope and a trust in the One above.
Read Part 1: Questioning Faith and God: Faith on the Rocks – Part 1 of 4
Read Part 2: Questioning Faith and God: Mars Rover, Aliens and God – Part 2 of 4
Read Part 3: Questioning Faith and God: Evidence and Faith – Part 3 of 4
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