I am a rabbit-trail kind of person both in the literal and figurative sense of the term. Give me the choice between a well-worn path in the woods and some narrow little animal trail that juts off into the brush, and I will go for the little one every time.
Mental and conversational rabbit-trails are also a lot of fun to follow. Like many other students I’m sure, I had Facebook open while trying to study math today and I saw someone posted a very long devotional thingy on the wall of a group I’m a part of. Yes, a Christian group…mostly for teens I think. The guy who runs it was in youth group a few years ago when I was one of the youth leaders which is why he added me to the group. Anyway, the guy who posted on the group’s wall this afternoon was obviously not one of the younger teens I usually noticed leaving messages. So I snooped his profile. I DO love open profiles! LOL! Reading through his favourite quotes, I found one that stood out to me as being incongruent with Christianity in general.
“What can’t be tested can’t be trusted.” -John Burns
I’m not an expert on…well…anything, let alone religion and testing and proof and stuff…but I really can’t see how one can like or believe a quote like that and still have faith. Like my big brother continually tells me every time I look for proof that God is real or Christianity is right or hell exists as a place of eternal torment, “It’s belief because there is no proof. If there was proof, it wouldn’t be belief. It’d be fact.” Not to say that belief or faith are bad, they just seem incompatible with only trusting what can be tested. Especially in regards to Christianity’s version of God, I remember being told that while God tolerated being tested and people’s requests/demands of proof, he didn’t like it. Sure God proved himself to Gideon and Thomas, but Jesus himself told Thomas (after giving him the proof he asked for) “Blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed.” Therefore it was always better to just accept the things of God unquestioningly.
When “God said it. I believe it. That settles it.” seems to be the general mentality of Christians, how can anything be tested?
I guess that’s why this quote on the profile of a person who appears to be a very devout Christian confuses me.