Sublime angst of the Christian mindset

Super-Christians are those believing that the lifestyle of their christian religion sets them high above others by having magically given them mystical insight to all things, where everything taught them from the pulpit MUST be true, and that the Bible—although no one actually reads it—HAS to be the immutable word of God because they own one. Such are the dupes of the age.

Don't we see them in everyday life, especially before and after church services where they sport wide cay-eating-the-canary grins that betray them as special before God?

Recently a friendly Wal-Mart greeter tried to push his fantasy of "going back to heaven in the rapture" on this observer. When contested that the rapture scenario was false teaching—a modern mythology—and that the observer spoke from being a credentialed bona-fide expert in the field, the greeter wanted to hear no more. And now he's not so friendly.

And when another told the tale of having studied the Bible because his pastor told him all about it, the only thing that finally shut the pretender up was when the observer showed him his Police Chaplain Emeritus badge with doctoral credentials.

The nitty-gritty 

Taking a stand against false religious belief seems the bane of our earthly existence, for we partners of God, but it's something we must do. In his own early notes the observer recalls—  
"In my office at a Christian TV ministry one day, a staffer runs in with something really exciting him. Drawing a circle on my blackboard, he exclaims;‘ If this is the universe, and if the speed of light is 186,000 miles per second, and if it takes nine hundred thousand million years to travel across the universe at the speed of light -- THEN,"’ he adds for emphasis, "GOD IS FASTER!!’''
"Taken aback, I silently evaluate his reasoning with the wonderment of who's teaching this stuff... Then I say to the guy. "Well ... but ... that whole circle IS God. In fact, so’s the wall, this building, the town &c &c."
"The staffer has nothing to say. I'd obviously ruined what was to be a grand day for him, but I'm not sorry about it. You see, at some point we all have to get off the fence about God and debunk other's fictions about Him."
"While enough to keep simple faith in your secret heart as some truly godly are forced to do, it behooves us to evaluate all that's taught us about that faith. For going along with another person's fantasy version of God only empowers that person to stay dumb and in our control. But maybe that's not only what most people really want—followers who are dumb and under their control."
As we go through life and learn more and more about God and the Son-of-God as our Savior, we need to remain rational about what we find. Not to let emotions overrun us; not to fantasize religious lifestyles acceptable to others, but to see the facts as they are and act accordingly -- damn all pretense to the contrary.

Admit the truth

There was a time when the observer wanted to believe-in and accept all that so-called experts taught him to the contrary of what he now knows. But as it does to most people, there came the turning point in his life where he had to acknowledge facts staring him in the face, and own up to them.

So when you discover a truth that goes against what you previously believed, don't be afraid to admit you were wrong about a former viewpoint, for as the brilliant author-astronomer Carl Sagan once told an audience—
"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know, that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken' - and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful ... but it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion."
This for us means that we shouldn't grin and bear it when friends try to make us live in their fantasy. Instead, we need to get into the hard light of reality and live for what we know is right.

The observer is aware that society forces us to be hypocrites in some fashion, as such is part-and-parcel of our existence here—meaning you can't keep a job unless you go-along-to-get-along—but do try to separate professional hypocrisy from realism in your private life.

Fear

What made the observer finally renounce Christianity in favor of direct reliance on God—an act the Church finds traitorous—was that nothing Christianity taught him actually worked in the real, pragmatic world he trod.

The fact that he found Christianity led by highly arrogant humanists with egotistic followers who denounced, belittled, jeered and faulted he and people like him was reprehensible, for none helped when thinking him off-base, but with schadenfreude wanted to be rid of him.

His wife started noticing it soon after they were married. "Why do they treat you like that?" she'd ask,
"You did nothing to them..," upon which she'd pause to reflect.., "Oh, that's happened to me as well..."

It even got to where in his final days-of post-grad study, an elderly pastor friend mentioned all the angry Christian preachers in town who hated him, with even a few paranoically accusing him of stalking them.

Smacking of unnecessarily high drama, as none knew him personally, professionally or had ever even talked to him; the observer curiously wondered why he was the target of a Christian hate campaign. What was it that made the local pastoral community despise a fellow cleric who'd never harmed them or their ministries? Something was afoot.

It all got so bad that, believe it or not, an Episcopal Priest in holy skirts regularly met with ass-kissers in a favored restaurant to loudly berate the observer—very weird and very, very stupid—never to return after a friendly waitress revealed their target as having been a Police Chaplain.

So if you share such experiences, do not despair. The world in which we live is winding down and, yes, things will get worse as we speed toward the end. But hang on as God is the wrist strap we cling on the twisting bus over the precarious road of our life, and He protects us from the pretenders.

Pretense of piety

Back when the observer was still Christian, a college-age Sunday School class once asked of how to be "better Christians." Even as a young man, he irked of such elitism, of knowing pseudo-superior beings to enjoy berating those not clearing the high-jump of their expectations. So he challenged the class to reveal the last time anyone there had ever killed, wounded or stolen money from anyone, or had sexually enjoyed a friend's spouse.

Amidst clenched jaws and angry stares, he reminded them that each was already a good Christian and that the subject was moot. Word spread to where a dynamic older gentleman urged church leaders to elevate the observer because he wasn't a ‘cookie-cutter cutout Christian.’ Though surprised at this man's recommendation, he wasn't surprised by his church leadership's disgust, for they were all cutouts themselves and wanted nothing different.

Such elitism sure shows in church performances, where all attempt to out-perform each other and then brag about it in 'I-prayed-for-you' scenarios described elsewhere.

We’re surprisingly told that there are over 32,000 non-Catholic religious denominations at last count, which is scary since none can obviously agree on any one format in which to value God, but who each wants to please God with their own version of enforced piety -- the antithesis of Godliness.

So even though anti-Catholics all claim the Catholic Jesus as their savior—and some as their god—we must remember that the Roman Catholic Church invented the Jesus character some three-hundred years after the actual Son-of-God’s resurrection—long after our salvation was assured but by the time "The Way" was waning—which counts all people touting the Church's “Jesus" to be fanatic elitists, like it or not.