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.
"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."
"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."
"You did nothing to them..," upon which she'd pause to reflect.., "Oh, that's happened to me as well..."