Driven Insane By Feelings

“Twenty students have committed suicide in India this past week after the Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) announced their exam scores, which Khaleejtimes reported have been marked in controversy after there were discrepancies in the results.

“Nearly 1 million students took the exams between February and March, and nearly 350,000 failed, causing widespread protests from parents, student groups and political parties.

“In 2017, both the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana regions of India saw more than 50 suicides by students between September and October.” (Fox News.)

I don’t know about you but I find this absolutely disturbing. I just finished a story on Cal State students upset with a statute of Prospector Pete on their campus and they want it torn down because it disturbs them. Maybe these students would be more real in life if they concerned themselves with the question of why so many young people are killing themselves over failing a test rather than accepting life and finding places to move on. This is happening now, not a century and a half ago.

Intellectually I understand postmodernism. On an emotional level I can’t get my heart around why we are so easily destroying ourselves, everything we believed, everything we’ve cherished in the past, the thing that drives this Indian students to kill themselves.

This was yesterday when I opened up this story. Today I opened up another article that equally flummoxed me by Eric Erickson titled: “Flat Earth Christianity.” He begins with these words:

“As I do every year, I wrote my Holy Week column about Easter. Major historians, even atheists, recognize that the execution of a man named Jesus around A.D. 33 is one of the most — if not the most — significant events in human history. Christians go a step further. They believe Jesus rose again from the dead. And therein lies the problem.

“Last week, I noted that “there are many who call themselves Christians, but only those who actually believe in the physical resurrection of Christ are truly Christian.” It is not a controversial statement, or at least, I did not think it was. But a lot of people took it as one man’s opinion and thought the statement was open for debate.”

What? 

Evidently New York Times writer “Kristof interviewed Serene Jones, the president of Union Theological Seminary. Jones calls herself a Christian but says belief in the physical resurrection of Jesus is not necessary to be a Christian.”

What?

Here’s what she said:

“For Christians for whom the physical resurrection becomes a sort of obsession, that seems to me to be a pretty wobbly faith. What if tomorrow someone found the body of Jesus still in the tomb? Would that then mean that Christianity was a lie? No, faith is stronger than that.”

What? Physical resurrection is our obsession? To believe it really creates a “wobbly faith?” Erickson quotes 1 Corinthians 15: “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.”

I’m with Erickson, Christianity is not a philosophy like Confucianism is a philosophy, not a religion though it came to be treated as one. If Yahweh God, the I AM, is not real then Judaism and Christianity is just another mythology attempting to make us feel good in a confused world, a mind game we play. We would be better off refusing to play the game. If Jesus did not rise from the grave then the Apostle hucksters sold us snake oil and we wanted it to be true so we bought it but it’s time to throw our bottles in the trash. It’s rationally foolish to say I’m a Christian but I don’t believe Christ rose from the dead and therein lies my hope.

Students failing a test killing themselves. Christians denying the resurrection of Christ. As Erickson writes: “If you think the physical resurrection of Jesus being a necessary part of Christian faith is just one person’s opinion, it is time to stop thinking flat-Earthers are wrong.” If failing a test destroys everything about us then we are basing who we are on absolutely the wrong things.

In our postmodern world where feelings are the only truth we’ve turned almost everything about who we are on its head. And we’re making laws that force us to go into our inner sanctum and take each truth we’ve held and turn them upside down. We are contradicting everything we know and we feel superior in that. 

Remember this Thomas Jefferson quote? “Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.” We’ve changed this to “Question nothing, let your feelings guide you.” And what you get are children killing themselves and believers not believing. Interesting (really sad) world we’re creating for ourselves. Maybe we ought to wake up.