Walking through this dark, rainy english evening I lifted my foot onto church steps to tie my laces. I couldn’t help to be drawn in by the sight I have used as my featured image. It is a sight of warmth and light. Shelter and community. The huge open doors used as an invitation to draw you in. It’s bonfire night here, so the constant sound of firework explosions and busy traffic almost tempted me in to a building so tranquil.
Just before I took this photo, three people were seated in the last row together. Not talking, simply looking forward. They could be a family going through a difficult time and looking for guidance. They could be criminals past or present looking for forgiveness, I don’t know. What I do know is that church acts like a comfort blanket.
Like a nice cup of tea, church is that feel good, stress relieving remedy for many. I know this, I like to think most atheists do. I would never argue this. What I do refute is that because church has this effect Christianity must be considered equal to science.
‘Christianity has done so much good throughout history and still does, can’t you see that?’
I can. But it does not make the Bible any more accurate in it’s claims. Toy Story was a great movie but I don’t believe toys come to life from time to time.
Church also has a darker side, overlooked all to often. What is the first thing you noticed in the picture, the cross perhaps? I’ll assume so. There is a brutally murdered man up there, whipped, crucified and stabbed whilst made to wear a crown of thorns. Is this where you take your children despite all of the violent movies you have banned them from watching? I won’t.
Christians, we understand that your religion beings happiness to many. Debates between science and religion don’t occur with this in mind. What is argued is that regardless of how happy it makes people, stories are stories and no more. Religion should not be placed in a higher pedestal and used as an explanation for our origins.
What do you feel when you walk into a church?