It was Julie who showed me the hashtag #neverboring in terms of faith and the Holy Spirit. It made me a laugh because in faith I have been downright terrified, far outside of my comfort zone, and sometimes completely bedazzled by the wonder of it all, but never bored.
I was pondering this idea while reading yet another non believers declaration about how the bronze ancestors allegedly invented Christianity and so I went traipsing down this rabbit hole for a few moments asking some questions.
In order to perpetuate a giant fraud you must have the means, method, and motive. Already we have a terrible problem with this theory because we must now ask where the allegedly “ignorant and uneducated” bronze age ancestors got their incredible and amazing spiritual discipline that actually works.
Coming to faith actually works, surrendering to Christ actually transforms lives, and somewhere in scripture you will always find something that seems tailored precisely for any issue you might face…a few thousand years into the future.
So for some allegedly ignorant and uneducated bronze age goat herders, that is a remarkable feat. In fact, it’s so remarkable I think we have to just put it in the category of not even plausible. These would have to be very wise men indeed with access to computer software and an uncanny ability to predict the future. So scratch having “means” right off the list, that just doesn’t compute.
Than we have the method. So in the process of making new disciples, one must run about manipulating things in the background in order to improve their lives, heal their afflictions and fill them with His peace that surpasses all understanding. You can do that on a small scale, you can heal someone who wasn’t really sick to begin with, you can drop a few coins on a starving widow and call it an act of God, but to perpetuate a fraud of this grand a scale that has gone on for thousands of years, you’d have to have a secret cabal of alien lizard overlords pulling the strings behind the scenes. I shall now avoid any jokes about the Illuminati, the Vatican, or the Knights Templer. We’re talking about worldwide faith here involving millions of people across centuries, so this is quite some secret cabal. With the human propensity for attention deficit disorder, I put this in the “not plausible” category. So, no method, no means.
Which brings us to “motive” and the way Christ is so brutally honest with us, an odd juxtaposition that almost reminds me of a Monty Python movie and some gallows humor. So Christ never says, hey guys, create this religion and you will become exceedingly rich, attractive to all the best females, and live a highly glamorous life. Oh no, He says,
“Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses……Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves, But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues…..And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake..” All to be found in Matthew 10.
Not only will you get no riches, you will be persecuted, they will scourge you in their synagogues, and you shall be hated by all men. Also, this grand adventure ends in the likely probability of your death, one that shall be as slow and painful as possible.
And all those attractive women who will flock to your side and be throwing themselves at your feet? Yeah, scratch that one too, we tend to frown on that.
That’s quite the sales pitch, I mean who wouldn’t sign up for that immediately?!
Faith can be a grand and frolicking adventure, one that will take you far out of your comfort zone, one that is not always safe, one that can get you into a great deal of mischief but of the best kind possible. #neverboring that’s for sure, but beyond that it is not an easy plan to market, it does not have good optics, it does not brand well, and as a potential sales pitch I must label it an epic failure. It’s a bit like, “eat this cereal and you will be flogged in the synagogues, hated by many, and often broke.” I suppose there are some who would find that appealing, I mean never say never, but I don’t think it’s going to be a top seller.
No means, no method, no motive.
Is it worth it though? Oh, you better believe it. #neverboring.