LETTER: Mixed response to religion
ACCORDING to Facebook feedback social networkers (NM 4/8) religion means different things to different people.
A spunky contemporary TV ad tries to convince us that "we all need something to hold on to - a belief, idea, a dream."
Obviously this ad is doomed to produce little fruit if we go by the response to the Facebook survey on religion, as it would appear that many people believe that they don't need anything to hold on to in life, as we are now "evolved and enlightened."
However, we depend largely on two things - what we have been taught, and what we have experienced in life. If the latter contradicts the former, we will discard the former in favour of the latter.
Likewise, if we have lived with hate, rejection, legalism, impatience, coldness, hopelessness, unforgiveness, sorrow, turmoil - the negatives.
But through some miracle of amazing grace, we enter into an experience of love, acceptance, patience, warmth, hope, forgiveness, joy and peace - the positives.
Would we not then receive with open arms the change?
I would dare to suggest that religion has more to do with the former negatives than the latter positives which I have outlined.
And the way to receive the positives is not through religion, but only through a personal relationship with our lord Jesus Christ.
He died and rose again.
This is not religion. It is history.
Therefore it is fact, not "blind faith".