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When the foundations are destroyed …

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Ever since I left christianity, it’s been clearer than ever before. And it has shown itself to me time and time again. Show me the foundation of a position, the basic premise of an idea or institution! Allow me to find a significant enough flaw in it! Let me really study on and ponder the problem! And should the flaw be inescapable, I cannot live according to the idea or institution any longer, if I did at all.

When I had looked at the biblical foundation for faith in Jesus’ messiahship, I remember always recounting it as a light simply switching off. There was no great emotion or mourning. Jesus had just gone, his relevance dead. And I could never get it back even if I wanted to. Without a basis, a reason to believe, not merely some subjective need for comfort or solace, but something tied to a truth beyond my personal whims, without it, I could not continue.

So when I say my faith in so much has gone … for me the foundations are gone or I realise I was standing, not on some sure rock, some foundation, only air. And air does not support a human body. One just falls through it until it hits something solid.

Except for God, I really have no idea what to hold on to, what there is to stand on. “All other ground is sinking sand?”

There are some things I kinda took for granted, believing them to be so mundane that there’d be no reason to look any closer. Tell me, why would I EVER doubt what makes a person sick? What the hell does the scientific method have to do with my life? Nothing! Bloody nothing! Or so I hoped. Why the hell would I learn the difference between an epidemiological study and an investigation into causes? My god!

How did my denial of christianity morph into skepticism about so much? I would say that the principles behind the investigation into one thing is the same as the principles behind the investigation into another. I was so used to thinking that religion is one thing and real life is another. But now I realise that when it comes to judging claims, … well, a claim is just a claim. It’s up to the person to whom the claim is given to judge the evidence and rationale behind it. There is no big chasm between so called “religious” and “secular,” separating them.

I’ll give an example. I’ll ask someone why they think Jesus is real and the messiah. They’ll tell me how much he does in their life. They’ll tell me what a great change he made to their lives, how he reversed an evil that was in their character or surroundings and made things better. I will be told how they were preached the gospel, and the message had such an impact. “Only God could do this or that!” Or, “only the son of God could do this or that.” Or, “I prayed to Jesus/God for a sign and it happened, so …”

Normally, for me, the scriptures are of incidental worth. What comes first is the personal experience of something attributed to Jesus. Scriptures are interpreted in light of that first presuppositional acceptance of the truth of Jesus. Personal belief seems to interpret the facts rather than the facts leading to the acceptance. I know this because of the woefully poor understanding of the scriptures that normally accompanies the acceptance of Jesus. I normally cannot get an accurate description of what the messiah is and from that what he’s supposed to do according to the Jewish Bible. Hence, it’s the expectation of the christian that becomes what the messiah was supposed to do rather than what is dictated by the Jewish Bible. I could add the fact that so many other people claim to have had their lives changed by Jesus.

In fact, going through the gospels again, as I currently am, I see that sort of thinking there too. The focus is on Jesus’ teaching and his miracles. It’s as if it’s the miraculous that makes “the messiah” or “son of God” for the writers rather than explicit statements about what the “moshiach” is according to the “old testament.”

Anyway, another example. People claim that COVID-19 is real. How do they know this? Well, some will say they know because they had it. How do they know they had it? Well, for some, it’s because they had a positive test. For some, they were sick and had positive tests. Some would say that they were so sick and it was so different to anything else that it must be COVID. It was confirmed by the test as well. Some will say how so many people in the world have had it, and so many have died from it (yes, they say “from” and not “with”, meaning “because of,” meaning that the culprit of the death is “COVID”). Someone who used to be at least slightly skeptical about the narrative now boldly claims that it is real because that person had it and felt so bad for so long.

Yet the same woefully poor state of knowledge, the utter ignorance, rears its ugly head. When I ask what COVID-19 is, without fail I see the face of the person I ask screw up in confusion and concentration as they patch together something that seems to make sense to them. If I get to a point where they’re talking about a “virus,” and I ask what a virus is, once again the confusion sets in. Not once, not once, has someone said to me, off the top of their heads, anything about MRNA or DNA or genetic material surrounded by a protein. Never! I still remember a person who was using tests regularly to check if she had “covid,” who I asked “how do you know the test is looking for a virus?” and the total silence that followed, accompanied with a look of confusion. Believe it or not, that same person is now saying that everyone should be tested daily, and everyone else should know the results.

Just so that you can grasp the dire mental situation I face daily. Let me try to break it down. People believe that COVID-19 is a deadly disease. But they hardly know what COVID-19 is, cannot articulate what causes it, have no clue how the test works (and therefore if it works), and have no idea what steps need to be taken to prove that the cause actually exists. All the fundamental knowledge is dead and gone, is non-existent. And yet, I hear the gospel of COVID daily, preached with the same fervour, if not more so, than Jesus-followers. Even the people who say that they had it only experienced being ill but are utterly clueless about causation.

On one hand, there is a supposedly “religious” claim about Jesus. On the other hand, … well what makes that claim any less religious? And if the second claim isn’t religious, what makes the first claim religious? Let me guess. Because God is involved in one and not in the other? Worthless distinction. When it comes to discerning the truth of either, it’s the facts and rationale that matter. When it comes to the power of either claim, the utter ignorance that lays at the foundation, at the base of their structures, only strengthens the case against them. Both require faith in the invisible and on authority.

For me, it’s about principle, the foundational points that lay the framework for a belief that matters. I can see similarities in the motifs of the above examples in claims such as “I know the government has authority” or “I know the earth is billions of years old.” Just more ignorance at the base of each widely-accepted ideology. Damn, even the claim “the earth spins” is based on nothing when I ask around. What an utterly pathetic state of affairs.

But then, thinking about it, if the foundation of tested knowledge is removed, and all that are left are clouds of belief held to be true, then doesn’t all it take to move such clouds a strong enough wind? There is an alleged quote from some senior member of the CIA (an American spy organisation). I don’t know about its source, but the contents make sense on an international scale in line with this ubiquitous foundational ignorance about so many things, and with statements by Edward Bernays about the controlling of the masses. It says the following.

We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.

And it’s hard not to see the hand of the education system in this widespread benightedness, a place where children learn to be dictated to by authorities, where the clique and the group is everything, where it is not critical thinking but compliance which is praised and promoted, where cheap thrills such as grades are aimed for rather than mastery of a topic, where you know a topic is about science because it was taught in a class called “Science” (or physics or biology, etc), regardless of whether it actually follows the scientific method. A factory system crafts factory minds, although even describing the products as “minds” is being overly-generous.

I started off this post just thinking about my dependence on fundamental principles and the knowledge of said principles, and the fact that the lack of such a basis in the beliefs and the consequent rejection of such positions that I used to hold are what cuts me off from those around me. It seems to have transformed into the fact that society itself seems to have lost a foundational understanding of reality thus leaving it susceptible to being duped again and again, a susceptibility that has, I believe, been exploited time and time again until it is like living in an insane asylum, but where the insanity is deemed the norm and therefore the truth.

And when it feels I am nigh-completely surrounded by the insane and stupid, I can only shake my head in resignation. It may sound arrogant to see others as insane or wrong. If I came to this position out of similar ignorance, it would make me all the more guilty. But to have read what I’ve read, studied as best I can, at least tried to look for cogent reasoning, and to find stated facts in one position and the people around me in another, I would only end up destroying myself to deny all that and just accept what is foolishness as sense and to call evil good.

By hesedyahu

I'm a gentile living in UK, a person who has chosen to take upon himself the responsibility God has given to all gentiles. God is the greatest aspect of my life and He has blessed me with a family.

I used to be a christian, but I learnt the errors of my ways.

I love music. I love to play it on the instruments I can play, I love to close my eyes and feel the groove of it. I could call myself a singer and a songwriter ... And that would be accurate.

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