You can’t escape it, wherever you look the fingerprints of Christianity can be found and their touch goes far beyond the mere surface appearance.
The west and the west’s reach across the globe has been built upon Christian ideas.
Yes – of course it has done a lot of harm, but it has also done a lot of good. It is undeniable that Christianity has shaped our culture, art, music, sense of worth, literature, education, healthcare, banking, eating habits, morality, workplaces, welfare and the list keeps going.
It is impossible for me to live a day without most of the things I do or that get done to me being linked to Christian influences, influences that really did once govern pretty much everything within the cultures it created. Even now, without realising it, I am taking for granted so many things that are only here because of the spread of Christianity.
Do we ever stop and take stock at the foundation we are building upon? Can we remove the foundation and expect the building to remain standing as we continue to build?
This really hit me when I was looking at my own life and began to see how Christ has infiltrated everything that I am. You see it goes down SO deep that I don’t think I will be able to mine down and remove it even if I was to try. I am saturated and that saturation has been occurring for close to three decades, and it has affected everything.
I am always going to be finding its grip within my life and I can’t help but feel as though I will always be in the shadow of Christendom. It affects everything, and honestly, it makes me feel completely helpless.
How can you step outside of yourself to find and then address the unjustifiable spiritual motifs that orchestrate one’s life? It boggles the mind. It makes me want to quit before I have even really started. It makes me fall into despair.
I am a product of how I was made, raised and what I have had to influence my mental capacity. Humans are born with a massive capacity to change and adapt. We have DNA, which tells our body how to grow and form, but we also rely heavily upon those that raise us and the world around us to inform morality, worth, purpose and our reason. Christianity, in the west, has been affecting the culture that I have been raised in, building and melding with it for generations.
What if everything that has been shared and relayed was wrong? What if it is all a lie? What if those who pass this ‘information’ on are themselves tricked by the historical need to repeat faith-based ‘truths’ that granted the ability for societies that we now live in to flourish and thrive in the past… surely the truth is more important than hope.
So, is hope a prison that we have placed ourselves in? Can we find the key at this late stage?
The infiltration of Christ is undeniable. To push it away and ‘just crack on’ with everyday life would be foolish when I am trying to figure out who I am. I need to look into the foundations of what made the societies that have enabled me to question these very things to exist in the first place.
There is a new book, Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind by Tom Holland, that I want to get and read in the future. It seems to be a really good break down of what Christianity has done for the world since it first started to spread. It is also written by someone who wouldn’t class themselves as a Christian.
I am yet to hear of a none Christian historian who studies the claims of the Christian scriptures and learns of its influence on the world, who then becomes a Christian due to their research. I don’t mean any armchair historian either, I mean a professional historian – I can’t find a single one who is alive today.
We have to understand that throughout history so many things have started and most of those things have been stopped and died. Just look at life on Earth, 99.9% of which has come and gone. It will never be here again.
The story of the successful needs to be looked into, and we need to realise that we all hold success bias, because it is the successful things that dictate what we believe and how we evolve, adapt and move on. We don’t even get to know about the unsuccessful ones to be born, live and die.
Success tells the tale, and success reigns supreme.
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