I’ve embraced the cultural construct known as Jesus the Christ. It makes me at peace inside myself and shifts my focus from selfish concerns to selfless concerns. I’m a work in progress, but I know this new faith is a force for good in my life and in my dealings with others. All these writings here on The Cynic Testifies are to show you that even a morally and intellectually discerning person can benefit from an experience in the Christ figure.
But is Christ for everyone? Not necessarily. I’ve said before and still believe that whatever your pathway to peace is, that’s the right way. This is consistent with my secular humanist side, because I just want what’s good for humanity, but it’s also consistent with my measured faith in the bible. “Seek and you will find,” Jesus said. If you seek and were “meant” to embrace the Jesus, then it will happen. Don’t even worry about it.
If on some deep level you associate the Christ figure with the systematic rape that happens in the Catholic church, or the religious wars waged in the name of Christ, or the psychological abuse levied against innocent children in the name of Christian doctrine, and you cannot in good conscience intellectually separate the Christ from those who commit these atrocities in his name, then maybe Christ isn’t for you.
But if like me you find yourself able and willing to take the good parts of Christian traditions, discard the bad parts, and add what is uniquely your own, then you might benefit from embracing the Christ and should not fear its inconsistencies and imperfections. For my part, I fully acknowledge that it is a cultural construct, but that is actually one of the reasons I embrace it. I want to experience a feeling of connectedness with my culture, my people. For better and for worse, I came from this culture. I acknowledge its sickness and its beauties alike. Cognitive dissonance is my friend.
God bless you.