As most of you know, I am best described as a small-c Christian. In other words, I am 'Christian' by what I can only describe as religious osmosis! I have never attended churches of any description except for what can at best be described as social reasons. Of course, as a schoolboy of a certain era I was taught the basic, very basic, tenets of Christianity. Even so, as I have written here before, I am a confirmed agnostic who neither believes nor disbelieves in any God of any sort. It is, I think, a question way above my pay-grade!
Even so, and sort of continuing from my previous post, I do care very much about the state of Christianity because I know it has made a profound difference to the western world, not always good but then again not always bad! If you doubt me then cast your eyes eastwards to those lands where Islam rules the roost. It seems to me that the religion of Islam is rotten to the core. For a start it sets up men against women. The whole rotten edifice is based on the belief that men rule absolutely and women are slaves set on earth to serve without question or complaint. In other words, it enshrines male dictatorship, and in the end, all dictators go mad!
Of course, Christianity has had, and still has, its fair share of swivel-eyed loonies, mostly men, but gradually and inexorably the teachings of Jesus Christ have sapped their strength. Women have been set free. Slaves have been set free. Fairness and decency may be constantly under pressure but still their flickering light shines out and, on occasions, still shame the wrong-doer and even guide the morally confused. Alas, the various churches themselves often fall into disrepute but still, beneath the rot, those simple precepts of fundamental decency allegedly spoken by Jesus Christ survive and induce just enough people to hang on to a sense of right and wrong. Long may it continue.
Here endeth the first, and from me, the last lesson! (Waddya mean, 'Thank God?')