This is me. My name is Mark.
I’m eating a hamburger. It was delicious – but it almost killed me.
This is my wife.
She’s hot – am I right?
Yes. The answer to that question is yes. But there’s a catch – there’s always a catch.
She’s one of them there Christians. [Gasp!]
Not a burning witches at the stake Christian; or a picketing dead soldier’s funeral Christian – she hasn’t set any abortion clinics on fire… yet. She’s just a regular Seventh Day Adventist Christian, with Christian beliefs. Her father’s a pastor, she believes in God, she reads the bible, she believes that Jesus loves her and died for her sins.
Problem is – I don’t believe in any of these things. Except for the ‘dad being a pastor’ part. That’s a cold, hard scientific fact – I’ll let that one pass
Now for the point, and the reason for the existence of this blog.
Before I got married, myself, and the missus to be, got together and had a wee chat about our obvious differences and how they could be managed (cordially, without the need for head severage). Eventually a compromise was struck – she accepted the probability that I would never, ever… ever get baptised as a Christian. In return I agreed to accompany her to church – not every week, but most weeks – not to keep up appearances, but to keep her company, and maybe learn something about her beliefs in the process.
Hence this blog. Quite literally, as a result of a promise that I cannot break, I am ‘stuck in church’.
Instead of moaning about the situation, I’ve decided to write about it, for a couple of reasons.
The first being that I want to document how being in church has affected me – the positives, the negatives, the frustrations, the breakthroughs. I find it hard to see myself ever being baptised as a Christian, but writing a blog like this forces me to stay objective and balanced about the experience of going to Church.
The other reason is a little more pompous, so bear with me. My situation can be awkward – quite often I find myself playing Devil’s Advocate, arguing against blind faith with Christians, whilst simultaneously attempting to convince Atheists that Christianity can be a positive force in people’s lives. What I’ve found most concerting during these experiences is a complete lack of respect (on both sides) for the viewpoints of others – there’s a wilful ignorance that I find unhealthy and just plain irritating.
Hopefully this blog can be a means of uppercutting said ignorance into oblivion – a middle ground where people can talk about their personal beliefs without fear of reprisal. Then we can all give each other a long, slightly awkward hug and declare world peace.
Well, that’s this old, crazy fool’s dream at least…
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