Building a house of cards is no easy task.
It takes time. Patience. They’re extremely fragile. If one card slips or, worse, is torn out, the entire thing collapses underneath its own weight and inconsistency.
I often wonder about the nature of belief, especially the kind that leads to conclusions I find strange or illogical. Religion is attractive for a number of reasons – reasons that are easily understood. And so much of what is taught about religion remains relevant today; parables from the Gospel, the ten commandments, forgiveness. But how do Christians resolve the internal inconsistencies that exist in the bible, or rationalise the hurt their belief system has brought upon the world? How do they justify that which is completely irrelevant? The brutal, barbaric stuff.
I’ve watched plenty of Christians struggle with that burden – and I often think that the healthiest Christians struggle most – crisis’ of faith, unanswered questions, unresolvable issues. Abortion, rape, homosexuality, creation – taking the bible literally is dangerous, but treating it as anything other than the direct word of God is, for some Christians at least, a difficult pill to swallow.
Remove a single piece from the house of cards, and the entire structure comes tumbling down. Therefore it is up to Christianity to protect that structure. At all costs.
Plenty of Atheists will attack Christians for ignorance. They’re against Gay marriage because they’re backwards, they’re against abortion because they’re heartless; they don’t accept Evolution because they’re stupid.
Of course, that’s not (usually) the case. Christians are (usually) painfully aware of these issues. Far more than you or I. They struggle with these questions constantly. The bottom line is this: Christians are far from ignorant; they’re simply protecting their House of Cards. At all costs if necessary.
Because building a house of cards is no easy task. The bigger the house, the more fragile it becomes. And if its foundation is built from half-truths and conflict, then that house of cards becomes more fragile still. Take out one single card, one single concept, one single tiny belief, and the whole thing comes tumbling down.
And this phenomenon is by no means exclusive to Christians – Atheists, Agnostics, Muslims, whatever, if they have a belief system, they have their very own House of Cards. The more bloated and inconsistent the belief system, the more fragile the house of cards; and the more vehemently said structure needs to be protected.
It’s the reason why certain debate topics are so emotionally charged – so much is at stake. Remove one piece from the house of cards and the entire structure becomes untenable. No one will abandon a single argument, or give any quarter, because to concede a single point would be tantamount to complete and utter surrender; the integrity of the whole would be in question.
And no-one wants their belief system to collapse; no one has the fortitude or time to rebuild.
Because building a house of cards is no easy task.
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