I was raised Christian. I stopped going to church at the age of 19 and became a bona fide non-Christian. I did this for maybe a number of reasons. As time went by, though, I’ve realized what’s my biggest “reason why”. It’s because, to be a Christian, you’ve got to believe that “Christian” beliefs are the only true beliefs, and everything else is wrong.
And I ain’t trying to live that kind of lie, primo.
It’s never been easy explaining this to Christians. Some don’t get what I mean, and most don’t see why it matters. After all, if what Christians believe in – Jesus Christ and the Holy Bible – are true, then everything else must be false, right? And, I mean, who really cares, right?
Not so fast. I don’t think so. And I care.
Just because Hypothesis A is true – assuming it’s even true – doesn’t mean Hypotheses B and C are false. It’s possible that more than one hypothesis is right. Unless Hypotheses B and C have been proven to be either true or false, we’ve got to keep an open mind. They could be true, false, or – who knows – maybe neither.
Yet Christians believe that part of being a good Christian is to close their minds to any number of possible “non-Christian” beliefs, regardless of whether these have ever been proven false.
Steve Pavlina has written quite a bit about subjective reality (SR), objective reality (OR), and solipsism, which are three different perspectives on – well – reality. Or life. He picks SR over OR because SR acknowledges the possibility of OR (and solipsism), while OR denies the possibility of SR even though it’s logically impossible to prove SR false. He says:
Would you agree that it makes sense for a reasonable model of reality to account for all potentially valid sub-models that are not falsifiable? After all, if we cannot disprove something, then our model should account for the possibility that it is true (without blindly assuming it’s true either). Otherwise we can never trust our model, just as we can never trust OR.
There we have it. Wouldn’t you agree that it makes sense for a reasonable belief system to account for – or “acknowledge” — all potentially valid beliefs or belief systems that can’t or haven’t been proven false? After all, if we can’t disprove something, then our belief system should acknowledge the possibility that it’s true – without blindly assuming that it’s true, either.
Christians wouldn’t agree. They just blindly assume that all metaphysical beliefs not rooted in the Bible are false.
Was Jesus Christ himself that close-minded? Somehow, I really doubt it.
Oh, and, hey… I heard that Christ might’ve been a Buddhist. What do you think?! I guess we’ll just have to ask him if we meet him. 🙂