Few True Believers

Many times, we atheists are battling windmills much like Don Quixote.  We argue against a rare foe.  I found this Pew Research article (Dec ’09) which tells how mixed up Americans are when it comes to religion.  The article shows how eclectic many believers can be.  So, are they just trying to cover all bases or do they just not really care about dogma.  I think it is the later.

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it.  For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
— reportedly by Jesus in Matt 7:13-14 (NRSV)

The Pew Research article shows that Jesus may be right.  For if, as orthodox Christianity claims, accurate belief and submission to it is needed to pass through the narrow gate, then many American believers will be surprised.  So those of you who want people to give up their superstitious beliefs, just remember, many people don’t care much at all about consistency when it comes to superstitions or their dogmas.


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7 responses to “Few True Believers

  1. I always like to point out to the dogmatic literalists that the goats in that famous parable didn’t know they were goats. 😉

  2. Temaskian

    “many people don’t care much at all about consistency when it comes to superstitions or their dogmas.”

    Which is why the world is not as bad as it would be if the majority of people here really really followed the archaic texts to the letter.

  3. @ Mike — that got me laughing

    @ Temaskian — Absolutely !

  4. Ever hear Keith Green’s song based on that parable? It’s a great song and has some funny stuff in it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5wUDgDEOmg

  5. @ Mike – I hadn’t heard of Keith Green and just read a little (died in Airplane crash and all). I guess I was a bad Evangelical !

  6. Ha! He was quite the character. He was about as on fire for Jesus as one could get and I’m pretty sure he was sincere. He was a Christian musician before the monstrosity that is the Christian music industry was around. He’s one of the few I will still listen to from time to time even though I don’t believe anymore.

  7. societyvs

    I would have to contend that passage in Matthew is not neccesarily about ‘dogma’ as much as it is about ‘one’s actions’.

    Nothing in that passage inherently says anything about some formulated orthodox doctrine that one must believe in order to be entering the ‘narrow gate’.

    It can be suggested Jesus is refering to type of path based on God’s teachings – concerning one’s actions towards finding fulfillment in life. The 2 key words in that passage are ‘destruction’ and ‘life’. This can only truly be verified by one’s actions towards the world around them.

    What is a destructive pathway? People that run to the places to shed blood (maybe based on an earlier Psalm or Proverb). Life would be the pathway that does not seek to destroy but seeks to give ‘life’. I find the Proverbs filled with many of these ideas…this could be the point of this passage.

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