Yes, you read that headline right. Claiming that “it is nearly impossible” for clergy to leave their faith and their jobs, the founders, Richard Dawkins, and Dan Barker, are offering a “true sanctuary, a congregation of those of us who have replaced faith and dogma with reason and human well-being.” Why would it be hard to leave the clergy if you don’t believe? If you don’t believe, wouldn’t you be engaging in a woeful waste of time?
If you had been a believer, and knew that not believing would mark you for a devil’s hell, now that you no longer believe, wouldn’t it be easy? I mean, what do you have to lose now… other than eternal life in heaven. Oh yeah, that. Well, OK, but now you don’t believe in that kind of thing, right? So, you are free! Right?
Well, the Truth will set you free. (John 8:32) And the Truth is… you are gonna shake and bake, Jack. Them’s the breaks. I’m sorry to sound snide, but this is just stupid! I seriously doubt that ANY so-called pastor, or cleryman, who was EVER truly a believer suddenly just no longer believes! I question whether they ever truly did believe in the first place. But, that’s just me!
Jesus said, “… Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8) The Amplified Bible makes it a bit clearer to us, “However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find [persistence in] faith on the earth?” It is one thing to believe, it is another to be “persistent” in believing!
So, what we need is persistence, “stick-to-itivness” (if that’s a word!) If you are going to believe, then believe! No half measures, no “well, I believe except for those pesky miracles…” Just go for it!