Written by IainB

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

image for All off at Religion Station Religious people have the eyes open to the wonders of conformity

We've all been there. Happily blundering in the dark believing that there's no God and that pure random chance and basic high school physics created the universe and all life within it, in it's glorious diversity.

Then suddenly it hits us.

Life is like a train, and we can stay on those single tracks blindly following science, or we could get off at Religion Station.

The great thing about Religion Station is that there's loads of different stations. Some are right next to each other, like the Protestants and the Catholics, some are quite far apart, like Judaism and Buddhism. They all have one thing in common, they are beautiful stations with plenty to offer the commuter through life. Be it the beautiful art and architecture of the Catholic Station, or the bare simplicity of Buddhism; the OCD neatness and ritual of Judaism or the night-life and diversity of Post-Hellenic Reconstructionism.

They are also all right.

Absolutely, 100% no room for error, correct in their description of the world and creation.

I know I said they have one thing in common. But that's the beauty of Religion Station. One in this case means several.

It matters not which station you choose. Any station can give you a home for life, and you can always walk from one station to another if you feel dissatisfaction. With several stations this isn't necessary, as on one Religion Station one can often find many different flavours to be found, the right hand of any of the stations being for the more fundamental, the left hand side for the more lackadaisical.

So if you would like to believe in God, get off at the first stop of the life train and find a nice comfy seat on the platform. You don't need to look any further. Laugh at those poor unfortunates who head off down those very straight rails while you sip a cappuccino in the company of like-minded individuals. Or a water if you're on the Methodism plain wooden bench on the Christianity Platform.

If you have any questions, about anything, there is at least one man on every platform who can give you the answer. It might not always be a satisfying answer, but it is the answer. You don't need any other answers. They won't make the grass grow any slower, or put food in your fridge.

Reassure yourself that those rails are very straight and constricting. The people on the trains don't know where they're going. They don't even have a driver! They can see where they've been, but not very far; therefore they musn't have travelled far. Who knows how wide the tracks are two millennia previously? And there's all the stories of the train going down dead ends and the passengers having to get it going forward again. Far better to stay where all the answers are given to you without searching, where everything is comfortable and reassuring and not, in any way, challenging.

Where would we be if we challenged ourselves?

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