Sometimes, an idea is so simple, so obvious, it just doesn’t occur to you.
Even as a little kid – at least on some level – I realized people are deeply convinced that their own religion is true, whatever that religion may be, and that there’s no objective way to discern what ultimate truth actually is.
This bugaboo stuck with me along my entire religious journey until, after over 40 years, my faith finally evaporated.
Yet this literally never occurs to a lot of people. I can’t tell you how often I’ve pointed out to theists that people who believe differently feel just as secure, just as certain, just as happy, just as fulfilled with their own religion, and they’ve responded, “What do you mean?” Or “How do you know?” Because of course, THEY know. They feel in their heart their faith is true, without a doubt.
Similar images of different people at worship (Christians lighting candles, Buddhists lighting candles, people praying in mosques and synagogues) are a dime a dozen.
But yesterday I stumbled across an amateur video by a former Mormon that showed something totally obvious, yet I have never seen it before: Footage of different people weeping with joy as they talk about their conversion experiences. To watch the similarities unfold as a Christian talks about the moment Jesus came into her heart or the moment a Muslim said the Shahada is kind of stunning.
I thought the idea was spectacular, but the video drags and only includes a few people.
I’ve never made a video before, but I know I can. So over the next couple months, as I get ready to publish my blog, I’m going to create something similar, but better … a montage of different people’s emotional reactions, fast-moving, with quick cuts and music
I still believe the single best way to help people question their own beliefs is to really confront the fact that others have had the exact same experience.
I have 4 so far.