Tuesday, February 22, 2011

What God and Justin Bieber May Have in Common

It's two Piper posts in a row, but here goes. This morning, Piper posted an excerpt from an interview with Brad Pitt in the hard-hitting Parade magazine, in which he argues against the God-centeredness of the universe. He actually sounds, in parts, like many Christians I've met who do not believe that God is the center of the universe.
Religion works. I know there's comfort there, a crash pad. It's something to explain the world and tell you there is something bigger than you, and it is going to be alright in the end. It works because it's comforting. I grew up believing in it, and it worked for me in whatever my little personal high school crisis was, but it didn't last for me.

I didn't understand this idea of a God who says, “You have to acknowledge me. You have to say that I'm the best, and then I'll give you eternal happiness. If you won't, then you don't get it!” It seemed to be about ego. I can't see God operating from ego, so it made no sense to me.
And of course, everybody knows that if you can't fully comprehend something, then it must not be true. If that methodology was correct, then, Justin Bieber would not really be the most famous person on the planet right now, since I cannot comprehend how such a thing is possible.

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