Yup you heard me right. Im a Christian. I have a set of beliefs and ideologies that give me great strength and peace when times are tough. They also give me guidance on how to live my life in a way I would like to.
Is that a bad thing? No. Does that make a me a ‘jesus freak’ or a ‘God botherer’ no. It makes me the same as millions of people around the world who have a faith, whether it be a deep seated faith where you attend church every week and are devout or, like me, who choose to practice their faith in a more private way.
Somewhere, I forget where, a poster has been placed by a religious group publicising a healing event. No big deal you might think. these events happen up and down the country without comment. But not this time. Now the group are being told that they have to have a disclaimer on their poster pointing out that they cannot claim to cure people. I disagree with this fundamentally. Not just because I am Christian but because I am a liberal. We as a society do not get to tell a group of people of faith that their belief is wrong simply because we disagree with it. We don’t get to call those people jesus freaks and God botherers because we disagree with them either but that is exactly what has happened today and its been done by some who claim to be liberals. I find that really disappointing.
My point in all of this is that you cannot simply tell people of religion that their view is wrong because you take the atheist or scientific belief. The black and white facts of the matter are that neither point of view, when your strip them both back, can be proven as right or wrong. Who is to say that every scientific discovery that has been made so far is right and accurate and supersedes religious belief? Who says that religion is right over science? No one can categorically say either overrides the other and thats my point.
So until one side is proven beyond all doubt to be accurate and the other wrong, neither side has any right to prejudge the other, either by mocking them or calling them names. Neither do they get to censor them by making home put disclaimers on their posters which they cannot legally prove beyond all reasonable doubt. I am not saying that faith can cure sickness and disease but I am also not saying that it cannot. The world is full of personal accounts of people who have had religious experiences where they have been cured. Not just in the bible but in modern times too. Who is anyone to say that they are wrong? In many cases medical science cannot say that they are wrong either and are loathe to offer explanations because they cannot factually prove one or the other that the event did not occur. If people choose to believe it is up to them.
Faith cannot be regulated science and to attempt to do so is just plain daft.
So, until such time as you can, then we should be liberal and respectful. Let people claim they can cure people all they want. There is no harm in it. People will still go to hospital if they are feeling ill and in need of treatment. Suggesting that one poster for heeling ‘could’ prevent someone seeking treatment is knee jerking in the extreme. I refuse to believe that people are simply that blind. The majority are not.
So if you don’t believe in God or have a faith thats fine. If like me, you do thats fine too. But don’t think that your opinion has any right to trample over the rights of the other side because you believe you are right and the other side is wrong. Its arrogant, rude, and shows startling lack of respect and tolerance.