The Second Coming
I have a friend that I used to work with. Unlike me, he was a very religious person in the best meaning of the word (in my own opinion). His faith was strong, but he wasn’t a preacher or evangelist or pusher. Whenever I had a question or observation about the Christian faith, I’d sit down and talk to him. He was always open and patient and never took offense to the blasphemous questions or arguments I posed to him, and would always answer me honestly, expressing his beliefs as just that, never judging or condemning. He is a good man, who just happens to be quite religious. I wish I still worked with him, so I could ask him about something I started thinking about last night.
OK, let’s say the Second Coming of Christ happens. Dude shows up, tells people he’s the Son of God returned. It’s happened a lot of times before now, I’m sure. Is there a single religious faith that would embrace this person without question, or would he be forced to prove that he is the Son of God through some kind of miracle or something? I can’t imagine anyone accepting anyone making that claim, just as no one has embraced the people who have claimed it up until now. On the flip side, if he proves it through miraculous doings, doesn’t that undermine the entire concept of faith? Would that not make those Christians no different than any non-believers? I actually think that there would be active and open hostility, especially as the proclaimer’s popularity grew. Religious leaders would feel threatened unless he endorsed their own particular strain of faith.
Christians have pointed their fingers at the Jews for not embracing Christ for almost 2000 years and for playing a role in his death. I don’t think that Christians would behave any differently if someone appeared, claiming to be their god made flesh, and declared himself King of the Christians. In fact, I’m fairly certain that this person would be murdered eventually by a very religious person.
Man, organized religion is weird.