my last meditation I made the claim that "The Christian
story is a MYTH." Some people find it a bit unsettling
when you point this out to them. They want to believe
that everything the church has taught them is literally
true. That statement provoked a rather interesting response.
visitor sent me a letter with "Great site!"
in the subject line. He went on to say, "I love
your site, and have had various experiences that affirm
my belief in reincarnation. I'm not a New Ager. I'm
a Catholic." Then he took the trouble to read the
meditation before this one with its comment about Christianity
being a myth. I got a second letter that same day in
which he said,
statements you made, calling Christianity a myth, are
uncalled for. They are also incompatible with reincarnation
in which you are passing judgment without fearing that
one day, in some other place, the same judgment will
be passed on you, and then you'll be left wondering
do we go from "Great site!" to "Judgment
will be passed on you" in a single day? I have
no problem with this person's beliefs. Our site is dedicated
to respecting the diverse approaches to faith that we
find among different people. But the problem which religion
has generated is the conviction that those who don't
believe as we do will be judged by God, and punished.
is a distortion of the truth about God. This person,
who is Catholic, seems unaware that the Catholic church
pronounces judgment on its members who believe in reincarnation.
The official view is stated in these words: "The
Catholic Church has never believed in reincarnation.
To claim that the Catholic Church ever held such a false
teaching is to completely misunderstand the fundamentals
of the Catholic Faith."
individual is free to pick and choose which elements
he wishes to include in his own personal worldview.
This individual chooses to include reincarnation, although
it is condemned by the church to which he belongs, because
it makes sense to him. He apparently does not fear the
condemnation of God even though his church is prepared
to condemn him. Similarly, I choose to believe the evidence
of history which indicates that Christianity is only
one in a long series of religions built around the same
myth, that God became a man and did miraculous things.
The Roman emperors claimed that they were gods. The
Japanese emperor was worshipped as a god. We laugh at
these primitive and politically motivated myths, but
continue to accept the 2000 year old myth of Christianity.
person also says that my statements about Christianity
being a myth are incompatible with reincarnation. I
frankly don't get the connection. To me, it seems that
it is religion itself which is incompatible with reincarnation.
You can't have it both ways - either we live one life
and then face the judgment, or we are spiritual children
of God, sharing eternity with Him in one form or another.
John W. Sloat 2006