What made me stop trying to be a Christian again, was this strange analogy from a pastor. He said that having faith was hard, it's like you standing next to the edge of a rock. beyond it is all clouds or fog. Below you, you can't tell if there is just another step, or if its the edge of the cliff. Either way, you need to trust God that you won't fall and die, and you need to make that step.
I still wonder if he is a closet atheist, that analogy is too good to be true. Or he's insane.
What do you all think, is he a closet atheist? Can I fuse this post with the above? For some reason it didn't show and I had to post this again.
I have no idea, though I find no reason to say yes. He just made a very poor analogy. It ignores the possibility that there is no god, and yes you will die or be injured, (in the case of a real cliff/clouds etc. etc.) However, I doubt that you'd die or be injured by taking the leap of faith in "God" as a guide for living. For me however, it would be intellectually dishonest, for I have no belief, so no reason to have faith.
If taking the leap of faith did result in death or injury, then we'd have some sort of answer to the question of: "What does faith provide?" Maybe it provides some people with comfort, but it is a comfort I must forgo in favour of honesty and being true to myself.
May I refer you to a related posting on this forum at:-
A lot of modern preachers have taken Soren Kierkegaard's arguments for taking the risk of faith and turned them into bad metaphors of taking a literal leap.
You can see this idea taken literally in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, as Indiana is in the temple and finds himself at a pit that is about 100 feet wide.Â The instructions tell him that to pass he has to take a leap of faith to get across.Â He steps out into nothingness and suddenly finds himself standing on an invisible bridge.
And yet this same God himself provides tests - handling venomous serpents without being harmed, and drinking poison without effect. "You mustn't test me, but here are the tests you can do...."