It was scary. Yesterday, I finally found myself nodding along to an article on Charisma:
From an outside observer’s standpoint, Christianity is kind of absurd.
Think about it. We believe in an invisible man who lived over 2,000 years ago in a series of backwater towns in the Middle East, was killed by some religious zealots, and then was magically raised from the dead three days later, after which he floated up into the sky and disappeared, thus becoming the invisible man we now believe in and pin all our hopes to. Oh, and on top of that, we believe in other invisible beings: angels and demons — who are all around us, helping and influencing us. Meanwhile, another invisible Spirit (the Holy Spirit) is constantly at work behind the scenes around the earth, keeping the whole thing straight and intervening whenever He can.
When put that way, even I think it sounds crazy.
That’s from Christian author/filmmaker Darren Wilson… so you know this article — which made sense for a Charisma-record two paragraphs — is about to turn.
I experienced God. I am a rational person, and I am not prone to manic episodes, hallucinations or strange behavior. I’ve never done drugs a day in my life. I don’t “feel” things spiritually, have never been “slain in the spirit,” and I’ve never even spoken in tongues. But while making these films of mine, I experienced the reality and presence of God. I felt Him inside me and around me. My behavior changed, I felt peace for the first time, and my Christian walk was no longer about following principles, but about following a Person. And yes, that Person was invisible.
There’s a big leap from I felt Him to the whole Jesus story totally makes sense that Wilson never explains. But the takeaway seems pretty obvious — and completely antithetical to everything else published on Charisma: If it takes a personal experience to make God make sense, then spewing Bible verses, proselytizing, and trying to make logical arguments for Christianity aren’t going to cut it.
Wilson knows Christianity seems silly… but says nothing to the Christians who use methods that are more likely to push people away from the faith.
Too bad. He had a point for a little while there.