Monday, August 22, 2011

The Dangers of Deconstructing

Many times it is discouraged for one to question their faith. Many are afraid to take on such a task. This is understandable, for the process of questioning and deconstruction can indeed be scary and discomforting.

And that's one of the main functions of "religion" isn't it?... To comfort us.

So it makes sense that people who find comfort in believing in "God"(I am mostly referring to a conceptual construct and idea of God) would object to such a process that has the potential to strip away much of that "comfort".

However, I think this is part of the problem and where much of the fear and resentment towards deconstructing comes from. Our constructed religious traditions serve as our security blanket. Take that blanket away and we feel exposed and fragile and we may feel as if we no longer have all the right answers that we have always been taught we should, or even HAVE to, posses in order to be saved.

This is one reason that fundamentalism needs to consist of so many absolute, black and white, literal doctrinal beliefs, because we depend on them. We need security and we have to have something firm to support our beliefs. It causes us to insist we have "God" all figured out and nailed down even though the scriptures insist we can't.

If we do nail it down, we can then be sure it's not God we are dealing with.

For many, A belief in God ultimately serves to insist that things are going to be ok and that no matter what one is going through, God is watching and is present. This is how Many people deal with tragedies or the loss of loved ones, by telling themselves that God had a better plan in taking them to heaven. So God becomes somewhat of a contraption to soften the blow and helps one avoid dealing with the present reality they are actually experiencing.

And this could be why the same people who subscribe to certainty and believe so strongly that what they believe is "absolute truth", are also afraid to question those same absolutes, because of what is at risk, and not to mention it could unveil and release the uncertainty that is probably behind the "absolutes".

They are not afraid of merely being wrong, but what being wrong means, and the reality it could reveal.

The movie, "The Matrix", displays this idea. Do you take the "blue pill" and therefore remain in your false reality that is actually blinding you to the true reality? (many people would prefer this, especially after they took the red pill.) It's a reality that was ultimately made up in order to comfort, protect, and distract you from the truth.

Or do you swallow the "red pill", allowing reality to be irreversibly revealed to you, all the while exposing and eventually destroying most of what you once thought to be true?

If you truly believe in absolutes, then deconstructing would only confirm what you already thought to be true. There is nothing to fear.

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