Rush's Comment About Anti-Christian Bias:

I heard this commentary live on my car radio in early Nov. 2015. Here is part, to include his father's explanation of God to him as a 6-7 year old child.

"So we have a commingling here [student unrest plus intolerance of Christianity] of individualism and Christianity with atheism and collectivism. Now, the people on the left who fear Christianity do not think of these people as individuals. That's where they miss the point. These young little Millennials and leftists in journalism and wherever else they are who have this irrational fear of the religious and of Christianity do not think of them as individuals at all. They are the true brainwashed. To them, Christians are the epitome of mind-numbed robots. They are walking, talking automatons, and they believe all of this stuff in the Bible that makes no sense, that's crazy and stupid and weird and none of it can be proved in their life, in their belief. None of it can be proved, so they're idiots. Christians are nonthinkers. They're nothing more than sponges who soak this stuff up because they're looking for something better than there is on earth, and the atheist believes of course there's nothing but what's on earth.

"So these little liberals and leftists with their fear of Christians and Christianity miss totally who they are. They are not collectivists. They are not mind-numbed robots. They're actually fairly deep in their thinking, and not in all cases, obviously, but in most cases they're independent, and you know what I have found of most Christians? This is gonna shock a lot of you little leftists. You think that Christianity is made up of, everybody in it believes everything but nothing more, everything, literally what's in the Bible and that's it and they don't question any of it, and you couldn't be more wrong.

"One of the great things, one of the most fascinating things about Christianity to me is how -- I don't know what the percentage is, obviously -- but a good number of Christians are looking for more than is in the Bible. They're looking for some sort of concrete logic or proof that they can offer to themselves. It's the natural quest of the curious. They have the foundation of faith. That's what they believe. They believe the faith. They have faith in what can't be proven, which every religion does, including liberalism. But beyond that there's this ongoing, even if it's private and internal and entirely inwardly and self-focused. I'll give you just a little example. I've told you this story before. To me, my dad was Christian and deeply religious, and it mattered a great deal to him. He was biblical scholar in his own right, taught Sunday school in addition to all that, but was constantly curious and looking for other ways to prove what he desperately wanted to believe and did believe on faith.

"So he told a story when I was real young -- and I don't remember how old -- we were driving in the car, and he said when telling the story, he said that I asked him, 'Why do you believe in God, and why do you believe in heaven?' Or 'How do you know there's a heaven? How do you know there's a God?'

"Now, from his perspective, he believed in both. Here's his little son, me, six or seven years old asking the question. As a father, he wants his son to believe what he believes, because he believes that what he believes is good and right and promising and so forth. But I'm six or seven. You can't quote the Bible to me. I'm six or seven. That isn't gonna explain anything to me. All I'm gonna say is, 'Well, how do you know that's true? Why do you think that's right?' He anticipated that whatever he read to me from the Bible, that I wouldn't be intellectually capable or old enough to accept, that I would have even more curiosity.

"So he devised a way to explain his belief and I've never forgotten it. To me it was extremely powerful. It isn't to a lot of people, but it is to me. The way he answered the question was to say that he believed in a loving God, and he asked me if I knew what that meant. And I said no. Remember, he's telling the story. I don't remember all the details of this, 'cause I was five or six when it was happening, just started going to Sunday school, preschool, church and so forth.

"So he said, 'Well, God is the father of creation,' to explain creation to me in a way that a five- or six-year-old would understand it. I'm gonna condense this for you for sake of time. He said, 'I just can't believe that a loving God of creation in whom I deeply believe could and would create beings like us, human beings, capable of contemplating such a place of beauty and serenity for it not to be true. That would be cruel. That would be one of the cruelest things a loving God could do, to create human beings who can imagine, because they've been told it exists, a heaven, where there is eternal life, and beyond that who knows,' he said, 'But it would be cruel beyond belief for a loving God to create beings who could fathom such things and live their lives in ways they believe would get them there, for it all to be a lie.' And that did more for me to make me understand what his belief was than anything he could have read to me from the Bible.

"But my point here is: None of that is in the Bible. I don't think it is. He came up with that on his own as a way of explaining why he believed. Most liberals think Christians believe unquestioningly, and this is what scares them, and such is not the case. There is constant curiosity, testing.

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[posted 10 November 2015]