If they keep this up, either the church will be empty or we can just wait until the old folks die off.
Her departure has hurt them already—she knew it would—yet there was no way she could stay. “My doubts started with a conversation I had with David Abitbol,” she says. Megan met David, an Israeli web developer who’s part of the team behind the blog Jewlicious, on Twitter. “I would ask him questions about Judaism, and he would ask me questions about church doctrine. One day, he asked a specific question about one of our signs—‘Death Penalty for Fags’—and I was arguing for the church’s position, that it was a Levitical punishment and as completely appropriate now as it was then. He said, ‘But Jesus said’—and I thought it was funny he was quoting Jesus—‘Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.’ And then he connected it to another member of the church who had done something that, according to the Old Testament, was also punishable by death. I realized that if the death penalty was instituted for any sin, you completely cut off the opportunity to repent. And that’s what Jesus was talking about.”
What’s great about this is that, first, those of who have left similar churches do not feel so alone when we describe our tears. Second, guess what folks… God doesn’t have to fit in that tiny box and when you find out he doesn’t, you can still believe in God.
I realize that people don’t like to be challenged, even though who are just as fundamentalist atheist as they were fundamentalist christian, but stories like these two must challenge us. You can still believe in God when you realize you have no clue about God.