Our perception [of truth] is the “truth” we live in, isn’t it?
Deception and denial are tricky little beasts, for the simple reason that we don’t know we are in denial, because we are…well…in denial. It’s a self-perpetuating system that is driven by the filters in our mind.
How much are we stuck in a false worldview because of the ‘truth’ we live in? As a christian, what I believe about God affects my actions, my attitudes, my politics and my relationships. What I believe about God does not affect my salvation!(Thank God.)
Here is some interesting – and disturbing – facts. In a number of polls in the USA, Christians rank higher then other world views in supporting torture. Also, the more conservative, the more support. I mustn’t be conservative, because I find this appalling!
The poll by Pew Forum found 49% of the total US population thought that the use of torture against suspected terrorists is often or sometimes justified.
|White Evangelical Protestants:||62%|
|White non-Hispanic Catholics:||51%|
|White Mainline Protestants:||46%|
|Attend religious services|
|At least weekly:||54%|
|Monthly or several times a year:||51%|
|Seldom or never:||42%|
I am proud to say that I am not for torture – ever!
I am convinced that this comes from what I believe about God and what I believe about humanity, even though when this poll came out I would have been counted among those that were more likely to accept torture (today I am now counted among the unaffiliated who seldom or never attend a religious service).