Without a Parachute

I saw a picture on the internet of a man dropping down from the sky; he had a fantastic smile on his face that illustrated he hadn’t a worry in the world. Flying high, well above some enormously elevated mountains; his arms and legs twisting his body about in every which way, as he immersed himself in the total absolute confidence of his trust, and conviction. The post read: “FAITH! WHEN YOU HAVE IT, YOU DON’T NEED A PARACHUTE.” When you are sincerely full of faith, you don’t require a parachute! What does this mean? What is the purpose of a parachute? A parachute is what you need when your faith isn’t total; when you don’t trust that you will be safe without it. It is clear that the man in the photo was unreservedly convinced that there was no harm facing him…he was in no danger whatsoever, even though he wasn’t wearing a parachute. His faith was so strong, that there was no need for protection. Why do humans need protection? Protection is for those who don’t feel secure, it’s a kind of assurance; because people who do not have certain comforts require reassurances. They need belief systems to give them confidence. But when your faith is total and secure, there is no need. You are insured. There is nothing to fear, or worry about. Whoever your savior is, will catch you. And you will be certain about this. But when this certainty is absent, you need a parachute because the trust in your protector isn’t whole, it is only partial. And this is the problem. Having a savior is beautiful because it feels good; it’s nice to know that somebody has your back, but the point is so that you can trust him to save you. So if you can’t do this, what then is the point? If I jump from an airplane, I want to know that my savior is going to rescue me. And this is the next problem: Figuratively speaking, it is not that a deity will save me, the parachute promises to do this. But the parachute isn’t the savior, it’s the faith in one’s religion. It’s the thing that promises you eternal safety, life, etc. Religions are responsible for marketing this stuff, and if you’re a good follower, you obey it. But if they aren’t able to fulfill the promises for your safety here on Earth, how then shall they keep these promises tomorrow, in the afterlife? Genuine faith doesn’t require religion. I can have faith in God, and love God without going anywhere, or reading anything. Religion is for people who are faking their faith. The reason is because God is everywhere. There is no specific building, no particular book, or doctrine. God, like faith, is able to be wherever you want it. There is no guideline, or manual. All this is nonsense. The only reason why people will not jump from a plane and into the sky is because they do not believe their savior will be there to catch them. Their faith is rooted in fear. And the faith that the religions are selling are not coincidentally fear-based. They are not asking people to trust. They are insisting instead, that the people be filled to capacity with fear. True faith can be trusted; no matter what, no matter where, and no matter how. It is utterly dependable. dwp 2014

4 thoughts on “Without a Parachute

  1. As usual, very insightful. kindly permit me to make a comment, to quote you “Religion is actually for people who are faking their faith. They will not jump from a plane and into the sky because they do not believe their savior will be there to catch them. Their faith is rooted in fear.”
    Historical records of christianity is spread wide with accounts of matyrs hazarding their lives in amphitheaters battling beasts, being fried in oil, being sawn asunder, being murdered on crosses etc. They died defending their faith in Jesus Christ. Their faith was not rooted in fear, because their faith was genuine and not fake. It was as you said, and I quote “True faith can be trusted; no matter what, no matter where, and no matter how. It is utterly dependable”.

    Talking about fear, there are many categories and levels when it comes in the context of religion. E.g. the kind of fear I will experience when I am told a lion is in my next room, will be different from the fear I will experience when I am told a ghost is in the next. I will experience yet another type of fear when I am told a great spirit is in the room with me. Which in this scenario, the fear that will generate inside me is awe, or numinous awe, or reverential fear.
    This kind of numinous awe, or reverential fear is what christianity gives. And I always say that christianity is not a religion, it is a lifestyle.
    Thanks for the oppurtunity to share my thoughts.

  2. Dear Kilpatrick, You sound like an insightful man, and I respect that. In many aspects, I actually agree with you and some of the points you make. Perhaps the difference between us is neither religion, or Christianity; it’s just that my lifestyle is life. I don’t require Christianity to be alive, so it feels much simpler. It doesn’t mean I don’t love Jesus, or that I don’t have a sincere appreciation for the work he did. I do. But we are living in a new era, at another time, where many things are very different. So that’s where I’m at. I’m in this world, at this time. Jesus did what he did when he was alive, and I’m doing what I’m doing while I’m alive. This is what I endorse, being right here, right now. This is life!

    Thank you for being in this meaningful dialogue with me, where our thoughts can be shared.

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