Would you like to know what modern Christianity looks like?
Open YouTube, search for the phrase "bible stories" and you will know.
I did that. The only thing that caught my interest was a series of animation "Messed Up Bible Stories".
You can also find full featured movies based on stories from the Bible. Not many of them. And not very thought provoking either. They would be much better if the characters in those movies weren't so predictable and superficial. But still it isn't that bad. It could definitely be worse.
Everything else is just cartoons for children. Lots and lots of them. Sweet ones. You know, with flowers, cute animals, nice singing and all the colors of the rainbow. Everybody smiles. Especially God. Except, of course, evil people, they never smile. That's your typical "bible stories" entry on YouTube.
No surprise here, right?
Well, but there should be! Because since when is the Bible a book for children?
In today's world those famous universal stories about life and death, the nature of man, the nature of God, about wars, violence, blood, sex and passion are mostly... for children?!
Man, I hate those cartoons. They are lies, and not in a good way. Sure, children like them, but what happens when the children grow up? The castrated Bible from children stories seems like a book full of nonsense, something readable only by people with dangerously low IQ. I hate lies.
But there is another reason I hate those cartoons: they assume I am an idiot. And so are my children. And so is everybody else.
If you don't believe me, watch those productions and see for yourself. And then compare what you've seen to the tales of Grimm Brothers, Andersen or other old books that your grandparents read when they were children.
And if you still don't understand what my problem is, ask yourself this question: why was Harry Potter a bestseller? Why did all the children who lived in times of smartphones, tablets and internet suddenly wanted to read those books?
Here's my answer: because J. K. Rowling did not write to idiots. Children can appreciate when somebody approaches them with respect, and so do most of us.
However, in the Christian world treating others like idiots is nothing to be ashamed of. It is a norm. And it is welcome.
Apparently at some point Christians worldwide, hungry for success, realized it was easier to preach to idiots than to intelligent ones. Why fight a loosing battle against the world? So Christian leaders found their niche. Lets appeal to those who are afraid of using their own brains.
Now everybody is happy: atheists took over minds and souls of those who like to think. The churches took over all the ignorant people. The rest of population is small enough to be safely ignored. Everybody is happy!
Well, I'm not happy! Because I don't have anything to watch. Except "Messed Up Bible Stories". But I wish there was more people with different attitude towards both God and the reason.
I guess being a Christian who likes to think goes against everything we've been programmed to accept.