Answering Jen G's column

Q/A from Jen and me-

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# 6. 5/9/06 5:34 PM by Zjabs
(this is meant in all sincerity- not meant to be flippant despite how it may read- this is the truth) It isn't Christianity, it's religion in general. The first thing I do is figure out if I need a religion- there are thousands available and no one should default to a given religion without checking them all out. I don't see the need for one, so I never get beyond step one. Step two of course would be the questioning of the religion. I'm not going to buy a car without doing some research so it would be ridiculous to trust something infinitely more important such as my soul to something I haven't checked into. This step would involve poking holes in the beliefs of the religion to see how they stand up- in other words if a salesman told me that a car got 1000 miles to the gallon, I'm going to be skeptical and I will want to verify for myself. Religion, being 10000000x more important would need much more scrutinizing than the salesman's claims on the car- in other words my column today. I hope that makes some sense to you. To take a given religion on a wing and a prayer seems ludicrous to me, whether the belief system be Muslim, Christian, Wiccan or Druid. Christianity happens to be the one I'm most knowledgable about, and also practiced by 80% of Americans, so it's obviously the easiest one for me to question. I'm sure if I had the time to read the Koran, there'd be many many questions I had at that point too. -Zjabs

Editor's Note: With sincerity - doesn't it get tiresome to question absolutely everything with such fervor?

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In all honesty, not at all.  I want to understand everything.  In the long-term I take nothing on faith. 

When I was a child, I believed that if I pushed something off the table, it would fall.  I know this to be true now (given all current earthly and celestial settings), and I know the reason why.

I do this constantly.  My friends are used to getting a non-sequiter call in the middle of the day as there is something I don't understand.  A month ago I called a friend and said "what do junkyards do with the gasoline in the tanks when they get a junk car".  I'll never need to know this for any reason, but I realized I didn't know the answer.  So I asked.

It's just the way that I am.  And I have no understanding of people who aren't this way- why WOULDN'T you want to know the origins of shoemaking?

-Zjabs (Rochester's Official Columnist)

© 2006 david zjaba - 5/10/06


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