It’s been a week or so since I last blogged. Partially because I had what some call “writer’s block” and partially because of pure laziness. However, as I have been thinking about what to write over the past few days, I thought it might be nice to imagine what some may consider the near future.
In a story I began to write, called Serpula, the main character, Dr. Jordon Ronnel, had to deal with many mentally ill patients who thought they could speak to plants and animals. He was an educated man, who knew what was best for his patients. His story begins with his remembering his childhood. His father was an abusive alcoholic and his mother believed that she could talk with animals and plants.
Over the years, he had to deal with this fact, his mother must have been mentally ill. He learned that this belief in speaking with animals and plants was a notion that came from an ancient religion called “Fatherism”. Unlike the other world religions, this one taught that, another character, Father, made everything seen and unseen. The followers of Father were called Children. Allegedly, Father gave his children the ability to understand things that no one else could understand. They could read and see things that others could not see or understand. So society called then mentally insane.
During the course of time, Dr. Jordon Ronnel, starts to hear the same things his mother had spoken. As Dr. Ronnel tries to understand this mental illness, he is confronted with one fact that no one else understands. Why was religion abolished?
In this story religion had been abolished because of the conflict that different religions had caused. One religious belief conflicted with another so those societies decided to go to war. Others felt that they were made to believe their religion, but the government decided not abolish all religion.
So the question of the day is, “What would you do if religion was abolished?”
In the Bible, Daniel had to deal with this problem. Daniel was known for his wisdom and knowledge. He was known for doing the right thing, all the time. Unfortunately, there were some in his day that believed Daniel was incorrect and wanted him dead.
“It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom 120 satraps, to be throughout the whole kingdom; and over them three high officials, of whom Daniel was one, to whom these satraps should give account, so that the king might suffer no loss. Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. Then the high officials and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him. Then these men said, “We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God.” – Daniel 6:1-5 (ESV)
So what did these men do? They convinced the King to make a law that said “If anyone prays to any god other than the king, they would be sent to the lion’s den”. AMAZING! But Daniel decided to continue his time of prayer…
“When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.” – Daniel 6:10 (ESV)
Daniel decided that it was more important to do what God said rather than listen to men. His decision did cost him. Daniel was caught praying and thrown into the lion’s den. There God closed the mouths of the lions (which if you study history is a miracle of itself as those lions were starved purposefully) and Daniel just sat there.
Ultimately, Daniel was released and his accusers were thrown into the same lion’s den where they did not have the same fate as Daniel.
Again, I ask the question, ‘What would you do if religion was abolished?” It sounds like a far fetched question, but the realization is that it is possible. It has happened before and probably will happen again. So what would you do? Would you give in and never worship again? Would you defy the law and continue what you know to be right and true?
These questions are the type of questions I ask myself on a regular basis. They help keep me strong both mentally and emotionally. They also allow me to take a “gut check” on what I really believe. I hope that sometime today, you will take the time to ask yourself the tough questions. This way, if someone ever asks you, “What do you believe”, you can say with strength, “I know this is true…”
God Bless and encourage someone today.