Sunday, August 06, 2006

God's Waiting Room

This weekend we held a multi-family garage sale, and someone brought Uncle Arthur's Bible Stories to the table for sale. I was floored with flashbacks to being 5 years old and sitting in the doctor's waiting room, pouring through the contents of its pages.

What I remember is sitting there feeling quilty, like I was looking at pornography--so many nearly naked people--strutting around in Eden and then in later chapters, boys being bound by rope with men weilding knives over their heads. Tortures and nudity, like some S&M freak show. It was, to my young mind, not unlike the daytime soap operas that my grandmother loved to watch. I KNEW there was supposed to be something spiritual about it all, but couldn't get past all of the depravity and damnation.

It's funny, because 30 years later, I find that I STILL feel that way about Christianity. My 5 year old self got it completley, and taking a peek into Uncle Arthur's Bible Stories time capsuled for me the fact that traditional Christian doctrine is some really juvenille b-grade shit.


Anonymous Rudicus said...

I've been getting the same experience looking at the children's books for sale at the bookstore I'm working at. Really incredible that this whole thing ever took off - go figure.

14 August, 2006  
Blogger Chris said...

Just for that, you are not going to get your butter cookies and fruit punch snack.....

(Don't know about you, but they always gave us that snack at church as a kid).

Church porn....ha! I never thought of it that way but you are right.

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17 August, 2006  

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