Monday, July 04, 2011

The Wonderful Week of: Left Behind

Religious books aren't really my thing. I've read a few, but the use of God as a major turning point for the character always makes me feel uncomfortable. It's hard for me to believe that such a thing is possible.

Sometimes I wish my brain wasn't so logical.

Occasionally, a strange thing will happen in my mind. I'll be looking at something, discussing something, something as simple as fingerprints or plants, and suddenly, I'll think, What a unique, interesting idea. How did someone think of that? I get the same thoughts with books, as if the thing isn't real, just something that someone amazingly thought up.

It's a scary thing. Almost as scary as imagining yourself dead and there being no afterlife.

Religion is not something that would suit me, but religion and God are not the same. I have some faith that God is far more loving and forgiving than some would lead you to believe and that good people will not burn in Hell no matter their beliefs, but it is thin, like mist. I want something rock-solid, or, at the very least, to make peace that whatever happens with death, will happen if God is involved or not.

And that is why I chose this series for the first Wonderful Week of the summer. Here's to hoping it'll give me just the right insight.

Have you read these books?


  1. Here's where I stand, for the record:

    I don't believe in God at all, and I'm not religious. I'm not interested in offending anyone or getting into heated debates...just stating my opinion & leaving it at that. :) But I'm certainly not without morals - I was raised to be a good person and I believe I turned out that way, even without religion and/or God.

    I am happy to hear about others' beliefs too, as long as nobody's trying to shove their beliefs down anyone else's throat.

  2. I don't want to sound snotty, but the Left Behind series is for the more excitable part of the Christian community. If you want to read something deeper with awe-stirring imagery, I would suggest The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis. It's not about divorce, and it's often packaged with his non-fiction work, but if you get a chance to delve into it, you'll be reading the work of a master in classical literature, expressing simple Christian truths.

  3. I'm not a big fan of books that bring religion into them. Well, it depends. I liked Personal Demons. Did you read it? And The Da Vinci code was a cool premise. But those are the exceptions to my rule. Too often, it feels preachy. But even when it doesn't, I guess it's a believability issue. I have to buy the story. If I don't buy the religion with a real God behind it, I can't get swept into the story.