It's the end of Christianity as we know it. But it's not a catastrophe-it's an opportunity.
Thousands are walking away from the church. Christians are grappling with their faith. And both believers and nonbelievers wondering-what's coming next?
The girl issued a piercing, mournful cry as a growing pool of blood oozed from between
“I don’t think you understand,” said the doctor. “This woman needs more specialized care. We need to get her to a hospital.”
“No, it’s you who doesn’t seem to understand,” said the man. “When you agreed to do this, it was on the condition that no one else would be called in.”
“But she could go into shock...”
“Get the baby out of there,” said the man. “Save the girl if you can, but the baby is what matters.”
“Christ, she’s hemorrhaging. She’s got to have a transfusion.”
“Doctor. The child, please.”
When I was younger, I had a Bible thrown at my head during a Sunday school class for asking too many questions. Granted, I was probably even more provocative than your average adolescent, but I really did have a lot of legitimate questions about God, my faith, Jesus, and the Bible. The message I got at the time was that church isn't the place for such questions.
When I was a teenager, my youth minister threw a Bible at my head for asking questions. Too often, for various reasons, people don’t have the opportunity to ask the hard questions they have about faith, religion, salvation and the Bible. And when questions are left unanswered in communities of faith, people either seek answers elsewhere or lose interest all together.
"Screw it." These two words are what started the baby ball rolling in the Piatt household back in January. After months of counseling, discernment, weepy nights, and sleepless mornings, I submitted, succumbed, and caved in like the roof of a Geo convertible. I know "screw it" is an ironic choice of words, considering the circumstances. I also think it's sadistically ironic that we men are biologically tuned to love sex so much, yet we're usually the ones who freak out the most about the by-product.