The indefensible center is a great weakness at the heart of a religion. When I was twenty years old I became vulnerable. I was having trouble at college and had fallen in with a bad crowd. Then one day a Mormon missionary came knocking at my door. After being baptized Mormon and formally joining the church, I discovered the indefensible center of Mormonism. They don't tell you about this core belief at the beginning, because if they did most people wouldn't join.
I became dissatisfied with Mormonism when they exhorted me continually to bring my family and friends to church with me. They explained that being a Mormon meant converting everyone I knew to Mormon. The thought of being a proselytizing pest to friends and family was repugnant to me. They explained their dietary restrictions, some of which made sense and some of which seemed pointless.
Some might begin to question when they heard the odd story of Joseph Smith and the angelic delivery of a set of golden plates with a strange language written on them. No one but old Joe ever saw those plates, and the tale of why that is, would take several pages. I could accept all that, but when they fully explained their beliefs, this was the camel's back-breaking straw. They believe that you can't go to heaven until you are baptized as a Mormon. For me this belief was the indefensible center.
I naturally asked about all the billions who would never even have a chance to be baptized Mormon, the billions who'd lived and died before Joseph Smith was even born. Mormons believe that their campaign of geneology will eventually allow them to discover the name and family tree of every human ever born back to Adam and Eve. Those who died without a chance to be baptized can be baptized by Mormans even long after death, as long as the full name of the person is known. I just couldn't accept that they'd be able to discover the names of people born before the invention of a written language. I visualized teams of Mormons working Ouija Boards, and that was it. I left the church.
Similarly, Scientologists believe that 75 million years ago an evil warlord named Xenu—who was dictator of the Galactic Confederacy—brought billions of his people to Earth in a DC-8 like spacecraft, hydrogen bombed them, then collected the souls of these dead billions and brain washed them in big cinemas. This information is not revealed until the new Scientologists have spent thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours being brainwashed. A website called Operation Clambake is a valuable resource if you wish to learn more about this wholly evil scam of a religion.
Christianity has the virgin birth. I don't know about Islam or Judaism; however I suspect a similar indefensible center lies within these religions as well.
So, why do religions have these impossible to accept central storylines? My theory is that it's a sort of litmus test of gullibility. If you can get over the hump of believing the unbelievable you're now ripe for the plucking my plump young pigeon. Even more importantly, someone who has this kind of faith, will kill others or even martyr themselves in support of this indefensible center. The most popular religions protect their vulnerable central weakness with an impenetrable shield of thousands of martyred believers.
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