In case of emergency…

December 10, 2006


Airlines are required by law to demonstrate all of the life saving devices on the aircraft before take-off, in case of emergency. If you are only flying over land, it is of little consolation that the cushion under my seat can be a flotation device.

I’ve noticed that religions do not espouse an “in case of emergency” option. None of them ever say “in case what we are putting forth as a religion is ultimately not true, here is how you might want to look at the universe.”

I was raised a Christian and the notion of an afterlife was always there, even though my theology changed from year to year. I lived my life “knowing” that there is an afterlife. “Knowing” meaning believing. I never learned how to live life as though there were no afterlife. It seems that a good religion should take a few clues from the airline industry in its “in case of emergency” warnings.

I suppose the difference is that airlines can get sued by survivors of a plane crash, but religions don’t.


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