Sunday, August 26, 2007

Mother Teresa had doubts?

Could it be that she was human, like every other Christian who ever lived?

It's nice how we like to deify someone and make them the standard of perfect goodness, then get shocked when we find out that they're not actually supernatural. Mother Theresa never presented herself as a perfect person. (That would have been an awkward ceremony, methinks.) She just spent her life helping others and we did the rest. So, it's a little absurd for someone quoted in the article to use the word "hypocrisy", even though the article itself seems to want to shy away from that thought.

If you don't have doubts or dry spells as a Christian, I'd say something's not right. It's the people that go on and on about their super-tight relationship with God that you have to watch. I'm definitely sorry to hear about her personal struggles, but it's clear she wasn't talking about doubt that God exists, but puzzlement over why she couldn't feel his love tangibly like she had in the past. I think all Christians can relate to that at some point in their lives. Heck, we all even doubt God's existance sometimes. Someone once said, "If there's no room for doubt, then there's no room for us." We have no way to tell what was going on in her heart, but either way, I'm sure she's not having that problem where she is now.

That said, I will say that the photo on Time's cover reminded me of a quote from Mystery Science Theater's Crow T. Robot:

"Mother Theresa called... she HATES you!"


Angela said...

Well said, Wes. I also love it when other Christians try to argue the fact that she wasn't even a Christian, because of certain beliefs she had about other faiths. Look, she washed the feet of LEPERS, people!!!!!! I would have to say that she more actively lived out her faith and her life resembled Jesus more than ANYONE who wants to sit in their suburban homes and criticize her from behind the veil of a magazine article or a website. Good grief!

holly said...

wes, and charlie brown,thanks ang for the good grief reminder!, always said it best.

Davis said...

Speaking of Crow T. Robot, what have you to say about this!?

Wes W. said...

I downloaded some of those RiffTrax the other day, they're really funny. I've only listened to about a fourth of the Star Wars Episode I RiffTrax, but I also downloaded the Bourne Identity one.