Sometimes when we are having our lively debates here on this site, I’m reminded of aÂ Sports IllustratedÂ article I read several years ago.
A sports writer was asking a veteren baseball pitcher about competingÂ when near the end of his career.Â The writer asked, “Tell me about your state of mind when that powerful rookie hitterÂ Smith comes to the plate.Â Â Smith has homered off of every pitcher he has faced.Â When he comes to the plate, digs in with that confident swagger and looks out at youÂ like you are as old and tired as dirt, what are you thinking?”Â
The old pitcher slowly replied, “I thinkin’, ‘Kid, you got no chance.Â No chance.’”
It seems like all of us are like the old piticher.Â On the topic of religion, we have looked at it from the bottom up and the top down.Â We have opened the door and peered inside.Â We each know our positions inside and out.Â Â Anyone whoÂ wants toÂ take us onÂ has no chance.
Someone told me that according to the World ChrisitianÂ Encyclopedia there are 33,820 different Christian denominations in the world.Â One wouldÂ guess that each of them isÂ confident their version, and only theirs,Â has found theÂ Christian truth.
The other great religions of the worldÂ seem to have many branches and bitterÂ disagreements just likeÂ Christians.Â Â
Knowing we areÂ absolutely right aboutÂ our views on religion is as much fun asÂ throwing a great fastball.