“Born again”

I was a surfrat as a kid, growing up near San Diego.  I spent all day at the beach, with a few brief breaks to grab something to eat at Jack In The Box or at one of the hundreds of Mexican food stands that lined Highway 101.

My stepmom was a fundamentalist Christian who attended Calvary Chapel.  The big thing for her, and for like-minded Christians who seemed to me everywhere, was being “born again”–an intense experience of personal renewal in Christ Jesus that is supposed to herald a new life.

My nominal faith was Mormonism, which put more stock in ritual rather personal experience.  So the notion of being born again seemed strange to me, and grew stranger still as I left Mormonism during my teen years.  Nonetheless, my surfrat friends and I always sought after that born again experience, but not in the way the Christians probably envisaged.  This video will show what I mean.

2 thoughts on ““Born again”

  1. I take a very strong stance against anything that demands one search for something outside of oneself when it comes to individual happiness. I was raised Catholic, so I know all about the self-doubt, the need to search outside the self, and the inevitable deconstruction one goes through in the event one has the integrity there to go through it. Anything that preaches you need to sacrifice yourself for others, which is exactly what Christianity teaches, and that if you don’t you’re a horrible person, is something we need to RUN RUN RUN away from.

    I think Ayn Rand said it best in We the Living:

    It stands to reason that where there’s sacrifice, there’s someone collecting sacrificial offerings. Where there’s service, there’s someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice, speaks of slaves and masters. And intends to be the master. But if you ever hear a man telling you that you must be happy, that it’s your natural right, that your first duty is to yourself—that will be the man who has nothing to gain from you. But let him come and you’ll scream your empty heads off, howling that he’s a selfish monster.

  2. I agree with you and Rand. This was a also a major theme of hers in Atlas Shrugged, which you probably read too.

    But you know the curious thing? Some do want to be servants. It’s a comforting existence to them. I suppose it gives order and meaning to their lives. Obedient service is, of course, a major tenet of many religions. Believers, extrapolating from their own predilections, thus maintain that it is universal and dismiss anyone who balks as “rebellious”.

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