Christianity has depended on these miracles in proving its superiority over other religions; in fact those religions are far superior because they don’t depend on such stupid, childish ideas. So there are theologians who are ready to drop all miracles. But if you drop all miracles then Jesus is left naked; you have taken all his clothes, he has nothing to give to the world.
One theologian takes God away, another theologian makes Jesus himself a myth, another theologian takes miracles away, and the fourth theologian takes religion itself away – he wants a religionless Christianity, but Christianity has to remain! I don’t understand – when you have taken all the contents, why cling to the box? Now even religion has to be taken away because half of humanity is already religionless.
The communists don’t believe in religion, and the communists are not only in the communist countries, which is half of humanity; communists are in other countries also. In fact, three-fourths of humanity has already dropped religion. The remaining ones are only formally religious. They are not much disturbed by the idea of taking religion out. But then what remains?
It seems you are clinging just to the label, to the name Christianity. It is a desperate effort, and stupid too. Why not accept that Christianity is dead? God is dead, miracles are dead, religion is dead, Jesus is no longer born out of a virgin Mary – so what are you saving?
I have been looking into all these theologians who are prominent people in the Christian world. They have taken all the contents; only an empty box…. Why carry on this empty box? For what reason? Just an old habit, an old attachment.
Then there is another effort…because you cannot carry an empty box for long; you will also feel that you are doing something foolish. Others will start feeling, when they look into your box, that you have a great Christianity! – Jesus is missing, God is missing, miracles are not there, the Virgin Mary is not there. All that was Christianity is not there; then why are you carrying this empty box? So there is another effort going on, side by side, to fill the box with something.
So Christian theologians are studying other religions, so as to have something similar. It is going to be imitation, inauthentic, because it is not their experience. Now they call it “comparative religion”; in all Christian colleges they study comparative religion.
I asked the professors and the principals of those colleges, “Why should you be worried about other religions? You have Christianity.” The need is that they have to fill the box with something, so from other religions they are collecting ideas.