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KSR Voices: God Brought To You In The Most Ridiculous Manner Possible


From the very beginning, KSR has been upfront and honest with their intentions to deliver UK news in the most ridiculous manner possible. And I think it’s safe to say they’ve succeeded. When it comes to ridiculous, no one does it better than KSR. What they do and how they do things should never work, but that is exactly why I think it works so well. They have separated themselves from the crowd of conventional media by embracing the unconventional. Ridiculousness, as it turns out, is actually quite compelling.

In the coming days, many of us are going to celebrate something utterly ridiculous. Granted, it’s such a common cultural practice that the ridiculousness has been normalized, but let me remind you exactly what Christmas is claiming. Almighty God became a lowly infant. When it comes to religious claims, you don’t get more ridiculous than that.

When we speak of God we are not speaking of the greatest being in all of existence. In fact, God does not even exist like we exist. Instead, He stands outside existence as the Creator of existence. There is a big difference between the greatest character in a story and the author of the story itself, and by definition, God is the latter. He does not inhabit our reality; He authors our reality. So if you want to understand the relationship between God and humanity, then imagine the relationship between Shakespeare and Hamlet. 

Now, bearing in mind that immeasurable divide, behold the ridiculousness of Christmas: The Author writes himself into his own story. God as a newborn baby, helplessly dependent within a world of his own creation–that’s a religious claim as scandalous as it is unique. And yet the absurdity is its beauty.

This unconventional belief becomes the foundation of a likewise unconventional belief system. Religions may appear on the surface to be very different, but in reality they are all different takes on the same concept. There is a system to follow, tenets to keep, commands to obey, philosophy to embrace, etc. And doing these things will get you to an ultimate goal, whether that be a god, heaven, nirvana, or even the new secular spirituality of finding your inner self. It’s all the same idea of self improvement and advancement expressed in so many different ways.

But then the myriad of conventional religious claims is interrupted by the unconventional cry of a newborn in Bethlehem. Here we discover something different. Ridiculously different. Yet glorious in its ridiculousness. Not a way for us to find God, but the news that God has found us; not a religion for us to achieve salvation, but the news that a Savior has been born; not the means of obtaining joy; but the news of joy to the world. Indeed, Christmas has forever disrupted religion by subverting religion. It’s no longer what we do for God, but instead what God has done for us.

If true, this is history’s greatest news, but deep down we doubt that it could possibly be true. Which brings us to KSR’s other favorite slogan: facts are optional. This all makes for a great story, endearing hope, and sentimental holiday, but we can’t be expected to actually believe this.

Why not? If you believe in God and consider yourself a religious person, then is this really beyond comprehension? I would actually argue that the unbelievable nature of Christmas is what makes it so believable. A glorious story of the Author writing himself into the story to be the hero of the story by saving the characters of the story–that’s not something any person would ever come up with, which is precisely the point. When you explore, not just the birth, but the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, it all sure seems like God’s story to me.

Now if you don’t believe in God and are skeptical of religion, then you’ve got a ridiculousness of cosmic proportions on your hands–the fact that we exist at all. Granted, Christmas claims the virgin birth of Jesus, but is that any more outlandish than the virgin birth of the universe? Without a Creator, we are asked to believe that nothing acted upon nothing so that out of nothing came something that, as it turns out, is outright extraordinary. Now who’s being ridiculous?

Two thousand years ago this world was surprised by the ridiculous. Our Creator joined the creation, our Author entered the story, our God became man, and religion would never be the same. No longer is it us getting to God. Instead, God has come to us. That’s almost as ridiculous as it is glorious.

Robert Cunningham is the Senior Pastor of Tates Creek Presbyterian Church. Follow him on twitter at @tcpcrobert and send any comments or questions to [email protected]

Article written by Robert Cunningham

34 responses to “KSR Voices: God Brought To You In The Most Ridiculous Manner Possible”

  1. TimothyJinx

    Beautifully stated! I’m gonna have to share this!

  2. VulcanEar

    “When we speak of God we are not speaking of the greatest being in all of existence. In fact, God does not even exist like we exist. Instead, He stands outside existence as the Creator of existence. There is a big difference between the greatest character in a story and the author of the story itself, and by definition, God is the latter. He does not inhabit our reality; He authors our reality. So if you want to understand the relationship between God and humanity, then imagine the relationship between Shakespeare and Hamlet.”

    And I claim Yemoja is the author of reality and Nammu gave birth to them all. Sound ridiculous? Absolutely, and without evidence, it’s simply an absurd claim based on zero credibility and asinine metaphors.

    “A glorious story of the Author writing himself into the story to be the hero of the story by saving the characters of the story–that’s not something any person would ever come up with, which is precisely the point. When you explore, not just the birth, but the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, it all sure seems like God’s story to me.”

    That, again, is not evidence. I can’t believe someone came up with Star Wars; doesn’t make Darth Vader real.
    “Now if you don’t believe in God and are skeptical of religion, then you’ve got a ridiculousness of cosmic proportions on your hands–the fact that we exist at all. Granted, Christmas claims the virgin birth of Jesus, but is that any more outlandish than the virgin birth of the universe? Without a Creator, we are asked to believe that nothing acted upon nothing so that out of nothing came something that, as it turns out, is outright extraordinary. Now who’s being ridiculous?”

    So who created the creator? Science doesn’t pretend to have all the answers, but it is working on answering the unknown. For example, long ago humanity did now know what caused lightning. “It’s god!” claimed others.” Except when that was proven false and a rational explanation prevailed, something else unexplainable became the rationale for god. The cycle continues to repeat…simply moving the goal post. There is overwhelming evidence for the big bang like the red shift, which proves the universe is, in fact, expanding outward. That is called evidence. As is cosmic background radiation. Evolution also fully explains how life came to be. And, there is an overwhelming amount of evidence, so much that to dismiss it makes you illogical.

    This isn’t a ‘belief.’ It does not require faith as it is founded in evidence. Your theories of sky daddies’ vs a scientific theory is vastly different. A scientific theory is a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world, based on a body of facts that have been repeatedly confirmed through observation and experiment. Such fact-supported theories are not ‘guesses’ but reliable accounts of the real world.”

    Your guesses are easily dismissible metaphors based on ancient Egyptian allegories. Your claims of a virgin birth aren’t even original but plagiarized and stolen from numerous other beliefs. As are most stories in the bible. You can spin why humanity is here all you want, but you only have a question. You have no evidence for your claims, no valid reasoning and cheap justifications.

    The only ridiculousness here is a grown adult believing in things without evidence while swindling the public from a tax-free institution.

    Why is this on KSR?

    1. JTHinton

      Science doesn’t allot for a God, so by saying that the scientific method is violated, while correct, is irrelevant

    2. runningunnin.454

      I agree with your last question, “Why is this on KSR”?
      Talking about your comment, of course.

    3. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      This all coming about as the result of a big bang is as likely as a dictionary resulting from an explosion in a print shop.

      Man cannot create nor destroy matter. We know this. Respectfuly, how can it create itself?

    4. TheNewOriginal

      Excellent response.

    5. TheNewOriginal

      “The only ridiculousness here is a grown adult believing in things without evidence while swindling the public from a tax-free institution.” You are correct sir.

    6. CatsfanTX

      Thank you! Couldn’t have said it better myself. KSR really needs to stop having Cunningham post here. No one wants to hear or see this shit Matt

    7. MattJonesLikesToSayHisLSATScore

      This is on KSR for one reason: Matt’s future political ambitions. The message of KSR in regard to shaping the image of Matt himself (Ryan and company constantly saying how Matt used to get mad but it anymore, Matt constantly talking about how 85% of people are reasonable we just have to unite around “good ole common sense”, hosting remotes at evangelical churches, pounding his Eastern KY and Christian roots, this column, etc.) is tailored toward grabbing voters from across the aisle.

      Matt is an excellent radio personality and does a great job discussing UK sports. His skill as an entertainer pulls viewers. The consistent pandering across the aisle is a very long political play. And you know what? Good for him. I think he would be a great representative for the state. However, just know that his aspirations in DC inform KSR’s message.

    8. tuk

      You seem like a fairly intelligent person in some regards. I don’t have all the answers but I do know for a fact there is a God. My son was born after 6 years of trying without any luck and then a friend told us God had spoken to them with specific details and then foretold of his birth. This happened without no way to explain scientifically but what was and is a miracle without scientific explanation. I know you are probably not going to be enlightened by me or anybody else as it seems your mind isn’t made up. I can give more details that’s at amazing if you would like. I would challenge you Ron if you have not already to read lee strobles book the case for Christ as he tries to disprove God

  3. Realme

    This is very excellent. Thanks.

  4. TheNewOriginal

    Who or what created God?

    1. CatsfanTX

      People did, in their own minds. Its all a load of shit

    2. cats646

      The Big Bang theory is called a theory for a reason smart one. Because it’s not fact. It’s actually not even close to fact it’s some that someone came up with in there head. There is plenty of evidence that points to God. And while yes some science is true not all of it is. All atheists say you have to open your mind enough to see that there isn’t a god when in all reality they shut there minds down as soon as a god is brought up in conversation because they don’t want to believe so they won’t have to feel the guilt of sinning. It’s sad honestly.

  5. 2thepoint

    Don’t know if I am allowed to say I published a book this year titled “Cut and Paste Religion”, but if allowed might be interesting to some of you. It discusses many topics related to the topic.

  6. joseph_daniel

    God bless all those searching. May every searching heart be filled with love and know Him.

    “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
    ‭‭I John‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
    http://bible.com/114/1jn.4.8.nkjv

  7. NashvilleCat92

    I enjoyed the read. Thank you Mr. Cunningham.

  8. VulcanEar

    “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.” (1 Timothy 2:12)

    “Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the cruel.” (1 Peter 2:18)

    Some of that old time not cut and paste loving religion.

    1. runningunnin.454

      Save it…I, for one, do not care what you believe, nor what you think. I can’t imagine someone with the pomposity to post the rambling, verbose, simplistic pablum that was your initial comment. That was 15 seconds of my life I’ll never get back. And now…on and on.
      I also can’t imagine someone that would call a pastor…a swindler. You are a misanthrope of the highest order…spare us any further “sermons”.

    2. SkepticSkwerl

      Misanthrope: some one who dispises human kind.

      Teacher: one who tries to educate.

      Since you don’t want to be educated runningunning.454, you are the misanthrope. As you despise educators.

    3. runningunnin.454

      I have three college degrees, one from a little college back east….Harvard.
      I don’t need you, man….go spread it on a street corner.

    4. SkepticSkwerl

      3 degrees. 1 from Harvard. Either you’re a liar. Or the worst person to ever use money. Ever. Besides, no one from Harvard gives 2 sh*ts about this web page.

      And they definitely don’t use words like misanthrope when having a discussion.

      One who sees through the bullsh*t of religion, and explains it’s flaws clearly, doesn’t get a response like “you’re a misanthrope” from any educated individuals. Especially a Harvard grad.

    5. runningunnin.454

      Wrong…and wrong; both shots in the dark miss by a mile…not exactly Pat Garrett, or a master of the power of deduction are you?
      One of the degrees is from UK; that’s why I frequent this page
      Again, any one that calls a minister a swindler is a hater…or misanthrope.

  9. bradinmississippi

    Thanks so much for this unique vision of our Lord. For those that do not understand why the love of God is on KSR, remember you don’t have to click on it but perhaps you can accept it in the spirit it was given.

  10. JWB

    It also “seems” ridiculous for someone to be willing to die for a belief. Well, that’s exactly what happened to the first followers of Christ. All but one (John) of the disciples were martyred, not for what they believed but what they saw. They saw Jesus, spoke with Jesus, ate meals with Jesus after his death and resurrection. The resurrection is why there are Christians over 2000 years later. A great Attorney such as Matt Jones couldn’t have argued the case any better as did Paul in I Corinthians 15.

  11. KSR Spy

    The thing I find most odd about this post, is that KSR blocks comments on it’s columns with severely left slanted views, but you allow comments on religion. That seems about on par for the stereotype of the progressive side of the aisle, which is sad because it only fuels it even more..

  12. chessplayer1974

    Science continuously corrects itself. The Bible never changes and hasn’t yet been proven wrong. Who created the Creator? We arent meant to understand that, like a dog doesnt understand algebra. To think at this stage of human existence we are meant to understand everything is “ridiculous”

    1. JTHinton

      Amen

  13. CatsfanTX

    Get rid of this bullshit. No one is here to hear insane lies told to them by a charlatan.

    1. CPACAT

      “The Lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

  14. Fake Barney

    Will never understand why simply reading another person’s ideas can enrage some people. Curiously, it is often those who would describe themselves as “open-minded” who freak out the most when they are challenged. What kind of “scientific mind” completely loses it when merely exposed to another person’s hypothesis/ideas (call it what you want)? Exposing your mind to other’s ideas makes you MORE learned and empathetic; no one is making you agree, chill out. Someone challenging your worldview/facts/beliefs/evidence (call it what you want), no matter how silly their ideas may seem to you, is okay. I like hearing different perspectives and forming my own opinions from them. I liked reading many of the thoughtful comments on this post–just didn’t like the tone behind a few of them. I look forward to more from Robert and others. Relax folks

  15. CMC

    I love Cunningham’s posts Matt. Why are people offended that they voluntarily read something they disagree with. WOW!! Take a fun listen to the Brad Paisley song “Kung Pao buckaroo holiday” to see how ridiculous you sound. There’s definitely not enough space here to truly discuss this matter but why be mad at those who differ from your opinion????? Please keep Cunningham posting here Matt

  16. justgettingstartedbro

    I think it’s funny how people who say they don’t believe are constantly quoting from the Bible! Believe what you want to believe but just because you can’t see something doesn’t make it any less real. “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we can’t see” That quote comes from Hebrews Ch 11 verse 1.

  17. CombatMedic_98

    EVERY knee will bow and tongue confess…HE is King/Savior/Messiah/CHRIST…PERIOD!