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Old 06-29-2011, 10:56 AM
 
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It seems to me that there is a strongly ingrained, incredibly childish nature to those who are religious, and who believe that because of their devout belief in a fantastical Maker in this life, they will be rewarded in heaven, and the cynical non-believers will be punished with pain beyond earthly measure.

Take, for instance, the May 21st rapture thing. When I observed the behavior of those who were anticipating its approach and truly believed the rapture would come true, there was a petty sort of "you'll see, after it happens, and don't come crying to us when God leaves you to suffer!"

Similarly, Revelations provides for a period where Satan will rule the planet for 1,000 years, and the non-believers will experience unimaginable suffering, and ostensibly spend the rest of eternity with painful regret over not siding with those wise Christians, who had it right all along.

In essence, it's as if we're to believe that God is so petty, that he not only wants to reward believers with paradise, and punish non-believers with hell, but that he wants to make sure those non-believers experience their punishment with the full knowledge that, hey, you were wrong, and I was right.

Elsewhere in the bible, there are passages referring to God as a "jealous" god.

These are incredibly petty, trite, human emotions, are they not? And Christians freely attribute these emotions to their perfect God.

I wonder how Christians can justify this sort of thinking.
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Old 06-29-2011, 11:15 AM
 
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I wonder how Christians can justify this sort of thinking.
And there in lies the rub, if they 'thought' they wouldn't really be christians. Sheep don't think, they just accept and follow.
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Old 06-29-2011, 12:32 PM
 
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And there in lies the rub, if they 'thought' they wouldn't really be christians. Sheep don't think, they just accept and follow.
Good point.

More and more, however, the religious lunacy has shifted from "look, this is faith, we take it on faith, leave your science out of it" to "and by the way, there is empirical evidence of God, the bible, Noah's ark, etc." Christians are trying to square their literal bible translation with science and BELIEVING it. There's this whole army of moronic Christians who think somehow the laws of physics and biology can be suspended with regard to their zany belief.

There is a lot more attempts by Christians to square their faith with "logic". Yet when logic meets Logic, they play the trump card of faith and "divine" logic.

But even if we ignore the literalists, it seems that any Christian who tries to live on "faith" should be concerned that the thing they worship is about has the emotional maturity of a 10-year-old girl.
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Old 06-29-2011, 02:28 PM
 
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CaptBeavs: Well said. Good to have you around here!
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Old 07-08-2011, 04:47 AM
 
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I wonder how Christians can justify this sort of thinking.
i wouldn't call it 'thinking', i'd call it an emotional response.
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Old 07-08-2011, 08:25 AM
 
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i wouldn't call it 'thinking', i'd call it an emotional response.
If they can justify their belief system as pure truth, they can justify anything.
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Old 07-08-2011, 08:26 AM
 
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If they can justify their belief system as pure truth, they can justify anything.
I agree. With the proper literature, one can justify anything.
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Old 07-08-2011, 08:33 AM
 
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Christianity is a baby religion spoon fed to spiritual children by their big daddy in the sky.
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Old 07-08-2011, 08:44 AM
 
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Well, men's religions have never been short on making gods who look like, well, man. It's as if the gods they create are what god would look and act like if they were god. I have to think that if there is a god, no matter its form, it has to be far beyond man's nonsense.
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Old 07-09-2011, 12:48 AM
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And there in lies the rub, if they 'thought' they wouldn't really be christians. Sheep don't think, they just accept and follow.
...hey, hey, hey...don't disparage the sheep!....
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