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Do you believe?

August 12, 2008
Good News Bad News

Good News Bad News

We all believe in something, actually in many things, but what I am thinking about is our belief in God. Do you believe in God? Do you believe Christ was his son? Do you believe you can have a personal relationship with God through Christ?

Recently I have been thinking a lot about the Christian Gospel. Gospel means “good news”, yet often I look at others who believe in Christianity and I am left wondering if they really believe it is “good”. A couple years ago a lady I was in a church home group referred to believing because of her fear of hell. I know others that believe because they were taught to believe, but not because of personal experience or relationship with God.

Do you believe? If not, why not? What is it about Christianity or Christians that keeps you from believing?

If you do believe, do you believe because you fear hell, because your parents or someone else told you to believe, or because you have fallen in love with a personal God who loves you intimately? What is the “good news” you believe in?

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  1. scaryreasoner permalink
    August 12, 2008 8:21 pm

    “Do you believe? If not, why not? What is it about Christianity or Christians that keeps you from believing?”

    No, I do not believe. What keeps me from believing? Are you serious? have you _read_ the Bible?

    Where to start?

    Basically, the entire story of Christianity, from beginning to end, is just plain idiotic. By that I mean one thing: only an idiot or a child can believe it. Most people who manage to believe it do so as children, and for that, the fault lies with the adults who somehow, mind-bogglingly, failed to figure out out dumb it all is, and taught their children as they had been taught.

    Let’s review what Christianity teaches, shall we?

    God created the heavens and the earth, and Adam and Eve, and placed them in the garden of Eden. he told them not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, lest they surely die that day. Yet, somehow, he also allowed a snake to slither around — and God, being omniscient, knowing everything, this had to be deliberate.

    The snake tempts Eve to taste the fruit, which, not having eaten it before, she had no knowledge of good and evil, so how could she know it was wrong? So she ate it, and contrary to God’s lie, failed to die that day. She got Adam to eat it too. And God, fearing that they would also eat of the fruit of the tree of life, and become immortal, and “like us” — like gods — exactly what other gods he was referring to isn’t made clear — he tossed them out of the garden. And seemingly made the garden disappear, or, if it still exists (which one would presume the tree of life — granting immortality — would still exist) well, I guess he hid it really really well.

    After awhile, God decided it was all screwed up, and packed all the animals he could fit onto a boat, and flooded the entire earth in order to kill everything not on the boat — and apparently, though this isn’t traditionally part of the story — magically transformed the earth to make it appear billions of years old with no evidence at all of any global flood.

    Then, after awhile, people started building a big tower, and since it might reach heaven, god smashed it, and made all the different languages. Weird, considering the language I’m typing didn’t exist until much after all this — that is, we have a very good explanation for how languages come to be and have no need for such just-so stories as this.

    For awhile, God had animals be sacrificed to him to cleanse people of sin, and though he liked the smell of the burning flesh, the animals didn’t really cleanse people of sin. So, eventually, after a couple thousand years, he decided to send himself to earth in human form to have himself sacrificed to himself in order to save us from himself. And people who believed this story of him sending himself to get sacrificed to himself to save us from himself would, according to the story, actually be saved from himself, while those failing to believe the story, would likewise fail to be saved from himself, and would instead be send to the “bad place”, this, after they were dead, mind you. The bad place was originally a place created for a fallen angel, or, sometimes a garbage dump where trash was burned, but finally, a place where people who failed to believe the story and then died were, despite being dead, somehow sent.

    So, the story of Christianity is obviously just completely stupid, with no evidence to back it up, with wild, ridiculous claims made. Only a child, reassured by misguided but fearful parents, frightened by the prospect of the “bad place” can manage to believe this crap.

    Christianity is not just lacking in evidence, not just a “theory” which can’t be backed up, it is proudly, blatantly, explosively, in-your-face retarded. It is *proud* of how retarded it is. It celebrates the idiocy, with things like, “it’s not a matter of reason, it’s a matter of faith.” Well, what is faith? Faith is believing something to a degree of certainty which exceeds what is warranted by the evidence. Faith is believing something “no matter what.” Faith is inherently dishonest, because it involves lying to yourself about how certain you should be about something. Faith is not a virtue, it is a failing. Faith is a brainwashing technique given a name, and institutionalized.

    I don’t believe in Christianity because I am not a brainwashed idiot.

  2. August 13, 2008 10:44 am

    Scareyreasoner, thank you for your honest comments. While I don’t agree with your feelings or your understanding of the teachings and beliefs of Christianity I do respect your right to have them. I appreciate hearing where you are coming from.

    Some of the facts you stated about the teachings of Christianity are incorrect. That is one of the problems we face in trying to understand each other, because if we have one piece that is not accurate we approach the table with different viewpoints and convictions that keep us apart. You have stated some pretty strong views against Christians here, even using language that is pretty confrontational and accusatory. I just want open and honest dialogue, even if we disagree with each other.

    Do you feel this same way about other religious beliefs? Are Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, etc. also following a belief system and having faith in something that you would consider brainwashing? What is the view you carry about the world and how it operates? Do you believe in a higher power or being?

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