posted on Feb, 23 2005 @ 01:09 AM
Originally posted by Truth
What you guys are saying is truly insane to me personally.
Though if you want to reach us heathen-folk, I think it's absolutely necessary that you try to understand it.
You will, I think, recognize that there are a lot of people out there who call themselves Christian, who may even think of themselves as good
Christians, but who are, instead of living a Christ-like life, simply using the Bible to bully others (and, as a result, to make themselves feel
I understand that this behavior is not unique to Christians. In fact, you can find jerks in any group of people. But because Christianity, in all of
its forms, is the predominant religion in the Western world currently, it has a larger number (even if it's an equal percentage) of idiots.
I think we're also seeing it more frequently in America recently because of the increasing secularization of our government. While not intended as
such, some insecure Christians see efforts to remove overt support of Christianity from our government institutions as an attack against Christianity
This is a large issue in the US now, also, because American Christianity largely supports the idea of Biblical Literalism. While BL has been around
for most of the life of the Christian movement, it was never a very strong voice. It really started to gain ground during the Renaissance and
Reformation, but received the strongest support in retaliation to Charles Darwin's "The Origin of Species." In it's current form, BL can be dated
to American preachers from the mid-19th century. Historically the Bible was read with allegory in mind, which I, personally, find the be a better way
to look at it. An allegorical reading of the Bible can find truth in the message of the book, even if certain details are fudged a bit. A literal
reading, on the other hand, must find every word to be Absolute Truth™ or else the entire foundation of their faith is washed away. But that's
really an argument for another thread