Well, I'm starting this thread because of a discussion that's happening in another topic
It started out as questioning if the US is a Christian nation. One poster, Ashley, is apparently under the impression that all Christians are
uneducated. She's not alone, I've seen many people claim that Christians, or religious people in general are blind to anything, have no common
sense, are ignorant, are stupid etc, etc.
Well here's my question: Is this true? I don't think so, but I wanted to start a topic to discuss it and see what other people have to say. I've
copied and pasted my reply to her posts here to get things started.
From other post
Ashley, you like to point out minorities in my faith, don't you? Your mention of some radical group of militant Christians from Africa (a very
violent continent) does nothing to shake my faith or prove that Christianity is bad or anything. Do you hate all Muslims? Is Islam a bad religion?
Just because some militant Muslims decided to destroy the WTC?
Its true, religion is dying. The amount of time spent worshiping is considerably less than it used to be. Take 1000 years ago for instance,
what i understand is that religion was a major force in these peoples lives. Take 500 years ago, even less. Take 50 years ago, still around and quite
predominant but even less. Take now, sundays only and sometimes not even that.
Well... Perhaps people aren't going to Church as much anymore, but that doesn't prove that people aren't practicing their faith anymore. I hardly
go to Church, but I'm very religious. You don't need to go to a building to be religious and practice your religion.
People are to busy nowadays and with that comes education. With education comes knowledge. With knowledge becomes enlightenment and with more
enlightenment there is less need for religion. Im sorry but its that simple.
Why does being educated have to do with less need for religion? I'm very educated. I'm going into my third year of college, at quite a reputable
school in my area (Assumption College, Worcester, MA), and I take my studies very seriously. I'm majoring in Political Science, and I plan to become
a professor. I'm not sure why you think religious people can't be educated people. I'm very offended by that, and I'm sure many other people
would be too.
Just because I believe in God does not make me ignorant or stupid. If you assume that I'm a fundie Christian who takes everything the Bible says to
be truth, you're wrong. I believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ, but I don't believe that God literally created clay humans and breathed life
into them. I choose to believe in something higher than myself, I'm not sure why that automatically makes me stupid, uneducated, and ignorant.
What is your blind self talking about morals and values for? Are cuss words christian?
Umm... I'm not blind to anything. Please, tell me what I'm blind to. I really want to know. Honestly, tell me. And I have no idea what you're
talking about with the "are cuss words christian" bit.
Armaggedon may be coming, but only for you. Maybe that is what the lunatic on the corner means whwn he says the 'end is near'.
The end of religion. If that is the case,'bring it on' as another fantastic christian once said.
Who are you to say Armageddon isn't coming? A lot of people say the end of the world is going to come with the NWO, that's basically the same idea
except the leader of the NWO I expect is the antichrist. Maybe the lunatic on the corner is talking about the Illuminati coming when he talks of a
near end. I really don't see your point.
That reminds me. Is letting innocents be killed, invading other countries, being an alcoholic, lying, fathering disrespectful over-indulgent
children, being greedy, being un-educated and a failure a modern christian? It sure doesnt look like the one you guys are always talking about.
Nevermind, maybe things are just getting more desperate on the way out. You"ll take anyone nowadays.
What are you talking about here? Are you stereotyping a modern Christian? If you are, you're doing a horribly bad job of it. If you're describing
President Bush, which you might be, you're not really getting anywhere. He's not a real Christian by any means. He pretends to be so he can
further his own agenda. He's not the epitome of a Christian at all.
And for the record, I don't like Bush. But I'm Christian. Wow... Go figure... A Christian with an open mind who goes against his president who
is supposedly of the same faith... That's a first apparently, huh?