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Telling people they're proven by science to be born with "original sin" and lower than dirt in the eyes of some invisible cloud person who created them, and can destroy them if they don't obey certain preachers, is just dreadful.
Ephesians 6:10-18, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”
They subscribe to original sin, which teaches that since the fall of Adam and Eve at the end of the creation myth humans are doomed and unworthy without Christ's blood sacrifice.
Stop quoting facts to the Christians. They can't cope with them. They prefer magic. If you disagree with them
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Originally posted by Badgered1
I also don't see a difference between wingnuts like the Phelps family and the evangelical corporations.
When lobbying and religious pseudo-political influence is banned, the churches are taxed, and all legislation is controlled only by secular, common sense debate, there will be no danger from the magical stuff.
Don't tax us, we're a "charitable" organization, they say. Then they spout all sorts of vitriol from the pulpit about the government.
The Bible is THE WORD of God!, they say. Then they backtrack when you ask them to take it literally and put to death those who displease their God.
Don't keep quoting the Old Testament, they say. Christians believe only in the New Testament. Then they line up to complain about their ten commandments not being observed.
Stop quoting facts to the Christians. They can't cope with them. They prefer magic. If you disagree with them, you're an agent of the devil, apparently. They won't listen to your side of the story; common sense; logic; fact; or physical evidence because they read an old book and none of that is in there, so you must be influenced by satan.
They'll quote Biblical passages and shoe-horn in a current event to try to make it fit context. In truth, it's just a Bronze Age fable about Bronze Age people who don't understand reality.
The truth is that government is not of the people, by the people, for the people, it's controlled by corporations, churches, and ideologists with money through lobbying. It's that simple. Whoever has the most money makes the rules. Unfortunately, the religions have boat-loads of money for this purpose and use it liberally.