Let me start with a little personal info. I know what a lot of you have experienced at the hands of Christians because I have experienced it to. I
have literally been called out as demon possessed in front of the church. I am for all intents and purposes a heretic. I have been regarded as a
blasphemer, bent towards evil, people have rebuked me in Jesus' name, and they have lied so many times to me it would make most politicians blush. I
war against them and they war against me. I hate their lies like many of you hate their lies. But I still will not compromise on principle because I
am against those in my camp. I have to work my best to bring as many of them over to my side which is about liberalism and tolerance as I can and the
rest I will leave to their own devices.
So by all means, lynch them, but do not lynch me because I share the name Christian with them. My office is vastly supreme to probably anyone you have
ever spoken to (or anyone that I have determined) and so my gospel does not resemble theirs much because I was several degrees closer to the Source
than most of them.
Originally posted by surfin4it
How about a Rain Check?
Let's de-escalate the religion, OK?
A little more science would go a long way around now, n'est-ce pa?
How about this. You go post in another forum that isn't explicitly named "Religion..." if it bothers you that much. Thank you.
Originally posted by SpearMint
...I dislike organised religion in general, but Christianity a little more. It's because Christianity is based on fear and uses fear to control
people. It teaches intolerance of people and ignorance of the world. It encourages arrogance and a very close-minded view of the Universe. Very often
I find this reflected in Christians. It also denies who we are as human beings and teaches that it's wrong to have human desires. I don't think
that's any way to live..
It will help you to understand that by comparing it to a functional or a structural disease. Functional would be that disease which is not evident
upon examination of the many structures of the body and cells that any disease existed in the person. That is, there is no biological imprint that a
disease is present. Structural disease is just the opposite.
Look at your statement that it "teaches intolerance," it "encourages arrogance," and close-mindedness among other things. What you're seeing as
an apparent disorder in church government that is functional in nature, there is no structural abnormality in the core tenets of the faith. There is a
disconnect in fact between the profession of faith and the practice of faith. Everyone jumps on board with the moral tenets and idea of loving thy
neighbor, etc, etc, but what we all find is for all that jumped on board with it, maybe 1% actually did it.
What the faith clearly teaches is not being preached or lived according to by those who advocate for it. Structurally, I hope you can see, there is
nothing wrong with the teachings of this religion, whereas functionally, the problem exists in its practical application.
Bloodreviara (I will not quote so much in this post as it is discouraged generally).
"...I do not think most of us non believers hate christinaity, i as many others, am simply tired of giving them special treatment just because they
want their imaginary friend to have special privileges, which amongst other include getting out of paying taxes, churches should not be tax
I do not believe they should be tax exempt either. And neither should any atheist groups that take donations in order to advance an anti-religious
agenda through filing frivolous lawsuits, which is mostly all "atheist rights" groups are. No one united under a religious cause, even
anti-religious, should not pay taxes. A lot of churches like to pass around petitions to send to their congressman about not voting for this increase
in taxes or preach Sunday about why God is a supply-side trickle-down Reagnomocist and how you are damned if you disagree.
Guess what. Jesus is against all that crap too. You and many of the other unbelievers in this thread are siding with Jesus on this one as much as you
hate to admit it.