reply to post by qualm91
I realize you are asking Christians about this, but I think I can give a good answer since I was taught in a Roman Catholic school, were religion
class is mandatory (you are not forced to take sacraments however). Family did not seem religious (never mentioned it), however they are good people
who you could say follow Christian principals. Step-dad was highly anti religious and many colourful words were spoken about religion and how it was
all bull**** and responsible for all the wars in history.
First, I'm going to divide all religious people into two groups:
1. The people who adhere strictly to a set doctrine. (ex. born again Christians, Muslims, and many more)
2. The people who pick and choose what feels right to them from their respective religion. (ex. someone who strives to treat others as they would like
to be treated, but would not beat a slave because the bible said it was ok, because that goes against there morals. The bible obviously contradicts
itself many times, I'm sure the Quran does too)
Your question is most likely directed at group #1, because group #2 would simply disregard the quotes you have pulled from the bible, because unless
they were cruel or savages there morals would prevent them from doing such a thing.
Also many in group #1 probably couldn't bring themselves to stone a gay if that's what there doctrine called for, because it would be against there
conscience. (ex. many born again Christians I have met, although following an irrational illogical doctrine, were still good people and had excellent
There are several reasons I think they follow their doctrine even if it contradicts itself or is illogical.
1. They are indoctrinated from youth. Most children's minds are very easy to manipulate and mold.
2. Their minds seem to immediately shut out, ignore, or deny anything which opposes their pet doctrine. They also will twist arguments around to suit
them and bend facts.
You will understand this better, if A) You have ever been on the losing side of an argument and knew you were wrong but continued to defend your
Or B) Had a very strong preconceived notion challenged, and kind of subconsciously knew you were wrong but refused to change your notion.
Religion is far from the only field this type of irrationality exists (for example many scientific discoveries at first ridiculed are later accepted
as fact). Religion does stand out though due to the absurdness of some doctrines.
Lastly most humans have not evolved to the point were they are proficient in logic. I know this because people will be presented with an axiom like
1+1=2 (An Axiom is a premise so evident as to be accepted as true without controversy.) and say it is false.