I was so distressed by this that I couldn't sleep after hearing about it on the radio. How is quoting the bible considered grounds for a factual and rational argument for something of such serious content, especially within our government?
My mind kept parroting two things at me:
1. Give me one bible quote arguing for god's sanctity for life, and I will give you three where he condones/encourages/roots enthusiastically for murder.
2. I hope the Right to Life of Idaho folks never have to watch a loved one suffer the end stages of a terminal disease. I'd hate for them to suddenly want to show any mercy for their fellow man by allowing them to die peacefully and with dignity instead of in excruciating, painful agony.
What are your comments?
Okay, I will rephrase that sentence. These zealots have a mind set from the dark ages and they are not real Christians.
I don't think you can really make that statement in confidence. A Christian is a Christian is a Christian. Whether they are spouting hate or love, division or unification they are all following the same book with the same words. There are no "real" Christians and "fake" Christians or real or fake versions of any other religion.
The religions are what they are, and the people use them to justify their own personal likes and dislikes. That is the fundamental problem with religion, it is so vague and fluffly it allows people to insert their own biases and interfere with another person's life just because "God said it in the bible".
Here is an excerpt from one parties election manifesto in Ireland for next week’s general election:
The party will implement “legislation to provide for recognition of Advance Care Directives” under which patients could indicate their personal wishes as regards end-of-life and palliative care treatment.
@Kai – I take your point. What I mean is they are not living up to the ideals that they claim Jesus preached about love and compassion for others. So they are bad at doing “Christianity”. I would not like them living next door to me.
Fair enough. I figured that is what you had meant. Just thought it was worth clarifying that they're all in the same boat, and we shouldn't let any of them get away with arguments about who's a real believer or not.
I like that phrase... it should be a shirt. "Why are you all so bad at DOING Christianity?"