This topic is not to debate the existence of a god(s). It’s not to debate if Christianity is true. In fact, for the purpose of this conversation, the absurdities of Christianity are true.


A large (not all) portion of American Christians identify themselves with conservatism. In fact the Christian-Right makes up significant voice of Christian Americans. The majority of Republicans would identify or label themselves a part of this Christian Right. What do we know about this Christian Right? -Specifically their views concerning the issue of freedom and the role of government. Republicans profess their opposition to welfare states, Socialism, dictators, monarchs, and Totalitarianism. “God” for bid you try to limit their rights in any way shape or form. I happen to share many of their views on freedom. Ok… this is nothing new. We know this already…..


The issue I have a hard time understanding is how/why does the Christian Right not take issue with their (as Hitchens has so eloquently put it)“celestial dictator” ? Even if Christ did live… Even if the bible were true…. How is it that that these men and women who greatly oppose any form of intrusion…any limitations of their liberty… how come they don’t take issue with their god? Not only do they not take issue…. They love this sick and twisted set up. They love that they are born with sin. They love to bow down and worship their god of Abraham. They love that the consequences of not accepting Jesus will result in eternal hell fire. They love that they are slaves. They love it.


Now I know what you’re thinking… Jason!.. You are asking the wrong audience… we are atheist…you should ask this to the Christian-Right. I have. It’s like asking the mental ill why they are mentally ill. The routine answers are:


Well it’s not our place to know or understand god’s divine plan.
The Bible is the infallible word of god not to be questioned.
No Jason… I don’t see the hypocrisy.


You know… answers that only cult following blind herds could provide. This conundrum fascinates me. It also scares the shit out of me.

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They don't seem to have a problem with it, IMO, because it's more of a social thing.  It's an 'our team' they can be a part of.  More importantly, they can disregard any inconvenient part of their god's teachings any time they want for the sake of what they would call freedom.  We all know the point about how hard it is for a rich man to pass into heaven.  It wasn't that long ago that a guy famously said on Fox News that capitalism is incompatible with Christianity essentially; that Jesus would have been a liberal Democrat.

It's this doublethink that bothers me more than anything really.

Part of their worldview is an attachment to authoritarianism, and their god is the ultimate authority.

Exactly.  They are pathologically anal retentive. 

 

http://goodatheistarguments.blogspot.com/2010/09/religion-and-moral...

I don't think the Right has a problem with Totalitarianism, as long as they are the ones in the position of power.
Bingo.

Yes.  Religion is the ultimate in totalitarianism.  Religion tries to dictate your very thoughts and desires.

 

http://goodatheistarguments.blogspot.com/2010/12/is-obedience-to-au...

Thanks for posting your blog... I enjoyed it.

Thats a Bingo!
fucking hilarious!

I

agree this aspect of the religious to me is the most troubling of their traits. To express such a desire for nearly absolute freedom only to give it away to a supposed supernatural deity is just straight up insanity. It clearly states in the bible that Jesus' second coming will result in a world-wide theocratic government ruled by him (Jesus). Yet this aspect fails to be grasped or comprehended by the religious or like the author states simply ignored to fit their idea that they are free. Truly insane is all I can say about this "conundrum."

Huh?  I thought Jesus was talking about 'The son of man' will come down from the clouds and reign over the New Kingdom?

 

I always took Jesus as being a Prophet - Not God himself.  John likes to make Jesus speak as if he is God - But the other Gospels do not.  

 

But all in all - I don't think Christians see their Deity as a Celestial Dictator - Because all you gotta do is Love Baby Jesus and accept him into your heart ... 

 

It makes them feel important. 

It gives them false hope of an afterlife. 

 

Romans 13 1-6

1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.

2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.

3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval,

4 for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer.

5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience.

6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing.

7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.


5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience. 

6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 

7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.

 

 

They like the association because it feeds their need for social power more than it infringes upon their playtime! Religion is as much a power tool as it is a belief system in some circles. And after all, a powerful slave living high on the hog is a happy slave who will gladly eat humble pie if it furthers the cause.

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