Many of the Christians I have regular contact with are moral despite their belief in their Bible. They praise their god and tell me that the instructions for performing forced abortions, all the killings, and the rejection of homosexuals are things of the past that have nothing to do with good Christians of today. It's like these Christians recognize those parts of their Holy Bible that are incompatible with morality and label those parts as "just misinterpreted" or "from another time". They really can't be pressed in any philosophical sense. I've watched their eyes glaze over when things get too deep for their comfort.

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Comment by Tom Pep on December 12, 2012 at 3:29am

Typical, gloss over the worst parts

This is from the New Testament

Matthew 15:18

3 Jesus replied, "And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?
4 For God said, 'Honor your father and mother' and 'Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.'

Note the part in red, below is gods command in the old testament.

Exodus 21:15

"Anyone who attacks his father or his mother must be put to death."

Is it not time for them to start thinking "Hey, there's something seriously wrong with these books"



Comment by Ronald Pyatt on December 12, 2012 at 10:24am

I hear it all the time. The New Testament supersedes the old ways of thinking. And indeed, when you look at the ways the books are put together, you can see that a pattern of emerges where they start off saying and agreeing with the Old Testament teachings, but gradually, due to Paul's narrative, they turn to a new direction rejecting the old teachings that they had just earlier said were still in place. Convoluted and backward stories designed to confuse and brainwash the masses with jumbled nonsensical (and fictitious) events that have no place in the moral landscape.

Comment by Ronald Pyatt on December 13, 2012 at 3:33pm

I know an evil parent. She raised 2 sociopaths out of her 3 children. She's very religious, superstitious, and abusive to all her family.

Comment by James Cox on December 14, 2012 at 3:51am

A cult only likes smart people that promote!

Comment by Dr.Grixis on December 14, 2012 at 11:25am

The main thing to remember about religion, Christianity included and something that most ex-theists here would probably would agree on, is that religion and belief are mostly about emotions, not logic.

As such, theists belief they already know their god(s), and they can pick and choose from their scripture believing that since they know god, their interpretation has to be right. And since god is with them, surely he would let them know if they are wrong. 

It all reminds me of Terry Pratchett's book "Small Gods", which I can highly recommend, the Omnian church and dogma in that book are hilarious and very descriptive of some logical fallacies that most, if not all, theists fall prey to.

Emotions are great for determining internal truths, but not that great for determining external (natural) facts.


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