On May 26, 2009, Ray “Spiritual Mac and Cheese” Comfort posted a blog titled “An atheist’s question”. It’s “a huge post (way too long for the average atheist) ” ; at least that’s what he thinks. Well, I hate to tell Ray this, but it’s not the length of his post that’s off-putting to non-believers like me. If it was in the least bit valid, I’d be reading it eagerly. But as usual, from the beginning, this is another glop of Ray’s spiritual Mac and Cheese; more empty calories to fatten his ego and make him feel good about his questionable intellectual choices in life.

Ray’s post is a booklet that he and Kirk Cameron have written called “Why Christianity?” He posts it in response to having been asked why he chose Christianity over other religions. You can read it if you like, but it seriously is too long, due only to the complete lack of common sense evident in its creation.

An atheist's question

Ray begins with an offer. He’ll give you one of the following:

The original Mona Lisa
The keys to a brand new Lamborghini
A million dollars in cash
A parachute

You can only pick one, but wait! Don’t choose too quickly! There's a catch (of course)! You’ve got to jump out of a plane at 10,000 ft! Well naturally, you’re going to choose the parachute. It’s the only logical choice in your situation, given the relative uselessness of the other three. So far so good.

But then Ray goes entirely off the deep end. He compares your plight on the plane with the plight of humanity and guess what? That’s right! Christianity is the parachute! Ray goes on for pages talking about Christianity and the Judeo-Christian belief system using Judeo-Christian beliefs to justify his choice! Ray can’t make a good argument for Christianity without using the tenets of that faith as the background for his argument. You must accept that there is a god and that this god is the god of the Judeo-Christian bible. You must accept every bit of Judeo-Christian dogma, but most importantly, the solely Christian idea that “God” made himself human by impregnating a thirteen year old virgin with himself, lived a flawless life while both completely human and completely divine (that must have been tough), and then sacrificed himself to himself to save us from his own wrath over who we are because of how he made us. He then "conquered death" and made everything right by bringing himself back to life. (Not much of a sacrifice if you don't stay dead, is it? Oh that's right, it's all about the need for the shedding of blood...that whole barbaric bronze age animal sacrifice thing. Yet ANOTHER blog topic!)

Anyone can make a case for choosing any religion if the case is built upon first accepting that religion's tenets as truth, Ray. So without the preconceived notions of your particluar religion as true...WHY CHRISTIANITY?

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Comment by Misty: Baytheist Living! on May 28, 2009 at 7:34am
Yeah.. that analogy would be cool and all if you forget the fact that the Christian god PUT YOU IN THE FUCKING PLANE IN THE FIRST PLACE AND THEN DEMANDED YOU JUMP!
~and yet another facepalm.~
Good find!
Comment by Chris on May 28, 2009 at 9:15am
No, Emz, you're so right. See? It's not the length, but the lack of intelligent content that make it an unbearable read.
Comment by Dave G on May 28, 2009 at 1:22pm
Ray's version of Christianity is far more nihilistic than anything that it accuses atheism of.
Comment by Gaytor on May 28, 2009 at 1:49pm
So is Christianity best sold as a safety net/parachute? Shouldn't that be the argument that you save for when you are out of arguments?
Let's stipulate that God exists so that we can debate Ray. Why should I follow him? If those that do good in society will be "judged" than how could society improve from where it is? I know Ray doesn't believe in biological evolution, but surely he has seen and understands social evolution.

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