While looking through old conversations I have had on Facebook, I stumbled across one that contained input from myself and three other people, one of whom believes himself to be “agnostic”. The messages that were passed back and forth between us were on the topic of Christianity, specifically the legitimacy of the faith structure and it’s historical implementation. For the sake of keeping the other contributors anonymous, I will not post said conversation, but I will fast forward to what the bulk of the argument was. On one side, Christianity was called a [paraphrase] “beautiful faith that brings out the best in people and others around them” and that Christianity is the “one, true religion”.
Bullshit. That’s how I, internally, soaked in the above comments. Externally, I gave a more “eloquent” response.
Allow me say, first and foremost, that I don’t believe Christians are bad people, at least when looking at them in their entirety. To me, there is a difference between a “Christian” and an “Evangelist” (or “fanatic”), and while both groups belong to the same faith structure, there are vastly different degrees in their interpretation of the text, and their implementation of the “word of God”. Christianity is a beautiful religion, but much in the same way Islam can be radicalized to promote terrorism, Christianity is radicalized to promote misogyny, racism, and a general misunderstanding of how the world really works.
This is the overall problem with Christianity.
I believe that religion is a cornerstone for someone’s inability to be rational in the face of adversity or the unknown or whatever conflict may arise. To counterpoint that statement, I believe spirituality is a great personal trait to have, since in my experience, spirituality has helped me make peace with a lot of things. Does that sound like religion to you? No. It’s isn’t. Religion is a belief in a structured set of fundamentals values and a deity. Spirituality does not have the “God stipulation”. Since I do not believe in God, I am in turn not religious, but because I see the duality in nature and how the world responds harmoniously to itself, I subscribe to the philosophy of that harmony. The world is literally a creator, and by extension, the world’s creations themselves create, so to look at from my perspective, I am a pantheist. However, I do not, under any circumstance, believe that there is an anthropomorphic God, a Heaven, a Hell, angels, demons, etc. etc. etc. To me, the Old Testament of the Bible is folklore and the New Testament of the Bible is hogwash.
There has also never been anyone who could convince me otherwise.
So, how does my personal effects on religion tie in? Because, the fundamentalism that exists within Christianity is a plague on the human race. Fundamentalists are set in their nonsensical text, despite evidence that explicitly contradicts their opinions, prompting most (if not all) Evangelicals to dismiss those facts. “They’re not real facts,” I’ve heard some say. I’ve even heard the old adage: “It’s God testing our faith.” So, according to Fundamentalist/Evangelical Christians, the fact that carbon dating and other sophisticated, scientific testing methods have dated the planet as being nearly four billion years old is just a way for “God to test his people?” Dinosaur bones are just a way for “God to test his people?”
You know, for being a sun-based religion that’s supposed to help it’s followers be “Christ-like”, your God sure is an asshole, and an insecure one.
I’ve read the books. I’ve talked to the people. I’ve even gotten into verbal spats with pastors and radicals. There has not been a single argument made by Christians that has even given me a platform to begin toying with the notion there may be a “God.” Of course, by me saying that, I’m in bed with the Devil.
Christianity has been used to preach hate, enslave and commit systematic genocide against other cultures, generate lavish incomes for their own set of “talking heads”, and even introduced people to the deliciousness of purple Kool-Aid.
Fundamental/Evangelical Christianity is no different than the radicalized, misinterpreted Islam that inspired the 9/11 hijackers to do what they did. On top of that, there is a significant portion of Christians who either a.) don’t realize that, or b.) understand the similarity, but give into their own superiority complexes and justify these actions. It says in the Bible to love the people around you, help them in their time of need, and be accepting of the help they offer in yours. It says in the Bible that everyone is created in the image of God and that everyone is recipient of God’s love. It says in the Bible to be “Christ-like” — helping the sick and the poor, reaching out to those in need, living your life piously and for God. Yet, Christianity does not showcase these behaviors. Christianity is hypocrisy, well, for the most part.
As I stated above, I don’t hate Christians and I don’t hate their faith. I just find it really unsettling that they so blindly follow a prepackaged set of principles and beliefs, with no regard to their own individual ability to think for themselves (God granted free will); that they excuse the behaviors of their leaders and parishioners, despite their obvious contradictory to what it means to be “Christ-like”; that, whereas Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism is concerned, Christians are the superior subset of the human species, and because of that, every single man, woman, and child should be converted and every law, opinion, and statement needs to be bent around God.
Of course, I use Christianity as the basis, despite there being people in nearly all religions who think that way. However, there is no religion on this planet more “Hollywood” than Christianity. That, and their indiscriminate idiosyncrasy, are the reasons why they’re the perfect congregation to discuss the topic of religious fanaticism and how it’s destructive on those that subscribe to it, and everyone around them.
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