What’s Your Beef with Christianity?
So asks some Christian Club group at one of the local universities. They had this question on a poster, standing up on their little platform.
Ohhhhh, I could’ve gone ALL DAY addressing this question. But I had a better idea: write about my beefs. It would reach a larger audience than that tiny campus walk path.
Faith. I don’t have a beef with just Christianity, but ALL religions.
While this question was directed to me directly about Christianity, I
shall answer by discussing Christianity but I will include other
religions to show that my beef with religion is justified all across
position can take. Faith is pretending to know something you cannot
know; it is a twisted glorification of willful ignorance; it is an
absolute conviction without reason; it is merely playing pretend and self-delusion,
wishful thinking of what a individual wants to believe whether or not
it is true. Truth does not matter, all that matters is if you believe or not.
If we were arguing for scientific
terms, I would have to cite peer-review studies. Since faith is a
religious term, I’ll have to turn to religious authorities, beginning
with the most familiar Scripture in Western society.Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is being sure
of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.2 Corinthians 4:18 – So we fix our eyes
not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is
temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.2 Corinthians 5:7 – We live by faith,
not by sightJohn 20:29 – Then Jesus told him,
“Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who
have not seen and yet have believed.”Romans 4:17 – As it is written: “I
have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the
sight of God, in whom he believed–the God who gives life to the dead
and calls things that are not as though they were.Romans 1:20 – For since the creation of
the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine
nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been
made, so that men are without excuse.Things hoped for, but not seen. Looking
at things that are not seen. Not seeing what is seen. And this list
ends with everybody’s favorite combination of logical fallacies;
the circular argument of arriving back to an assumed conclusion.Now that we are expected to see what is
not there. Not only that, we are blessed if we make ourselves see
what cannot be seen. This is not a reasonable request. These are not
reasonable responses. We are encouraged to believe without reason, in
fact we are blessed if we believe the most outrageous illogical
inconsistent contradictory claims without any evidence at all.
Because only accurate information has practical application, and it
should be that positive claims require positive evidence and
extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Our beliefs
should be tentative and subject to obligated change if the evidence
demands. We should have some way to correct the flaws in our current
perception and thus improve our understanding – THAT would be
reasonable. Because if we love truth at all, then what should matter
most is that we not allow ourselves to be deceived. But faith is the
very opposite, it requires that we literally “make belief” that
we ignore what we really do see and pretend something is there when
it apparently isn’t. It means that we fool ourselves.
Faith can make otherwise rational people believe things that only narrow-minded lunatics would.
This clip was taken from the show Conspiracy Road Trip: Creationism, where comedian Andrew Maxwell takes five British creationists to the west coast of
America to try to convince them that evolution rather than creationism
explains how we all got here. Take a look and pay attention on what happens when creationist Browyn (the girl with the short dark hair) SEES THE EVIDENCE for human evolution through the fossil record.
Ignoring the part where Abdul, the Muslim creationist, says he “has never seen a case of natural selection causing one species to evolve into another” despite we can actual OBSERVE species-to-species transitions through a process called Speciation, lets cut to the the core of the problem in this video. Here is the transcript for Browyn.
JoJo: What would change your mind? Honestly?
Browyn: Nothing. And I know, that sounds so narrow minded.
JoJo: It doesn’t sound–
Browyn: It is! I don’t want to be the person who is like ‘okay, just come on this trip for 10 days and nothing you show me will change my mind.’ That is like like [hand motion]. But at the same time, I just can’t. I really can’t even tell you, because of the faith that I have. If I started to accept all of this, then I have to go and accept that everything else is a load of crap. And I don’t accept that.”
Even with the physical evidence laid out right in front of her, Browyn and creationists like her refuse to change their minds and accept the facts. Why? Because their faith demands that they deny reality and embrace a fantasy. This is not just willful ignorance, this is dimension, a deliberately induced delusion.
This is why Faith is always the main cause for the movement to bastardize knowledge and education. Look back to when the Faithful arrested Galileo for daring to come forward with his discoveries that contradicted Scripture.
Cardinal Bellarmino said,
assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to
claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin.” – Cardinal Bellarmino
Faith takes away reason and accountability. In other words, faith makes people never have to accept responsibility for their actions. Commit mass crimes upon your neighbors or endanger all humankind, only because the faithful truly believed with a capital T that they were doing the work of the Lord. And it doesn’t matter to them if everything goes fuck up, because they refuse to admit the possibility that they might be wrong.
It is sad on how many parents who have
neglected using their children in honor of their religion, often by
allowing children to die of easily treatable diseases. Childrenshealthcare.org is an organization on a mission to end child abuse or neglect related to religion, cultural practices, or quackery. They have documented many cases where children (who could’ve been saved) died because of their parent’s faith.
It is also
disturbing how many people who proudly promise to murder their own
families if they mistake the voices in their head for the voice of
god. It is alarming to see how many people have already done so. That
is the worst part of faith – not being able to separate your
conviction of revelation from the illusions of delusion.
Now let show faith in action with a small mix of politics.
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful. – Seneca the Younger
I will keep it contemporary, because a lot of people unfortunately have a short memory span or are otherwise uninterested in history (that’s a shame). But I think it is common knowledge that religious people have used religion to get rich and keep the poor under their thumbs.
Despite Jesus instructing rich people to sell all their riches, the “devout” still believe that the poor MUST suffer and the rich must stay rich.
How despicable is it for a rich religious guy to place the blame on the poor for the position they are in. Like I said, the FAITH robs you of accountability as well as complete dismissal of the facts. When O’Reilly was pointed out the vast majority of that program goes to elderly people, people who are
disabled, 46 percent are children and most people are working families… instead, Bill O’Reilly claimed that they were all drug users and Jesus loves the rich guys so the rich guys should stay rich and get richer (despite the fact that Jesus told the rich guys to get rid of ALL their riches).
It’s sad that certain people do not see human beings as human beings. No value or humanity anywhere in their views. Instead, to certain people like Stuart Varney, they see people through economical lenses and people are not people, they are just numbers. (Skip to 3:52 of this video to get directly to the point)
(funny, some people are quick to ask “do people deserve to make $15/hr, but are silent to ask if certain CEOs deserve to triple their income for doing absolutely nothing more than what they were already doing)
Even the popular Pope Francis (which I admit is making a good impression) still operates in a palace full of immense riches. Yes I know he does not drive in rich cars and has dissed trickled down economics, but never the less, these guys salesmen. The sell faith. As I explained, faith is the most dishonest position a person can accept.
While certain people will use their economic lenses to see people only as numbers, religions are just as guilty. Religions are not concerned at all with the people, they are only concerned with their souls and wallets. People can die all the time, and it doesn’t matter to the faithful because their lives were of little to no worth.
Like I said earlier, it is sad whenever a parent neglects their children in honor of their religion, often by
allowing children to die of easily treatable diseases. But it doesn’t matter to the faithful, because it was the “Lord’s plan” and their kid is with the angels now.
The lives of the sick and suffering are of no concern, the priests got to save their souls. This is why Catholic Bishops ONLY sent Bibles and Rosary beads to the Philippines after the devastation by the typhoon.
I wish I could just let it be and not have to bother speaking out about faith, I really wish I could. Just let people believe what they want to believe. Unfortunately, the reasons I gave above, and the fruits of faith on taking humankind down a continuous cycle of self-destruction, putting themselves and others in harms way, the only humane and right thing I can do is speak out.