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Disproving Christianity – It’s Religion That Gets Me

20 Apr

If you haven’t visited David McAfee‘s blog, you need to. He’s doing a pretty awesome series called “Atheists Coming Out” that’ll be worth your time reading, especially if you’re currently “in the closet.” He’s also a pretty cool guy and gave me the chance to read the second edition of his book, “Disproving Christianity and Other Secular Writings.”

Personally, all of my theist friends, if you want to better understand why I tend to reject religion, you need to read this book. It’s concise and in a neat format that makes following the topic quite simple. Let me go ahead and make a CLEAR distinction about this book (which David also reiterates), it is not about demonizing the Christian God. It’s about pointing out some specific things within the Bible that make it less than reasonable to consider following as a guidebook for life and/or morals.

There are a LOT of Christians who have not read the Bible. Hell, I haven’t. I’ve tried. The language it’s written in causes my poor brain to glaze over, which means I don’t get very far. So, I really commend those who have actually READ IT. One of these days I will. Or I might spend more time over at The Brick Testament to get a better understanding of the stories inside without my brain going caput. But that’s neither here nor there really. The point is that, if you haven’t read it, how can you really know if it’s the be all end all there is for you and how you should be living your life? Especially when it was written during a time when slavery, rape, and incest were acceptable things. We have FAR outgrown this book as a society. We’ve made intense advancements and have answered MANY of the mysteries that were alluded to in the Bible. Quite simply, we’ve grown up.

Or…well…we SHOULD have.

If you need or feel the intense belief to have a personal God, that is FINE. I don’t mind the premise at all because, realistically, it doesn’t affect me. But….religions do affect me. Religions are running our country. Religions are trying to stifle new advancements by refusing to educate our children on scientifically tested theories (gravity has a “theory” too ya know, but you’re still pretty much planted in your seat aren’t you?). Religions are trying to regain control over women as objects. I am NOT an object. Religions are used as justifications for war and acts of hateful violence and death. I just…I can’t be okay with these things.

I may not have “God” in my life, but, considering all these things, I have no desire to believe in one. NONE. I was raised to be polite and punctual. It was instilled in me to do my best and to be GOOD. Not for a God, but because being GOOD is the right thing to do. I support knowledge. I support equality. I do not support oppression. I support people being free to do the things that make them happy as long as they are NOT harming others in the process. Is it really so bad that I believe in *these* things but don’t believe in a God? Does my lack of belief in a God automatically make me an untrustworthy person? Or will you still choose to judge me on my merits as a person and how I choose to treat other people?

I know I’m a good person because I feel good about being me. I’m there for my friends when they need me, I’m as helpful as I’m able to be, and when I really want something done, I DO it. I don’t pray. I do. I hate a lot of the premise that if I just pray hard enough, something will happen or come through for me. It’s just too passive for my tastes. And if that offends you, my apologies. To each their own.

Anyway, as per usual, I can take one thing and run in a similar but different direction with it in no time flat. The main point here is that you need to read David’s book if you have an interest in discovering more valid reasons why I reject something that is so very much a part of many people’s everyday lives. Sometimes, other people have a better way of eloquently displaying the very things that explain why I feel the way I do.

So, what are you waiting for?

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5 Comments

Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Godless, Hot Button

 

5 responses to “Disproving Christianity – It’s Religion That Gets Me

  1. pamela

    May 4, 2012 at 7:08 am

    that internal wisdom of goodness you have…thank God. What a blessing.

    and the fact that you disdain religion…Hellelujah.

    Christianity is not about religion. Those of us who recieve revelation about the truth of who God is, know that for centuries the doctrines of men, RELIGION, has lead the world astray into the very self-righteous, judgemental mind set that you abhor. Christianity is not about religion. Christ rebuked the religious, the pharisees, and those very men strove and succeeded in setting the stage for His cruel death. But God is sovereign. The Lamb of God went to the cross for a purpose. To take away the sins of the world and dispense mercy, grace and deliverance. And much more.

    If you truly want to debate the reality and goodness of God, I suggest you get yourself into a Bible church that teaches the SPIRIT and REVELATION of the Word of God. Not some moralistic, finger pointing religious outfit. You are obviously an intelligient and analytical person. You will want to know the truth of both sides of the debate. For centuries dark forces have been at work to discredit the reality and love of God. Seek the truth and beware of the empty and hollow philosophies of the world and counterfeit religions.

     
    • Eric

      May 4, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      “If you truly want to debate the reality and goodness of God”

      Hmm.. Since you are bringing up the “reality’ of God, the burden of proof is on you. We will wait to hear your evidence on the matter. And by evidence, I mean not quoting Bible verses or using the lame ‘I just feel it’ crap.

      Your beliefs are a product of your accident of birth. If you were born in Mongolia, you would be a Buddhist. Saudi Arabia, a Muslim.

       
  2. sundelldc

    May 4, 2012 at 8:07 am

    “Christianity – [kris-chee-an-i-tee], noun: the Christian religion, including the Catholic, Protestant, and Eastern Orthodox churches.”

    Huh, according to the dictionary, sure looks like Christianity is exactly about religion. Christ rebuked the Jewish religious laws, not the religion itself. Christ was Jewish, probably a rabbi and taught Judaic reform. Saying Christianity is not a religion while (I’m assuming) you call yourself a Christian means that you don’t know what religion is. Let me help:

    “a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.” (That’s also from dictionary.com)

    Saying that Jesus died for a specific purpose has always seemed very selfish to me because the phrase, “He died for your/my/our sins!” brings about a sense of needing to appease that god. “He died for me?! Fuck, I OWE it to him now!” It’s sad that that’s a key mentality that your religion uses to gain followers.

    “If you truly want to debate the reality and goodness of God, I suggest you get yourself into a Bible church that teaches the SPIRIT and REVELATION of the Word of God.” This isn’t you trying to help this girl see the light, this is you offering yet another way to accept a certain set of dogmatic laws. “Don’t fall prey to the ‘dark forces’ (that sounds grown up), but follow the RIGHT way of doing something you don’t believe in. It’s smarter.” That’s what you, and everyone that talks like that sounds like. You’re not wanting to take part in seeing both sides of the debate, you’re wanting to make sure your side is the one that’s seen as correct and right.

    The idea of your god is such a simplistic joke because it takes questions that, given enough time and energy, WILL be answered by the scientific method, not by the awe-inspiring answer of “because God is capable.” No, man is capable. So capable in fact, that we’ve come up with a deity that answers all the questions that we haven’t found suitable answers to.

     
  3. Minus the God

    May 19, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Very well stated! The only part I disagree with is allowing those who feel an intense belief to have a personal God: I believe that we need to completely dispel the myth once and for all. If one person quietly believes and keeps to themselves (for the most part), they will teach their beliefs to their children as well, who each have the capability of growing up and recruiting/spreading the word… Sooner of later, someone who believes strongly will gain power and try to enforce their dogma on the rest of us. We will end up (again) where we are today, with schools in the bible belt outlawing the teaching of evolution, or states forbidding same sex marriage because “The Lord disapproves of homosexuality”. We don’t allow grown-ups to believe in Santa, the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy, because that is a delusion or a possible sign of mental illness.

    I don’t hate Christians, but I do strongly disapprove of religion. As much as they feel their beliefs are personal, they will try to recruit (see your first commenter, “I suggest you get yourself into a bible church that teaches the spirit and the revelation of the word of god”). They fool themselves by calling it faith instead of religion (tuh-may-toh/tuh-maw-toh) and grant themselves immunity to the harm that religion does. I feel it is up to us to help them with overcoming their delusions and to accept reality for what it is. This is a huge task, but it is an important step for advancing our civilization. The alternatives are stagnation or regression (dark ages).

    Everything else in your post, I find beautifully stated. I will soon be checking out David’s blog and book. ๐Ÿ™‚

     
    • Alicia

      May 19, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      Thanks for your thoughts. I most definitely see what you’re saying regarding the “personal belief.” Such a fine line to our freedoms ๐Ÿ˜‰

       

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