Oh yeah, this is all the bullshit I used to believe when I was 13.
Do you know how hard it is to not look at girls when you're 13? It's damn near impossible. Through great effort, though, I managed to stop looking. I managed to stop doing a lot of things.
I no longer have the religion hanging around, but I'm still about half-dead inside.
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I was raised in a household devoid of religion. My holidays were secular. (I hunted for eggs on Easter and opened presents on Christmas, but my parents made it clear they were the ones behind it all, and didn't even attempt to imply Santa was real.)
I've never thanked them properly for that.
This year we ate lasagna and watched Style Wars.
We made prime rib and every relative for 100 miles decided it would be a good idea to bring their baby and/or dog.
My family is great. I need to remember that. I'm lucky.
I love how the YT crowd is arguing back and forth with each other like it's ever going to get them anywhere.
Kirk Cameron as Mr. Nice Guy! (No, really!)
|Jet Bin Fever |
Absolutely insane. These people do so much more harm than good.
The lesson here is that if you're going to do something bad, pick something that isn't one of the ten commandments. Like rape.
|Adham Nu'man |
I honestly respect people who believe in God, as long as they at least have some mystical or esoteric interpretation of the Bible... Because people who believe this shit...seriously, fuck these people...
I don't accord respect based simply on belief or disbelief, but I certainly wouldn't think that 'mystical' or more usually vague, definitions of God deserve respect just for the belief.
It's less likely to cause harm or changes in behavior from what would otherwise be justified under secular morality and common sense, but it's simply an attachment to a label or tradition, rather than any more enlightened sort of truth.
It's not that I respect them for their belief, but people who don't believe this kind of shit literally tend to be less full of arbitrary crazy fears (they may have some, but they don't usually spew this type of nonsense) and thus they are easier to relate as people.
Sure, their beliefs in and of themselves don't do anything for me (if they did, I'd believe them myself), but when they don't sound like a broken record repeating stupid shit from the bible or their local priest it is easier to establish a normal relationship with them and see their positive side (I know at least a handful of deeply religious people who do interesting and cool things with their lives).
He's also a monster that was made up by a bronze age culture that existed before the concept of consensual sex existed. I'm pretty sure it's mostly a front for people who like to fuck children to convince society at large that their suspicious lack of companionship is some sort of superpower.
It's popular because people like to hurt other people and they want to be forgiven and told they're still good people without having to actually apologize to the person they wronged or risk not being forgiven.
Yes, because it is truly a grown-up, realistic, mature way to live your life equating things like white lies with things like mass murder and adultery.
Oh, and by the way, if you're ever in the presence of someone using this line of argument, a good way to stump the fuck out of them and get them mad is to use the inverse:
"Have you ever told the truth?"
"Have you ever given to charity?"
"Have you ever given someone something of yours for free?"
"Have you ever been in a long-term monogamous relationship?"
"Then you are a giving, charitable, truth-telling, faithful person."
That sounds like the scientologist strategem. The moment they start to break a sweat they start with "What are your lies? What crimes have you committed? Why do you hate?" like a philosopher squid squirting out a cloud of questions to confuse its enemy.
When you reverse-engineer religious beliefs, they all go back to divine revelation. So say that you speak with God all the time, and God says they've got it wrong. Anything they've read or been told was tainted by humanity and can't be trusted, but God doesn't lie. You calling God a liar? Sure the best you can hope for is an angry shouting stalemate, but that's the best you will ever do, plus you get to say "Quit calling God a liar."
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This God fellow sounds pretty full of himself.
I love the argument (that I pick with) Christians whenever I see them preaching on street corners, which is, do people who have never heard of Jesus go to Hell? The answer is yes, and (bumbling explanation here).
If you need a good laugh, I recommend it.
Yeah whenever I get some aggresive proselytizing idiot I avoid getting into the whole "I don't believe in God", as I have found it inefficient in getting rid of them. I go right ahead with the "I believe in God and think he's a whimsical incoherent asshole bully." argument, which gets rid of them quicker and is more fun to use.
|That guy |
God loved the world so much that he sent his son Jesus to be crucified for some reason that is completely inscrutable but sounds an awful lot like he was a scapegoat, because God made it necessary to require a scapegoat for some reason.
God used to happily enjoy animal sacrifice, but then He got a taste of human blood and now He's hooked on martyrs. If we ever make contact with aliens, we should slaughter a few on an altar just in case their suffering tastes better than ours.
There's an idea for a sci-fi movie. Oh wait, that's Warhammer 40K isn't it?
Right out of the gate, the video lies about the first commandment it mentions: "You shall not lie". The actual commandment is that you shall not bear false witness against your neighbor, in other words, it's a proscription against perjury.
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