Thursday, August 23, 2012

God's Checklist

4 comments:

Lara Jade said...

I have met so many people and have received so many emails from people who have a significant fear of death. So may I hope to receive a reply from you how we can overcome this fear?

C Woods said...

Loved the video.

I'll throw in my 2 cents worth to answer Lara Jade:

Some people are never going to overcome their fear of death and the fact that believers cannot be 100% certain they won't be going to hell, the fear might never go away.

I think of death like I think of the time before I was born. I did not exist and when I am gone, I will not exist. If I don't exist, there is nothing to fear. I am much more afraid of living in pain than I am of death.

The only way I believe I can live on is to do the best I can here and now ---and maybe someone will remember me. I will not be famous, so eventually I will fall from the memories of those who knew me when they pass on themselves. But, perhaps I will have instilled a love of art, reading, writing, learning, or rational thought in someone who instills that in someone else. If so, that will be my so-called "afterlife."

And that hope is good enough for me.

Anonymous said...

My own checklist:

1. Make the assumption that all Christians, without exception, believe what you think they believe, and from this (false) assumption of yours base the subsequent complaints you make about 'Christianity' in a short mockumentary - Check!

2. Make further erroneous assumptions, based upon the belief that one knows what one is actually talking about when one takes passages out of their proper context, whilst believing that these same passages can only ever be interpreted in one way - i.e. literally - and then, after one has set up this straw man, condescendingly ridicule that which one thinks Christians actually believe - Check!

3. Not bother to make the effort to understand that a) the religion in question has changed over time, b) the Bible is not a book, it is a collection of books, written by various authors over time, c) many of the historical events outlined in the Bible have been verified by historians and archaeologists, and d) have no clue about theology, the arguments for and against the existence of God, and no understanding of the nuances of these, often very complex, ideas - Check!

4. Not really caring about being open-minded to the possibility that one may be wrong, because one believes that what one has to say on any particular topic (in this case the Bible) is the truth, and only a simple-minded buffoon would still take the Bible seriously anyway - Check!

5. Not understanding that the Bible was not written in English, but Aramaic, Hebrew and Greek, and that therefore the likelihood exists that certain sections and passages of the Bible have been either mistranslated or just simply misunderstood by those who were not there when the events described therein were written down - Check!

6. Failing to know that even St. Paul himself did not take the Bible literally (ex. Galatians 4:24) and so therefore he would have condemned extreme literalism as well - Check!

You see, two can play this silly game.

Posted by: the not anonymous Peter A.

Anonymous said...

Remember the let down feeling when Santa was a no show?

Ridiculed for buying into the fallacy?

Same thing.

Making the story more complex doesn't make the end result more true.