Thursday, February 09, 2017
If Christians Led with the Truth Instead of Lies, They'd Have the World They Wanted
A friend of mine put me on to a Pastor John MacArthur. Though agnostic, I am not against listening to religious sermons in that traditional religions are often sources of wisdom, advice, and philosophy. And if you get a good presenter such as Mr. MacArthur even an agnostic hell-bound heathen such as myself can glean a valuable lesson or two from him. However, enroute from Phoenix to Vegas I was listening to a particular sermon from Pastor MacArthur about the role of government in a Christian's life, specifically how a Christian may be prone to respond negatively to over-taxation. And while I was interested in how a religious person would view the role of an increasing socialist state into one's private life, he cited a common complaint that is the subject of my post today.
The lamentation of anti-religious types trying to purge Christianity from the government and history of the US.
This is nothing new. Most recently near my hometown, Belle Plaine became the (almost) victim of the reprehensible attention whore, Annie Laurie Gaylor and her "Freedom from Religion Foundation." Gaylor has a lengthy rap-sheet of harassing small American towns to provide her meaningless life with a meaningless point, but she is certainly not the only person driving the purge of religion, "god," and Christianity from the government. Hawaii's legislature succumbed to the pressure of the ACLU to do away with prayer before their sessions. Schools are doing the same. And in general most democrats and leftists seem to have a vendetta against religion in places where it's been historically, traditionally, culturally, and above all else, benign.
This then begets decries from the Christian community as they see god, Jesus, Christianity, etc., increasingly removed from their culture, to the point it's logical conclusion will be, like smoking, that you'll only be able to do it, observe it, and partake in it within the confines of your own home.
But what really confuses Christians is the seeming personal nature of Gaylor, the ACLU, and leftists in general. Why don't they pick on Jews? Why don't they pick on Muslims (they're cowards). And why are they seemingly searching for problems that don't exist, just to give them the fabricated rationale to further erode and eat away at Christianity in America?
Well I have a theory. And though my theory may not be right, and it may not stop this uncalled-for assault on Christianity in America, it might at least explain why and therefore provide some sanity to my Christian brothers and sisters.
And more so, you lied to the absolutely worst people you possibly could. Christian children.
My Christian colleague Chris Bechtloff, who I love dearly, likes to simply dismiss this as the "Fuck You Dad Stage" of Christian children. Children raised under Christian homes are forced to attend church. And as they age, natural rebellion sets in. You add a bit of secular or atheist philosophy from school, and like a 15 year old highschooler claiming he's an "anarchist" or a "marxist," soon you have a rebellious teenager leaving the church for good because it's cool, it's fun, or (frankly) you're so poorly educated in your own religion, you can't tender the arguments to reason him or her back.
But whereas this plays out in practically every Christian household resulting in the rank and file Americans who inevitably return to the church when they have their own children, the future Annie Gaylor's of America, the ones who actively wage war against Christianity are ironically forged in the furnaces of the most Christian (and I would say extremist) of homes.
Be it a born again Christian family where the parents falsely use "god" as an excuse/forgiveness for their mistakes and force the fanaticism upon their children
The family of a pastor/preacher where god and the church and him/herself are more important than the children and the bible is manipulated to verify it so
Or just good ole fashioned hate-filled, power-hungry sadists who "lord" the bible over their children as a means to control them juuuuuuuust under the line of law of abuse
that is the fire that turns your children from obedient little future Christians, to the Anakin Skywalkers of the Christian world who will wreak massive havoc on the Christian community in the future.
And it all starts with a "first step lie." A "virginal lie" or "original sin" if you will.
You tell them you have proof that Christianity is the true religion....
oh...I almost forgot!!
and if you don't believe that you will burn in hell.
This is bad enough scaring the piss out of little 3 and 4 year old children who want another cookie, but are threatened with eternal damnation for daring to covet said cookie. But the extremism, the zealotry, the fanaticism that some Christian households have is that incredible pressure that galvanizes a future enemy of Christianity. And it is that pressure, combined with that innocent lie up front that creates the people presenting the majority of the problems you face in America today.
For what will inevitably happen, especially under hate-filled Christian households, is a child will try his or her best to appease and adhere to the impossible (and often changing) standards of their parents, pastor/s, and teachers. In the process, this hate-filled Christian household will ruin that child's childhood. They don't know that of course because they're in the thick of it, but they will grow up. And when they do, they will come to realize a few key things.
1. Their childhood was wasted. Matter of fact there was no childhood to speak of. And with the demanding pressures of self-supportation, survival, employment and general adulthood upon them, there's no way they can ever get it back.
2. They family was ruined. I know, I know, "God is more important than the family," "Abraham Issac," those are really cute lies evil people hide behind and abuse Christianity with in order to excuse their lack of parenting, love, or effort in raising children. But no matter how you excuse it, the child has no family, and they WILL realize that when they're older, and your religion will be to blame.
3. No matter what you say, Christianity (and all religions) are circular in their logic and proofing. You have no empirical evidence. You have no scientific proof. And Christianity (as is all religions) is not proven by the scientific method. You can go ahead and rush to your bibles (or Torahs or Korans) and try to rush to the page where some nomad high on khat wrote something while sunstroked in the desert 4,000 years ago, but I know you know that isn't proof because...
4. Four...ah yes...four. In the end, when you get into it with even the most ardent of preachers, the most devout of pastors, they inevitably concede it's all about belief. It's all about faith. Ultimately there is no proof, and the entire religion hinges on your belief in Jesus. This is so key to Christianity that my father's (and many other pastors') churches were/are ACTUALLY NAMED "FAITH."
But think about that. "Faith."
You name your churches FUCKING FAITH.
Which means that first lie you told to those little 2 and 3 year olds, was precisely that. A lie. And a lie that costs those innocent children their lives, or at least their childhoods.
Alas, when you sheepishly admit to the now-adult child, who now has the logic and reasoning ability to get you into a corner, that it was all a lie AND that the price was a lost childhood, a lost family, untold mental torment, AND a likely dysfunctional and impaired future...
what the hell did you think they were going to do?
They are going to go on the war path and exact their pound of flesh with a couple gallons of blood for interest for a debt that quite literally cannot be paid back.
Alas, you needn't "wander the desert" anymore. These people actively, passionately, and aggressively attacking Christianity are Christianity's own creations. They are your own Frankenstein monsters who are turning on you. And though I charge egregious "Dr. Emil Schaffhausen" fees for my advice, let me impart a little free advice to the Christian community.
Lead off with the truth with your children about your religion.
Tell them it is a BELIEF, a FAITH, a THEORY you have and choose to believe in.
Present to them your bible and the many founts of wisdom within. Explain to them why you believe those things and subscribe to such doctrine and why you think the child should too.
Even WAIT until they're old and mature enough to understand the concept of "beliefs," "faiths," the "after-life" and morality and make your case then.
If you do that they may just stick with Christianity. Better still, in the long run they might actually turn out to be genuine Christians who understand the faith and are sincere in their belief, unlike 95% of the posers you have filling up the pews now.
But for the true love of God, don't break your own damn 9th commandment by lying to your own children.
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