Monday, November 21, 2016

Why I Am NOT a Christian











Why I Am NOT a Christian

By Bertrand Russell



“If you were granted impotence and omniscience and millions of years to perfect the world, how could you produce nothing better than the Ku Klux Klan or the Fascists?”

It’s interesting that Bertrand Russell wrote these words in 1927. I think he would be ashamed of how little we have improved as a society. Every sub-group’s brand of Christianity is more twisted and gets more perverted with each passing century.

Throughout history, religion has given birth to hate toward anyone with a different opinion. I don't think that most Christians would like Jesus because he believed in loving your neighbor and spending time with the outcasts of society.

“I must say that I think all this doctrine, that hell-fire is a punishment for sin, is a doctrine of cruelty.”
Russell points out the oxymoron of the so called “all loving God” allowing his children to be tortured for eternity for the unforgivable crime of skepticism. Yet Christians will argue that it is good to have blind faith. That somehow being gullible is a virtue and questioning rules is sinful.

I see the fear in Christians eyes when someone asks a simple question about the irrational words of the Bible. It’s as though they fear that asking too many questions will anger their perfect God. Or maybe it’s fear that there really is no wizard behind the curtain, like in the Wizard of Oz. But a truly humble person can say, "I don't know the origins of this universe", but be willing to seek the truth without a holy book from the bronze age.

“Religion is based, I think, primarily and mainly upon fear. It is partly the terror of the unknown.”
I wonder if Christians truly love their God or if they are simply following biblical teaching for fear of hell.

As a person raised as Christian, the fear of hell still haunts me at times because of childhood indoctrination. But logic always conquers irrational fear, critical thinking defeats faith.

“I cannot prove that there is not a God, I ought to add equally that I cannot prove that there are not Greek gods.”
Christians often argue that there is equally no proof disproving god as there is to prove that he does exist. Yet I highly doubt that they would make the same argument for Zeus or Apollo.

What makes it logical to believe that God had a son named Jesus, but ridiculous to think that Zeus could have a son named Hercules?

“In regards to knowledge on sex, the attitude of Christians is dangerous to human welfare.”

As man created the idea of God, he also created the idea of sin. What kind of fool creates human urges and cravings such as sexual desire and then invents laws forbidding natural tendencies?
Russell brings up an example of man that cures yellow fever in the tropics but has sex with multiple women. Then we have a lazy man who is married to his wife for a lifetime, begetting a child every year yet making no contributions to society. Unfortunately, Christian logic values that lazy man over the one actually improving society.

As Russell says, “Such beliefs are totally contradictory to reason.”

Conclusion

I know how hard it is to give up something that you value deeply, but even though the truth hurts, it is extremely freeing. Every man and woman have the potential to achieve their dreams and change the world. But we want to be led like sheep instead of taking control of our own destinies.
Free your mind, take control of your life, and believe in yourself. Every child stops believing in Santa Clause and every adult needs to stop believing in mythology.

 


“Nothing is good or bad. Your thoughts make is so.”

-William Shakespeare





-R. Schulz

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