A deeply theistic (Christian) friend of mine recently posted a comment regarding the definition of profane: “Anything that we are doing that God hasn’t initiated.”
I asked how one might possibly tell the difference, given the prevalence of such creatures as Ray Comfort, Jimmy Swaggart, Ted Haggerty, Jim Baker, etc., etc….
In response, I was chastised not to judge others, but to direct my attention to where I stand in relation to Jesus.
Not to judge others? Excuse me?
Wait a minute. When someone has the audacity to tell me:
1. They know something I don’t (that Jesus is the light, the truth and the way…that he was a real person and died for man’s original sin, born of a virgin, and that evolution is a load of crap)…
2. That loving Jesus and following the ‘inerrant word of God’ as found in the bible is the ONLY path to ‘salvation’, happiness, truth, etc….
3. That failing to accept Christ as my saviour will condemn to eternal hell…
When someone ADVISES me on HOW to conduct MY LIFE, it is perfectly appropriate for me to look at how that person conducts THEIR life.
And when I do so, do I find people basking in the warm, loving glow of god’s perfect love, reaping what they sow and getting blessing after blessing?
No. I find a bunch of hypocritical, homophobic, self-loathing con artists, liars and thieves using Christ as a crutch, a hunting blind or both; yammering obvious nonsense about scientific matters they simply do not understand, hiding their true nature behind a facade of Christly love and compassion while fleecing the poor out of their last fucking dime as a “faith offering to the Lord.”
I, on the other hand, DO NOT go about telling people that I have some direct pipeline to eternal truth and eternal life at the hand of some grandiose leprechaun for which there is NO evidence. I DO NOT advise others how to live or condemn them to hell.
Except insofar as I can construct a moral code that exists independently of unicorns and fairy tales, I have no advice for anyone on anything, and I certainly don’t resort to delusional wish-thinking and anthropomorphic god figures invented by bronze age sheep herders if they ASK.
Christians give every evil s.o.b. on the planet a free ticket to do as they wish – simply confess to god and all is well…you’re wiped clean. Frankly, I would prefer fewer Disney tales and a bit more justice in THIS plane of existence.
When others stop trying to tell everyone else HOW TO LIVE OR BURN IN HELL, I’ll stop examining the nature of the messenger. And speaking of which, you might think an omnipotent god could find rather more upstanding messengers, eh?
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