Why Christians defend the teachings of the bible boggles my mind (see previous religious posts). Anyone or anything discouraging logical deduction, doubt, critical analysis, and individual thought and intelligence is not an entity, group, or association I want to be associated with. Yet we live in a society where individuals ignorantly defend the teachings in the bible.
I am atheist and not associated with any religious group however I came from a fervently religious family. Last weekend I was visiting my parents house and saw a decorative tile in the living room which read, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart…” and it really rubbed me the wrong way. Not only did I recall the rest of that particular scripture which discourages individual intelligence, it also reminded me of when I told my father I would be majoring in philosophy. After telling him my major he had me read Colossians 2:8 and told me to be extremely skeptical of what I read and heard. Although I think there is value in being doubtful and skeptical, I find it ironic that I was told to be extremely suspicious of philosophy and science but to blindly accept the teachings of religious texts and leaders as truth without question. The illogicality of faith is so apparent that it is bewildering that so many religious believers are proud of their blind faith. I don’t know about you, but being illogical in my beliefs and perspectives is not something I would be proud of…..Proverbs 3:5-6 (King James Version) Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Colossians 2:8 (King James Version)Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.