The Christian God Does Not Want You To Think…

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 trustwrong 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.BC

5 comments

  1. Calista says:

    I think I get it. There really does seem to be an extent of peace and joy that comes from believing religious doctrines fully and unquestioningly (real word?). There isn’t anything life can throw at you that you won’t have the answer to which is comforting in its own right.

  2. B.C.A. says:

    I can see that perspective however if you take it one step further religion is actually less comforting because instead of giving answers that are supported by knowledge, science, or logic it tells you it is God’s will and there isn’t shit you can do about it (or in other words it gives you empty answers). To me that concept is everything but comforting. I’d rather know actual reality than a fairy tale version of it.

    Faith is the “solve all” answer in religion. Examples: 1) Why do bad things happen to good people? It is to test their faith and bring them closer to Christ. 2) Why don’t we comprehend what came before God or the complexity of the divine creation? Some things are unknowable to us in this life. You must have faith in what we are unable to fully understand. 3) Why did Christ have to suffer for the sins of the world? So we can return to our Father in heaven. It is through faith in Christ that we are healed and forgiven of our sins. 4) Why do “natural disasters” happen? It is the sign of the times and God is humbling humanity.

    To me belief in that type of reality is hollow and naive.

  3. Calista says:

    Yep, I agree. It’s like ya, you have the answers but they are “fluff” answers and really non-answers that don’t really leave you feeling satisfied if you actually think of the implications. Plus the simple answers start getting boring after awhile… like your example of faith. One day I was walking down the street and realized I had no idea what the concept of faith actually was even though I’d said the word 100million times at least and had even tried to teach “it” to others. I’d always heard faith is so simple because all it is is believing in things which are not seen but which are true… well… how do you know it is true? FAITH. Well… shit. So I’m supposed to just believe something because someone told me to with absolutely no foundation or basis on which to even begin believing? I just can’t understand that one.

    It’s also interesting how the answers start bugging you after awhile. At least for me. I just started getting super sick of hearing the same thing over and over again.

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