Do we prevent somebody being hurt by superstition or faith by rejecting and challenging those things? 

Is it mistaken to support organised religion in membership or donations?

If people do good because they are human, not because God prompts them then is it right to risk giving God any credit when they alone own their good?

Patrick H
Gormley


The Bible and the label

The New Testament warns about religious labels. The Jewish leaders of Jesus' day were not very bad people - Jesus himself said they were religious and prayed a lot and fasted a lot and would make huge sacrifices to get converts - but Jesus still said they were not really Jews for they were not holy enough and were really hypocrites. The Bible says that only somebody who is miraculously changed inside into one who has faith without reservations and without cherry-picking is a real Christian. And as nobody can see the heart but God it is up to God if he exists to judge who is a Christian and not the census or the government. It is easy to call yourself a Christian while showing no signs of a Christian faith. Labels can demean or hide the truth about what you really are. The Christian labellers are really trying to get special rights for those who claim to be Christian. Its dishonest.

St Paul denied that unrighteous Jews were really Jews.  He said that circumcision makes one a Jew but sin reverses that initiation so the circumcision is then worthless.

Revelation 2:9 King James Version has Jesus saying to a section of the Church, I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

Authoritive Christian tradition agrees.  St John Chrysostom wrote that Jewish Christian sect the Minei was neither Jewish or Christian and was lying and blaspheming by claiming the names. He says scholarship refutes their labelling.

The New Testament says a label means nothing unless you earn it.

Labellers ignore scholarship.  It has the final say if somebody merits a religious label or not.  You have no right to self-identify as a Mormon or Catholic for example if you are not baptised.