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?

 


AN OPEN LETTER TO THOSE WHO ARE INVITED TO BECOME CHRISTIAN

We all get outright invites to become Christian. Sometimes the Christian thing is so much around us that it is easier just to convert for the sake of playing along. Sometimes we become Christian by osmosis - being surrounded by the Christian ethos can rub off on us. The invite is very subtle in that case!
 
Jesus wanted us to love God with all our hearts. The doctrine that we are to love God most - is a hypocritical Christian distortion. In reality we are to value nothing and to find nothing worth any concern or love but God. Jesus was evil for as long as we love goodness who cares how much God is loved? He made that command the major one while he commanded we only love our neighbour as ourselves! Though we are told that you cannot love God without loving your neighbour, we must remember that Jesus made it clear that love of neighbour refers to action. You do good for your neighbour because you value God and solely want to obey his command to help others. Only God alone is to be valued and ultimately loved.

It is wiser to love a person with all your heart than a God for at least you are more sure the person exists! If there is no God then you love your belief in God not God. You are an idolater.

A command implies a threat. A command without a threat is not a command at all. Jesus by commanding love proved he did not understand what love was. You cannot command anybody to love. Christian "love" is toxic.

If you love God as much as you say, you will search for the religion that God wants you to be in. That religion is not the Roman Catholic Church because it makes serious errors.

Jesus is a religious role model not a humanitarian one. A religious role model does miracles that help people while a humanitarian one gives away all he has for the poor and he lives among lepers to wash and feed and tend them. Jesus did none of that. Jesus if he did miracles that help people, did not do them to help them. It was about promoting religious doctrine. His doctrines were religious and he didn't try to combine religion and social activism like some priests do. He was too heavenly to be of earthly use.
 
Many Christians are shocked at the thought that Jesus could have done miracles as displays of power. They feel his ultimate and main purpose would be to show how to love and to attract people to love. The message matters to them and not displays of power. But you do not raise the dead to show people how to love. That is plainly about power. If it is about love, you will devote your time to the sick and dying. You will have an inexplicable influence even over evil people that makes them turn into heroes of charity. That will be your miracle. You may say that Jesus did that miracle but if he did how can we be sure? The tales about Jesus doing magical things are a catastrophe and frankly are nonsense. No wonder Jesus' alleged miracles did not always produce faith. The lepers didn't have faith. By their fruits you shall know them.
 
A miracle of a man coming back from the dead after three days is as much magic as him turning princes into frogs. Miracle believers and witches both say that the purpose of such wonders is to console us that we are not at the mercy of nature and that there is a greater power and the powers can help us become better people. So don't say the difference between magic and miracle is that miracle is about influencing us spiritually for our benefit. If there is a God, he can change hearts quietly from within and does not need to do obvious miracles. And if God exists he could have made a world of witches and wizards and dragons. The rationality of the Church is a deliberately created illusion. And if the Church is humble she will not see herself as great spiritually. To say miracles happen to help people be in tip-top spiritual shape is to say you know what this means and have experienced it.
 
It is bizarre to argue that there is sufficient evidence for the resurrection of Jesus even without miracles such as the appearances of Medjugorje (soon to be dismissed as non-supernatural by the Church). The fact is that the latter are more convincing for there are more testimonies to that form of the supernatural than there are for the resurrection. Reading between the lines, the Church only pays hypocritical lip-service to the notion that you need evidence that miracle testimonies are probably true. Nobody is interested if a brick starts miraculously talking to people. People decide what they want to believe and then look for miracles to confirm them in their concern for feeling good at the expense of truth-seeking.
 
Belief in miracles is based not on belief in the power of God but on belief in the reliability of the men who say God did this and that. Miracles unavoidably lead to idolatry. Man speaking God's message is not the same as God giving the message for it puts all the stress on believing in the man.
 
Jesus told a distraught woman that he was reluctant to help her for it was not right to take food from the table to throw it to dogs. That the Church even tries to excuse this is terrible.
 
Jesus told the Jews that his exorcisms were real miracles for Satan will not cast out Satan. That is nonsense. Satan would care more about tempting people to sin than about possessing people. Jesus even tried to intimidate the Jews into agreeing with him by telling them that they would be committing an unforgiveable sin if they think his exorcisms are not from the Holy Spirit.
 
Jesus said he would give the world no sign but that of Jonah which seems to be referring to his bodily resurrection from the dead - the implication being that it is the only miracle we really need to consider as evidence for the truth of his claim to be the Son of God. It is agreed by all that mere apparitions of Jesus would not be enough to establish the resurrection and so you need the body to be miraculously missing from the tomb presumably because it has been raised and glorified. But all we are told is that the tomb was found open and was unattended when open. Nobody knows if the body went before the tomb was opened or after. The gospels do not say. Did some nut come along and steal the body? The risen Jesus also lied on the way to Emmaus that the scriptures predicted the resurrection of the Messiah. There is no verse that clearly indicates a resurrection from the dead for the Messiah.

The whole case for depending on Jesus and admiring him and converting to him is based on unwarranted assumptions and lies.  Don't be fooled.  Don't let the blind make you blind and lead you.