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


JESUS LOVES SATAN - IS THAT WHAT HE WAS SAYING WHEN HE SAID, "LOVE THY ENEMY?"
 
Jesus said, “Love your enemies”. This was his way of saying let them trample on you. Since he commanded self sacrifice he had to command enemy love for such love can only be selfless. The greatest selfless love is love of Satan the biggest enemy and more than any other enemy. We know that this love for enemies would have to be encouraging them to be hateful and violent ingrates towards you. The man who wanted the world to be willing to make Satan worse was one of his most devoted disciples. He must have wanted us to say nice things to the Devil as if we could try and calm his torment in Hell. Crude Satanists do the same thing.
 
Suppose Satan needed medicine to live. If Jesus cares about his wellbeing and not his sins or how dangerous he is he will give him the medicine. If Jesus is afraid to help him for he will recover and do terrible harm to others he might refrain for their sake. That would mean that anybody loving you and hating your sins is not necessarily going to help you or work for your wellbeing. So it is odd why people take consolation from the love the sinner and hate the sin doctrine. The love is not about the other person's wellbeing at all but about them.

What if we cannot comfort the Devil? We would still have to act as if we could. It is the will not action that God will be looking at on judgment day. Why would he concentrate on the latter when it is the intent we did them with that makes them good, bad or neither?
 
Human nature might not like to bow the knee to Satan and worship him but it worships him the only way he cares about. Prayers and hymns as to a deity will be of little pleasing to the the Devil. What pleases him better is for people to serve him by doing evil. Hitler similarly didn't want to be worshipped so much as to have had his will done. People are inconsistent and hypocritical. They worship not God but what they want him to be like. In doing that they indirectly give reverence to Satan for he likes that. He likes to see people drawn away from God.
 
Here is an example of human hypocrisy. A man is captured by dangerous psychopathic terrorists. Three men risk their lives trying to save him. The three men will be praised for doing this and encouraging each other to do it even if they are the ones that wind up dead. They are praised for putting one life before three lives. They are called altruists. This altruism is certainly selfish. It proves how altruism is just self will in a new guise. If you intend to be selfish, it might be irrational to be selfish that way. So are we to pretend it is altruism just because it is irrational selfishness? If the men risked their lives to get money they would be called selfish even though they are risking as well. So the fact that they are risking for another man proves nothing.
 
Jesus gave us a God who is really worse than the Devil. The Devil might encourage you to go to Hell but God keeps you there. It is not so much the worship of Satan that is the problem as much as the worship of an evil being. Jesus in Luke 16 told the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus. At no point did he indicate that it was a parable. The story might look a bit silly to some but so do many of the tales in the gospels that are presented as history. The Rich Man and Lazarus is definitely intended to be taken as a true story for it gives no moral at the end except that if people will not believe the scriptures then a man rising from the dead to warn them about torment in the afterlife will be a waste of time. It is bewildering to think that the Catholic Church at the time of Tertullian and in good Catholic Ireland had people loving and trying to love a God who was worse than a billion Hitlers. Priests went to school with a candle and told the children that if they could not stand to burn their finger in the flame for a few seconds how would they be able to endure the torturing fire of Hell all over forever? It certainly proves that religion is often a mask for a mental disorder and moral bankruptcy. Jesus if he claimed to be God was claiming to be the eternal tormenter ...