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

Christian Hypocrisy about Lying

The Church stresses that lying is always wrong. Yet it believes that its God lied to Abraham (Genesis 22) that he wanted Isaac slaughtered and the angel lies in the Book of Tobit. It is crazy to believe yarns about bleeding statues and Lourdesí grottos coming from a religion that looks at books that recommends lies and give no justification for it as the word of God. The Catholic religion permits its victims to tell lies about the coming of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve! Is it not a lie for the Catholic Church to say that evil is our fault and then say that God corrected the flaw in Mary at her conception that causes people to sin so that she freely became perfect? Is it not evil to legitimise dogmas like that that are so prone to abuse? I mean a priest could teach this maliciously to get people to fear the evil that exists in God but which nobody admits is there. He could terrorise the congregation about how God could do this evil thing and still be good. He would be making them fear their very own thoughts so that the Church will be trusted at the expense of commonsense. There are doctrines without mystery that should be believed instead of the mystery stuff and which are not as harmful. The rule that you donít condemn a thing by its abuse only applies if the thing is necessary and beneficial.


Heretics such as James Patrick Holding deny that the Bible absolutely bans lying.  They dubiously say it only bans false legal testimony!  But if a lie is ever good then it can be good to lie in court considering that courts are never truly about justice but about law.   The notion that the truth is the truth sums up the meaning of morality.  Adultery and stealing are a form of lying.  If truth does not matter all the time then it can be okay to tell somebody to commit adultery and that it will be morally neutral or even virtuous.