Letter to the Europeans

June 23, 2010

Thank you to today’s guest blogger, Paul.

Every one of us judges. But at the same time we do exactly the same things. Are we so arrogant to think that we won’t be held accountable? Let’s face it – we often do the wrong things.

Christians do know what we should do. If nothing else, our Bibles make it clear. But just having Bibles never made anyone good – what makes someone good is actually doing the right things. Atheists, who do not even have a Bible, by nature know how to do good. They automatically know in their hearts what’s right – their conscience tells them.

But so many Christians boast that we’re better than atheists – because we’ve read our Bibles and we know what’s right and what’s wrong. We say we know about sexual relations – and yet priests have been having sex with little boys. Are we such hypocrites that we don’t do what we teach others to do? You guys who condemn smut in public – don’t you also surf porn at night? You who claim to stand for the truth – what do you think of evolution? The biggest cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who acknowledge him with their lips, but walk out the door and deny him with their lifestyle. The name of God is blasphemed among atheists because of you.

Yeah. You support the troops, you always vote conservative and give sidehugs. But if you break God’s law, what good is all that? No one who is a Christian is merely one outwardly, nor is becoming a Christian outward and physical. But a Christian is one inwardly, becoming a Christian is a matter of the heart.

Read more on Paul’s blog.


3 Responses to “Letter to the Europeans”

  1. Mr Z Says:

    ==The biggest cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who acknowledge him with their lips, but walk out the door and deny him with their lifestyle.==

    There are several points in this post that are arguable, but This one is head and shoulders above the others. This is made as a statement of fact as though there is some study which shows this to be the biggest cause. I’d like to see the results that study, if it actually existed. The more accurate short form of this statement is “Hypocritical Christians contribute to the list of why people become atheists” but both forms ignore ALL the other reasons that people become atheists. Hypocrisy is one of the reasons that people begin to look at the logic of the religion. Once that happens the hypocrisy becomes less important than the other more glaring flaws of religion.

    The net effect of this post about hypocrisy is that should Christians become Christ like, it would hide some of the other more important problems with religion. That is not much different than a used car sales team learning better how to sell rotten cars.

    While this post has some positive merits, where is the public Christian outcry to ostracize failed self proclaimed Christian leaders. Where are the petitions to have bad example Christians removed from public spotlight/networks. Where are the churches who publicly proclaim disassociation with certain bad-Christian public figures?

    This is a start, but the idea needs to be taken much further. Where are the Christians speaking up about how women’s apparel does NOT cause Earthquakes? Homosexuality does NOT cause hurricanes, and other such instances where the religious have quite clearly stepped outside the box to say something that makes ALL religious folk look like idiots.

  2. Chucky Says:

    Hi Mr Z,

    I’m paraphrasing Paul here. You say that hypocrisy is a glaring flaw of religion. I agree with you, and that is what the Bible seems to teach.

    The “The biggest cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who acknowledge him with their lips, but walk out the door and deny him with their lifestyle” is a famous quote by Brennan Manning. You are probably right – it is an exaggeration. All the studies I have seen seem to indicate that mainly atheism is chosen for social factors, not necessarily because of the behaviour of Christians.

    On the other hand, he does have a good point, to quote from the Bible:

    “You who brag about the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law? As it is written: “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”

    > Where are the petitions to have bad example Christians removed from public spotlight/networks.

    There are examples of this. Ergun Caner is a recent example, called out by people like James White.

    And finally about causing earthquakes, it was Iranian cleric, Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi who said that. Not surprisingly I don’t agree with everything every religious person anywhere in the world says.

  3. Mr Z Says:

    Interestingly, hypocrisy has been a big problem with Christianity for 2000+ years. This should say something about Christianity… I’ll leave it to you to fill in the blanks.

    Yes, one of the other Abrahamic faiths found that earthquakes were caused by immoral women. That only goes to show that such absurdity befalls all of the Abrahamic faithful. More to your side of the world, Katrina was blamed on the decadence of New Orleans etc. There is no difference in the ridiculousness of either. Every politician that claims religion as a stalwart and irreligious activity as the downfall of society is in the same boat as those others. Pure, unadulterated bull shit. It goes to make all of the religion look like BS.

    Though you can cite some examples, we need examples as renowned in popular culture as Internet memes like Rick-rolling and Anonymous. It needs to be an earnest effort by all concerned, not just one or two who can be dismissed as fringe elements.

    BTW, atheism IMO is chosen as the natural result of consistent and critical evaluation of the evidence, not the reasons you suggest. Your suggestions intimate that atheism is chosen out of a whim… it’s not. It is chosen from cold hard looks at the facts, not peer pressure, or other social reasonings. Such suggestions are bile, and ludicrous, as if only theists have reason on their side… WTF? I’m insulted by such suggestions, and you should understand that. Your message will not go far if you are insulting the intended audience.

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