I can remember back to about a year ago when I was watching Mr. Bill O'Reilly and a story came up on holiday displays inside the Washington state capitol. If you don't know Mr. O'Reilly, he is a big fan of saying, "We say Merry Christmas". Inevitably every year he has a story on the "godless" americans who are destroying Christmas. Well last year the Washington state government put up a "holiday" tree in celebration of the holiday season. Then a group of Jewish people got upset and demanded a Minorah be put next to the tree. Then like clock work the Christians got involved and their voices were heard and of course a nativity scene was put next to the Minorah. All this was obviously unimportant to Mr. Bill "No Spin" O'Reilly because only when a group called the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) got involved and put up a sign that said, "There is no god and religion enslaves minds and hardens hearts" did Mr. No Spin decide to get involved.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
We have all seen or at least heard of the anti-gay marriage proponents out at some protest touting signs that say, "Homosexuality is an abomination!", quoting Leviticus 20:13. I usually pay no attention to these people because I usually write them off to be just crazy people. I held this view for some time. But my perspective of these people changed after I read Sam Harris' book The End of Faith. I realized that these people were not crazy. Most, if not all, were pefectly sane. They pretty much lived the same kind of life I did. Work , eat, and sleep. So what made them different than me that, in the beginning, I would label them crazy? It was so obvious to me after reading Sam Harris' book. These people had a predisposition of religiosity. They believed with every fiber of their being the veracity of the Bible. This is where they derived their inspiration, ethics, and morals. They had an outside source telling them how to feel and think.
Monday, November 2, 2009
I remeber several years ago I was reading through 1st John 4:8 saying that "God is love". It immediately reminded me of 1st Corinthians 13 the so-called "love" chapter where Paul infamously tells us what real love is and it hit me in the face like I should've had a V8 or something. That if "God is love" he must be all these things Paul tells us love is. This was God's true character or in lay terms he must be all the things Paul talks about. So I went on year after year believing that God was all what Paul said love was and I reveled and boasted in the fact that my God was a loving God.