Thursday, March 26, 2015

This is What Ignorance Looks Like

Look to your immediate left. This is the face of ignorance.

Read the quote below. These are words of the ignorant:

"Two guys break into an atheist's home. He has a little atheist wife and two little atheist daughters. Two guys break into his home and tie him up in a chair and gag him. And then they take his two daughters in front of him and rape both of them and then shoot 'em. And they take his wife and then decapitate her head off in front of him. And they can look at him and say, 'Isn't it great that I don't have to worry about being judged? Isn't it great that there's nothing wrong with this? There's no right or wrong, now is it dude?"

"Then you take a sharp knife and take his manhood and hold it in front of him and say, 'Wouldn't it be something if this was something wrong with this? But you're the one who says there is no God, there's no right, there's no wrong, so we're just having fun. We're sick in the head. Have a nice day.' If it happened to them, they probably would say, 'Something about this just ain't right."

This is what happens when you only read one book in your life.

So, according to the babble typed above, only theists can possibly know the difference between right and wrong. And no theists would ever commit such egregious acts against his fellow man.

According to Mr. Robertson, only by believing that a God will judge you after threatening eternal damnation if you disobey, can you be motivated to do what is right and avoid what is wrong.

Mr. Robertson’s choice of theistic direction is Christianity. The sole written doctrine of that religious choice is The Bible. Though the Bible may offer some useful wisdom, numerous other sources of philosophy and guidance offer equally and even complimentary insight on how best to live your life. Some of these sources come from other religions Mr. Robertson’s flock might even consider abominations. Though such sources may not include the risk of everlasting sorrow created by a vengeful, judgmental God if ignored, they may offer inspiration and direction to those less responsive to being motivated by threats.

There are, believe it or not, people in this world who have learned the difference between right and wrong by what serves their best interests. And that interest is best served by treating others respectfully and honestly. Violent, repulsive, behavior described by Mr. Robertson will fail at serving those best interests. How? Such behavior results in undesirable earthly consequences long before God can get a shot at the offender. Individuals witnessing such consequences are moved to avoid such behavior to avoid the inevitable earthly consequences.

Only the mentally deranged ignore what is in their best interest. Only the hopelessly sick perform acts contrary to strong, time tested social mores. This includes atheists. I've encountered many atheists and I have yet to meet one that didn't have a sense of right and wrong. Only the sick, unreachable ones ignore that best interest, just as sick, unreachable theists are equally blinded.

People don’t grow and develop in a moral vacuum. The value of ethics and proper behavior are broadcast from a variety of sources. Only the spiritually sick ignore such advice. Even the belief in a judgmental God will not stop such damaged souls from engaging in abhorrent, murderous behavior.

Mr. Robertson and any other like minded individuals should take advantage of such diverse sources of information. It might even strengthen or even expand their views of right and wrong.

To quote a wonderful line in a great movie:

“The Bible is a book. It is a very good book. But it is not the only book.”

Many Christians claim that The Bible was written by man but inspired by God. But couldn’t other written works by man be equally inspired by God throughout history? I would argue that any artistic creation (including the use of the written word) is spiritually inspired. What not take advantage of what they have to offer?

If Robertson is one of those Christians who believes Old Testament content is relevant and descriptive of his loving God, he can find multiple accounts there of violent acts of torture and murder far more heinous than the imaginary thugs he describes.

And such acts are being ordered and approved by the Almighty, himself.

People in the entertainment business seem to receive a permanent soapbox as part of their compensation. This platform inevitably produces multiple opportunities for such individuals to make fools of themselves. Whatever entertainment related talent they may have is worthless when they step off into unfamiliar territory where quite different tools and talents are necessary.

Their ill advised attempt at intelligent discourse is doomed when such individuals have limited their education and ignored their creator’s gift of reason and logic. The result is often embarrassment and lasting humiliation. A result certainly not in their best interest.

Resistance is Mandatory

No rulers

No masters



Kent McManigal said...

Funny that I see wrong- evil, in fact- in the behavior of his god. I can understand right and wrong better than his god can, apparently.

Enlightened Rogue said...

Which is part of the reason I don’t understand how so many Christians cannot see the philosophical conflict between Old and New Testaments.

Maria Mitchell said...

I doubt Mr. Robertson has read much of the Bible. He doesn't speak for all Christians.