Chayim writes in to say, “ha! you are EXACTLY the kind of person that Jesus Christ died to heal. You might not care about somebody’s personal testimony, and that is fine…but mark my words honey…you’re gonna give your heart to Christ one day, because He is going to prove Himself to be real to you…and then He is going to use YOU to promote His Gospel”
This is a reply to one of my recent blog posts. Responses like these are not uncommon, and this one reveals just one example of the unfettered arrogance of the religious fundamentalist. I like to call these people “wrong.” This particular individual is making presumptive statements as if Jesus were an actual historical person, which we know is patently untrue. A quick glance at the history of religions will reveal that Jesus was an amalgamation of many saviors from different revealed religions.
But I digress…
I am to mark this person’s words, because pretty soon now I am going to lose my sanity and begin having hallucinations of some bearded, burly two-thousand-year-old Palestinian suddenly revealing himself to me in some grand gesture that will prove to me, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that a cosmic Jewish Zombie who was his own father can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree. (I never get tired of reading that)
Moreover, once I am convinced of the reality of Jesus, I will grab up a handy bible or two and meander around town and try to convince other people that my delusion is real, and that they should happily join me in my compromised mental state.
Like believers in all religions, the person who wrote that comment to me is suffering from the mental illness of delusion. She needs psychiatric help. Judging from her one comment, this person is probably not outwardly psychotic, but is in denial of reality, history, science and reason. This person holds a preference to fairy tales, impossibilities and outright untruths.
The religious need to understand that no matter how much they want to believe, how much they think they have felt “his” presence, how they think he has guided their hand, how many prayers they think were answered, what they were taught by their parents or how scared shitless they are of going to hell, there is no god. There never was. They were lied to.
The comfort that religion offers is a ruse. The charity that religions proffer comes at an unacceptable price. The hope that religion brings is false. It is time to move on. There is no longer a place for religion in our society, in our government, in our classrooms, in our medical profession, in our legal system, in our childcare, in our communities or in our homes.
Believing imbecilic and superstitious concepts as truth is a travesty and an insult to the human species. It is unconscionable that people still believe in such things as a young earth, the creation of every living thing as it currently appears, that prayer actually has results that cannot be explained by science, that a human sacrifice has atoned for our sins, that homosexuality is anything other than naturally occurring or in any one of the literally hundreds of other aspects of religious dogma and doctrine that should have been abandoned centuries ago.
What is more damaging than even the physical death and destruction that religion continues to wreak on our species is the mental death and destruction religious beliefs inflict. The mind is what defines our species. The ability to discern fact from fiction is what advances our society. When the gene pool is infected with religious belief it dilutes our collective evolution and stymies our intellectual growth.
For those of us who are unbelievers, evil can best be described as the abandonment of our minds to the minds of others. To us, it is a travesty to blindly accept any doctrine on faith. We believe that the ability and willingness to stand alone, when necessary, and tell the majority that they are wrong is the pinnacle of virtue, and thus, atheism is the only honest, rational, and moral position to hold.