The conservative Christian is a study in contradictions. The ability of these folks to delude themselves is simply amazing.
I’m currently wasting my time by posting comments to another blogger’s site: of course, as many conservatives like to do, the comments are moderated so they have to make it by the censor before being posted. To his credit, my first set was posted.
Anyway, as we exchanged thoughts it quickly became apparent that this blogger, like many others, filters his world view thru the bible. When you accept such axioms you – as Kurt Godel showed – end up with some inconsistencies.
For instance, on homosexuality:
Survival of the fittest and natural selection specifically rule out homosexuality as a norm as homosexuality would cause certain distinction of a species. Sorry, but your arguments just don't hold an ounce of water.
Evolution would preclude homosexuality as being a normal part of any species. It would be a mutation or deviation that would be harmful to the propogation and proliferation of the species.
However, on the age of the earth (and its implications on evolution/Darwinism):
You start with the assumption that evolution is true and force all your "facts" to fit those conclusions; hence your belief in the myth of the billion year old fossil record.
These people are walking contradictions: for they believe what a preacher/holy book says about matters in which the evidence is not “iron clad”, but – for instance – when they are sick they go to a medical doctor. What about “moving mountains with prayer” as the bible indicates is possible for the believer?
I’m sure the apology is “god gave us a brain and we now know how to treat many injuries and diseases” … apparently god simply wanted the ancient believers to suffer and die horribly then – since many sought faith-healers in the face of disease.
What I find most amazing about most fundamentalist is that they haven’t even read their holy books. They have pondered individual passages… they have correlated conclusions that support their beliefs. But the vast majority really has no idea what it says and frankly how evil the book really is.
Just a couple of quick examples. If the book were actually either inspired-by or written-by the creator of the universe, you’d think you’d be able to get straight answers on some of the most basic questions – such as:
Was man created before or after the “beasts of the field”? Well, Genesis 1:25-27 says one thing, while Genesis 2:18-19 says the opposite.
Ok, maybe that’s not that important: god obviously thought it important enough to have it written down, but maybe the scribe got it wrong (so much for god’s omnipotence).
What about the 10 Commandments? Out of the entire bible, these laws were the only ones the creator of the universe deemed it important enough to write with HIS OWN HAND (i.e. – on the stone tablets). These must be some pretty important teachings. Let’s take a look: Exodus 20 (of course different denominations extract them differently so there’s not even agreement on what they are):
1- Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
2- Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image
3- You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
4- Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
10- Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.
Interesting that the creator rounded out his edicts with an admonishment not to covert your neighbors ox or ass. You’d think that since he was only gonna directly give his laws to us this one time, they might be a little more ‘moral’ … something like the Jains admonition to: “Do not injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment, torture, or kill any creature or living being.” A lot more succinct don’t you think?
Aside from the fact that most of the commandments don’t really deal with morality, but give instruction on who/how to worship, you’d think god would make sure the scribe would get them right when he reiterates them after the tables are smashed. But we find a completely different set of commandments delineated in Exodus 34 (Exodus 34:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.) … a few pages after the originals:
3- The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep in the month when the ear is on the corn.
6. Thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, even of the first fruits of the wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year’s end.
7. Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread.
8. The fat of my feast shall not remain all night until the morning.
And my favorite
10. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk.
It is truly laughable that so many in our population think the creator of the universe gave us such instructions. Not to mention the two passages completely contradict one another.
Only the forces of human reason have been effective in staying the cruel hand of religious fundamentalists… of most any ilk. All we have to do is look back a few hundred years to see what kind of society humankind was capable of when taking the writing of these bronze-age tribesmen as the word of god…
We called the time the Dark Ages.