Saturday, October 6, 2012

Change Is Good, Right?

Something just occurred to me that I thought I'd share.

Throughout history, mankind has had different views and beliefs on a variety of subjects, most of them being incorrect.

At one point, it was believed that the earth was flat. As new evidence suggested it was round, the flat-earth idea was given up and the round-earth theory was generally accepted.

It was once believed that the Earth was at the center of the universe and that the sun revolved around the Earth. Now we know that is not the case and no one disputes that fact.

With the discovery of bacteria and other microbes, we came to understand that many illnesses are caused by an invasion of these organisms into our bodies. Before this discovery, it was widely believed that witches were the cause, and many innocent people were burned at the stake.

In fact, mankind in general has accepted all the new information which replaces old ideas, with one exception:


Religion does not change. It stubbornly clings to stone-age superstition and teaches these ideas as if they are literally the truth. Religion teaches people to believe in wishful and magical thinking. It teaches them to ignore reality and live in a made-up fantasy world where jibbering "in tongues" is a miracle and falling on the floor means you've been touched by the holy spirit.

Naturally, religious people don't see this as a problem. In fact, they see it as a virtue. Their powerful imaginary friend knows all from beginning to end, and he never changes. Although this is clearly not true, the religious do what they do best and deny, deny, deny. I can show anyone passages in the Bible that clearly contradict each other. I can show conflicting commandments.

Clinging to 2,000 year old myths is not noble or virtuous. It is stupid. We live in the information age. It is time to stop believing in fairy-tales.

So, if most of the ideas about life, earth, and science 2,000 years ago were incorrect, why is religion still held as true when it (Christianity at least) originated during that time? Why is religion the only thing from the past that people just can't give up?

Old ideas are replaced with new. Religion is old...

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