Christianity In Ten Words

Christianity 10 Words

Thomas Jefferson is often held up by the more rabid Bible-thumpers as a ‘Good Christian,’ who helped found the United States, and is validation for their “on Christian values,” and other judgemental views.  Jefferson however, edited, and had printed, a personal copy of the Bible, in which he removed every story of Christ’s ‘miracles,’ although he never admitted why he had done that.

While viewed as a Christian, he had the following to say about religion, and God.

“No man shall be compelled to frequent or support religious worship or ministry or shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief, but all men shall be free to profess and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion.”

“Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.”

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When Christians talk about being “persecuted,” what they really mean is that they are discontent at no longer being able to use social and Political power to force their views, their morality or their dogma onto other people as they once did.  They can no longer burn people at the stake, prosecute people for blasphemy, and have much less of an ability to oppress minorities, and “keep them in their place.”

The dogma, ignorance and authoritarianism that is required for Christianity to maintain control has greatly diminished, and religious authorities and their institutions no longer have the power, nor the respect that they once had.  This makes them feel as if they are being unfairly persecuted, although they have no understanding of what the word means.

Creation

  • Religion is about internal spiritual experiences, and that is all.
  • There is no world other than the material world around us.
  • There are no beings other than the living organisms on this planet or elsewhere in the universe.
  • There is no objective being or thing called God that exists separately from the person believing in him.
  • There is no ultimate reality outside human minds either.
  • We give our own lives meaning and purpose; there is nothing outside us that does it for us.
  • God is a projection of the human mind.
  • God is the way human beings put ‘spiritual’ ideals into a poetic form that they are able to use and work with.
  • God is simply a word that stands for our highest ideals.
  • God-talk is a language tool that enables us to talk about our highest ideals and create meaning in our lives.
  • Religious stories and texts are ways in which human beings set down and work out spiritual, ethical, and fundamental meanings in life.
  • Our religious talk is really about us and our inner selves, and the community and culture we live in.
  • Religious talk uses the familiar language of things that exist outside ourselves to make it easier for us to handle complex and subtle ideas.
  • Faith therefore isn’t belief in a God that exists outside minds.
  • Faith is what human beings do when they pursue ‘spiritual’ ideals.
  • Saying that someone follows a particular faith is a way of talking about their attitudes to life and to other people.

Frustration

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16 thoughts on “Christianity In Ten Words

  1. Jim Wheeler says:

    When Christians talk about being “persecuted,” what they really mean is that they are discontent at no longer being able to use social and Political power to force their views, their morality or their dogma onto other people as they once did.

    Actually, I can’t recall a time in my life when Christianity wielded less political power than now, i.e. the issues of abortion and muslim immigration. In these cases, “faith” means that Christian minds are closed to dialogue, hence, fences that make no sense. A 20 billion dollar 30′ fence/metaphor means it’s time to buy stock in ladder companies and tunneling machines.

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  2. Archon's Den says:

    The waning of Christian power and authority is making life a little easier for a secular public, but there’s many who are working their rosary beads to the bone to recover the lost glory. I was shocked and disappointed to recently find that George H. W. Bush would prevent atheists from being citizens or patriots. That mind, in charge of the country, was truly closed. 😯

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  3. Daniel Digby says:

    GASP!!! Did you really say that? It sounds vaguely secularist. Here in Tennessee, we Christians are somewhat less persecuted than before. We’ve outlawed Sharia (unless it’s the Christian variety), and we’ve passed an amendment to our constitution that allows us to completely ban abortion, regardless of circumstances, and to penalize it with anything up to making it a capital crime. We’ve come a long way, baby.

    Alabama, eat your heart out.

    And who’s going to pay for that wall? USA! USA! USA!

    I’ll bet your jealousy knows no bounds, seeing what our electorate has achieved.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      I am truly jealous of your social, political and religious enlightenment. 😉
      We are coming up to a Provincial election. I fervently hope that the current ‘Natural Ruling Party’ is tossed out on its collective ass. They have not religiously persecuted us, but they have accrued debt to the Temple money-changers that won’t be paid off – Yay, unto the third and fourth generation. 😦

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  4. It always baffled me how a man that spoke quite badly about Christianity (Jefferson) has been propped up as a creator of a Christian Nation. It also baffles me how the Christian propaganda machine keeps pretending that this nation was more-or-less founded on the 10 commandments, when only 2 are actually laws, one is only part of court proceedings, and one is a moral consideration. Other than that, the other 6 are not only laws, but blatantly opposite of our constitution. That’s pretty bad odds.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      In their desperate struggle for salvation and eternal life, most ‘Good Christians’ are deaf and blind, often willfully so, to anything except what they want and need to see and hear. No matter how foolish, or provably wrong, what one bunch of them doesn’t believe, others will. They are even blind to the fact that ‘Christians’ believe, and disbelieve, in sometimes vastly different things, and yet think themselves a unified whole. 😯

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  5. Christianity is all about “loving your neighbor as yourself” and this is the greatest of all the ten commandments.

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