Completely random but insightful thoughts pulled from my IRC chat log today:
If your ANSWER is atheism then you’re asking the wrong QUESTION.
Minimizing Me & Generalizing You:
I love this attitude. You have faults, so I’m entitled to hate you. But I minimize my own faults, so I’m better than you.
A Christian does something disagreeable and all Christianity is bad. A human does something disagreeable and we overlook the plague that is humanity. Talk about a hypocracy.
Not ALL Christians hate homosexuals, and not ALL who hate homosexuals are Christians.
The Miracle of Humanity:
The greatest miracle of all that needs no evidence to prove is human existence.
Limitations of Logic:
Logic is a creation of human thinking and thus limited by the confines our ability to reason. Read Isaiah 55:8-9 which says God is greater than our limited thought processes. Therefore, God transcends logic itself. So of course He’s illogical. If God was logical he’d be human. Those who demand that God be logical are those who attempt to bring God down to a human level. The fact is, the Creator is and always will be greater than His creation. Being mere humans confined by our limited thought processes, we can only rely upon faith to explain that which cannot be explained by our limited and fallible logic. God created man. Man created logic. Now man wants God to fit within the limited confines of our own fallible creation. How arrogant.
Those who pray and expect God to always say yes are no better than spoiled, self-centered little toddlers who throw temper tantrums over candy in the grocery store.
Faith as a Personal Matter:
I don’t get the “hate their beliefs” thing. My beliefs are personal, between me and God. Why bother to hate them when they have nothing to do with you? Sounds like you’re choosing to hate something that doesn’t involve you in any way whatsoever. My personal faith has no impact on you. So, you’re choosing to waste your time in the dark abyss of hatred. That’s a shame.
Just as an example, while I believe that homosexuality is immoral and a sin and that marriage is defined as between a man and a woman, I also believe we have way too much interference in our lives from government. I’m happy to apply my beliefs to myself and my family, and happy to have government keep their noses out of my life and your life.
Religion in Public Schools:
I don’t think the issue in schools is truly about creationism vs. evolution. I think it’s about diversity in education. When schools choose which belief system to extol in our children, without regard to the diversity of individual belief systems, the schools are choosing which belief is valid and which is not. Our children would be much better served by learning BOTH sides of the coin. Teach them to respect other beliefs. Teach that. Teach exactly that. Teach both views and in doing so teach the origin and support for both, as seen from the perspective of the adherents. In doing THAT, you teach kids a much more valuable lesson.
I don’t want my daughter learning just evolution or just creation. I want her learning these people believe this, and here’s why they believe it. Those people believe that, and here’s why they believe that. And the most important lesson is, regardless of our own beliefs, we can’t take away someone else’s right to believe differently. No matter how strongly we disagree.
Science takes place in science class. Which is a good reason to bring a faith-based class (as an elective, not a requirement) into public schools. Those students or parents who are so inclined can stretch thier little minds and learn diversity in belief systems.
Religion is a major part of our world and shouldn’t be treated as taboo by schools. How ridiculous is it that a school has no problem handing out condoms to your child, but the mere mention of religion is a cardinal sin?
It’s important for children to learn about diversity in belief systems. Following that premise, of course a religion class should include more than one point of view.
Your fantasy is another’s reality. Remove religion for a minute and insert conservative vs. liberal politics. Each side believes the other is out of touch with reality. So do we teach conservative politics or liberal politics in schools? Or, to teach our children diversity and acceptance of other beliefs, do we teach both?
I think most public school teachers are new age liberal fanatics with zero real world experience who have no business commenting on public or political affairs.
Separation of Church & State:
There is no such thing as separation of church and state. It’s a myth based upon a very poor interpretation of the First Amendment. Read the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. The founding fathers were VERY religious.
When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
In the first two sentences of the Declaration of Independence, the founding fathers very clearly wrote of God and their Creator. The Declaration of Independence CLEARLY mentions both God and Creationism. Our founding fathers CLEARLY believed in both.
Faith vs. Science:
People used to ask questions in search of the answers. Now the majority tend to assume the answer and then argue any question that contradicts the assumption.
There are a number of Christians with more questions than answers. Those who spend lifetimes studying and searching for the answers. The journey of searching is often more fulfilling than reaching the conclusion.
I don’t believe a conflict exists between science and faith. Science tells us HOW. Faith tells us WHY. Science has NEVER successfully answered the WHY question.
My daughter turns 11 this month. How the hell my fucked up wife and my fucked up self could create such an amazing little person can only be explained as a miracle. Surely us two idiots didn’t make a person this awesome.
I think Obama is a lying toad. Thought the same about Clinton. Both had in common an incredible popularity amongst the younger voters. My personal opinion is that any candidate who is that popular is a fraud. The more the crowd likes them, the more full of shit they are.
I think we should raise the voting age to 35. College age kids are just too damn stupid and inexperienced to vote. They live in a fantasy world of idealism.
The Intolerance of Tolerance:
Tolerance is a dirty word. It’s most commonly defined as compromising one’s moral values in submission to peer pressure.