NO ABSOLUTES IN CHRISTINSANITY
I have difficulty in evaluating what Christians say their religion is all
about contrasted to the hatred they vent toward people of even the slighest
differences from themselves in beliefs or dogmas.
What is love all about as we hear the religious speak of it? Then there is
the phase of the love idea when two caring people have sexual activity with the
joy it brings. Is it sinful? Is it sinful for those not tied formally with a
marriage certificate? Does the paper make the difference? Isn't the sharing
and trusting between two people enough? Isn't respect between them enough?
When mutual love, respect and trust are gone between individuals who is the
religionist to say that the bond must continue? Must hatred for one another be
lived under because a cult leader says that marriage is for eternity? No one
benefits in an environment filled with animosity.
When churchmen say we are conceived in sin, we are born in sin, and we live
in sin, what is the matter with the sense of morality and ethics in this? How
unhealthy, destructive and self-defeating to think we are all tiny bits of
awful, thriving coprophagously in a sewer of sin. And what is sin? It seems
to vary from Christian cult to Christian cult. What was sin yesterday is no
longer, simply because everyone is doing it.
Where is the morality and sense in exposing children from infancy to the
ideas of fairies, Santa Claus, and the Easter Bunny? I have found the
strongest support for promoting this among deep religionists. Teaching about
fairies and such as if there were some truth in them is just a gnat's breadth
away from having children (as well as adults) accept the beliefs in the virgin
birth, holy water, resurrection, ascending into heaven, hell, reincarnation,
transmigration, ghosts, magic signs, or astrology, etc.
People who live under the religious codes of Christianity find that it is
their foremost duty to obey the commands of a supernatural lawgiver. From
their childhood they are told of the torment they will suffer if they fail to
follow this god's commands. An English priest named Father Furniss, "the
children's apostle," wrote a series of children's books that describe the
torments of hell. The children who read these books are quickly horrified into
strict obedience. Here is an example of Father Furniss' hell for children, not
too different, I might add, from the Bible itself:
"A little child is in this red-hot oven. Hear how it screams to come out!
See how it turns and twists itself about in the fire! It beats its head
against the roof of the oven. It stamps it little feet on the floor. You
can see on the face of the little child what you see on the faces of all
in hell - despair, desperate, and horrible."
These same religionists oppose the desire to seek evidence for the validity
of such beliefs. The immense variety of beliefs among the hundreds of sects of
religious groups show that in Christianity there are no absolutes. The so-
called eternal truths can be changed overnight at the whims of the gurus who
dominate a religion. If Christianity is eternal and based on absolutes, where
are these to be found in all sects calling themselves Christian? There is no
consistency in the belief that there is one divine being or a trinity of them.
Some sects hold that drinking coffee is a sin; some do not. Some hold it is
a sin to eat meat on Friday; others do not. Some hold that a woman has a right
to determine her need for abortion; some do not. Some accept the virgin birth;
others don't. Some believe in a confessional; others do not. Some believe in
resurrection; others do not. Some believe in the infallibility of church
echelons; others do not. Some believe in holy water; others don't. Some
believe in contraception; some do not. Some do not believe in hell; others
strongly support the idea. Some believe the Bible literally; others believe
only in parts of it. There are hundreds more.
What then, is Christianity?