THE L. F. NEXUS
HOW TO TELL IF YOUR RELIGION IS STUPID
By Dr. Michael J. Bisconti
First, note that we are not talking about whether your religion is false.† We are talking about whether your religion is stupid.† The difference between falseness and stupidity, in the present context, is this:
Something is false when it is inconsistent with reality.† Something is stupid when it is inconsistent with the nature and character of God.
Note that we are using the true, that is, biblical, definition of reality and the true, that is, biblical, definition of God.† Now, inconsistency with the nature and character of God means requiring something that Godís nature and character do not allow.† (For example, stealing is inconsistent with the nature and character of God; Godís nature and character, rather, support ownership and the preservation of ownership.)† So, how do you tell if your religion is stupid?† Well, there are several ways.
In other words, if your religion declares that you must be listed on paper as a bona fide member of your earthly religious group (and/or one or more things equivalent to such a listing) in order to have a good afterlife, your religion is stupid.† It is inconsistent with Godís nature and character to show favoritism toward either individuals or groups.† These things are true regardless of your religion, whether it be some kind of Christianity, some kind of Judaism, some kind of Islam, some kind of Buddhism, or some kind of any other religion.† We must comment, however, that God does show favor, which is different from favoritism.† Favor does not result in escape from hell and deliverance to heaven but it does result in earthly and heavenly rewards.† Favor is always the result of morally positive living springing from good motives.† Note that escape from hell and deliverance to heaven is accomplished by faith in God in accordance with the Gospel (see The Gospel section at the end of this page).
Now, any religion that does not proclaim the Gospel (see below), while not necessarily stupid, is partially or completely false.† For your convenience, here is the Gospel:
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