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HOW TO TELL IF YOUR RELIGION IS STUPID

 

 

Copyright March 12, 2007 8:16 PM CST

By Dr. Michael J. Bisconti

 

Updated October 29, 2008 12:29 AM CST

Copyright October 29, 2008 12:29 AM CST

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.

 

#1Your religion is stupid if it declares that you cannot have a good afterlife unless you are a listed member of your earthly religious group.

 

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).

 

#2Your religion is stupid if it teaches that one or more of its doctrines can only be known by one or more of its religious leaders.

 

#3Your religion is stupid if it makes people believe you are an abject slave to a higher power.

 

#4Your religion is stupid (and actually moronic [extremely, extremely stupid]) if it requires you to be an abject slave of one or more other human beings.

 

#5Your religion is stupid (and actually moronic [extremely, extremely stupid]) if it requires you to be an abject slave of one or more religious leaders.

 

#6Your religion is stupid (and actually insane) if it requires you to suffer for absolutely no reason other than to please a higher power.

 

#7Your religion is stupid (and actually insane) if it requires you to make one or more other people suffer for absolutely no reason other than to please a higher power.

 

#8Your religion is stupid (and actually insane) if it requires you to kill one or more people for absolutely no reason other than to please a higher power.

 

#9Your religion is stupid (and actually insane) if it requires you to make one or more other people suffer in order for you to have a good afterlife.

 

#10Your religion is stupid (and actually insane) if it requires you to kill one or more people in order for you to have a good afterlife.

 

 

THE GOSPEL

 

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:

 

A person will go to heaven because God has promised that they will.The reason for his promise is that they have been rescued from the punishment of their sins.The means of their rescue was the suffering of the punishment by the Lord Jesus Christ in their place.

 

 

 

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