There’s a believing friend of mine who posted thrice on Facebook this morning and I wanted to comment on all the updates.
The kicker is that he follows this blog on Twitter, so this might not end well.
The first read:
Avoid profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith.#truth
If you remove the Yoda-inspired sentence construction and attempts at lofty language, the update reads,
“Avoid non-religious and foolish babblings, and avoid disagreeing with — or resisting — so-called science, deliberately made to deceive, which some believers who have made the error of accepting instead of complete confidence in something unseen based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.”
Did you know science was deliberately made to deceive? The same discipline that brought about a computer for this guy to write on. The same discipline came up with vaccinations and organ transplants. The same branch of knowledge that allows people to have more healthy, happy babies and have long productive lives with them is the same ideology that should be avoided, for the sake of “faith” which is defined as “having complete confidence in something unseen based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.”
This update, craftily constructed to appear intelligent, is nothing more than a reminder to believers to avoid “science” for the sake of things unseen.
The guy is a modern day Paul.
What he misses is that “complete confidence” fits into the definition of vanity, which is oppositional to the definition of profanity (something not sacred or not-religious). And when faith — something you must be confident in without proof — goes head to head with science, which is loaded with evidence, the only ammunition a believer has against it, is determination to oppose it.
I’ll gladly take science, in opposition to the idiocy of accepting that which cannot be proven or seen.
Another update read (are you ready?):
No man looks at circumstances or relies on his feelings if he believes. Never give way to human opinions. #Jesusaiditbelieveit
Firstly, Jesus never said anything in the sentence above. That makes saying it was Jesus who said it, well, a lie.
Secondly, EVERY MAN looks at circumstances. At least, every man I know who is not in jail. And even that’s up for grabs. But you have to look at the circumstances. Otherwise, you’re a fucking idiot.
Thirdly, no man relies on his feelings if he believes? This is a HUGE issue I have with the church. For one, having the feeling that no man relies on feelings is reliance on feelings.
For two, people are attracted to other people with feelings, because expressing empathy and vulnerability are human traits that bring us together. Lack of empathy tears relationships apart.
But this is my “human opinion” and you should never give way to it.
And finally, the guy posted:
For men shall be lovers of themselves…ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 3 #continueintruth
Didn’t this dude write, “Avoid profane and vain babblings”?
Be lovers of themselves? Does that mean you should kiss yourself in the mirror while masturbating?
And then he writes, men should be always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
I agree that you should always be open to the possibility of being wrong.
But, let me repeat that: “Never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
Man, I’m confused. You should love yourself. You should always be learning. But you should have faith, which is conclusions based on nothing but air.
It’s no wonder believers are a mass collection of confused, splintered people, fumbling around for acceptance.
Hey believers, here’s a hot tip. Be plain in speech. Make sense of your senses. Because nothing written in the above updates makes sense.
Also, accept all those words Jesus says about not being accepted. Get rid of everything scientific in your life (computers, cars, technology, etc) and see how long you guys have butts in pews.
Oh, I forgot, it’s too convenient to have all those things. Why would god put all these things, deceitful or not, in your way?
You should probably ask him.
Oh, wait, you can’t.