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Oct
10

(One of) the problem(s) with religion

Seen on a billboard:

 

__________ Church

Liars Welcome

 

That’s just terrific. In other words, you suck, your soul is black as dirt, but God loves you anyway.

What an uplifting message.

I wonder what the world would look like if instead of being told what miserable, sinning, waste-of-space creatures we all are we were told instead that we each held within us the power to change the world for the better.

 

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6 Responses to “(One of) the problem(s) with religion”


  1. 1 jill
    October 31, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Spread the word, sister. We’re already holy and powerful beings!

  2. 2 greensilencio
    November 12, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    100% agree

  3. 3 kathyrandall
    November 13, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    I usually, point blank, hate church billboards. Unfortunately, pastors in the churches rarely have anything to do with them, it is “good old souls” that volunteer to change them so that even more trite messages can be spread.
    Just as you are focused on the poor response of education in schools, there have been too many ways that congregations can file in, listen, and file out again without hearing a deep message, assuming one is offered at all.
    I’m going into the ministry full time, so you may dismiss me and my ideas, but I will do all in my power (and a considerable amount that is beyond me) to see that trite messages are not acceptable. Religion all too often is just a set of rules that no one can follow.
    We have been playing in the shallows while yearning for depth.

  4. November 14, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    “I wonder what the world would look like if instead of being told what miserable, sinning, waste-of-space creatures we all are we were told instead that we each held within us the power to change the world for the better.”

    I wonder this as well. Keep up hope. All is not lost. I truly do believe that humanity can make the world a better place.

  5. November 15, 2010 at 1:07 am

    For fear of spiraling a religious debate, I will try to keep this short and pertinent.

    The message of Christianity does in fact begin with how miserable, broken and despaired we really are. It is depressing I know, but it is merely a stepping stone to the hope that is offered through Christ. After all, most of us who are wrong already remind ourselves enough of our failures. I would offer the argument of your own complaints against the education system as an example. You point out the flaws and the biggest problems with education not to leave the issue in despair, but to seek out the next step towards a better future. The greater message of Christianity is that hope in a greater life. A life where the hungry are fed, the children are nourished, widows are cared for and the poor are clothed. Christianity provides many with the tools to be that person who can change the world for the better.

    Anyway, even as a believer I have many of my own issues with religion. I’m not a big fan of those types of billboards either, among many, many other complaints. However, like the education system, I see it as a good thing with many flaws.

  6. November 17, 2010 at 1:00 am

    depends on the religion.

    there are plenty that preach what you prefer.


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