Inbred Social Networks

Religions frequently promote inbred social networks. You’re encouraged to spend more time with people who share the same belief system while disengaging from those with incompatible beliefs. Sometimes this is done subtly; other times it’s more obvious.

If you’re one of the saved, blessed, or otherwise enlightened individuals who stumbled upon the one true belief system©, then supposedly everyone else remains in the dark. Certain religions are overtly intolerant of outsiders, but to one degree or another, all major religions cast non-subscribers in a negative light. This helps to discourage members from abandoning the religion while still enabling them to proselytize. The main idea is to maintain social structures that reward loyalty and punish freedom of thought.

Idiot or Hypocrite?

When you subscribe to an established religion, you have only two options. You can become an idiot, or you can become a hypocrite. If you’ve already chosen the former, I’ll explain why, and I’ll use small words so that you’re sure to understand.

Wasting Time

If you devote serious time to the practice of religion, it’s safe to say you practice toilet-bowl time management, flushing much of your precious life down the drain with little or nothing to show for it.

First, you’ll waste a lot of time filling your head with useless nonsense. This includes reading some of the worst fiction ever written. Then there are various rules, laws, and practices to learn.

Religious Obedience Training

Religions are authoritarian hierarchies designed to dominate your free will. They’re power structures that aim to convince you to give away your power for the benefit of those who enjoy dominating people. When you subscribe to a religion, you enroll in a mindless minion training program. Religions don’t market themselves as such, but this is essentially how they operate.

Spirituality for Dummies

If you have the awareness level of a snail, and your thinking is mired in shame and guilt (with perhaps a twist of drug abuse or suicidal thinking), then subscribing to a religion can help you climb to a higher level of awareness. Your mindset, however, still remains incredibly dysfunctional; you’ve merely swapped one form of erroneous thinking for another.

The Foolishness of Preaching

by John Bedson

“For since in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” - 1 Corinthians 1:21.
“The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.” - 1 Corinthians 2:14.
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise” - 1 Corinthians 1.27.
I look back on my two decades of preaching foolishness for the Christadelphians with a sense of embarrassment and shame The Christadelphians take pride in the weird things that they preach because the Apostle Paul described it as “the foolishness of preaching.”
That makes it difficult for Anti-Christadelphians like myself to criticize the religion, because if, after a great deal of effort and hard work I manage to convince a Christadelphian that something in their belief system is nonsense, they come back at me with “Of course it is foolish – the Apostle told us that it was foolish in 1 Corinthians 1.21” or “That means that you don’t have the Spirit (whatever that means, even the Christadelphians can’t agree on who has the Holy Spirit and what it means if you do have it) because these things are foolishness to you because they are spiritually discerned – see 1 Corinthians 2:14.”

Bible History

The bible is history? So a snake really talked? And god turned a woman into a pillar of salt? And appeared as a burning bush? And carved commandments on breakable stones? And sent "she-bears" to maul 42 kids for calling a guy bald?  And this god magically impregnated a virgin to become his own son? And who then temporarily died? And then became a sort of supernatural zombie, a god-man? And then whisked off to heaven? And now sits in judgement of everyone in trinity fashion? Really? Who knew? Or, is just some of that historical? How do you know which magic is the "true woo"? If you don't believe that the bible is history does the god of the bible punish you for all eternity?