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.


First, there’s the idiocy route. You can willingly swallow all of the contrived, man-made drivel that’s fed to you. Accept that the earth is only 10,000 years old. Believe stories about dead bodies coming back to life. Learn about various deities and such. Put your trust in someone who thinks they know what they’re talking about. Eat your dogma. Good boy!

Congratulations! You’re a moron believer. You’ll be saved, enlightened, and greeted with tremendous fanfare when you die… unless of course all the stuff you were taught turns out not to be true. Nah… if the guy in the robe says it’s true, it must be true. Ya gotta have faith, right?

Next, we have the hypocrisy option. In this case your neocortex is strong enough to identify various bits of utter nonsense in the religious teachings that others are trying to ram down your throat. You have a working B.S. detector, but it’s slightly damaged. You’re smart enough to realize that earth is probably a lot older than 10,000 years but some B.S. still gets through. You don’t swallow all the bull, but you still identify yourself as a follower of a particular religion, most likely because you were raised in it and never actually chose it to begin with.

To you it’s just a casual pursuit. You’re certainly not a die-hard fundamentalist, but you figure that if you drink the wine and chew the wafer now and then, it’s good enough to get you a free ride into a half-decent afterlife. You belong to the pro-God club. Surely there’s safety in numbers. Two billion people can’t be wrong… although 4-1/2 billion supposedly can.

In this case you become an apologist for your own religion. You don’t want to be identified with the extreme fanatics, nor do you want to be associated with the non-believers. You figure you can straddle both sides. On earth you’ll basically live as a non-practitioner (or a very sloppy and inconsistent practitioner), but when you eventually die, you’ve still got the membership card to show God.

Do you realize how deluded you are?

Perhaps if you have to throw out so much of the nonsense to make your chosen belief system palatable, you shouldn’t be drinking the Kool Aid in the first place. Free yourself from the mental baggage, stop looking to others for permission to live, and start thinking on your own. If your God exists, he’s smart enough to see through your fake ID.

23 comments:

  1. I haven't read more truth that I just did in your blog in a looooong time. You had me hooked with your first statement, "When you subscribe to an established religion, you have only two options. You can become an idiot, or you can become a hypocrite." Wonderful post.

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  2. "Believe stories about dead bodies coming back to life."

    Yet you have no trouble believing that life arose from non-living matter. Who's the hypocrite?

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  3. You don't have any trouble believing that life arose from non-living matter either. Wasn't the first man made out of the dust of the ground? Or, was it modelling clay?

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  4. I don't deny that,Corky. But is it not hypocritical of you to deride one group of people for believing that it can happen while you yourself believe it happened in another context?

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  5. Now Buddy, is that the hypocrisy that my blog post was about? I'm not pretending to believe your belief about how life arose. If I was, that would be hypocrisy. Disagreeing with you is not.

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  6. The hypocrisy is the fact that you have faith that life arose from non-living matter, yet at the same time you demean people who have faith that a dead man can be raised to life.

    And you don't just disagree, you are outright hateful in your comments towards those who express faith in God.

    Here's the deal, Corky.

    I concede that there are legitimate reasons to believe there is no God. But I also concede that there are good reasons for people to believe in
    the existence of God.

    I choose to believe that there is a God, and I have used my intellect and reason to come to that conclusion as have many Christians.

    What I take exception to is the way in which you go about putting down people who express faith in God, while at the same time you are living by faith that there is no God.

    You can no more prove that there is no God than I can prove that there is one. Yet, you speak as if the matter is closed. And I'm sure it is in your mind, but what gives you the right to speak in such a manner toward people who express faith in God as you do?

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  7. You can't prove there isn't a flying pig named Jake that eats potatoes on the third day of the month each leap year either - so do we default to it as being real? Just because something can't be "disproved" doesn't make it logical to assume it exists. Just my opinion.

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  8. what gives you the right to speak in such a manner toward people who express faith in God as you do?

    What gives you the right to call me names like "evil" and "depraved" and crap like that? Huh?

    This is MY BLOG and I can write on it whatever I want to write and if you hadn't came here with your ass all up in the air, you may have had a nicer reception.

    Like I said before, freedom of speech gives me the right to speak my mind on any subject I choose. Now, as far as your rights go - you only have them here as long as I allow it.

    It just so happens that I like having some chew toy like you to pick on but keep on reading my blog if that's what you want to do. But, if what I write offends you - don't read it. See how simple that is?

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  9. This is MY BLOG and I can write on it whatever I want to write and if you hadn't came here with your ass all up in the air, you may have had a nicer reception.

    I doubt it. You were being disrespectful to theists long before I arrived here. You treat me the way you do because I call you out on your hypocrisy and all the falsehood you write on this blog.

    Just because something can't be "disproved" doesn't make it logical to assume it exists. Just my opinion.

    Right, that's why I said there are good reasons to believe in the existence of God.

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  10. It just so happens that I like having some chew toy like you to pick on

    lolz ok.

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  11. Why does it matter to you if someone believes that Christ was risen from the dead? Why are you trying to convince us/them that we are wasting our time? If we are wasting our time, isn't it ours to waste?
    Why is what others believe so important to you?
    I'm not offended by what you wrote, nor am I attempting to start a debate, or even tell you that I think you are wrong.. But I am curious..

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  12. What gives you the right to call me names like "evil" and "depraved" and crap like that? Huh?

    I'm sorry. I didn't realize that constantly degrading other people fits in the atheist definition of inherent goodness.

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  13. ~Ren~ said...
    Why does it matter to you if someone believes...

    Why does it matter to you if I don't believe you?

    It doesn't matter, right? Then why do you ask? And, why do you say that I'm wrong by saying you weren't attempting to do that?

    Here's the reasons why it matters, or at least part of the reasons.

    Theists pass laws forcing the teaching of creationism in public schools - perverting science. Theists invent a pseudo-science called I.D. and call it (falsely) a scientific theory in order to brain-wash everyone's children into believing in their god.

    Theists attempt to pass laws regulating what other people do in the privacy of their own bedrooms in some perverted sick-minded attempt to control other people's sex life.

    In some states there are still "blue laws" where you can only buy or not buy certain items on Sunday (god's day off).

    Theists subjugate women to second class citizens - not all churches do this but most do in the "free" country of the US of A. In fact, it wasn't so long ago that women had to fight the churches just to gain the right to vote.

    Theists pretend to have the "authority" (from a god, mind you) to tell other people how to live their lives, how they must feel, how they must think, what they must believe etc.

    Theists are fond of frightening little children with threats of hell-fire and/or eternal death if they do not conform to what is expected of them by the theists.

    I could go on and on and on about how the theists control every little aspect of people's lives by their teachings. However, suffice to say that it matters what they believe because they don't have the right to force other people to believe what they can't even prove to be true.

    They can't even prove there is a god, much less that they speak for, by the authority of, a god. If they believe in gods, devils, angels, demons, leprechauns, elves, fairies and Santa Claus - that's fine by me - if they kept it to themselves and left the rest of us alone - but they don't. Oh no, we must believe in their nonsense too, or else. In the past, the "or else" meant torture and murder for not believing - today it means that if you don't believe in their nonsense then you are "evil" and "depraved" and "dishonest" and "untrustworthy" and every other name they can think of to malign another person with. If you don't believe their nonsense you are compared to a "dog returning to his vomit" and not fit to live etc.

    Besides certain cults who break up families and cause some people to die of some disease that is curable, why do you care what someone believes? Why does it matter to you?

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  14. Buddy said...
    Corky: What gives you the right to call me names like "evil" and "depraved" and crap like that? Huh?

    Buddy: I'm sorry. I didn't realize that constantly degrading other people fits in the atheist definition of inherent goodness.

    Don't ask me - you're the one who did the name-calling. Evidently, degrading other people is what you theists do best. I'm not too sure that's not the only thing theists are good for - well, that and gossiping about your neighbors who don't believe like you do - you folks are really good at that too.

    I'm still waiting for that list of freedoms you have "in Christ" that I don't have. Truth is, you don't, and you were just talking out of your ass, isn't the truth of it?

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  15. "Why does it matter to you?"

    Like I said, I was curious.
    Thank you for talking the time to answer.

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  16. Don't ask me - you're the one who did the name-calling. Right, 'cause you never do that here, nor were you doing it long before I came along. You're a complete hypocrite, Corky. And yes, the hate that you spew here does confirm the depravity of mankind, especially considering that it comes from someone like you who claims that evolution and reason is producing better humans.

    Well, if this site is any indication of the atheist utopian that you are trying to build then God help us all.

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  17. someone like you who claims that evolution and reason is producing better humans.

    Show me where I ever said that evolution and reason is producing better humans. I think you just pulled that out of your rear end.

    "Atheist Utopia"? Are you kidding me? Whoever said that? Damn, you guys make up stuff quick, don't you?

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  18. "Why does it matter to you if someone believes that Christ was risen from the dead?"

    Personally, it scares me that people who believe such (to me) ridiculous stories are hard truth, are driving buses, flying planes, and preforming surgeries. I would hope such people with great responsibility would be more in the realm of reality than fiction. It IS fiction until proven otherwise. Again, that is my opinion only.

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  19. Buddy:
    The earth is estimated to be approximately 4.5 billion years old and the earliest evidence for life on Earth comes from fossilized mats of cyanobacteria called stromatolites in Australia that are about 3.4 billion years old. However they are likely to be the descendents of much earlier life forms which may go back to close to the origin of our planet.
    We don’t know how life originated on the Earth, but we can prove that it either got here, or originated here a very long time ago. We have the geological record and the fossil record.
    There is no such evidence for the resurrection of Christ other than very old testamentary evidence.
    We have much testamentary evidence today for healings, resurrection, alien abduction, lake monsters, flying saucers, ghosts, spirits, spoon bending, and the exploits of Chris Angel etc. But we know that this is all not true. This nullifies the reliability and validity of the testamentary evidence for the resurrection of Jesus.
    You can’t produce either his body, or the living Christ. You have zero reliable evidence.
    We have thousands of trillions of tons of evidence in the crust of the Earth and each day we dig up a few thousand tons of more evidence.
    If Christ wants rational people in the Twenty First Century to believe in his resurrection then he had better come up with something credible. If he expects us to take it on “faith” then rational people are going to suspect that the whole thing is a con job sustained by the people who make a living out of religion.

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  20. You have zero reliable evidence. This is simply not true.The eye witness accounts of the resurrected Christ are well attested in the New Testament documents, which far surpass any other ancient literary document.

    The reports of Jesus' death and reported resurrection have been backed up by non-biblical sources which confirm the new movement of Christianity as taking hold shortly after the time of Christ.

    Roman historians Tacitus, Suetonius, and Pliny the Younger all attest to this new movement in their writings. Plus you have the writings of Josephus and the Jewish Talmud, which also confirm that the rise of Christianity occurred in accord with the book of Acts, i.e. during the first century.

    In addition, we also have a new and exciting discovery of a first-century fragment of the gospel of Mark. You can read about that here:http://discipleshipjournal-buddy.blogspot.com/2012/02/first-century-manuscript-of-mark.html.

    These are but a small amount of the mountain of biblical and non-biblical evidence that supports the truth of the NT.

    But of course you will dismiss this evidence out of hand, which just proves that you have no interest in using your reason to get to the truth. You just live to tear others down by calling them "inbred," and things like that.

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  21. Personally, it scares me that people who believe such (to me) ridiculous stories are hard truth, are driving buses, flying planes, and preforming surgeries. I would hope such people with great responsibility would be more in the realm of reality than fiction. It IS fiction until proven otherwise. Again, that is my opinion only.

    With all due respect, that might be the most absurd thing written on this site. And that is saying something.

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  22. “……. eye witness accounts of the resurrected Christ”.
    Buddy: you have to be sensible. There were eye witnesses to miracles performed by Diana goddess of the Ephesians about the same time. There are eye witness accounts of a few resurrections in America over the past fifty years. There are eye witness accounts of Big Foot, The Loch Ness Monster, Alien abductions, The Yeti and of course hundreds of eye witnesses of Elvis alive and well years after his death and burial.
    Stop being gullible. You are suffering from extreme cognitive bias. You believe the eye witness accounts of the resurrected Christ and reject all the other crap because you WANT to believe, not because you have weighed the evidence with reason.
    If Christ is raised from the dead he should get himself on TV to perform a miracle and end all this nonsense of conflicting religions. That does not happen and never will happen, because Christianity is a made up story designed to fool gullible people like you.
    You have to realise that Corky and I were once like you and all the Christadelphians. We suffered the same cognitive bias. We felt as you do now. But we have matured beyond that stage and now see things for how they really are. And the reality is that religion is just one almighty big con trick.
    Please snap out of it Buddy and help us to proclaim this truth to the World. We want you writing for this blog, not against it. You need to turn round 180 degrees and realise that everything makes much better sense when you see it from the point of view of an agnostic or atheist.

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