God hates figs? Then where do we get Newtons from?
Isaac Newton, despite supposedly being a devout Christian, contributed in fundamental ways to the development of science... one of Christianity's sworn enemies (thought they need not be, but that's a separate arguement). Due to the strong association between figs and newtons and Newton - not to mention that figs, like Newton's inspirational apple, are also susceptible to the temptation of gravity, that slippery slope towards science - figs have become a symbol of God's supposed intolerance.
I can't really explain the bags and fads part, though.
(Sorry, I'm just being a dick. I think the whole point of the post is that God doesn't hate any three-letter words.)
So is this to say that WBC has just been having spelling issues on their signs?
They're not bigots, just passionately against fruits?
Good post. A good message for both sides of the religion spectrum.
that's a wonderful story. :)
Just that song alone makes me grin... And I love days when I run into someone that cheerful and nice, because their happiness just spreads like a brushfire and brightens everyone's day.
It really doesn't matter *what* you believe in, I think, just that you do believe... And try to live your life in a way that matters, that helps others and makes their life better just by being around you.
There are those who use religion as a means to join together in worshipping a higher power they believe in. This makes them feel good and connected, and it brings happiness to their lives.
Then there are those (far fewer, thankfully) who use religion as a means to coerce and control others, and to push forward their agendas. They threaten people with things like "hellfire" if they don't follow them.
The former are awesome. I know a few people like this and completely respect their beliefs.
The latter are abominable, and are responsible for 90% of the strife in this world.
Despite all the smiling faces and nice things they say and do, Christians believe that you will go to hell if you are not of their faith when you die.
My problem with Christianity is that it allows for not only nice people doing nice things, but it also supports terrible bigots and extremists.
Televangelists, racists, bigots, crusades, genocide, slavery, rape and murder can all support what they do out of the same book that others find a good belief system out of.
I would have tolerance of peoples beliefs if they didn't have the capacity to support atrocities.
There is also a horrible tendency for Christians to bring their religion into politics to try and slate their morality onto the general population. Hate to be all piss and vinegar, but I meet much more fire and brimstone than smiling faces.
I'm no great fan of religion myself, but I will be honest and say that anything can be (and has been) corrupted to justify evil. Whether you believe in God, science, your country, your family, or yourself, humans have an infinite capacity to justify what they want to do anyway. Religion does make it easier to be a jerk, but that's more because religion makes it easier to do a lot of things - including being nice.
Religion helps good people be good and helps bad people be bad. Everyone seems to twist it their own way.
And given some of the people who are so certain they will be in heaven, I remember the old saying: Heaven may have a better climate, but Hell has better company.
I somewhat agree with what you're saying, but in this situation Bucktown explained, it was one of the instances where the religion/belief system the woman followed was really a factor in the way she went about doing some nice things for others.
Obviously, in any given group of people, whether it be a group of people who believe in a god, or gods, or not, there are always jerks.
Atheists who try to tell people YOUR BELIEFS ARE JUST SO TOTALLY WRONG AND YOURE ALL A BUNCH OF JUDGMENTAL ASSES AND WASTING YOUR TIME TRYING TO KEEP UR FAITH CUZ ITS WRONG SO THERE are just as bad as the Christians who try to spread their faith by the same tactics, saying things along the lines of YOU ARE JUST SO TOTALLY WRONG AND YOURE GOING TO HELL IF U DONT BELIEVE WAT I TELL YOU IS THE CORRECT RELIGION TO FOLLOW SO THERE.
I'm not Christian. I don't have any particular faith. I was raised kinda-sorda pseudo-Jewish. Currently, I don't practice anything in particular (though I do the occasional yoga and I like learning about world religions and/or beliefs others follow). I take the parts that I appreciate deeply from each faith that I see.
With the Judeo-Christian religions, I like to kind of take the morals instructed in the ten commandments, being a good person and such, and apply that to what I believe.
With a lot of Pagan religions, I like the parts about being so connected with nature, and not causing harm onto others.
With eastern religions, I like taking the parts about the way energy flows through your body, and how you can affect that with what you do with your body. For instance, yoga is a big part of what I like about Hinduism. Also, I like the idea of karma, which is taken from Buddhism.
As I said, though, I do agree with parts of what you're saying. I somehow to seem to forget that if you don't believe in that faith, in the eyes of their believers, they believe that you are going to be eternally punished. For not having faith in the same things they do. Which seems pretty unfair to me...
Most of the time, I'm honestly /not/ thinking "Oh, any Christian friends I have just are going to be shaking their heads at me, saying 'Such a nice girl... too bad she's going to hell,'" but rather, I'm thinking, "Meh, to each his own."
(I feel as if I might have over-stepped my boundaries, and maybe getting into a conversation about religious beliefs this in-depth on someone else's journal posts might be a little far... But I feel like this was all pretty relevant to the reply I was trying to make: that I agree, and disagree, with your post. xD)
you're post made me smile :) Thank you