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Sunday, February 11

Tomorrow Is Darwin Day

Sunday Sermonette

"I'm a Christian, so I cannot believe in science or Darwin. Take Genesis, the creation..."

If you're a Christian, then you don't have to "take" Genesis. You don't have to "take" Darwin either but it couldn't hurt to consider natural selection. You are a follower of Jesus Christ and the Gospels, not a pagan creation story invented thousands of years ago when they believed that the sky was a moving dome over the flat earth. Oy vay. Do you see Jewish people renouncing science in the name of Genesis? How can the fact that dinosaurs roamed the earth billions of years before humanoids arrived hurt one's faith? Did the creator not create the earth and all its mysterious that will take hundreds, if not thousands of years to discover?

Since when did it become vogue to check your brains at the door in order to have faith in a higher power? Yes, critical thinking is hard work but leaving it to others with suspicious motives is folly and you will surely get what you paid for. If there is a God, she couldn't possibly demand that you practice a religion or she would have told you which one to practice. She created humans, so she should know how ridiculous they can be and they wouldn't get the joke. Some say that the Bible is the handbook for religion. Oh yeah? Then how come there are hundreds of different religions based on the Bible? God made a big error if she thought that the Bible was her handbook for all time.

You've got people reading the Bible in English and thinking that they are taking it literally when in fact the only thing they are taking literally are the current meanings of the English words in the translation- and you can ask a thousand people about a particular chapter in the Bible and get a thousand different answers and those people will swear their lives on their interpretation based on their situation, location and time. Religion is propaganda created by power hungry men- and in fact power hungry men decided which books went into the Bible and which ones were tossed. Those that were tossed were the ones that didn't fit with their patriarchal agenda. feh.

"Christians" who don't know anything ought to heed what the savior admonished: Matthew 25:31-46 and Mark 12:28-34 and there wouldn't be any more religion, division, wars, class distinction, weapons races, poverty and hatred. People would know Christians by their love, not their hate.

I’ve never understood how God could expect His creatures to pick the one true religion by faith—it strikes me as a sloppy way to run a universe.
-Robert A. Heinlein (Jubal Harshaw in Stranger in a Strange Land )

Man is a Religious Animal. He is the only Religious Animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion—several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat if his theology isn’t straight.
-Mark Twain

"Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet."
-Napoleon Bonaparte.

"Hell is paved with priests' skulls."
-St. John Chrisostom, 345-407

"The world holds two classes of men - intelligent men without religion, and religious men without intelligence."
-Syrian poet Abu'l-Ala-Al-Ma'arri, 973-1057

When did I realize I was God? Well, I was praying and I suddenly realized I was talking to myself.
-Peter O’Toole

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