Christians are prone to proselytization, and are adamant that the United States Government practice Christian traditions and teach them in public schools.
Recent polls reveal that perhaps ten percent of all Americans do not believe in religion. Many of these do not reveal their beliefs because of strong Christian pressure.
Hear Ye All Christians and Greetings,
The founding fathers were mostly Christian, but also engaged in secret societies like the Free Masons that gave them the kind of networking and good old boy affiliations always necessary to get ahead in business and politics.
These same fathers were acutely aware of the Anglican church's meddling with the English government, even though Henry the 8th had sent the Pope packing with his iron clad rule of much of Europe and the colonial rule.
So the founders decided to separate church and state. This makes religion free from the majority rule of representative democracy. Everyone is free to practice religion as they wish without law requiring it.
Unfortunately, Christianity has been the majority and Christian government leaders have added Christian phrases and Christian prayer to every part of government.
Christians believe in three gods, all embodied in a good man, Jesus, who actually lived, as their martyr. Christians strongly believe in prayer and miracles [kingdom of heaven], while there is little or no evidence except anecdotal testimony bordering on the occult.
Christians are encouraged to force their religion on others, but there is no evidence that being Christian is any better than any other religion.
As an atheist, I reject the ancient artifacts of the cult of Christianity as irrelevant. Certainly, religion helped form our mores and laws, but literal devotion to ancient laws is as dangerous as blindly following the demigods that tout them.
Finally young children should be taught moral, ethical, and legal behavior, not religious dogma.
Ron, a thinker and writer from Houston
Houston. The place where man, in 1968, put two men on the Moon. The two men looked back and saw that their home, created by the mighty forces of the Universe was a small and fragile place, needing to throw off myth and trust in science to help us understand who we are and preserve our place on this beautiful planet, so full of life and wonder.
Web Site: Ron's Place
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|Reviewed by plaf plaf (Reader)
|Oh, how I wish I could share the love I feel for my God with you, and the happiness this relationship gives me. I guess I would be just a fool in your eyes, and you would probably be right, as I am a dreamer, and a man relying more on the inclinations of his heart than the reason of his mind. I will not add any buts, so be it. I wish you love and happiness too, in any way. And good, fantasy-filled dreams. With respect, Daniel de Bruijn.|
|Reviewed by Z McClure
|Jesus was always causing division where ever He went. That is a matter of historical record. That was because He spoke truth, and was in reality, God in the flesh. Humans are born into a state of rebellion against God, and are in a state of denial until they surrender to Him and learn to trust Him. Jesus proved He was God by raising people from the dead- even His enemies were convinced that He was doing that. He also caused a man born blind- to see for the first time in his life...this was verified by not one or two, but dozens of witnesses, including His enemies. Your article is good, in that it reveals the rough caricature that people have, who haven't taken the time to study the historical-legal testimony that God has presented to human kind about His Son. Your article helps genuine Christians to understand why they are misunderstood. Excellent article. There were many, many witnesses who saw Jesus of Nazareth die on a Roman cross with a spear thrust through His side, medically proving His death, and more than 500 witnesses who could swear in any Court of Law that they saw Him bodily alive, after being dead for three days!
Again, I commend your article and hope many people read it, Ronald.
|Reviewed by Regis Auffray
|I appreciate your point of view, Ron. Personally, I do not disagree with you. Thank you for inciting thought and reflection. Love and peace to you,
|Reviewed by Michael Guy
|Everything you say is TRUE of conservative Christians who act like some moral authority - but it only creates more division. Jesus, the Christ's command was not to actually proselytize but to first become and do as he did - so far the most vocal fall far short of that. I have heard and know of "Christs" since and before Jesus" - yet all are "pagans" according to their views...
Still for myself, I'm no atheist; I'm not at war with science like so many and I believe n separation of religion and state.
But as long as science refuses to "study" consciousness the most basic element of life and matter - (which no self-aware living man can deny) they are avoiding the issue. PROVE to me "matter" is intelligent and an originator of such life, that growth can come from accidental chaos and I'll throw out all my books on Yoga and the Bible too...
Meanwhile it's just another of "Maya's" divisonary games....
You get us thinking (people need that)...
|Reviewed by J'nia Fowler
|Freedom of choice, yep, we must all have this ability. As a Christian I can inform you that Christians are just ordinary people who often continue to break God's laws and more often than not wish we didn't. We believe that God has 3 parts to his nature, one spirit, one core or soul, and one body, not unlike ourselves. We are merely citizens in a land of starving billions who want others to know where to find bread. Who could walk past a man in need and say nothing? Thanks for this penning. In respect, J'nia|
|Reviewed by Jon Willey
|greetings my dear friend Ron -- although you and I do not share religious beliefs I will defend your your right as a free American to practice whatever religion you choose, or to practice no religion at all as is your belief -- so long as you extend the same respect and courtesies to me -- peace and love to you my friend -- Jon Michael|
|Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson
|I was made to attend church from 3 yr. till about 18. The fat lady in the church told me, "little boy, if you curse like those meany boys you will surely go to hell." I have cursed, but still, I'm not in Hell. I think it's wrong to tell children this or that about Hell.
I don't go to church nor work for churches. They think labor should be done for nothing and they never pay taxes.
I'm more of a universe person....
Thanks for sharing,