#4? I would argue that if you were a TRUE Christian, you should be absolutely opposed to this lying, thieving, murdering, hypocritical asshole.
When is it okay to pretty much break 99% of the "Ten Commandments" and still have people follow you around like lapdogs, claiming to be Christian?
People seriously disgust me.
What's funny is that I can't imagine anyone on my friends list being offended by any of my answers.
I agree with all of your answers (surprise, surprise) but I'd add something to #4 and #8 (Christians against Bush and the war)...
Based on my understanding of Christian values and beliefs, they should be appalled by this president and his war. I mean, they're against kill of any sort (e.g.: the death penalty and abortion). How could they possibly condone the senseless murder of thousands of innocent people. And even if they're not so innocent, what makes them different from that mass murderer they're trying to save in prison?
UGH. The hypocrisy of organized religion....
I would argue that not all christians and not all organized religions (christian or otherwise) are in lockstep. In fact, not all members of any given sect are in lockstep.
While the church (and I use that in the meta sense, rather than the specific) has certainly been responsible for some pretty horrific things, that same meta church (just different members thereof) have also been responsible for amazing acts of social justice, including dying to protect others and work for the physical betterment of others. (I decline to discuss the "moral" betterment, as that is entirely a matter of perspective.)
Memebers of any group are human, with all that means, for both good and ill. I have certainly encountered members of *any* given group who are incredibly intolerant of anyone who is not a member of their particular group.
Prejucide and giant chips-on-the-shoulder are not limited to any one group. Here I include religious groups: christians, muslims, atheiests, pagans; as well as pretty much any other group dividing line you can think of: racial, social, sexual orientation.
It's easy to point out the bad elements, and not always so easy to find the good ones: It just depends where your particular prejudices lie. And we all have them, no matter how much we might try to believe that we are perfectly fair....
My comment was in reference to that fact that - to my knowledge, most? all? organized religions are supposed to value life. Yet throughout history, humankind has murdered in the name of whatever god they believe in, while continuing to assert that life is precious. To me, this is hypocrisy.
As this survey was speaking to Christianity in particular, the bulk of my comments were directed towards that.
I am aware that religious groups aren't the only ones who show intolerance or kill in the name of their beliefs; however, as far as I can tell, this survey was pretty specific to Christianity.
Hypocrisy. That's the word I was trying to think of.
And yes, it does seem to be a Christian-centric meme. Not to mention USA-centric (notice I do not say "American" as that includes some furrin countries.
Certainly! No argument there (in fact, I've always been amused by the fact that many right wing, so-called christian groups support the death penalty while arguing against abortion. All in what one considers to be human, I guess... :)
I think that what I tagged onto specifically was the comment re: organized religions. I was really just pointing out that there are hypocrites, hypocrites everywhere, and that they aren't the unique and exclusive purview of organized religion. I've also found a lot of very sincere and consistent people who are devout members of [generic] organized religious sects.
Religion often seems to get a bad rap because of the fools who verbally associate themselves with it while completely ignoring the actual core teachings of their major religous figure.
And, yeah, the survey seems to be very christian-centric, and conservative christian-centric, at that.
Well then, let's agree to agree! :)
I agree with you.
& I think that you can be Christian and completely disagree with Bush's leadership. For one killing isn't exactly encouraged in the bible, for two I'd hate it if someone used my religion to somehow absolve his sins and play to the masses.
Having said that I'm not a Christian, and logic in theory isn't always logical in reality :\
Doesn't offend me at all. I posted it HOPING people would pick it up and run with it. (I kind of expected you would, and your answers are pretty much in line with would I thought they'd be.)
Heh. Glad I didn't disappoint. And yours were what I expected, as well. I couldn't resist doing it because they are so different, if that makes sense.