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Read This Instead — Post by Mary C. Findley

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Sam Harris has a new book coming out on September 9, called Waking Up.  He claims we can do away with all religion now, and he is going to wake us up to what we should be doing instead of believing in God. But please read the quote in the graphic above, and understand that Harris is NOT interested in giving you a choice or being tolerant if you do want to continue to believe in God or practice a religion. If you would prefer to have a chance to hear evidence about whether, perhaps, Harris is proposing a replacement religion, rather than the end of religion, we suggest you take a look at our book, Antidisestablishmentarian. We quote Harris and hundreds of other Secular Humanists who consider belief a form of insanity, and want to take away your freedom to practice your faith. Below is an excerpt from Chapter Twelve.  Complete sources for quotations can be found in the book.

12. What Is True Science?

Pilate saith unto him [Jesus],What is truth?
John 18:38 KJV

Secularists like Charles Watts and Richard Dawkins affirm a single belief, though they vary in their methods of stating it. They believe that there is no evidence for the truth of any “revealed faith” and that only secularist science should be permitted to exist. People who call a religion “revealed” mean that somehow these people were told what to believe by a non-material means and that there is no outside evidence that the written record, their holy scriptures, are true or authoritative. Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith, said, “We have names for people who have many beliefs for which there is no rational justification. When their beliefs are extremely common we call them ‘religious’; otherwise, they are likely to be called ‘mad’, ‘psychotic’ or ‘delusional’…”1 That’s why they call it revealed faith, because secularists have changed the meaning of the word faith into blindly accepting something without evidence.

Every ancient polytheistic belief system has stories of outrageous behavior by its gods. Buddhism and similar “wisdom” religions have no gods per se but they rely upon “enlightenment” received in an otherworldly state of solitary meditation. Islam was delivered to Mohammed in the form of the Koran. The Latter Day Saints received their revelatory scriptures on golden plates from the angel Moroni. Andy Rooney once said about “revealed faiths” that “Those to whom his word was revealed were always alone in some remote place, like Moses. There wasn’t usually anyone else around when Mohammed got the word, either. Mormon Joseph Smith and Christian Scientist, Mary Baker Eddy, had exclusive audiences with God. We have to trust them as reporters – and you know how reporters are. They’ll do anything for a story.”2

Secularists delight in saying that all religions are equally unreliable, their revelations received in secret. But in the case of Moses, he received a relatively brief commission alone in the desert at the burning bush. The children of Israel did not say they were forced to swallow a tall tale of Moses’ secret revelation. They said, “The LORD our God hath shown us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire.” Most of the written laws of God were delivered in full view of the entire nation of Israel on Mt. Sinai. “We have seen this day that God doth talk with man, and he liveth. Now therefore why should we die?” (Deuteronomy 5:24, 25, KJV) The people, 603,550 fighting men plus women, children and the aged, (Numbers 1:46) were so convinced that God was really there in the thunder and lightning, and that the laws came directly from Him, that they begged Moses to go up on the mountain as their representative, convinced that as frail sinners they could die in the holy presence of God. Every Israelite could see the cloud and pillar of fire in the middle of the camp every day. All of them saw the plagues in Egypt, participated in the Red Sea crossing, watched Pharaoh’s army drown in the Red Sea, heard God speak to Moses at the tabernacle and saw the destruction of those who rebelled. None of these events took place in secret locations or for a chosen few.

In many cases prophets in the rest of the Old Testament spoke openly to the people as God gave them a revelation. “And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down. And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came.” (I Kings 18:30, 31, KJV) John the Baptist was in the desert but crowds of people flocked to him. He didn’t collect them after he got some secret revelation.

“Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.” (Matthew 3:5,6, KJV) John the Baptist gives testimony that the miraculous circumstances at Jesus’ baptism occurred in full view of all the people present with him at the event. “And John bare record, saying,’ I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.’ …’Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.’ And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.” (John 1:32-34, KJV).

The teachings and attesting miracles (attesting means proof that He was who He said He was) of Jesus Christ in the New Testament were usually in open places before hundreds or thousands of people. “And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things. … And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.” (Mark 6:34, 42-44 KJV)

This lie (teaching in secret) was one of the false charges leveled against Jesus at his mockery of a trial. Though Jesus said very little at these so-called trials, he did answer this one charge. “Jesus answered him, ‘I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing. Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said.’” (John 18:20,21, KJV)

1 Sam Harris, The End of Faith, W.W. Norton & Company New York, NY, 2004.
2 Andy Rooney, Sincerely, Andy Rooney, Essay Productions, Public Affairs, by the Perseus Group, New York, NY, 1999.

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Just as a side note, when you go to Amazon, you will find two reviews,which,  when you read them, you should consider that neither of these people, however well-intentioned, has actually read the book. Also please read the Smashwords review.  But in the end, if you want to know for sure, you are just going to have to find out for yourself what it really says.

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Answering a blog by Daniel Fincke, PhD, on “God’s Not Dead” — Post by Michael J. Findley

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Shane Harper as Josh Wheaton in God’s Not Dead, from the official movie website.

I discovered this blog after posting Mary’s review and my observations. I attempted to comment on his blog twice. Both times my comments were gone the next day.

His very first words; “This post turned out to be not just a movie review but a nearly comprehensive counter-apologetics case that I intend to refer Christians to in the future.”~12,000 words.

His thesis is “I am writing this post for the Christian who wants to know, in-depth, what a real live atheist philosophy professor, with a PhD in philosophy and 93 classes taught at the university level, thought of the worldview in God’s Not Dead.”
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/camelswithhammers/2014/03/a-philosophy-professor-analyzes-gods-not-deads-case-for-god/

We already know, but he begins by saying that this blog is to inform Christians. Remember, that is his stated purpose. The best thing is simply to allow Dr. Fincke’s own words to speak for themselves.

“I write as a former Josh Wheaton to write to all you current or new Josh Wheatons out there to explain in extensive detail what’s wrong with what this movie is telling you.” He begins by calling Christians ignorant. Not a good beginning to attempt to convert someone.

He then quotes Matthew 7:3-5 and says “The logs in these Christian filmmakers’ eyes can probably be seen from space.” Even if you believe this to be true, it should lead with supporting evidence.

“In the real world it is Christian universities that alone in America require of students and faculty that they sign faith statements to attend or teach.” This takes several paragraphs without adding any more information.

This is the “evidence” of hypocrisy? This statement is a lie. Every faculty member of every school has to sign a code of conduct. It is very different from a statement of faith in a Christian University, but it is very much a statement of faith.

The important point is that Dr. Fincke chose to ignore the thesis of the movie and attacks Christianity instead. “… pledge that says ‘God is dead’, I’ve never heard of it. Even if it’s happened, it would be a rare outlier rather than the routine practice of faith statements at various Christian universities. Rare outliers prove nothing about there being an inherent prejudice or persecution of people of faith by secular universities or philosophy professors.”

“Now there is a grain of truth, that the filmmakers misrepresent as a log of hypocrisy,” … “suggests to Wheaton that he may go back to his dorm room ‘sink to [his] knees’ and pray all he wants on his own time and it’s none of his [Radisson’s] business but what goes on in the classroom is his business.”
Once again, where is the hypocrisy in the movie?
“The log in many religious believers’ eyes is that they believe for emotional reasons rather than rational ones. You guys even admit this regularly.”
This is a 12,000 article. However, it is nothing more than a lengthy emotional rant. How sad that he falsely accuses Christians of the very thing he is doing himself.

“Atheists are not misotheists. We don’t hate God. We just don’t believe in God. What some of us hate is that we think Christianity and other religions lie to people, hindering them in their abilities to think for themselves or to think with proper information and make the best decisions for themselves. When we’re mad we’re not betraying that we secretly believe in God. Rather we’re angry with the effects of religious institutions and beliefs we think are harmful. We also may get angry when we hear all the evils that we see praised in the Christian God treated as wonderful things. We assail the deification of traits we have good reason to think are terrible. We assail the perversion of ethics and politics and metaphysics represented by the God concept when we attack it.”

He simply denies the thesis of the movie. However, the movie closes with a list of approximately forty court cases proving his belief to be a lie. I have personally met professors just like Professor Radisson. Dr. Fincke is a hypocrite to deny this.

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Personal Observations On the Movie God’s Not Dead — Post by Michael J. Findley

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J.J. Abrams and Harrison Ford should watch God’s Not Dead because it a technical masterpiece, like Regarding Henry. It is a masterpiece in simplicity. It follows the basics: the rule of thirds; three-point lighting; proper composition; well-designed pacing;  fx that contribute to the plot and move the story along (the automobile accident in the rain). That is unlike most Hollywood movies like Battleship where the fx interrupt and distract. This could lead the way back to movies that both make sense and are fun to watch. Like, for instance, the simplicity of the original Star Wars.

If you are interested in an actual review, my wife wrote a good one. It is the blog just before this one. Just scroll back one blog.

Though not perfect, God’s Not Dead has the best pacing that I have seen since the Lord of the Rings. And I personally believe the pacing in God’s Not Dead makes it easier to follow than Lord of the Rings.

As a first-semester freshman standing in front of class, Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper) shows incredible poise, presence, and knowledge. Some people have complained that the part of the professor is flat. It is a movie with three or four major subplots, so no one character is very well-rounded. Josh has very little time, just like real life, so he must focus on the one or two points he can get across in each of the twenty-minute segments he is allotted. He has a total of three segments. Understand that this is no in-depth analysis. Like a real university setting, these are “think on your feet” questions and answers to the unexpected.

The subplot of Professor Radisson’s (Kevin Sorbo) problems at home and his girlfriend eventually leaving him provide an excellent explanation of why he was not as effective as usual in the later debate.

Professional critics do not like this film because it is predictable and not “original”. Unpredictable and original films are also awful and unwatchable. As Solomon said, “there is nothing new under the sun.” A man came out of a different movie at the same time we did. He was shaking his head. He told the friends he was with, “I have no idea what was going on in that flick.” That is not the case with God’s Not Dead.

Probably the most common complaint secularists have leveled against this movie is that it is unrealistic. These critics are either dishonest or live in a cave. This movie lists about 40 court cases against real-life professors. This is the most real-life movie I have watched. Except for requiring students to sign a “God  Is Dead” statement, I have had every one of the other arguments thrown at me personally in an academic setting, though seldom in a class where I was being graded. The forty cases put on screen are only the major cases where a court decision was rendered. If every case that was never finalized with a court verdict was included, the number of cases would be in the thousands.

A review by Ryan Wesley Smith gives a typical Christian response. “I’ll be honest; I cannot really think of anything bad in this film.”
http://www.ryanwesleysmith.org/movie-review/gods-not-dead-court-cases/

I disagree. This movie hit many home runs. But it had two very serious strikeouts. One was like striking out in the bottom of the ninth, one run down with the bases loaded and two out before coming to the plate. For those who prefer football analogies, it was a last second interception run back for a touchdown to lose the game.

God has given to the human race divine institutions to lead us to Himself. The thief on the cross is the usual example of someone who is obviously with Christ in Paradise without either institution. But this movie, meant to glorify Christ, was about people as they lived everyday lives for Christ.

The first recorded human speech was the institution of marriage. “This is bone from my bones and flesh from my flesh. This one will be called ‘Woman,’ because she was taken from Man.” (Therefore a man will leave his father and his mother and cling to his wife, and they will become one flesh.) Genesis 2:23, 24 ISV
There is not a single example of an intact family (husband, wife, children) in the entire movie. That is not because there are not enough characters. The closest is Willie and Korie Robertson doing a very brief cameo, but without children. Reverend Dave or Reverend Jude might be married, but their wives are never shown or mentioned. Certainly their possible children are never mentioned. Marriage in never held up as an ideal, though fornication and adultery are indirectly condemned. This is important because boyfriend/girlfriend and father/daughter relationships are the core of the subplots.

Though the lack of marriage is troubling, the Church is the institution Christ left on earth. God uses his Holy Spirit through the Church. In this movie, a concert replaces the Church. I am not certain of the intent of the producer/director because I cannot find anything which explains that position. However, some of the attempts of others to defend this use of a concert are actually blasphemous. Since this is such a serious issue, we need to examine it in detail and not let ourselves be persuaded by our emotions.

1) The standard God gave to us. Therefore, as you go, disciple people in all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. And remember, I am with you each and every day until the end of the age. Matthew 28:19,20 ISV
You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8 ISV
Proclaim the message. Be ready to do this whether or not the time is convenient. Refute, warn, and encourage with the utmost patience when you teach. I Timothy 4:2 ISV
And let us continue to consider how to motivate one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another even more as you see the day of the Lord coming nearer. Hebrews 10:24,25 ISV

2) Every Church is based on families. There are ministries which do not include everyone, such as summer camp, nursery, Christian Schools, nursing home services, and even concerts.

3) The core of the Church is education (teaching, witnessing and meeting together as a Church body, a local assembly).

4) Reverend Dave and Reverend Jude witnessed and counseled, but they never had a service. No assembly of believers was ever shown, mentioned, or even recommended except the concert. For the purpose of the movie, the Church building was empty, unused, and powerless. The power was in a concert. The only teaching was Reverend Dave giving Josh a few verses and leaving him on his own to do the research. While that might be the best course of action for Josh, that was the only opportunity given for Reverend Dave to do any teaching.

Younger people today are claiming to be saved but refuse to be put under a pastor and listen to preaching. They have what the KJV calls itching ears. They refuse to listen to anything from the Word of God that might possibly offend them. They have made their own wants and desires their idols. They are no different in walk and attitude from the atheist except they have added just enough of Jesus for fire insurance. Or so they think.

Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

 

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Secular Humanism: America’s Establishment of Religion Part Six: Secular Humanism Is A Religion

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“The United States Supreme Court has held that secular humanism is a religion. Belief in evolution is a central tenet of that religion.” Edward v. Aguillard, 1987 SCOTUS Antonin Scalia

It seems impossible to deny that Secular Humanism is a religion, yet millions do just that. Their shallow thinking is “we do not worship a deity, therefore we cannot be a religion.” They have a system of beliefs stronger than most who worship a deity and dedicate their lives to forcing others to follow their belief system. And they strongly believe in self-indulgence. Most, though not all, secularists put self-indulgence on a plane no different from any worship service. For these Secularists, they elevate themselves to the position of a deity.

They use the power of government to both take from unbelievers and to force unbelievers to follow their beliefs. At this point in time, one of the most obvious ways they practice this is mandatory financing of contraceptives. Secularists not only want to practice unrestricted sex outside of marriage, they force unbelievers to pay for the consequences.

Under secularist control, public education becomes public indoctrination. One common example that happens over and over is teachers who dare to read the Bible in private on their own time. Though these teachers often continue these private readings for years, whenever a dedicated Secularist finds out, the teacher is fired. Yet condoms are handed out free as bogus “public health.” Truancy officers, “family” courts and welfare caseworkers constantly assail parents who object and make the tremendous sacrifice of pulling their students out of the public indoctrinations. These same “officers of the court” who file charges against parents who use corporal punishment because it is taught in the Scriptures and it works never seem to have enough time to prosecute parent who kill their children because the parents are drunk or high on drugs.

A flood of regulations make driving to work increasingly expensive while wages are depressed through public spending and business regulations. Amish and other religious businesses are singled out for “resisting the state.” That is the same state controlled by the religion of secularism.

Modern government officials act more and more like the guardians of Plato’s Republic. Secularists cry that Plato was not a Secularist because he worshipped “the goddess,” a vague unnamed (in the Republic) deity that is never worshipped directly. We classify Plato as a secularist because Secular Humanism is a belief system and the Republic describes those beliefs in great detail.

Plato’s guardians were thugs whose sole job was to keep the elite in power and the lower classes in their places. How is that different from secularists today? Every day I hear or read comments like “It’s a good thing you’re not allowed to (spew, corrupt, some expletive) your beliefs anywhere except on facebook.” Yet these same censors turn right around and demand to know “What censorship?”

I am far from perfect. I have many sins which I have yet to overcome. Yet, in my personal opinion, the overriding characteristic of the religion of Secular Humanism is hypocrisy. And these are the same people who call others hypocrites.

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Secular Humanism: America’s Establishment of Religion Part Two: What Is Secular Humanism?

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The quick, simple answer is that it is the religion of self-indulgence with no possible consequences for the way we live in any kind of life after death. Beginning somewhere around the Kennedy administration, Secular Humanists learned that if they lied and claimed that they weren’t a religion, they could get federal funds. They also got political power to force everyone to practice their religion.

“The United States Supreme court has held that secular humanism is a religion. Belief in evolution is a central tenet of that religion. (Edwards v Aguillard U.S. Supreme Court 1987. Justice Antonin Scalia.)

Secular Humanists today like to call themselves either atheists or agnostics. These are poor terms because they have changed in meaning so much throughout time. Christians were executed by the Roman Empire for the crime of atheism. Agnostic means to not know. They believe that it is not possible to know God. This is a relatively new concept, just over two hundred years old. It is, in its modern form, a child of the French Revolution.

While Atheism or Agnosticism sound good in theory, complete denial of anything supernatural contradicts the experiences of too many people.

Almost every American colony had some form of establishment of religion. This was because their religion consisted of proven and necessary facts of existence. Religion was reliable, logical and rational to them. The modern established religion of Secular Humanism teaches that it is the only scientifically-based belief system in existence. It claims that all other religions are not scientifically-based, but the opposite is true. The Bible, upon which true religion is based, is a book of Science, and Secular Humanism is a religion of mythology.

“… Scientific history … is that the method that we use is something akin to the scientific method. It is based on at least three characteristics …. The first is to establish that the evidence is reliable. The second is making certain that the analysis being made is logical. And third, the analysis must lead to a generalisation that is based on rational argument.” 1

Since time began man has only been able to take one of three positions toward a scientific fact. The first is belief, which means to accept the fact as it is and interpret its significance correctly. The second is unbelief, which means to reject a fact or give it the wrong interpretation. The third position is some degree of compromise between the other two, such as accepting a fact but wrongly interpreting its significance. It is also possible to misinterpret the true nature of the fact and misapply it to come to other wrong conclusions.

Belief does not mean mere opinion, as modern culture has degraded the word. The legal term belief means to accept something as true based on the facts available. Facts are true whether or not you choose to believe them. The Scriptures are the basis of scientific facts. This is the standard the founding fathers began with and also the colonials before them. All scientific facts are based on the Scriptures. “Facts are stubborn things;” said John Adams, “and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”

1 Professor Romila Thapar, Frontline magazine Volume 18 – Issue 19, Sep. 15 – 28, 2001 India’s National Magazine from the publishers of THE HINDU.

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What Is an American Christian’s Political Responsibility?

Voters need to exercise Christian principles and vote for candidates who demonstrate Christian principles. Notice that I use the term Christian principles, not Christianity, so this doesn’t mean to base support on whether the candidate claims to be Christian. For instance, Jimmy Carter claims to be a Christian, but he did not govern according to Christian principles. I would vote for Mitt Romney over Jimmy Carter.

The following verses demonstrate who our real ruler is, and that His principles need to guide our conduct and our choice of an earthly ruler.

“Magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?'” Matthew 2:1

“Pilate questioned Him, ‘Are You the King of the Jews?’ And answering He said to him, ‘It is as you say.'” Mark 15:2

“Pilate therefore said to Him, ‘So You are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world…’ ” John 18:37

These verses identify Jesus Christ as a king from His birth to His death.

Jesus said that he hadn’t come to destroy the law. He came to fulfill it. One of the laws that God gave, and that Jesus taught, was this one: “Thou shalt not steal,” commandment number 8. Just as it was in Jesus’ day, the government steals by taxation. Every government only has money because it first stole from someone who rightfully owned it.

Christian charity is when people who rightfully own property give their property to people in need. That is one of the Christian principles upon which America is founded. Atheists who would never contribute to the Salvation Army or the Southern Baptist Convention give generously to organizations such as the Red Cross. They are still practicing the principle of Christian charity.

Organized Charity is more effective than personal Charity. In the giving of Charity, the most effective organizations are (in no particular order): The Salvation Army, The Southern Baptist Convention, The Red Cross, The Mormon Church and Pacific Garden Mission.

Giving to these organizations is practicing Christian Charity. The greatest problem people in legitimate need have in the United States is that people who should have money are unable to contribute to these effective organizations because governments on all levels are stealing their property.

To truly help poor people we must get the government out of the way. The government antipoverty programs actually cause poverty.

America is the first nation in the history of the world which has even attempted to separate Church and State. Christianity, when put into practice, works to remove the idolatrous, blasphemous Secular Humanist religion which government in western society has become.

What did Jesus do? He braided a whip and drove the moneychangers out of the temple. He physically attacked the Jewish government. Some have argued that the moneychangers were not the government. Jewish religious establishment was the Jewish government.

“He came unto His own, but His own did not receive Him.” John 1:11

For an average Jew in the 1st Century (or any conquered people), the Romans only enforced three rules: Don’t have your own military, don’t revolt, and pay taxes to Rome. Everything else in the daily life of a Jew was controlled either by Herod or the Sanhedrin. Jews (called Publicans in the KJV) even collected the taxes for Rome.

When the Romans crucified someone, they publicly posted the charges against him; the reason he was crucified. The charge against Jesus read, “Jesus, the King of the Jews.” The Romans did not care about Jesus healing and preaching. Jesus was crucified for getting involved in Roman politics. He was crucified for being the King of the Jews.

We cannot use a physical whip like Jesus did, but we can use the ballot box to chase out the thieves.

[For those not familiar with the government of first century Israel, “The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by the converted Jewish Rabbi Alfred Edersheim is an excellent source.]

All Scripture is taken from the NASB translation.

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Was Thomas Paine the Founding Father of Secular Humanism in America?

This is an excerpt from Chapter Five of Antidisestablishmentarianism.

Benjamin Franklin might have remained his friend, yet he said concerning the publication of works like The Age of Reason,

“I have read your manuscript with some attention. By the argument it contains against a particular Providence, though you allow a general Providence, you strike at the foundation of all religion. For without the belief of a Providence that takes cognizance of, guards, and guides, and may favor particular persons, there is no motive to worship a Deity, to fear his displeasure, or to pray for his protection. I will not enter into any discussion of your principles though you seem to desire it. At present I shall only give you my opinion that … the consequence of printing this piece will be a great deal of odium [hate] drawn upon yourself, mischief to you, and no benefit to others. He that spits into the wind, spits in his own face. But were you to succeed, do you imagine any good would be done by it? … Think how great a portion of mankind consists of weak and ignorant men and women and of inexperienced, inconsiderate youth of both sexes who have need of the motives of religion to restrain them from vice, to support their virtue. … I would advise you, therefore, not to attempt unchaining the tiger, but to burn this piece before it is seen by any other person. … If men are so wicked with religion, what would they be if without it? I intend this letter itself as a proof of my friendship.”

Thomas Paine was a bitter, caustic critic of Christianity and organized religion of any kind. He clearly saw the corruption of the Established Religion but he rejected truth and the Scriptures as coming from God himself. He saw the Bible as concocted by the organized church. He denounced many state constitutions for claiming to be tolerant but being tolerant only of Christianity, and attacked the authority of Scriptures repeatedly. Although his ideas have existed for centuries, Thomas Paine was the founding father to whom Secular Humanists look back to justify most of their beliefs and ideas. Secularists today loudly echo Thomas Paine’s views on Christianity.

“No falsehood is so fatal as that which is made an article of faith.”

“Of all the tyrannies that afflict mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst. Every other species of tyranny is limited to the world we live in, but this attempts a stride beyond the grave and seeks to pursue us into eternity.”

“What is it the New Testament teaches us? To believe that the Almighty committed debauchery with a woman engaged to be married; and the belief of this debauchery is called faith.”

“The Bible: a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind.”

“The Christian system of religion is an outrage on common sense.”

“It has been the scheme of the Christian church, and of all the other invented systems of religion, to hold man in ignorance of the Creator, as it is of government to hold him in ignorance of his rights. The systems of the one are as false as those of the other, and are calculated for mutual support.”
“Priests and conjurors are of the same trade.”

“Jesus Christ, … at once both God and man, and also the Son of God, celestially begotten, on purpose to be sacrificed, because they say that Eve in her longing … had eaten an apple.”

“The Church was resolved to have a New Testament, and as, after the lapse of more than three hundred years, no handwriting could be proved or disproved, the Church, which like former impostors had then gotten possession of the State, had everything its own way. It invented creeds… and out of the loads of rubbish that were presented it voted four to be Gospels, and others to be Epistles, as we now find them arranged.”

“Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we called it the word of a demon that the Word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind; and for my own part, I sincerely detest it, as I detest everything that is cruel.”

“As to the Christian system of faith, it appears to me as a species of atheism — a sort of religious denial of God. It professed to believe in man rather than in God. It is as near to atheism as twilight to darkness. It introduces between man and his Maker an opaque body, which it calls a Redeemer, as the moon introduces her opaque self between the earth and the sun, and it produces by this means a religious or irreligious eclipse of the light. It has put the whole orbit of reason into shade.”

“The most detestable wickedness, the most horrid cruelties, and the greatest miseries that have afflicted the human race have had their origin in this thing called revelation, or revealed religion.”

“Yet this is the trash that the Church imposes upon the world as the Word of God; this is the collection of lies and contradictions called the Holy Bible! this is the rubbish called Revealed Religion!”

“The continually progressive change to which the meaning of words is subject, the want of a universal language which renders translation necessary, the errors to which translations are again subject, the mistakes of copyists and printers, together with the possibility of willful alteration, are of themselves evidences that the human language, whether in speech or in print, cannot be the vehicle of the Word of God. The Word of God exists in something else.”

“The fable of Christ and his twelve apostles, which is a parody on the Sun and the twelve signs of the Zodiac, copied from the ancient religions of the Eastern world, is the least hurtful part.”

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