Although I’m a card carrying atheist, I still feel the need to continue searching for enlightenment.
As someone brought up in “the Truth” (as Jehovah’s Witnesses call it) I get the occassional caller at the door. They generally seem not just reasonable but positively saintly, until you get to the small print. I recently got sent a copy of one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses current pamphlets entitled The End of False Religion is Near. Apart from the apocalyptic title this starts off pretty well. It kind of makes simple sense.
“Are you distressed about crimes committed in the name of religion? Do the warfare, terrorism, and corruption perpetrated by those who claim to serve God offend your sense of justice? Why does religion seem to be at the root of so many problems?” it says.
Well, now you come to mention it…
“The fault lies, not with all religion, but with false religion. “
Hey yeh! I know some good people who wear their spirituality lightly but profoundly, so it’s not religion itself that’s the problem.
“False religion… meddles in politics and war”
Now ain’t that the truth. Look at all the nutters killing for their God.
“False religion … spreads false doctrine. By means of this teaching, many of these religions exploit their members, charging money to pray for departed souls.”
Yeh. How come their God needs their cash so much?
“False religion… tolerates immoral sex”
“In Western lands, church groups ordain gay and lesbian members of the clergy and urge governments to recognize same-sex marriages.”
“Do not be misled. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men kept for unnatural purposes, nor men who lie with men . . . will inherit God’s kingdom.”
Ok. Ok already!
They all start off sounding reasonable. But they all seem to get to the same place in the end.