HottJoe saidGood for them! I think that will send a great message.
(Full disclosure: I'm a secular humanist.)
And all this time, I thought you are a devout Catholic.
Yeah, I just really like to be subversive and send mixed messages. My plan is to confess my sins and throw a bunch of money at the Vatican before I die. There's just too much air pollution here on earth, so I'm looking forward to being with all the other Catholics in heaven.... I do pity the other religions who are being led to hell, but, hey, the pope is very vocal, and so they can't say they didn't have their chance to convert!!
Peace to all the Catholics. Put your hands and Hail Mary in the house!!
No question, you'll have much to say in confession.
Does anyone here actually think I've done anything unforgivable? Or do they actually think their god would rather put in me a furnace than have me around?
I ask, because these are the questions that make me think pious religious people are so fucking creepy they make my skin crawl. Like they actually think that they'll be vindicated by acceptance from a god who is an evil authoritarian dictator.
The tyranny of monotheism is horrifying. Why do people pray to such a cruel father?
I'm not especially pious. Actually, I'm much more concerned with how people treat each other than with what they profess to believe. In theory, that is an important part of Christianity.
When Jesus was asked which is the most important commandment, He replied as follows (NIV Mat 22:34+):
"34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
That is referred to as the Summary of the Law. When Jesus recited it, he was actually quoting from the OT. Many theologians see it as the ENTIRE law and everything else simply as commentary. Any law that is incompatible with the Summary of the Law is not binding which makes it clear that much of the OT is not binding and that much of what the ancient Hebrews did was unacceptable. Following that, Jesus used the parable of the Good Samaritan to expand greatly the definition of neighbor.
Of course it is inescapably obvious that many people, including Christians, find excuses to justify violating the Summary of the Law, or at least the second part of it. One would think that wise people of all religions or no religion could agree on the second part of the Summary of the Law. If actually followed, surely the world would be a much better place in which to live.