Christianity Johnson on 24 Nov 2008 12:35 am
This weekend, President George W. Bush delivered his Thanksgiving proclamation:
In it you can witness the complete irrationality of Christian thinking. If you are a Christian, this level of irrationailty should give you pause. Here is Bush’s first paragraph:
Thanksgiving is a time for families and friends to gather together and express gratitude for all that we have been given, the freedoms we enjoy, and the loved ones who enrich our lives. We recognize that all of these blessings, and life itself, come not from the hand of man but from Almighty God.
This paragraph alone is enough to cause any rational person to note the obvious problem. Which is this: If “we recognize that all of these blessings, and life itself, come not from the hand of man but from Almighty God”, then that must automatically mean that all suffering comes from God as well. Suffering must be the result of God withholding blessings. When millions of children starve to death each year, it is because God has refused to bless them with food. And according to President Bush, there is no way to prevent their starvation, since that would come “from the hand of man”.
The further irrationality of Christian thought can be seen just a few sentences later. In paragraph 1 Bush says that “all… the freedoms we enjoy… all of these blessings, and life itself, come not from the hand of man but from Almighty God.” Then in paragraph 3 he says this:
Our Nation is especially thankful for the brave men and women of our Armed Forces who protect these rights while setting aside their own comfort and safety.
If freedom is a blessing from God, not from the hand of man, then why do we need the hand of man to protect these rights?
And why in the world would a “Christian President” start a war when Jesus reiterates this message so many times in the New Testament:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.” -Matthew 5:43-44
If Bush were following Jesus, there would be no need for Armed Forces, nor their presence fighting in foreign lands, since we should love our enemies instead of waging war.
Do Christians not think about what they are saying? Do they never check their thoughts for internal consistency? How can Christians live with so much obvious contradiction flowing through their brains?
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