Christianity Johnson on 25 Nov 2008 12:00 am
What is the definition of evangelical Christianity, also known as Christian Fundamentalism? This article lays it out, and it is frightening:
The four components of evangelical Christian belief are:
(1) Inerrancy or biblical literalism, the belief that every word of the Bible is to be taken literally as the word of God;
(2) conversion or the experience of being reborn in Christ;
(3) evangelicalism or the duty of the saved to spread the gospel; and
(4) Apocalypticism or Endism, the belief that The Book of Revelations describes the events that must come to pass for God’s plan to be fulfilled.
If you have ever wondered what is going on inside the heads of the millions of fundamentalists in the United States, this in-depth and fascinating article will unravel it for you.
The author calls fundamentalism a disorder. You see the disorder starting at item 1 in the definition. How could anyone in their right mind believe that the Bible is literally true? There are so many contradictions and so much obvious, flaming nonsense in the Bible that any person with the smallest amount of intelligence can detect it. And yet, apparently, millions are immune to that simple act of detection.
Since anyone should be able to detect the obvious problems in the Bible, but millions fail to do so, we must ask, “Why?” The article attempts to explain it as a psychological disorder.
The question would have to be: Is there any way to heal these people and break their delusion? Or are they so damaged in childhood that it is hopeless?
The fact that such severe psychological damage is done to so many children by religion should be reason enough to work toward eliminating religion from our society.
If you are a Christian and you would like to better understand the nature of your delusion, this free book can help: