The Beauty of Rational Thinking|
If you are a Christian, you will find this video fascinating.
The goal of this short video is to introduce you to the beauty of rational thinking.
For this introduction, we are going to use a recent newspaper column written by the GOD SQUAD as an example. You may have heard of the GOD SQUAD.
They have been called "media Megastars", and "perhaps the two clergymen in the United States with the widest regular viewing and listening audience." The God Squad consists of two very religious men, and they have a nationally syndicated newspaper column about faith.
Let's look at what the God Squad has to say. Then, let's think about their statements rationally and see how they stack up. By doing this, you will learn a great deal about your religion, and you will be able to see the beauty of rational thought.
In their column, the God Squad tackles the question, "Why do we have free will?" Let's see how they respond.
Here is one thing that the God Squad says about free will:
As for the Biblical foundation of all this, check Deuteronomy chapter 30 verse 19: "This day I call heaven and earth as witness against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live."
This statement is fascinating, because the God Squad is quoting from the book of Deuteronomy. This means that, according to the God Squad, the book of Deuteronomy is valid in today's world. If they can quote one verse from Deuteronomy, then we should be able to quote other verses from Deuteronomy and apply them to our lives today, shouldn't we? So let's look at three fascinating verses from Deuteronomy:
rebellious son who will not obey
his father and mother, who does
not heed them when they
discipline himů Then all the men
of the town shall stone him to death.
Suppose a man marries a woman,
No one of illegitimate birth
You have now seen three unbelievable quotes from the book of Deuteronomy. We can easily find dozens more just like them. I ask you simply to think about what you have read.
Think rationally, and ask yourself: Do these verses make sense to you? For example, do you believe that we should stone teenagers to death?
Simply use your rational thinking skills and ask yourself: Would you trust any person, or any book, that tells you to stone your son or daughter to death, for any reason? At any time? If you are a rational person, you would not. Of course not. Stoning teenagers to death is absurd.
If you think rationally, these verses from the book of Deuteronomy will strike you as pure, unadulterated lunacy.
That is the beauty of rational thinking -- it makes things so clear. By reading the Bible, and simply listening to what it says, it is obvious that the bible is lunacy.
What must a rational person therefore assume about the two men who make up the God Squad?
Think about it.
They are quoting from a book that tells us that we should kill our own sons and daughters.
Here is another example of the God Squad's irrationality.
The God Squad uses this analogy:
"Think of it this way: Let's say you were in love with a person who did not love you at all, but you possessed a magic potion that would make the person fall in love with you. Would you give the person that potion? We hope notů"
So we have the following hypothetical scenario:
- You love someone. Let's call that person Jessie.
- Jessie does not love you.
And we have a hypothetical question:
- What should you do to Jessie?
Any normal person would let Jessie go freely and live life in peace. Right? Yes. That is what any normal person would do. Jessie doesn't love you, so you would let Jesse go in peace.
But now, think about the "god" of the Bible. Look at what "god" states that he will do to you if you do not love him. Will he let you go freely and live your life in peace? Of course not. According to Jesus in Mark 16:15-16, you will instead be tortured for eternity in hell's lake of fire for your transgression.
What do you think about this "god"?
The beauty of rational thinking is that it is obvious what to think. A "god" that tortures people for eternity because they choose not to love him is absurd. A "god" that tells us to kill our children is also absurd. Your rational brain tells you that such a "god" is absolutely ridiculous, and your brain is absolutely right.
As a Christian, you actually have a choice today. You can choose to believe in a "god" that is this ridiculous. Or, you can turn on your rational brain and reject such obvious absurdity. When you begin to think rationally, your religion collapses like a house of cards.
The beauty of rational thinking is that it makes things so clear. Rational thinking tells us that the "god" of the Bible is, quite obviously, a monster. With a little extra thought, it becomes quite obvious that this monster is completely imaginary.
Would you like to begin thinking rationally, and bring the beauty of rational thought into your own life?
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