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Mailbag: A Disgruntled Christian

By December 9, 2012

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From: "Bla"
Subject: Jesus and God
Well, I have just read this site and I am appalled by how Jesus message and life are misconstrued. True, I believe in free speech, however, I see this to be very incorrect and anyone who has studied the bible should know much better. ... God cannot sin because he defines what sin is. Therefore, in order to put down Jesus teachings one is saying that he was human.

This is an interesting way of trying to construct the argument that God cannot every do anything wrong. I guess the only things that are wrong are sins and God defines "sin" in such a manner that God's actions are always automatically exempt. What's problematic, though, is the idea that actions taken by God, if done by a human, would be condemned as evil and horrible. But when God does them, God remains good and, presumably, the actions are good. The only thing that has changed is the actor. That, however, undermines any coherent use of the concepts of good and evil.

If someone is to talk of Jesus then they ought to at least accept him for all that he says he is. For me, that is the same thing as all that he is. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I feel that this page is very incorrect and if one is trying to persuade individuals then it ought to be done with correct information. Not twisting scripture to fill one's needs. That is wrong and disgruntles me to no end.

Actually, no, it is not and should not be a prerequisite that someone believe absolutely everything attributed to Jesus before talking about Jesus - that's just nonsense. That's a very, very lame attempt to try and exempt Jesus (and, by extension, Christianity) from any outside criticism. I'm sure that many Christians would approve of such a situation, but I'm certainly not going to buy into it.

More selections from the Agnosticism / Atheism Mailbag...

November 20, 2006 at 3:41 pm
(1) Jim says:

Scheess. Ain’t it a “given” that Jesus was both God and man?

November 30, 2006 at 7:14 am
(2) Tom says:

Wow – I am stunned by the complete and utter intellectual dishonesty by this claim ….

We should accept jesus as he SAYS he is?

What if I were to say I was perfect, then write a collection of teachings espousing that very thing – in 2,000 years will people accept I am perfect because I said I was?

OR would they accept it because my teachings said so? That is the same kind of dishonest circular logic that the theistic all over adhere to and expect everyone else to swallow.

I suggest to our writer here that he come back when he is capable of being honest at least with himself!

November 19, 2013 at 10:25 pm
(3) Scars Upon the Earth says:

My perspective is somewhat similar. I also criticize Christianity for the arrogance and superiority that many Christians display, one of which is an inability to deal with, well, criticism.

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