Why do atheists blame Christianity for the ignorance of a few?
Topic: writing a statement of purpose
May 21, 2019 / By Elmira Question:
I see a lot of atheist's claims that state Christianity is dishonest, or that it doesn't encourage free thought. As a Christian myself, I understand where you get these ideas, but not all Christian groups practice the same ignorant beliefs. My spiritual belief in Christianity is defined solely by the word, commonly referred to as the bible. Not all Christians preach hellfire and damnation, fear, encourage ignorance, or cheat their disciples. I'm also not quite sure why we have to bash each other for our belief system. To say Christianity doesn't encourage free thought is a statement of ignorance, or having no true understanding of what the bible teaches. It encourages thought free thought and ideas and encourages people to believe in themselves and not be herded along. There is a verse that states: be he not conformed, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. It means don't conform to the whole, but pull away and lovingly think towards the greater good of all.
As for dishonesty, some churches deal in this manner, but not all.
The point is, just because you have a bad experience with a single Christian or a church you attended, why does the entire group get blamed? I don't blame atheists for the ignorance of a few, instead I try to expound knowledge pertaining to my faith so that we can come to an understand and hopefully come to a peaceful and common ground. I am also a little confused as to why atheists bother posting on a religion and spirituality thread because technically atheism isn't either, and most atheistic believers have no desire to learn or hear about Christianity.
Most arguments atheists make against Christianity have no basis and are encouraged by the lack of free thought and the opinions of radically prejudiced people twisting words to suite their purpose. As far as dishonesty goes, maybe atheists should look towards their peers and frontmen. Every dispute is based on ignorance of Christianity on both sides.
I'm not here to bash anyone, or to have people bash one another. I just want to encourage people to be open and understanding. I don't think I am better than anyone, especially not because of by beliefs. I will not choose a best answer that is hateful. I want people to reason with themselves and understand that not all Christians are horrible people, or idiots. I know many well educated Christians that have good hearts and don't seek ill will towards anyone.
Someone brought up the history of Christianity. I would like to remind you that that is not biblical Christianity. That is Catholicism. More wars and tyrant have occurred from non-Christians than by Christians historically so that argument is invalid. I have studied history extensively, Catholicism isn't biblical in any manner. I know from experience.
The bible encourages it's believers from Romans to Jude, to question their teachers and hold men accountable to the word. I was taught to never take doctrine from men but to hold their doctrines to the bible. The word says this is how to hold Christianity to integrity. I don't take a pastors words at face value and keep that as doctrine. I compare him to the word, study the contextual integrity, and values according to what the bible says, not what a man proclaims.
I'm not bashing the Catholic Church, I am stating a truth. If you hold their teachings to the bible they do not match. I did not insult them, but I did call them errant. Just because Catholicism is the latest denomination does not mean it is right. Also the apostles creed and the nicean creed were mentioned I believe... Do you know why they made these creeds? Because nobody could agree on what was right, so a few people got together and wrote these creeds to state basic beliefs. The Catholic Church was not present during the times of these creeds, although it will claim otherwise. None of the 13 apostles ( including paul) were alive when the Catholic Church was created.
So lets just keep twisting words to suite opinions or to justify yours.
I'm not hear to appease the ears of any denomination, I am here to present the word rightly. If your denomination does not stand and hold up to the word, it's not my fault. Christianity is not defined by any denomination it is defined
I find it interesting that if anybody wrote anything a few hundred years ago they are labeled as primitives. At the time with the available information they had these men were highly intelligent and free thinkers. I've heard people call our founding fathers "primitive", most of their men were more intellectual and open minded than 90% of Americans today. Our education systems are not designed to make people think intellectually and outside of the box, they are designed to teach people general knowledge that most will not allocate after they graduate high school or college. I don't see many men inventing things like Tesla, Edison, and Franklin. Just because someone doesn't have the available knowledge we have now doesn't make a monkey banging a rock on a coconut to open it...
Education comes from the word to educe, which means to lead out. To be educated is to have the knowledge and resources necessary to get what you want. Henry Ford was labeled uneducated by
Best Answers: Why do atheists blame Christianity for the ignorance of a few?
Christal | 1 day ago
Ignorance of a few is an illogical assumption due to the fact, religions hold biblical scripture as factual when indeed it is the opposite. It has no factual evidence in supporting its substance. The scientific facts are that humanity evolved on this planet, nothing to do with an Adam and Eve the way biblical scripture implies. Whether you know a subject or not, to deny scientific facts such as fossil data and DNA research is a lack of knowledge which is nothing other than ignorance. Humanity needs to be educated in scientific facts to persevere.
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Originally Answered: Why do atheists commonly associate religion with ignorance?
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why do atheists commonly associate religion with ignorance?
I find this very strange in our culture how somehow religion in particular Christianity is seen as something only the foolish, ignorant, and anti-intellectual would believe in. Though some atheists say this some of the world's greatest minds were also religious look at Isaac Newton, Louis...
I understand where you get these ideas, but not all Christian groups practice the same ignorant beliefs
- But there are more of them than there are of you and they are in your face. How about if you come forward instead of hiding under a rock.
My spiritual belief in Christianity is defined solely by the word, commonly referred to as the bible.
- That is good, except that most of it is plagiarized and the rest is made up.
Not all Christians preach hellfire and damnation, fear, encourage ignorance, or cheat their disciples.
- Not all muslims want to kill everyone they do not like, but the ones who don't are hiding under a rock with you.
I'm also not quite sure why we have to bash each other for our belief system.
- We don't keep it in your churches and homes where it is supposed to be and out of my class rooms and we will be fine.
To say Christianity doesn't encourage free thought is a statement of ignorance, or having no true understanding of what the bible teaches.
- It teaches free thought AS LONG AS what you think is what the bible says you are supposed to think or your tent preacher says you are supposed to think.
I am also a little confused as to why atheists bother posting on a religion and spirituality thread because technically atheism isn't either,
- Because you keep trying to force your religion into my class rooms, where it should not be.
and most atheistic believers have no desire to learn or hear about Christianity.
- Except most atheists know more about the bible, its history and christianity than most christians.
Every dispute is based on ignorance of Christianity on both sides.
- One thing we mostly agree upon.
Someone brought up the history of Christianity. I would like to remind you that that is not biblical Christianity.
- But biblical history is the bible.
More wars and tyrant have occurred from non-Christians than by Christians historically so that argument is invalid.
- Christianity, maybe, but religion, no.
I have studied history extensively, Catholicism isn't biblical in any manner. I know from experience.
- SO? I have never met a christian yet that was biblical.
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The sad truth is that atheists are human, and as a result are prone to pride and ego.
The majority of atheists would rather blame Christians for all their ills, the ills of nature, and the general ills of the world than accept the fact that things are going to happen, people have the right to believe what they want to and they don't have the right to control others. To atheists, no one has the right to believe any god other than theirs or believe in any other religion than theirs.
When they are blaming Christians, they are lumping in Catholics, Davidians, Jonesians, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons; all the followers of "pastors" like Harold Camping, would-be-prophet who failed in his world-ending predictions 3 times before retiring in shame; E. W. Kenyon, Oral Roberts, A. A. Allen, Robert Tilton, T. L. Osborn, Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, and Kenneth Hagin, preachers of prosperity theology- the success, prosperity, health and wealth gospel, part of the purpose driven emergent church which is directly contrary to the Bible; and controversial figures such as Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell; Jimmy Swaggart, Marvin Gorman and Jim and Tammy Bakker who were caught up in sex scandals. Bakker was also convicted of mail fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy.
It's easier to blame one group or people, whether they all belong in that group or not, than to accept responsibility for their own lives and the differences in others that they so rigidly claim to demand for everyone else.
The same phenomenon exists in many other instances. One place is common with southern blacks blaming all southern whites for all their troubles, and claiming that all southern white men are KKK members or sympathizers. If they would stop and think, they would realize that the vast majority are Democrats, and the Democratic party is the party of slavery and segregation.
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First, belief in a silly fairy tale is ignorance. There's no real way around that.
Secondly as for free, "My spiritual belief in Christianity is defined solely by the word." Your only source is a book writen by a collection of superstitious, primitives 1000+ years ago. If you did actually value and use free thought you'd have spent some time on the logical problems and physical impossibilities of the book.
As for why atheists are here. Just view it the same way you view Christian missionaries. We're here to save you from a meaningless life of enslavement to religious delusions.
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Religion is an easy "scapegoat"
but really it's just another Catalyst; Unfortunately it's a Big One.
and i'm refering to all religions
I've met a handful of open-minded christians, nice jehovah's witnesses, Humble muslims and Buddhists, proud born-again christians and grew up around many catholics. and that's only to name a select few..
I like to keep this in mind. that not everyone is the same, and we cannot base a few [even many] experiences of others and transfer them [ have expectations ] that another will be like them; it's not fair to the individual in question.
To judge a person before knowing them at an individual level says more about you, then them
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Originally Answered: Is all ignorance willful?
Not all ignorance is willful. There are many examples of people that have not been exposed to various bodies of knowledge and thus have not made a conscious decision to learn. For example, most eight year olds have not been exposed to quantum mechanics.
On the other hand, most high school graduates have been (or should have been) exposed to basic science and should at least understand scientific methodology. This should enable them to at least be able to objectively examine scientific research and either point out reasonable flaws, or understand what they need to do in order to learn about the subject matter so that they can objectively evaluate the findings.
Willful ignorance comes in when people blatantly ignore the facts in preference of their beliefs. It is not that they can not learn but that they choose to ignore what we know and will use any means possible to shore up their rationalizations to continue in their ignorance.