A word of caution
It is not without saying that we all recognize that most of the religion is corrupt to a certain level. We know how tricky they are when it comes to money. When it comes to that, they all use the most unimaginable con schemes to get people to donate to them and that is on top of them not paying any taxes out of that money!
Recently, “last week tonight with John Oliver” made a comedy like dissection of how the religious leaders suck people into give them money. (And here I make a parenthesis just to mention how many churches are there so we can think of the proportion of this scheme. I looked up Illinois, Round Lake Park, and I got 3 churches. Now there is Round Lake, Round Lake Park, Round Lake Beach and Round Lake Heights. and I know as a Mather of fact that there are more than 50 churches in that community, which is not bigger than 25 000 people all three together So, whoever is trying to figure out the magnitude of this fraud, for sure falls short of reality since many churches are not accounted for and most of the census only count Christian churches, leaving out many spiritual congregations like Muslims, Hindi, Buddhist, Native Americans, Pagans, etc. Etc. Even many Christian churches that somehow skipped the census) and the ways they find to scam money out of their followers is not just immoral, but it should be consider criminal under any people's common law or constitution. In America (the USA), most religions enjoy a status only compared to a political party, even when the constitution claims a separation between church and state! And that is when it comes to money.
This post is not about the money scam which is has been analyzed often by many people. This post is about the FAITH scam and hypocrisy. So, let's get into it!
How can you be so blind!
Just like in politics, religion tends to turn their own followers blind when it comes to their internal issues. That blindness makes it easy to justify any action or statement that their leaders or the organization itself endorse. And when it comes to a discussion of the issue there is no room for a dialogue. That opposition to dialogue come from the very core of the religious teachings where you are always told ‘don’t listen! It is the devil trying to lure you!’ That in itself could be a deterrent for people to mix in politics but no, it doesn’t work that way.
When it comes to politics, it’s not the devil trying to lure them, no. In that case they argue it is the Lord guiding them to do his will. We could spend the whole week trying to argue whether God needs human help to achieve his purpose or whether whatever he wants to achieve is any of our business! We are going to cut short to the chase and start talking like intelligent adults. This is the list of some of the things we are going to live for a different discussion:
- If he really exists
- If the holly book was really inspired by him
- If the prophets were not merely some schizophrenic individuals
- If the bible is more prove of an advanced ancient civilization than the creation
- All the contradictions in the bible’s stories
- Etc. Etc.
You want to have it both ways!
Let's use, just for the sake of argument, climate change and abortion. When you ask the pro-life people why they are so adamant about stopping abortion, the majority argue that it is a life that god has created and that terminating that pregnancy would be a murder. They would say that it is something God hates and they have to protect that life in the name of God. But when you talk about climate change if they happen to agree that there is a problem there, they will argue that they don’t have to worry because God is going to fix it. The question is, why they don’t apply the same logic when it comes to abortion rights.
Yu would think that they would leave it to God and since he is going to resuscitate everybody then all those poor souls are going to be brought back. So why worry?
The problem is that they have an agenda that has nothing to do with the bible or the Koran or whatever book they read. It is all about power (and money of course) but never about the real spiritual healing that people are looking for.
Here is where I come to the point I want to make. Donald John Trump is the most ignorant, immoral and corrupt president the United stated had in a recent history. Many politicians and businessmen try to stay away from him. His speech inflames even the most moderate groups and his knowledge of any religious matters equal zero. Nevertheless, in order to win the favor of the religious people he has adopted some religious positions. For instance, he now pretends to care about religious rights, abortion right and mostly anything, anything that the religious evangelicals claim, he claims. The evangelical leaders had found a myriad of excuses for their endorsement. They had claimed that his name is on the bible, that his presence was a prophecy that God put him in this place because that was his will.
From my point of view, it all boils down to the story when Jesus temped for the second time “Luke 4: 5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 If you worship me, it will all be yours.” 8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.” … he said NO!... THE EVANGELICAL LEADERS SAY OK, NO PROBLEM. AS LOG AS IT IS THE WILL OF GOD!
They live a life of luxury buying expensive jets and they say that they do it “to make the devil jealous”. Like that makes any sense! They share the dining table with high profile politicians and rich people and claim that is it because “they are a conduit to spread the word of the lord”. I could go on and on, but lest take a second to consider all this.
They lobby to appoint conservative judges because they claim those judges will overture any liberal agenda with respect to the abortion issue, but at the same time they exercise pressure on them to help them with labor disputes, tax regulations and government grants so they can increase the size of their coffers.
When questioned about their cozy relationship with that people they claim that all they are doing is pursue the expansion of the word of God. It doesn't matter how corrupt or immoral that a person is. All the African dictators, individual of the like of Rodrigo Duterte and many others!
Here in the united states IS the president. They call him a steward of the Christian values when they know that he doesn't know which ones are those. The person that can’t recite one single verse of the bible is considered by the Christian leaders a person sent by God to bring the glory of his kingdom... They know all that is not the truth but they can’t help it, the lure of the power and the economic benefit that it brings is too much to fight, so in their minds they make a trade: “we can turn a blind eye on all those thing because he is doing the work of God”. There is not such a thing, Jesus never say “Oh! With all this power and wealth, I can further my father’s agenda! So I guess if I do it only once would be OK!”
So, No! You can’t reap the gifts of God from the giving hands of the devil!