Christians; how would you define 'mocking' of your beliefs?
As an atheist who often participates in religious discussions, I try to be polite as much as I can. Though I get the impression that things might be coming out wrong from time to time. I often hear that some Christians (or other theists) dislike when atheists 'mock' their beliefs. And, I'm curious what sort of responses you would consider to be 'mocking'. Obviously name calling is a direct attack, so I'm more curious about subtler instances.
Basically, anyone saying that the stories of the bible are fairytales, and that Christians are narrow-minded, can't think for themselves, and brainwashed, and stupid for believing it. Some call the bible an outdated book, and criticize it by saying it is silly and full of contradictions...some call God names, say that Jesus was a crazy man if He even existed at all. But mostly, calling our belief stupid. Saying we don't think is a personal attack. I have read some hubs and comments on here that I consider blasphemy.
i wouldn't call god names or say jesus is crazy or that you are stupid, but the other criticisms you're allergic to are spot on. the christian god has some unpleasant characteristics. he ordered genocide and raped mary, for example.
cathylynn well that depends on how you define rape. For instance we don't see Mary actually saying "Well no, I don't want this to happen!" Rape has to be forced, ja? But I wouldn't say with those you're being disrespectful.
God asked Mary's permission before He impregnated her; She allowed it, so it cannot be rape.
Is there a reason an explanation for genocide was just skipped over...twice? And I highly doubt god would have cared if Mary had said no.
"God asked Mary's permission?" Stargirl, where do you find this information? Certainly not from the Bible.
Indeed. Mary said, "I am the handmaiden of the Lord. Let it be done to me..." She could have said no, and I think the Lord would have respected that and chosen someone else, I really do.
Rape part has been covered 3 times.
Genocide part has been ignored 3 times.
I guess rape is worse than the near eradication of the human race. Learn something new everyday...
Regarding genocide, God can do what He wants with whatever He creates. It is also said that the people he wiped out were evil, and turned away from Him.
Stargirl, you ASSUME that Mary "could have said no." But don't you think an angel blinding you with heavenly light and TELLING YOU that you will be impregnated is quite traumatic? Bottom line is that "God" TOLD her what he was going to do.
You assume that the presence of an angel would be traumatic...have you ever seen a real angel? How could you know? I am sure God knew Mary would acquiesce before He asked, and that was why He chose her.
Look, I can see that you are assuming a lot. I understand that that's how Christians have to operate. When you come up to a problem, you assume that "God must have found a way to do it." Which of course is unprovable and unaccountable.
All I am saying is that God is all-knowing, and that He chose Mary because He knew she would say yes. God knows everything we're going to do before we do it.
Mmm, so every man, woman, child, and unborn child was evil during the time of the flood and deserved to die. How convenient.
Constantly amazes me how multiple people on this site have justified genocide comitted by god with that same exact logic.
God knew what was in everyone's heart, so He probably could foresee that infants were going to grow up and be evil.
So rather than change them and make them good, being an all powerful deity and all, god said screw it and killed off a bunch of babies he originally made and knew would turn out evil before he even made them.
This still makes sense to you? Scary.
God's not going to change people; He gave them free will to do what they wanted--follow Him or not.
And choosing not to follow him somehow warrants annihilation, yet he still is all loving and caring.
These are the kind of questions and answers that arise when things are logically thought through. Its no wonder questioning faith is frowned upon...
I'd pretty much agree with what Stargrrl said. It's mainly in how you say things. You try your best to be polite, so I'm pretty sure you don't say anything mocking. For me, it's really how you say it versus what you're saying. For instance, if you talked about the harm religion can do, but while doing so you refer to religion or religious practices in a demeaning or even sarcastic manner, that could be seen as mocking. I'd say it's really all about the tone. If you're not aiming to be mocking, you most likely won't be mocking.
by hawkdad73 9 years ago
Without using specific examples of religion tell me how you define religion.Although this question has been asked before, many answers I have seen were from the perspectives and point of views of specific religions. I'm looking for a more general definition or characteristics.
by whiteskyline 10 years ago
I find this an intriguing topic, let's hear how you define God. Hopefully your own unfiltered version.
by maddot 4 years ago
Why do Christians feel the need to tell us about their religious beliefs?I don't have a problem with Christianity or any religion for that matter, but I view religion/spirituality as a personal and privvate matter and feel that it's best kept that way unless one is specifically asked to expand on...
by lucieanne 11 years ago
I have recently posted a comment on someone's hub where I said that I didn't agree with their ideas, giving my own reasons for my own beliefs. I was polite and courteous, I didn't use any bad language and I thought I put up a strong case for a healthy debate. After all my hard work she denied...
by charlie 5 years ago
For Christians ONLY.. Do you believe it is ok to have beliefs you cannot defend with scripture ?Many that profess Christianity have beliefs that they have taken as their own, yet they cannot provide scriptural proof of how they apply to Christianity. Do you believe a Christian should...
by G. Diane Nelson Trotter 6 years ago
Is Christianity being hijacked by non-Christians to dilute its impact?Christianity is documented in the history of the Old Testament and fulfilled in the New Testament with the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In order to sway opinion, some say, "I am a Christian and I...
Copyright © 2022 Maven Media Brands, LLC and respective content providers on this website. HubPages® is a registered trademark of Maven Coalition, Inc. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. Maven Media Brands, LLC and respective content providers to this website may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|