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I ♠ missionaries

If there actually were a god, Cyclone Sidr would have spun through Bangladesh, selectively eliminating all the two-faced scumbag missionaries who exploit the poor in the name of their deity. Chris Mooney cites an example from the Baptist Press:

In the hours before Cyclone Sidr reached the coastal areas of Bangladesh, Southern Baptists and other Christians began praying — aware that the Category 4 storm potentially could usher hundreds of thousands into an eternity without Jesus.

“Last night a lot of people died and entered an eternity of suffering,” Neely said. “Almost none of them has heard a Christian testimony or biblical explanation of who Christ really is. They have never heard the truth about who God really is, who they are in His sight or what God’s plan is to save us from our sin through Christ.”

The title of the source article is also offensive: “Their prayer: that faith in Christ follows cyclone “. That’s looking on the bright side, I guess — all the destruction, the desperation, and the displacement represent marvelous opportunities for the scoundrels and scalawags of religion to move in and harvest souls for Jesus.

I sometimes hear people claim that religion provides consolation to the bereaved. This is a perfect example of the opposite: a manipulative religion used to incite anguish and fear and misery in the minds of survivors.

Comments

  1. #1 David Marjanovi?, OM
    November 20, 2007

    You could not be more wrong. We don’t believe it is our job to secure salvation for anyone, and especially, if that’s possible, those who want nothing to do with what “we” are offering. That’s two strikes in one sentence.

    Has it occurred to you that not every Christian is a Calvinist?

  2. #2 David Marjanovi?, OM
    November 20, 2007

    How about the creation accounts in Genesis (1:1 to 2:3 and 2:4 to… where does it end… let’s say 5:32)? Which one is the later addition?

    Tacticus

    Read that name again.

  3. #3 David Marjanovi?, OM
    November 20, 2007

    No, Dave[,] Heddle may be wrong, but he’s not a troll.

    What Dave? I didn’t say he was a troll (Jason Failes just above your comment did). He clearly isn’t.

    Tacitus, according to Christian theology Hitler isn’t in hell, he was a christian and accepted Jesus as his savior so he’s in heaven -

    That depends on which Christian theology you mean! You are referring to the Lutheran concept of salvation by faith alone. Catholicism picks another bible quote which states that salvation comes by faith and good works. In the complete absence of good works or repentance… fill in the rest. (…And then throw it away again because you don’t know what acts of mercy God may have performed.)

    You would think if the bible was the inerrant word of god he would have thought far enough ahead to make mistakes or misinterpretation impossible.

    Sounds logical.

  4. #4 David Marjanovi?, OM
    November 20, 2007

    cited by Christians as an example of how terrible it would be if there wasn’t a Hell where punishment was meted out for despicable people.

    <culture shock>

    We really know nothing of them other than that they are there serving and that they pray for the people.

    We don’t even know what they mean by “serving”, do we?

    Can you pack any more mischaracterizations of Christian theology into one sentence? Hitler saying he accepted Christ does not make him a Christian. Hitler even sincerely believing what he said, if he did, does not make him a Christian. There is no such thing in Christian theology as salvation by sincerity.

    Depends on the denomination. Again.

    If you want to say that only Calvinists are Christians, why don’t you simply do that? It would save us all a lot of confusion.

    for the genesis creation stories the fundy street preacher i was discussing with on saturday claimed the second one was an indepth version of day 6 of the first.

    Doesn’t work. Doesn’t remove the contradictions.

    How do you pronounce the symbol in the heading?

    Maybe don’t. Maybe interpreted as a heart that is turned upside-down (and maybe impaled).

  5. #5 David Marjanovi?, OM
    November 21, 2007

    (What is OM?)

    OB is the Order of the Benedictines. OM is the Order of the Molly.