Didymos Thomas wrote:
How do fundamentalists rationalize their beliefs?
I guess I could try to explain their 'logic' as best as I understand. But I do not think such an attempt would be germane - many of them openly reject rational discourse regarding religion.
I'm not even talking about rational discourse in a philosophic sense. I'm talking about a contradiction of the teachings!
I thought the concept of such religion was to love one another, treat others as you would want to be treated, kindness, no? Commandment #6 states "Thou shalt not murder (variations abound, yes, but the point still stands). However, if we take the Bible literally, we have God murdering people left and right, and even the acceptance of some humans murdering by God himself! I mean, you can obviously see the glaring contradictions of which I'm speaking - the list could go on. So, if taking this book literally, how then do these Christians practice a religion that outwardly supports all of these horrific acts? Many of the stories almost imply that we should murder those that we find as a threat.
Hell, even #9 on the Satanic Rules of Earth states: "Do not harm little children" (and yes, the pun was deliberate). How ironic is that? And #11 on the Satanic Rules of Earth states: " When walking in open territory, bother no one. If someone bothers you, ask him to stop. If he does not stop, destroy him". Sounds like God took a few lessons off of Satan, no? Honestly, having read alot of the Bible, and the satanic statements, rules of the earth, and many other satanic commandments, it seems as if being satanic is actually more logical and even generally kinder! And so, when I see a literal Christian regard the Church of Satan as evil, without even knowing much about the actual beliefs, it's disheartening to say the least.
Needless to say, if a so called 'literal' Christian actually tried to live a life that reflected the Bible, the person would find their new home to be a nearby state penitentiary, ironically as a result of the laws of a country that is supposedly God-born!
I love it!