Reasoning and Logic

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There are lots of great sources of advice and they all tell you to listen to something other than yourself. What about that?

How many times have you listened to yourself, was wrong and gave up for the opportunity to listen to someone else? What makes you so gullible to them? What makes them any more trustworthy than yourself and was still wrong? What next?

How can you have respect for them and not for yourself?

Today, we have thrown out our ability to reason and be logical in exchange for a "hypocritical written word". I'm not saying the Bible is hypocritical, but our interpretations are severely compromised and on top of all that, we are very hypocritical in our behavior.

The ability to reason and be logical to who? Is that obvious or what? Obvious what that does to "your ability" to perform.

It is hard to reason or be logical with anyone in a position of authority before they shut you up, with rule book A, para. 45, chapter and verse number. Exactly, what did God say? How can you be faithful without reason or logic?

If research, poll, survey or statistical data doesn't say it, then we do not use it. What did people do before, before the Bible? Were they as lost? Does the Bible tell you to abuse your slaves, Native Americans, your neighbors, yourself. How can you abuse them, without first abusing yourself, your economy?

Can you reason this Is whatever we're using working? Is it causing us to be worse?

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it. -Buddha

But because of your upbringing Buddha or people like that doesn't make any sense. But he loves you! ...And he needs money! He's all powerful and you need to donate to keep His church going!

Here's another for you: If a child runs into the room saying "Mummy, mummy! I love Jesus and He loves me! We're all going to Heaven when we die and God is looking over us!", people will smile and praise the child. Nobody would say "Don't be silly. You can't possibly say that because you don't fully understand everything about the religion. How can you know that for sure, when you've not read the Bible in the original Hebrew?!?". But if a child (or teenager, or adult) says "I've had a good think about it, and have come to the conclusion that Jesus is a myth and nothing in Christianity makes much sense. I declare myself to be a freethinking secular humanist.", then they are quite likely to receive the latter response. You could have all the theological training of a hedgehog and still get wild applause if you stand up and say you're a Christian, but it seems that atheists are required to demonstrate more intelligence and Biblical expertise than all the clergymen and theologians that have ever lived before they are allowed to publicly express their doubts. -Adrian Barnett

Reasoning and logic are conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

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