A Babble Soapbox Sermon…

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Jesus Saves?

As today is Sunday, although a holy day from any religious denomination would suffice, I thought a little sermon from the babble soapbox would be appropriate… Who said; “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do”? Oh yes, silly me, it was Jesus on his cross thingy (allegedly).

Not being a person of any particular conviction, I tend not to ‘believe’ in much of this kind of stuff myself. Despite being born of a Christian family, and brought up with Christian type values, I do believe things can happen for a reason sometimes, often with little or no input from us. However, a more apt description of my personal beliefs would probably be secular humanism, tempered with a liberal dose of reality. A factor that partly dictates my use of the word ‘allegedly’ above.

That said, I would always wholly support everyone’s right to believe what they choose to believe. Tolerance and understanding until that is; they approach the point of preaching their beliefs to me, they don’t actually practice what they preach or, they try to suggest that I’m some sort of lesser human being, simply because I don’t subscribe to their particular brand of devotion or personal belief.

Throughout history the prevalence of zealotry hypocrisy and bigotry has been the bane of our (supposedly) tolerant, humane and educated society. Numerous religious sects, and individuals within them, have been the root cause of so much social wrong. Wars have been fought out of people’s passion for their personal belief, often to the total exclusion of another’s. Acts of terrorism too myriad to comprehend were born out of it and many thousands of people, if not millions, have died as a result of it.

The next time you have the desire to sit and pontificate about the rights or wrongs of life, or how someone should choose to live theirs, try to make sure your own ethics and raison d’être for life is totally above reproach… May your god go with you!

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About Dave Hasney

National Coordinator for UK SMART Recovery - Previously a Recovery Worker and prior to that a Management Consultant and H&S Practitioner - Kept sane by Angling, Good Food, Real Ale & Wine - Cynical thoughts sometimes developed from others.

Posted on 20-11-2011, in Bankside Bubbles, Society Babble and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Tolerant? Humane? Educated? For these three words insert, Hipocritical, Judgemental, Egocentrical. That, I feel the need to reply may give you an inkling that those who shove their religion down others throats make me despair. After all the ill’s that the subject has and continues to cause around the world, you would think that people would mind their own and do their worship in their own little communities. But NO, they just have to pass sanctimonious judgement on others, often not even knowing the person that they are judging. Quoting from whatever tome rules their lives, making assumtions based on (largely) myth. As a young person I was brought up on a beautiful Island of the coast of mainland Scotland. A place where parents wanted to bring up their children, where the pace of life was gentle, the crime rate almost non existant, the sense of community rock solid! That is as long as you worshiped like the majority. Woe betide you if you worked, played, had a drink, did housework, on a Sunday. And if you dared, if you were so evil, if the devil had permeted your family and lifestyle so much, that you hung out washing on a Sunday. Then them good Christian people, them neighbours, them colleagues, them friends the same ones that sung and preached (and still do) about turning the other cheek, about all men being equal, about forgivness, (I could go on but you get the gist) would turn their backs and shun you, get into their little gaggles and whisper about you, and condem you to eternity in Hell. I love religion I do!!!! Slainte.

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