LoPs Bro, on Oct 1 2005, 11:30 PM, said:
Love for each other and above all love for Jesus Christ. If they love Him then they can get through the difficult times easier with His help. They will follow His guidelines: the man is to be over the woman and house as Jesus is over the church, not as a tyrant but as a loving parent and spouse; the woman will reverence her husband as she is reverence by him in Christ, the children will learn and have a natural respect for both parents as they would Christ. Decisions will be mutual but with the father taking his spouse's advice but making the final decisions.
I knew that wasn't a fair question for him.
Although LoPs Bro said he wouldn’t be around there are parts of his post I’d like to discuss with the rest of you.
Ignoring the obviously outdated and foolish view of the wife being a pet. There’s another part of the post that as an atheist I fail to understand.
It’s this belief that only the acceptance of Jesus can lead to a happy life. That only faith can give you strength and determination. That without these things you are somehow missing something or that without him you are incomplete.
My initial reaction has always been that a person who thinks this way is in fact weak, has a low self esteem, and just can’t really handle the stresses of life every other person around you has to face. So I simply label them in the same category as pot smokers and alcoholics in that they are just losers who can’t look at life in a way in that satisfies them so they hold onto some fantasy that satisfies them.
But then I have to factor in that because they think Jesus is saving them, that they will find heaven after death and that they will live for eternity. In my view this does two things.
1. Since there is an afterlife death is not such a terrifying prospect to face
2. The belief in an afterlife and that Jesus will personally save you suggests that you are important and that you have a purpose.
Both in my view continue with the idea of religion feeding on the selfish views of those who want to believe that they are important.
In the end I’ve come to the conclusion that religion is for the weak. And that only the dumb or those raised on such beliefs would follow such beliefs.
Hmm that seems more like ranting than basic discussion, Oh well post submitted.