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I came across this on FB, and one commenter referenced Matthew 21:28 — the parable of the two sons. Basically, God would rather you say you’re not Christian and act like one than the other way around. -Jess
This is why I don’t worry about Pascal’s Wager.
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So I was reading this article (Native American saints! Hooray representation of all peoples!) and it talks a bit about how you need a papal bull and recognition of miracles and all these other things in order to be a saint. So I was wondering about the process. Before you get canonized by the Pope and worshiped on Earth and etc., are you already a saint in Heaven? Like, are you hanging around, performing postmortem miracles, waiting for the Pope to catch on and make you official so you start getting the prayers you merit? Or are you just a normal person in Heaven, chilling and whatnot, until being canonized on Earth gives you increased scope and access to the Big Three (or Mary, or whoever), so you can intercede more effectively? If the latter, how are you performing miracles in order to get canonized? Do all people in Catholic Heaven have the ability to perform miracles, and we just don’t notice most of them?
I realize there’s no real answer to this, but I was curious about it. If anyone knows about an official Catholic ruling on this, I’d love to hear it. Thoughts?
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So I was reading this post on slacktivist’s blog, and the whole thing just felt very odd to me — I mean, beyond the usual oddness of trying to wrap your head around a subculture you don’t belong to. And I realized a little later that what was striking me as odd was the whole concept of martyrdom. I don’t get it at all.
I mean, from my perspective, the choice of ‘renounce your faith or die’ isn’t a choice. The answer is: you lie. You lie your head off. (It becomes much more understandable in a situation like Joan of Arc’s, where you’re going to die no matter what you say and lying really wouldn’t do you any good. In that case, yes, stand true to yourself and your faith. But if lying can save your life from an unjust tyrant, you fucking lie.)
Okay, yes, telling a lie is ‘wrong’, but there are mitigating circumstances. Slacktivist writes elsewhere (I can’t find the post) about the ‘righteous Gentiles’ who lied and lied and lied to the Nazis in order to protect hidden Jews. It’s the whole ‘lying to a murderer who asks where his victim is’ thing. Those lies are at the very least ethically defensible, if not obligatory.
And — more to the point — what use are you to anyone if you’re killed? If you can lie to get away, then you can continue helping others and serving your religion and doing good, even if you have to do it in secret. If you get killed for your faith, maybe you’ll be able to inspire others, but you won’t be able to feed them or protect them.
In Judaism we have an entire holiday around the New Year — Kol Nidre — which is based on this. Essentially, at Kol Nidre you say to God, “Hey, I’m just letting you know that in this upcoming year, I might have to lie about my faith in order to survive. If that happens, know that I don’t mean it, that you and I are still cool even if you hear me say otherwise. Sorry in advance.” That is how you do it, how I’m used to doing it. That’s what I was raised with.
I don’t know all that much about Christian martyrs, early or otherwise, so if I’m missing some vital part of this whole process, please let me know. And know that I in no way intend to offend anyone, Christian or otherwise; I have enormous respect for all Christians (and all people), especially those who are dedicated to the principles of kindness and charity expressed by their religion. I’m just expressing a cultural difference that jumped out at me while reading this post.
I love you all, and I hope you found this interesting or enlightening in some way.
Just because I think everyone should have equal rights does not make me a lesbian. Even if I am a lesbian, I am not evil. For the record, I am not (typically) attracted to women. I can appreciate the aesthetic beauty of women and not be attracted to them. For that matter, I can also appreciate the beauty of men and not be attracted to them. I can appreciate the beauty of every gender, which is more than your heteronormative, cisgendered ideology accepts. If you think I am just an intellectual know-it-all, Wikipedia has excellent articles explaining those terms and actually that is where I learned them. I can also appreciate the beauty of asexuality. If I can appreciate the aesthetic beauty of all genders, then I can appreciate the aesthetic beauty of love regardless of which gender/s it is between. If you would read the latter part of the book you are so fond of bashing over my friends’ heads, perhaps you might learn something. If you think there is a Big Menacing Gay Conspiracy that will take away all your rights, I invite you to read this. If you use a shield to kill someone, it is a weapon. STOP USING MY RELIGION TO HURT PEOPLE.
A Former Conservative
If more Christians were like you, the world would be so much better. As a non-Christian, I’m thanking you for showing us that this religion, like a good many of them, is made of beauty and kindness instead of crazy.
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Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Not because this will get you into Heaven or keep you out of Hell; not due to your gratitude for the undeserved grace of God; not because you love Jesus, who asks this of you or because you’re trying to follow his model of the best of humanity; not because of the law and the prophets or because of some Kantian or Rawlsian imperative or some utilitarian calculus. Simply follow the Golden Rule because it will protect you from becoming a gaping asshole.
THIS. Just, this. I have no issues with Christians in general, or Christianity as a religion. I don’t belong to it, but I appreciate it. But if some particular Christians continue squawking that they’re a persecuted minority, they need to be mercilessly mocked, as does anyone who claims that a powerful group is persecuted.
Just, argh. When your holiday has to play second fiddle and get pity-days off from school, instead of getting a MASSIVE CULTURAL SHUTDOWN all to itself, then we can talk.