“Be A Bridge”… To Arrogance (Living Without Jesus, Daily – January 21)

“Be A Bridge”… To Arrogance (Living Without Jesus, Daily – January 21) January 21, 2017

January 21: “Be A Bridge”
(To What, Exactly?)

Part 21/365: An atheist reviews a Christian devotional.
(If you are new to this page, here’s a little background.)

Dear Karen,
Jan21I’m not sure if it’s the insomnia or the hangover, but let’s just cut the pleasantries and get to today’s review:

Verse Of The Day:“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”Matthew 6:9-10

I must admit – I’m impressed that Jesus Daily was able to pull themselves away from Psalms, Proverbs, and Paul long enough to quote what is known as The Lord’s Prayer. Let’s see what the author has to say about it in today’s devotional section:

“When we consider the way Jesus taught us to pray…”

Oh, oh – great idea! Yes, let’s see consider what Jesus taught in verses that immediately precede the Lord’s Prayer:

“When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!”Matthew 6:5-8 (NLT)

That’s right, folks – “don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly.” You know, like the eight public prayers given during yesterday’s presidential inauguration and luncheon. Isn’t it interesting how selective Christians are in their quest to follow every important teaching of the creator of the universe? Actually… it’s almost laughable.

But moving on, I wasn’t surprised to see Aaron Tabor immediately contradict this scripture by telling readers that “repetition is important” (even though Jesus specifically mocks the faith of those who repeat their prayers). As we discussed yesterday, indoctrination is only successful by breaking down the barriers of logic and reason through repetition and practice. And, let’s face it – Jesus Daily is all about indoctrination. How else would such a fantastical idea as,“Our Creator and Abba Father maintains his kingdom from the realm of heaven,” not be met with amusement? I’ll tell you how – through indoctrination rooted in repetition, especially at a very young age.

But the real kicker of today’s devotion is the final sentence, claiming that the reader has, “the opportunity to make earth as perfect as heaven is by letting God dwell in us and shine through to everyone around us.” Think about that for a moment. I’ve often said that there are as many gods as there are believers (as can be easily backed up by the number of denominations divided beneath the banner of “One True God). So, what kind of a myopic narcissist does it take to interact with others like they are god’s personal gift to the world? I’ll tell you what kind – a well trained indoctrinated one. The arrogance is astounding, yet – very familiar to me.

Daily Interaction: If you take issue with me using the label of “arrogance” – look no further than today’s suggested task for the proof.“Send an e-card to someone who needs the Lord.” Translation: “Flip through your Rolodex of heathens and find one to target with a judgmental message of holier-than-thou bullshit.” That, my friends, is very definition of arrogance.

Short Secular Alternative: I can’t think of a secular alternative to being a “bridge” to a fantasy realm. So… how about being a good person just for the sake of humanity? No gods necessary.

See you tomorrow to talk about “Scheduling Rest.” Karen? Psst… Is this thing on?
– Horus Gilgamesh

P.S. Yep, I’m finally getting around to putting up a little tip jar. If you are a fan of this little project, be sure to check out everything else I’ve got going. (Spoiler Alert: I could use your help.)

If you are a fan of this little project, be sure to check out everything else I have on the horizon.

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