lawlessness and godlessness

story number one:

My son’s bicycle was stolen this morning. He is a good, honest boy who’s never stolen a thing in his life, it’s not in his nature. He was devastated; it was a cool-looking bike, not expensive but with all the fancy things a tweenage boy loves in a bike. And it was his transportation home from school, two miles with a thirty pound backpack. He’s on a scooter until we replace the bike (soon, just not right this minute).

Now, the worthless sort of human vermin who steals slightly beat-up, inexpensive kids’ bikes is overwhelmingly likely to be incarcerated fairly regularly, and like most petty criminals, when he sobers up in jail, gets religious to pass the time and earn good points. And, if he does, and if accepts Christ and asks forgiveness for his crimes, according to the Christian rules, he gets to go to heaven. I’m not saying this is the case with the thief that took my boy’s fire-orange Mongoose, but there are good odds it is.

My son, the sweet, honest boy who is by choice, an atheist, would burn in eternal hell by those same rules.

story number two:

Years ago I knew a lovely woman, a devout Catholic. She lost her husband of some twenty-five years, and after an appropriate interval as a widow, met a nice man in the church. He was also a very devout, strict Catholic, a teacher of music at the local seminary, a tireless volunteer for Catholic youth groups.

You know where this is going, right?

The nice-seeming man raped the lovely woman’s grandson. The woman was, without question, the most forgiving person I have ever met; her forgiveness was based in her faith, and her faith was based in complex rituals which, if followed devoutly, guaranteed forgiveness. The rape devastated the victim and the family, and if the nice-seeming rapist was like virtually every other child rapist who volunteers for youth groups, there were many other children and families similarly devastated by this dried-up amoral pathetic excuse of a man.

The lovely woman forgave him, and the family never called the police; Catholics, as a group, have little use for the laws of man, and frequently go to great lengths to assure that they answer only to their religion’s sick ritualistic system, in which their sins are dealt with as a private matter between them and their god, a system in which the victim is largely overlooked.

The withered-up husk of a child-rapist went to his death in a state of grace, a priest by his side — according to the rules, he is now in heaven. The boy who was raped is now in his thirties. He spent years in therapy and his faith was permanently shattered; he is not now nor will he likely ever be in a state of grace, so when he passes away, according to those same rules, he will be cast mercilessly into the lake of fire.

and yes, i digress:

Any Christian will tell you that it’s not OK to commit sin knowing there is forgiveness available, but you cannot tell me that this aspect of their religion does not affect the decision process. How easy is it for someone who habitually steals or rapes to convince themselves that they are sick, pray for help, and when none comes, continue on their criminal path. By the rules, they get credit for that prayerful effort, and ascend into paradise when all’s said and done.

So when someone tells you their morals come from their faith, remember that in their ethical universe, they are virtually guaranteed to be forgiven by their god, even if no one else would even consider forgiving them. They have a get-out-of-hell free card, no matter how much sadness and ruin they leave behind. How could this not have an effect on their actions in this life?

9 thoughts on “lawlessness and godlessness

  1. For a second I thought I had no where to start. I was wrong.

    I know “Christians” who are every Sunday worshiping God-Fearing people
    who are deemed by some better than me
    but who will talk SMACK against another the moment there is a scent of said SMACK

    The latest:
    A co-worker's 4 year old was diagnosed with “Swine Flu” (don't get me started)
    Instead of asking what they could do to help, they questioned her qualifications as a mother because she was at work instead of with her son.
    Biatches. Meow and don't forget — Praise Jesus.

    Random Acts of Compassion — this is my daily religion after being raised Catholic.
    This is our Heaven and we can all make it that way
    .. for one another.

    This struggling single mom of 2 now has a much desired computer. She will use it to attend online classes in the future. You know me. I do not have much, but if I can spare it, it is yours.

    I feel bad for Kurt. But know it is a life lesson. Not everyone is like US and unfortunately we cannot be so trusting. Sure it soils the perception of life, but you have to instill that WE are of the upper ilk and not to change.
    That and Karma is a motherfucker, but I digress.

    Beautiful post.

    1. We are very fortunate, and my son will have another bike by next week. The kid-bike-stealing asshole will continue to have a massively fucked up life, you can't sneak around in the dead of night cutting used entry-level teenager-sized Mongoose bikes out of their locks if there is even a shred of anything worth anything in you.

      I know exactly what you mean about those judgmental asshole Church Ladies – did she consider that the mother NEEDED to work to pay for her sick child to get care?

      I try very hard to be accepting of all people of all faiths (as long as they are not trying to force anything on me), but people like that try my patience.

      I'm sure you'll do awesome in those online classes!

      1. I was not the struggling mom.. LOL
        The gal with the swine flu baby was.
        I gave her the PC. Sorry if it read differently.

        And she is gutsy.
        She heard fought back with
        “I HAVE TO FEED HIM!!!”
        She is a gem.
        If only she asked sooner she could have started class last year.
        Gotta love the spunk.

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  3. The lack of respect for the laws of man is astounding. These churches are already existing in tax-free brackets, do they not owe the country that allows them to operate freely a little bit of gratitude and justice??

    Sorry about your son…poor guy :-(

  4. The lack of respect for the laws of man is astounding. These churches are already existing in tax-free brackets, do they not owe the country that allows them to operate freely a little bit of gratitude and justice??

    Sorry about your son…poor guy :-(

  5. sin is sin. all have sinned all will go to hell because of their sin. that us why christ died for sin. where you and i and everyone on here should die and go to hell he did that for us. you just have to accept that jesus was the son of god and that he died on the cross it is that simple. christ said to the thief who believed he was the son of god “today you will be with me in paradise.” catholics have always been backwards as are mormons who believe some tablet unearthed in 1880 was a substitute for the bible the TRUE word of god.

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