Christian Commercialism; selling the word of God
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31-01-2012, 06:44 PM
Christian Commercialism; selling the word of God
So I was just in a Barnes n Nobles and the "Inspiration" and "Christianity" sections were 3 aisles long, while Philosophy and Science both had one little segment of an aisle.

My question to Christians is: "How are you not aware that religion is one giant scam to get your money?"

You are commanded to give large parts of your paycheck to the church. You are commanded to give up your wealth (poor man... camel... eye of a needle thing). Through the explicit instructions of your church you are told to avoid the "sin" of Hollywood and it's entertainment, and so you are forced to buy "wholesome" movies, books, and cd's from the very people telling you to stay away from Hollywood.

"Don't watch Saturday Night Live, it's obscene and full of inappropriate behavior. Buy our dvd instead. 'The Christ Comedy Players,' it's just as good!"

I mean, you SELL the Bible for Christ's sakes. You believe this is the message that God wanted the entire world to hear, and instead of giving it away freely, you charge people money for it? God couldn't front the publishing fees? The trillions of untaxed church money can't cover Bible distribution?

God is a snake oil salesman and you are gullible as hell.

"Ain't got no last words to say, yellow streak right up my spine. The gun in my mouth was real and the taste blew my mind."

"We see you cry. We turn your head. Then we slap your face. We see you try. We see you fail. Some things never change."
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31-01-2012, 07:40 PM
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(31-01-2012 06:44 PM)Buddy Christ Wrote:  So I was just in a Barnes n Nobles and the "Inspiration" and "Christianity" sections were 3 aisles long, while Philosophy and Science both had one little segment of an aisle.

I know I'm wrong, but I like to believe that's because Philosophy and Science say so much more in so much less space and time. Leave my delusion be, I find it useful. ... Wait, am I still in KC's thread?

#sigh
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31-01-2012, 09:50 PM
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Also, I utilized the comfortable toilets whilst I was there (all that religion didn't agree with me) and coincidentally there was a "Are you 100% sure where you're going when you die?" pamphlet in the stall. Needing reading material and/or toilet paper, I perused it for a laugh. I also love the presumption that religious people are 100% sure of something that no one can possibly be sure of. "We Xarthians are 100% sure that a planet named Xarthon exists 100 trillion light years away and is populated with squirrels made of chocolate." But anyways, after the usual biblical misquotes which mostly come from Revelation, the card offers you salvation by reciting a prayer.

I've seen these before and they're nothing special, but this one was particularly bad. Mainly because it was lazy. It went something like this.

"God, I realize that you died and rose from the dead. I am a sinner and I ask that you take me with you to heaven when I die. Thank you. Amen."

It's an acknowledgement, followed by a nonchalant plead to not burn in hell. And the best part is the thank you. "No biggie, but I'd prefer heaven over hell when I die. Thanks God! (Thumbs up)" This is apparently all I have to say to get into heaven. And according to Matthew 16:19 and the movie Dogma, "Whatever you hold true on earth, I will hold true in heaven." This church pamphlet says all I have to do is say this prayer. I said it. So I'm set for life.

"Ain't got no last words to say, yellow streak right up my spine. The gun in my mouth was real and the taste blew my mind."

"We see you cry. We turn your head. Then we slap your face. We see you try. We see you fail. Some things never change."
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31-01-2012, 10:05 PM
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I noticed Christian commericalism a long time ago when I was devote. I seemed like everything you had to buy and it's not cheap either. I think if Christians really wanna do better it, they'll rip a page out of the playbook of the Church of Scientology, while christianity has been doing it longer, Scientology does it better. I mean in Scientology atleast they don't BS you into thinking it's free, they have a handler follow you around until you give up your pension and get those courses. I'm just saying if the Christian religon wants to charge, fuck it, go for broke and by broke, I mean basically own your followers. Have your followers be so far in debt that they'll be working for you. Oh, and see if you can charge insurances for confession and general spiratual counselling,
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31-01-2012, 10:08 PM
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I just wish a lot of these people would start to understand what a belief is and how they occur.

You can't just force yourself to beleive that something is true or false. Belief is a response to evidence and experience.

There pamphlets would fail philosophy 101. Which is funny because Theology is supposed to be a subset of Philosophy.
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31-01-2012, 10:10 PM
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(31-01-2012 10:08 PM)Godless Wrote:  I just wish a lot of these people would start to understand what a belief is and how they occur.

You can't just force yourself to beleive that something is true or false. Belief is a response to evidence and experience.

There pamphlets would fail philosophy 101. Which is funny because Theology is supposed to be a subset of Philosophy.

Theology is a subset of mental masturbation.

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31-01-2012, 10:11 PM
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Christians are easy targets and they have money.
They need someone to give them a justification for believing that they will not die, and to give them a meaning for their existence.

Many are in emotional pain. Nihilism is difficult to handle.
The books and Sunday worship are the drug fix they must have.
Very sad.

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31-01-2012, 10:34 PM
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(31-01-2012 10:10 PM)Chas Wrote:  Theology is a subset of mental masturbation.


Chas, stop being so terse and deadly.

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"We see you cry. We turn your head. Then we slap your face. We see you try. We see you fail. Some things never change."
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31-01-2012, 10:34 PM
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I rather they provide their publications to the masses free. What is the use of earning so much if Jesus abhorred earthly material riches? Furthermore, if your motive is to spread the Word, having the publications free will theoretically lead to the highest demand from the public.

And with regards to such publications, they tend to have an either optimistic view on how their religion spreads love and joy around, and that we should embrace such acts, or a pessimistic view on how everyone will go to hell.

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31-01-2012, 11:00 PM
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If there was more updated, free christian literature, it would be possible that I never lost my faith!

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