Christian Commercialism; selling the word of God
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31-01-2012, 11:08 PM
RE: Christian Commercialism; selling the word of God
(31-01-2012 10:34 PM)robotworld Wrote:  Furthermore, if your motive is to spread the Word, having the publications free will theoretically lead to the highest demand from the public.

My guess is that free pub means people thinking that the Word of God isn't worth much. Although the bible is free online in multiple versions...
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01-02-2012, 01:00 AM
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It's all about the warm fuzzy...
Gotta make you feel good when your loved one dies. "That's right! $6500 for this nice casket. I guarantee your loved one will not rot or be eaten by that nasty bacteria." (yeah, like you're really going to dig it up and check.)

"Tell you what... Bring your family to Heaven's Acre, and we'll give you a home in our home, and we can all work in the fields to feed each other, and worship the Lord each day." (But if you cross me, you're drinking the Kool-Aid!)

People hunger for the warm fuzzy that they once had as a child. Writing Christian or spiritual literature is by far the easiest method used to make money other than dealing drugs. Both tend to yield the same results. After my last visit to B&N, the dollar signs went off in my head in a big way. Even though I'm not a Christian and I formerly have a Muslim background, I can still bank on writing literature that makes Christians feel good about themselves or what awaits them - in the Kingdom of Heaven. When I saw all of those books, it was difficult for me to believe that they were written by people that actually believed the stuff they were saying. Heck - for a few bucks and a huge house and a nice car, I'll tell you that Christ is the answer... It's all about marketing and the almighty dollar. Wink

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01-02-2012, 06:38 AM
RE: Christian Commercialism; selling the word of God
Last year I walked onto a Barnes and Noble and right in front of me was a huge display of "Heaven is for Real". This is the story of a 4-year-old boy who died, saw God, and came back to life. Retail price was like $17. My first thought was why is this so prominent and you have to go back to the farthest corner of the room and on the bottom shelf you might find the single copy of Dawkins "The God Delusion". Second thought was if you really believed you saw God. I mean REALLY believed it. Would you try and profit from it or would you go everywhere and give your story for free. And no I don't believe the publisher was the only one making money. The author/father/pastor made a bunch. An nobody calls anybody out.

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01-02-2012, 06:41 AM
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(01-02-2012 06:38 AM)free2011 Wrote:  Last year I walked onto a Barnes and Noble and right in front of me was a huge display of "Heaven is for Real". This is the story of a 4-year-old boy who died, saw God, and came back to life. Retail price was like $17. My first thought was why is this so prominent and you have to go back to the farthest corner of the room and on the bottom shelf you might find the single copy of Dawkins "The God Delusion". Second thought was if you really believed you saw God. I mean REALLY believed it. Would you try and profit from it or would you go everywhere and give your story for free. And no I don't believe the publisher was the only one making money. The author/father/pastor made a bunch. An nobody calls anybody out.

Oh, no doubt that pastor got rich from his book, which is one reason I think it's likely he injected a lot of the things the boy supposedly saw that he couldn't have known about into the story.
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01-02-2012, 06:47 AM
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(01-02-2012 06:41 AM)Ben Wrote:  Oh, no doubt that pastor got rich from his book, which is one reason I think it's likely he injected a lot of the things the boy supposedly saw that he couldn't have known about into the story.

No question all the shit was put into the poor kid's head by his mom and dad. At first I'm sure they thought the lie was a good way to "get the word out". Then after some publicity they realized they could also make a buck on it.

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01-02-2012, 07:00 AM
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wait so now we rely on the testimony of a 4 year old in our quest for evidence ?

o_O

Christians are *fucked up*? What the hell goes through their heads? Gimme some? I wanna see pink bunny rabbits too!
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01-02-2012, 08:58 AM
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Yes, the commercialism is out of hand and is a mockery.

I can understand paying for a Bible (printing costs); however, you can get a multitude of translations for free on Biblegateway or get several free apps for your Smartphone... so no, I don't get that either.

What is a true mockery are the hundreds of people selling their "story" or their "point of view". Do you really want people to hear about it? Publish it on the Internet where everybody can read it for free. All these people want money. They want money for being a Christian. Sad.

And... don't even get me started on Lifeway...

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01-02-2012, 10:13 AM
 
RE: Christian Commercialism; selling the word of God
(31-01-2012 10:11 PM)Thomas Wrote:  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.

Turn on TBN and watch those freaks gladly empty the pockets of the less fortunate blue hairs around them.
Its fear! They'll gladly pay all they have to reinforce the concept of a happy ending.
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01-02-2012, 06:40 PM
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(31-01-2012 06:44 PM)Buddy Christ Wrote:  My question to Christians is: "How are you not aware that religion is one giant scam to get your money?"

You said it in one word here: aware

Their minds have been brainwashed since birth to believe in something 1) powerful enough to create the universe and 2) angry enough to send them to an afterlife of fire and agony if they do not believe.

They are not "aware" at all. They are unaware of reality, logic and reasoning.
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02-02-2012, 04:03 PM
RE: Christian Commercialism; selling the word of God
I have always known at the back of my mind that religion was all about money and control but it seriously hit home when I spoke to a little old Italian lady this week. She mentioned that in her local Italian Club, there is this priest coming over from Italy for donations. But he has specifically ordered them not to give him coins, but money in notes. So in other words, he wants MONEY!!!!! The depths of this priests greed really shocked me!

http://britishfemaleatheist.wordpress.co...ic-church/

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