AnnouncementAnd lo! a Jehova's Witness gave unto Melchior a bible, though he desired it not. Upon reading it, he determined that...
      – Melchior, 2009-09-13 at 15:41:18   (16 comments)

On 2009-09-13 at 15:42:02, Melchior wrote...
(1) Reading the Bible is a painful task (2) Christians are even more stupid than I thought.
On 2009-09-13 at 15:53:21, Scarletxstarlet wrote...
And Jehovah's Witnesses are LESS silly in a lot of ways than regular Christians. That's sad.
On 2009-09-13 at 16:31:06, Lee J Haywood wrote...
It's a shame Thelevellers took topic 666 just before you. My guess is that religious people start off thinking that there's a god of some sort, since they lack the imagination to think of an alternative, and then that lends credibility to the most popular religion in their vicinity. Never mind that the religion was obviously made-up by goat herders (a step up from cave dwellers, I guess) and is full of holes. I could understand if a god, or other deity, actually spoke to these people directly - but how many of them claim that this is the case? Not many, since then they'd get locked-up - and rightly so. Anyone who's reasons that there's a god because "it's obvious" just isn't trying hard enough.
On 2009-09-13 at 16:32:44, Thelevellers wrote...
Hehehe, maybe I'll scratch reading the bible off my 'to do' list then... :P @Lee: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I didn't notice I blagged that! I woulda made a better topic for it otherwise... :(
On 2009-09-13 at 16:36:01, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I had a New Testament given to me by the Gideons when I was at school - I can only hope that this doesn't still happen, but it probably does. It's main feature is that there's too much information in it - so you have to pick and choose which bits to read and so little of it makes any sense that you wonder what the hell it's all for. Or, if you're religious, you make up your own interpretation...
On 2009-09-13 at 16:48:14, Melchior wrote...
Indeed it does, I was given one in secondary school. I don't have a huge problem with it - atheists and christians don't need it, and most others don't care. Anyone who reads it is probably destined for religion anyway. Taking bibles from christians is good, it means they're ever so slightly poorer :P
On 2009-09-13 at 16:50:20, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@Melchior: Hmm, well I'm anti-religious so I'm against anything that legitimises faith as a valid belief system. Handing bibles out to schoolchildren is obviously intended to make new recruits, regardless of how successful it may be.
On 2009-09-13 at 17:14:36, Melchior wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: I feel the same, but practically I don't mind too much at secondary school; in my experience it reinforces the "silly christians" feeling in non-christians. However at a younger age it's an entirely different matter... Really, religions should be told to GTFO from preaching in public schools - what bothers me is that a school receiving government funding is supposedly required to have some form of christian worship during assembly. When our school had the inspectors round we were criticised for not having any prayer or christian content - the head half-heartedly did so a few times before quietly dropping it :)
On 2009-09-13 at 17:35:18, Thelevellers wrote...
@Melchior: I expect somethign similar happened at my primary school, one day, after I'd been there about 3 years, we suddenly started saying prayer in assembly, and then after a few months it faded out... It's that kind of wishy-washy British religion I can ignore quite a lot, then get annoyed with my self for ignoring!
On 2009-09-13 at 17:52:36, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@Melchior: True, it's practically immunising rather than indoctrinating at secondary school. It must be particularly bizarre these days with children (e.g. of immigrants) representing more diverse religions.
On 2009-09-13 at 23:34:52, BorgClown wrote...
They don't give bibles here, they sell them. Very cheaply, but I'm not going to pay a fiction book I don't find entertaining.
On 2009-09-14 at 04:01:07, Scarletxstarlet wrote...
I like to read the bible. That way, I can enjoy the look on fundamentalist faces when I quote First Corinthians at them.
On 2009-09-14 at 17:16:38, Lee J Haywood wrote...
http://www.onesentence.org/stories/3286/
On 2009-09-14 at 17:43:31, Thelevellers wrote...
LOL! Nice...
On 2009-10-06 at 22:16:01, Melchior wrote...
I want to edit my original post. Reading Genesis is a painful task. Exodus so far is a relatively fun read, what with the plagues and all. Skimming ahead, it seems to get boring again with longs lists of ways they should worship and supplicate. Although... This Bible has page summaries at the top, and one just caught my eye - "Moses' face emits rays." Maybe I should be reading it as a superhero comic or something :D
On 2009-10-07 at 03:30:31, BorgClown wrote...
The sci fi approach fails as well, the Bible is a mostly badly written work of fiction. There are entertaining parts among the rubbish, though.