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Nov 19 2007

And now, for an example of that superior Christian morality in action, we take you to ORU…

Okay, so we all remember the recent series of scandals that has rocked Oral Roberts University in recent weeks, do we not? You know, where Richard Roberts and his family are accused of all manner of financial improprieties, as well as such sleazy activity as having ORU staff do their daughter’s homework for her? Well, I thought this would be an excellent example to put Rhology’s claims (see previous post) that Christian morality has a bulletproof foundation in God’s word, whereas atheist morality has no basis to distinguish right from wrong at all, to the test. What, exactly, was God’s word to ORU regents while the Roberts clan was skimming the university piggy bank for all they could get? Well, according to Chairman George Pearson, God was evidently an accomodating kinda guy.

When George Pearsons accepted the position of chairman of the ORU regents in May, he said in an address to the board: “I am standing here today because the Lord clearly spoke to me and said, ‘Do whatever Richard Roberts asks you to do,’” according to a copy of the address.

Wow. Carte blanche to do whatever. What a sound system of morals that is! God says it, I do it, that settles it. So if Richard Roberts decided, oh, “Let’s fly my daughter and a bunch of her friends to Florida on an expensive senior trip, and charge the whole thing to the university,” then that’s okay by God. And if we picky atheists raise our hands and say anything like, “Uh, hey, isn’t that a little dishonest and unethical, and possibly also illegal?” …Well, what do we know? All we live by are our “personal preferences,” and why should anyone else have to follow those if they don’t want to?

Heh. It’s always fun to have some pompous Christian turn up proclaiming the moral superiority of all Christians based on an ancient holy book, only to have the wind taken out of his sails by the mendacious and disreputable behavior of some of the most prominent Christians in our culture.

It’s clear that in the real world, the only people rooting their moral behaviors in their “personal preferences” are the ones shouting their Christianity from the rooftops. They just tell themselves that anything they do is all pre-approved by God, and alakazam, wrong is right, war is peace, and freedom is slavery. And it’s not like God can come down and correct them when he only exists in their minds, created in their own image. Christianity’s “morality” is like getting a Visa card with no spending limit, and someone else paying the bills every month, so that you never have to learn to be responsible on your own.

3 comments

  1. 1
    Tommykey

    Yup, that’s Rhology for you.What he fails to get is that his belief system is just another subjective belief system. But because he believes it to be the inerrant truth of a supreme being, he thinks he can declare morality to be his exclusive domain by fiat.

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    `CH`

    Of course god can justify anything, after all the “teachings” are so vague and open to interpretation. They are also negotiable – after all they have to compromise much of what was once tradition in the face of modern secular life. This is why for every atheist criticism of a religious dogma, you can have hundreds of different responses from all corners of the religious world view. The arguments evolve, morph, replicate, but the questions remain the same. And have yet to be answered.

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    Rhology

    How is it not a huge error in logic to say this:-No one follows the computer manual perfectly-In fact there are some who ignore huge parts of it outright-Therefore, the manual is not perfect.?Appreciate your thoughts.Peace,Rhology

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