It was a good weekend for harvesting bullshit. There was a line of cross-bearing protesters outside Skepticon handing the crap out, and I stuffed a few things in my pocket. I thought I’d share an excerpt from one little tract from Living Waters. The setup is the usual: you’re a sinner, every day you break God’s Law, and you are righteously doomed to hell…but they have one way out. Pay special attention to that conclusion.
There’s only one way…if a sinless person offered to take your punishment, then justice would be served and you could go free!
Whoa, hang on there. How is justice served by punishing an innocent? So, with this judge, if I get a parking ticket I could get out of it by bringing in a baby and chopping off a finger, and announcing that there, I’ve more than paid off my crime now? Or do I need to get someone who loves me very much to selflessly volunteer to mutilate themselves in order to get me off?
It seems to me that if I were to accept such an offer, it would make me even more of a disgusting monster than just someone who let a parking meter expire. I don’t think justice is served by allowing others to take responsibility for my crimes — yet somehow a fundamental precept of Christianity is the doctrine of the scapegoat.
So, sorry, I reject the core belief, so I must reject the whole of Christianity. Joshua, get down off that tree! You’re doing me no favors!
I would like to thank Ray Comfort for so effectively distilling down the essence of his religion so that it’s heinous flaws are readily apparent.