Got a PM on Facebook today from a fellow heathen who presented me with the following.
Hey Martin, I have a dilemma and was hoping for some quick advice on how to handle a situation. I am a part of a theology group here on FB and during one of these exchanges a Christian (fairly fundy) said he would die for his god and asked what I would die for.
My response was that it sounded like jihad. Was this a good approach I guess is my question? I’m pretty sure (with the fundy part) he’s just not going to get where the similarities are between jihad and fundamental christianity but I can try right? lol
Any advice is appreciated.
Bringing up jihad isn’t a bad point, but an unnecessary one. Why would this dude die for his God? What has convinced him that this being is real, and so important, that such a crazy act might be required, and would be acceptable if required? If this God is all powerful and can do anything, as most Christians believe, what would be accomplished in this God’s benefit that He could not accomplish just as easily without this person having to die?
This kind of expression strikes me as a prime example of the irrationality of religious belief. No one would be so quick to say he would die for his God if he had truly considered the above questions.
It is possible there are things I might die for — like defending my family, or my country if it were invaded — but so what? The whole issue is beside the point. His willingness to die for his God, on top of being irrational, does not in any way constitute evidence God actually exists. It only proves what a fanatic this guy is.