What I like about this topic is that it shines a light on how people think in the abstract!
In no particulary order.....
INFINITY is a concept and not an actually existing something. It is a mental construct with a potential and ONLY that. That is why you can play with it and watch it recede into the distance, yet, cannot get your mind around it in actuality. A potential cannot ever be an actual. (Why? Because an actual is never a potential, dummy!)
Gary Buss has written a rather beautiful piece which I hope everybody takes the time to read through. Why? Because when something silly is written simply it exposes the idiocy of believing it! Great job, Gary!
INSPIRATION? All it really means is that the mightiest and most Supreme intelligence in the entire universe (according to his press release) doesn't do a damned thing without a man's big honking, muddy footprint ending up in the middle of it, suspiciously blocking the evidence of it being divine at all.
INHERITED SIN? It struck me one day quite suddenly that what this is all about is GOD'S ATTITUDE and not sin or man's conduct. GOD HOLDS A GRUDGE and then tries to earn big credit by coming up with a Rube Goldberg scheme to change his mind! Life on earth for humanity is about appeasing an invisible grudge-holding, chip-on-his-shoulder spoiled brat of a deity! If God made us---we reflect his workmanship (or lack of it) by our behavior.
FREE WILL? Free from what? Our nature? Impossible! If we are BY NATURE sinful--we will think sinful, do sinful and choose sinful.....especially when faced with the choice of serving God! If we are FREE to choose God, then, how did we suddenly get free of our sinful nature? You can't have it both ways. Preaching to the sinful and expecting free choice detached from that nature is like persuading short people to be tall: it is nonsense!
ARMAGEDDON? This is an idea that appeals to sadists and reflects their character and morality. How is it different from Bin Laden and his cronies sitting around thinking about how many infidels would die if they crashed a plane into the World Trade Center? In the case of JW's it is God in the place of Bin Laden and his angels are the terrorists.
BELIEF? FAITH? If you just stop for a moment and think about it clearly----if you don't KNOW something and have no evidence for it--yet INSIST it is true---what you are doing is idiotic and childish. Calling it "faith" doesn't improve what it is: stubborn and irrational preference for what cannot be proved. The more faith a person has; the more out of touch they are with what a working mind does with reality. Reality cannot be changed by what we prefer it to be!
MYSTICAL thought? Children often have trouble identifying how things work and assign wild and fantastic "reasons" for ordinary things. They may hide under the covers for fear a monster is in the closet and assume the money under their pillow came from a tooth fairy. This may be cute and silly, but, it is mystical thought which is the opposite of rational thought. Humans are postively addicted to it! Grown ups believe in True Romance, Fate, synchronicity, epiphany, miracles, optimism and invisible people (angels, demons, god, space aliens, etc.) This sort of thinking may be fun, titillating, exciting, entertaining and exhilrating---but, like pornography---IT AIN'T REAL LIFE! It is sloppy and ill-informed thinking which is a bad habit and nothing to be proud of. If you don't have facts---all you have is ZERO--you don't get to make up your own facts to replace the zero. Remember, people are entitled to their own opinions and not their own facts.
PRAYER? You are just talking to yourself and pretending somebody real is listening! When you were a kid and had conversations with your dolly or teddy bear you were doing the SAME DAMNED THING and with just as much effectiveness--so stop kidding yourself.
DELUSIONS? When somebody tells you something that turns out to be true (which you didn't believe or expect) and you are angry at them; you've just stumbled over one of your delusions! The real world can be unfair, unpleasant, chaotic and cruel. Building a better world (in your head) and pretending to live there is just like the child with their head under the bedcovers when the wind is howling like a werewolf outside and the shadows on the wall look like crooked clutching fingers. The sooner you face facts and abandon delusions the sooner your efforts will be directed toward what really makes a difference in everyday living: active participation in building a better life by dealing with it.