Not so with the majority of people who consider themselves "religious." The most fanatical are completely egotistical that they have found the "right" religion or belief system and that all others are false. Therefore, not only are they not to study any other religion but in fact they are supposed to shun all knowledge outside the limited framework of their beliefs. Hence, religious fanatics - God's most faithful - are also the most ignorant of humanity. Their ignorance is not limited to religion, however, as they gleefully and arrogantly slip their uninformed tentacles into just about every aspect of life, mucking up the works not with intelligence and facts but with smart-mouthed heckling and snide contempt of everyone and everything that exists beyond their extremely limited knowledge and education.
Trying to share interesting and important information and facts with religious fanatics is like attempting to sleep on a bed of nails. It is highly unpleasant and generally a complete waste of time. There is simply no reasonable person there who can say, "Really? Wow, that's interesting!" when they come across new information - and such utter ignoramuses must come across new information on a constant basis, since they know so little to begin with. Religion is the only arena in which the most ignorant person may be considered an "authority!" In religion, the less you know, the better. And it is so obvious to those of us who are not ignorant but who have studied these subjects that the real authorities like it that way, as one look at the manmade book of propaganda called "the Bible" will prove.
For example: "Obey the authorities in everything," squawks Paul, the establishment shill. In fact, at Romans 13, Paul exhorts:
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore he who resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad....For the same reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay all of them their dues, taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due.And to whom is honor due? 1 Peter 17 has the answer: "Honor the Emperor!" The author of that epistle prefaces that remark by stating:
Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right... Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect...Next, Paul tells the Corinthians (1 Cor. 14:33-35):
As in all the churches of the saints, the women should keep silence in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be subordinate, as even the law says. If there is anything they desire to know, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.More of the same sexist and barbarous blather can be found at 1 Timothy 2:11:
Let a woman learn in silence and with all submissiveness. I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over men; she is to keep silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet woman will be saved through bearing children, if she continues in faith and love and holiness, with modesty.If we inquire as to where sexism comes from, we need look no further than the "Good Book." The foaming-at-the-mouth abuse hurled my way over the years has certainly often smacked of such institutionalized sexism and misogyny. After all, I am a woman speaking "in church," i.e., the religious arena, and having authority over men! How dare I?! No matter what facts or information I may bring to the table, the lazy-minded and unintelligent bigots can swat it away simply because of my gender.
Paul further tells the Ephesians (6:5):
Slaves, be obedient to those who are your earthly masters, with fear and trembling, in singleness of heart, as to Christ...Again, at Colossians 3:22, Paul says, "Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing the Lord."
And again, at 1 Timothy 6, Paul states:
Let all who are under the yoke of slavery regard their masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be defamed.Keeping slaves in line is obviously an important matter to Paul and his ungodly handlers, as at Titus 1:9, Paul once more exhorts, "Bid slaves to be submissive to their masters and to give satisfaction in every respect." But it isn't just the slaves, as a bit further at Titus 3:1, Paul tells his followers, "Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for any honest work..."
Not a word here objecting to the fact that there is slavery, and, of course, these verses have been used for centuries by unscrupulous and immoral "men of the cloth" - doing the Lord's work, naturally - to justify slavery. Yes, much more important than ending the suffering of millions of human beings, including children, has been the Lord's "good" name and "the teaching!" Ah, what a great religion!
I don't think it could be more obvious who really wrote "God's Word." The fanatic bibliolaters are in reality simpleminded pawns of the elite. But, my, they are good little ignorant foot soldiers, as they troll the internet looking for people who may have the audacity to point out the emperor's ugly naked body. The "religion of God" is actually the religion of the authorities, who are only too happy to keep their followers in a state of idiocy and ignorance. Their methods are to shut down the spread of knowledge - which is to me the heart of life - by training these moronic followers to ridicule and sass those who are usually far more intelligent and educated than they are. Hence, the world is often under the bullying dominion of mealy-mouthed know-nothings who personally attack those who are not in the same state of braindead mind control as they are.
Frankly, it is imbecilic to revel in such a lack of knowledge. It is the mark of imbecilic religion to encourage ignorance. Unfortunately, such blind faith is not merely imbecilic but also insidious and dangerous to the freedom and health of mankind and life in general.