Christian Pastor E.W. Jackson admitted on his radio show the other day that religion is a dangerous force in the world because it can spur people to do things in the name of faith that they might not do otherwise.
Specifically, he was referring to a Muslim man who moved to Minnesota and is now trying to implement Sharia law there. (That man has plenty of opposition, including from other Muslims in the area.)
But point taken: Religion can indeed be dangerous because it encourages people to just have faith when we should be telling them to think critically about everything. Even the most heinous acts can be justified in the name of God, as we know all too well.
That’s gotta be weird for a Christian pastor to admit, right?
Not at all, said Jackson. He doesn’t count. Because Christianity isn’t a religion.
“Religion is one of the most dangerous things in the world,” Jackson warned. “Religion is. Now some people say, ‘Exactly, that’s why Christianity is so dangerous.’ Christianity is not a religion, folks. Christianity is not a religion. Christianity is a relationship of God’s people, with Him as father, Jesus as Lord, it is a living relationship. We are indwelt by the Holy Spirit and we live and breathe and have our being in Him. It’s not religion, it’s reality.”
You know who else could say that? Every religious believer ever. It’s always about a “relationship” with God — and that relationship, in which God “speaks” to His followers and they just obey, is what’s so scary.
It doesn’t matter if you say you have a “relationship” with God, of you’re a “follower of Jesus,” or that you’re spiritual but not religious. It all boils down to believing in bullshit for which there’s no evidence. And if you’ll fall for that, the fear is that you could fall for anything.
Christianity isn’t a religion like Donald Trump isn’t President: Just because you don’t want it to be true doesn’t mean you can deny it.
That said, if Christianity isn’t a religion, will Jackson admit churches don’t deserve tax exemptions?
(via Right Wing Watch)