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WWID

I am sick, sick, sick of those damned "WWJD" stickers. They offend me. They don't offend me due to a reference to Jesus. I don't care what your beliefs are. What offends me is the implication of WWJD. There is no "I" in Jesus. To all of those Christians out there who have those asinine WWJD bumper stickers, t-shirts, wrist bracelets, etc., I just want to scream take a little personal fucking responsibility, people!

I don't give a damn about what Jesus would do. Jesus is dead. Get over it. What would you do? Do you really believe your god is saying "thou art a mindless zombie who must not think for yourself"? Do you really believe a book written for humans, transcribed by humans, now existing as the NIV, the KJV, the TEV, with or without Apocrypha, that's partially read by a few people, understood by even fewer and is riddled with contradictions (and some great sex scenes and a few creepy ones) and glorifies behavior that many of us would find horrifying is a complete, accurate guide for your life?

I want a WWID bumper sticker. What Would I Do? Most people, if left to their own devices, are quite capable of knowing the difference between right and wrong. They may not follow it, but they're able to reach those conclusions without some dead guy who spoke Aramaic telling them what to do.

Personal responsibility is dead in this country and much of the blame lies with the Christians who want to legislate discrimination (i.e., there are great Christians out there, but a vocal minority SUCK) and Republicans who bow down to them.
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i as just thinking a similar rant after attending my aunt's church last weekend.

i'm not fond of the notion that as a human i have no power over what i do or how i do it so i need to pray all the time for guidance. that's not how it works
Well, if I were a Christian, my view would be this: just what the heck happened in Garden of Eden? If God didn't want Adam and Eve to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, he could have simply not put it there. Instead, he allowed them to choose. After life, personal choice was the first major gift God gave to people. Thus, for Christians to try and legislate their personal beliefs is to attempt to take away the gift that God gave us. The right-wing Christians are in the position of second-guessing God. Hmm ...
I don't think the flaw is on the theory as much as the parable. I think if "God" was truly omnicient, then the "fruit if knowledge of good and evil" parable would have been portrayed as a clever plan of God's, like a reverse psychology thing..."oooh, look at that thing you should not have when you could have ANYTHING ELSE" Knowing full well that God's creations would go for it.

There was a really good take on it in Don Miguel Ruiz's book, "The Voice of Knowledge" where he poses the theory that the "knowledge" is the poison, because it instills the Judge and a judgementalism. It's like you "know" the difference between good and evil now, so now you are judgemental and condescending towards your fellow humans based on this assumption of your "knowledge" and therefore suffer the side effects of isolationism, alienation, and the loss of the Unconditional Love that "god" intended that we feel towards eacxh other. The true definition of sin.