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The Bubble of Religious Belief

A recent conversation I had reminded me of one of my favorite YouTube videos by God Is Imaginary. But before I post that video, I want to talk about these bubbles a little bit. I find that most Christians think that they have the only correct answer to the religion question. Not only do most Christians believe that Christianity alone is the only valid path to Heaven, they also tend to believe that their view of Christianity is the only true interpretation of Christianity.

Any Christian who believes differently is for some reason not a “true” or “real” Christian. The analogy I often hear from Christians is that just because something is in a garage, that doesn’t make it a car. This is a pretty weak analogy, but they use it all the time to justify why they are the real Christians and other people who call themselves Christians are not. But the really funny thing is that those other Christians are saying the same thing about them.

Every Christian has a rationalization for why their view of Christianity is the correct view and that those other Christians have the incorrect view and are misusing the label of Christian. Every Christian has Bible verses that they can depend on to re-enforce their rationalization. Every Christian is living in a bubble of self-delusion when it comes to their particular view of Christianity. And every Christian is living in a bubble of self-delusion when it comes to their religious views in relation to other religion’s religious views. In fact, every religious person is living in the same bubble of self-delusion.

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  • http://www.myspace.com/agnosticanarch AgnosticAnarch

    Maybe someone should remake this except from the points of view of several Christian Protestant denominations…

  • http://myspace.com/scott888 Scott

    This was always a good video. When you tell a Christian they are in this bubble though, they deny it.

  • http://www.myspace.com/DD_NU4EVER Diana

    I love this video. I posted it a while back, I don’t know if it helped anyone.

    For me, I help people become enlightened by talking with them. It’s pretty much common knowledge that I am an Atheist, but when i talk to those on the fence about the issue, I like to pretend that I too am a bit on the fence. It lets my friend or family member know that I don’t have all the answers and that they should definitely do their own research…but, from this starting point I begin a conversation…Not a debate, people see debates as threatening, conversation are more like a mutual exploration of ideas, there is no bad guy and no good guy and there is no winner or loser. By pretending that I could entertain the idea of a god, they see me as nonthreatening and agreeable. I some times even defend god against their ideas if their ideas become a little “too” non-theistic. This makes it so they have to defend their new ideas and they’re proud when I give up and agree with them…

    Now, I start a conversation by asking a question. One question I asked a friend who is now an Atheist was, “You know that whole Adam and Eve thing…well, isn’t weird that god didn’t just make them at the same time? I mean, if god had any intention of human’s multiplying, wouldn’t he have created them together and not only after Adam was lonely? You know, if god only wanted one man, why make such a huge world and a male and female of almost every other species but not man? And if god always intended for Adam to have offspring, was he a hermaphrodite of some kind?….weird hu?”

    This is something you couldn’t say to a really religious person. They would freak out! How dare I call the first man ever a hermaphrodite….but how else does a species with only one person reproduce? And they would also either say that you can’t take creation literally, or make up some sort of rationalization.

    I know a lot of religious people, and they usually attack me by saying that I don’t take the bible the right way or that I’m too emotional, or that I haven’t kept up to date on their religions latest literature…

    What they fail to see is that I don’t have to do any of that…all I have to do is read the first few pages of the bible and instantly call bull shit. You can’t create man without a woman or what’s the point? Snakes don’t talk, they have no lips. When god is talking about making men, he says something along the line of, “I’ll make them in OUR image…” is there more than one god or was he talking to the angles?…who the hell is god talking to…First the bible talks about making women and men together and then later backs up and describes making Adam first and Eve only after Adam requested her…

    I know my way of dealing with religious people is a bit manipulating. It’s meant to be. How else do you open the eyes of someone who’s been manipulated from the day of birth? If you try to reason WITH someone they instantly shut their minds. No one wants to be reasoned with, like some small child with an inferior brain. If you treat them like an equal and explore the possibility of there being no god together, then they feel like they are un-alone in the process and whatever insights they make they are proud of…then you can use funny videos like religulious to instill in them a sense of culture. Invite them to blogs like this and social network sites like Atheist Nexus. This is my process and it’s worked for me most of the time. I steer clear of the really crazy religious people…they are easy to spot.

    And the bubble goes POP!

    I know I’m going to be called ignorant and unbelievably mistaken by some, but that’s not the point. I never say I’m an expert on anything, but I help people reason themselves out of the dogmatic whole the dug for themselves. I provide a safe place to say all the things they want to, without fear of being called stupid. About 85% of the time they come to the conclusion that there are no gods.

    • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

      Very insightful!!!! I may try some sort of variation on some of your themes. Keep up the good work and keep on getting people to think!

  • http://myspace.com/blackhawk089 Matt

    Bubbles yeah!!!! WOOO!!!

    • http://myspace.com/scott888 Scott

      Matt, you are knowingly inside the Christian bubble, why do you choose to stay inside the bubble when you know you are delusional?

      • http://myspace.com/blackhawk089 Matt

        Maybe I like bubbles, ;-)

      • http://www.myspace.com/DD_NU4EVER Diana

        Actually, I would say that Matt is pushing against his bubble. If he liked bubbles he would stay in his church and have no knowledge of us and our views…

        When he comes to blogs like this and reads things that challenge his bubbles’ stability, usually he can find some way to disregard or even argue the information or perspective presented to him…but eventually all his pushing may cause his bubble to pop.

        Poking at a bubble doesn’t make it stronger, it makes it weaker.
        I wonder if somewhere deep down inside, he wants his bubble to pop. Is he looking for a reason to not believe anymore? Is he hoping that one of us will say something that will make all his reasoning useless even in his own mind, and then he’ll finally be free, truly free!

        Matt, the Atheist. Has a nice ring to it, I think. And with all his studies in Christian dogma, he would make a strong Atheist to be sure.

        You know, in psychology they say that if someone who disliked you, suddenly likes you, you like them more than if they had like you all along. If Matt became an Atheist all the sudden, I think we would all embrace him with great admiration.

        • http://myspace.com/blackhawk089 Matt

          lol!! Funny funny haha.

          I am certainly not looking for a reason to not believe lol. I have followed the logical conclusion that atheism leads to one, and studied the lives of many atheists, and the void and emptiness such a belief system brings you is entirely irrational and unsatisfying. Even if one does feel “liberated” from the “chains” of their previous religion, this feeling will fade when one realizes the morality and our very existence merely is, and no one ought to act any certain way at all.

          • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

            Let’s explore this. First, your claim is that atheism is unpleasant. This may or may not be the case. Either way it says nothing about whether or not Christianity is true. Would you rather believe a pleasant lie or an uncomfortable truth?

            Second, without the Christian God there may or may not be moral grounding. This again says nothing about the truth-value of the claim. However, your statement that “morality and our very existence merely is, and no one ought to act a certain way at all,” is just ridiculous. Why? Of course we should act a certain way within certain boundaries. The reason is obvious. We live with other people and so we need rules to help us get along with those other people and treat them well. With the Christian God however, morality fades away. The only reason to do anything is to please God and so if God wants you to kill and rape, than killing and raping becomes moral. How do we know what God really wants? The Bible isn’t exactly clear and so many scholarly Christians who have spent their lives studying it have radically different views on how God wants people to behave. Please there are other religions that see God in completely different terms and you have not disproven their beliefs.

  • http://BitchSpot.JadeDragonOnline.com Cephus

    I disagree, there is no point in advocating atheism. There is a point in advocating secularism, which is something entirely different that even theists can get behind. There is really nothing to advocate regarding atheism, it is the non-belief in gods, full stop.