The ultimate irony of theism

Vastet's picture

A theist believes he or she (hereafter referred to in plurality) is special. That god(s) watch over them. The funny thing is that this would work only if they believe god is special. So with theism you get a bunch of people making up a special fictional being so they can think they are special themselves. Displaced ego ftw...

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B166ER's picture

yeah, pretty much

Never underestimate the urge people have to think they're better then other people. It's a silly tribalism that I don't think is going anywhere anytime soon... Sadly...

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NoMoreCrazyPeople's picture

  My mom as a Johovahs

  My mom as a Johovahs Witness displays this very cleary.  As their are only 7mil joho's she truly believes she is special and the religion is special.  She holds on to things like "We use the real name of god"  and "Jesus didn't die on the cross"  and "bla, bla, bla whatever they do different."  She latches to these things like they are serious qualifications for her and her religion to be special.  When I was forced to go to church as a child, all the true joho's behave like this.  ALL they do, and what their religion is all about is sitting around convincing eachother they are special.  That's really all they do.  As far as I can tell it is IMPOSSIBLE at this point for my mom and others like her to NOT think they are special anymore. They simply can't, they've been thinking it for to long, and they are not capable of taking a step back and looking at the widespread equality of religious B.S.  They much prefer living in the dellusions they and only they are special, and that god only cares about and will only save them, and their club members.  She truly believes that her spin on Christianity is the correct spin, and so god is "special" just for her, no one else got it right and so they don't have the same relationship with god that she does.  Gross!!! 

cj's picture

My sister and her family are

My sister and her family are joho's.  No one else is, just them.  She was trying to convert me at one point until I finally told her - look, you are full of prideful arrogance.  Arrogance in the belief that your religion is the only religion, that what is right for you is right for everyone else.  And you are proud that your religion is the only "true" religion.  Isn't that one of the deadly sins?

She hasn't bothered me since.

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My mother's father was a

My mother's father was a Joho, would have joined way back before WW1.

I've mentioned this before, but the story in the family was that he married his wife (my grandmother) in a bit of a hurry when one of the JW's predictions of the end-times was getting close...

So I often think that without that belief, he may not have married just then, or at all, so his family would have been different, which means that the particular sperm and egg which became me would not have got together.

So I, as a particular combination of genes growing up in a particular environment, am to some significant degree the result of the beliefs of a wacko religion....

He never succeeded in 'converting' anyone in his immediate family, although he would occasionally make some comment at the meal table. He once or twice tried to open a discussion with me when others weren't around, but he was not very insistent about it. Maybe by the time I met him he had pretty much given up on his family.

I always felt he was too 'polite' to make a real nuisance of himself.

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BobSpence1 wrote: So I, as

BobSpence1 wrote:

 

So I, as a particular combination of genes growing up in a particular environment, am to some significant degree the result of the beliefs of a wacko religion....

Haha, aren't we all though.

Atheistextremist's picture

Yep

 

My fundy father refused to let mum go on the pill in the 60's (she would have done so) resulting in three additional kids, including me. A couple went through to the keeper when she was older and mum still hasn't got over that at 81.

 

 

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cj wrote:My sister and her

cj wrote:

My sister and her family are joho's.  No one else is, just them.  She was trying to convert me at one point until I finally told her - look, you are full of prideful arrogance.  Arrogance in the belief that your religion is the only religion, that what is right for you is right for everyone else.  And you are proud that your religion is the only "true" religion.  Isn't that one of the deadly sins?

She hasn't bothered me since.

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