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  • That which is censored today is doomed to popularity in the future.


  • It is a mystery as to why anyone cares if there is life after death; believing that there is will not make it so; believing that there isnít wonít cause Heaven and Hell to not exist; if one only behaves virtuously for want of Heaven or for fear of Hell, then that person, acting for self-interest only, could hardly be deserving of Heaven; if one behaves deplorably in life, then obviously that person doesnít ponder or care whether there is life after death. Culture however, gains if it can get their citizens to behave for want of Heaven or fear of Hell, but that is an entirely different matter. Oneís culture doesnít care which is true as long as the results are the oneís it desired.


  • Except for the workings of mankindísí minds, nothing in the Universe and nothing in the acts of man should be considered right or wrong, because there is no standard, except those created by man, that can be verified to exist.


  • The zeal of religious fanatics is proportional to their doubts about what moves them; few would expect to find those with zeal proclaiming that the sun will rise tomorrow or whether water will tend to flow downhill.


  • Through mankindís long social evolution, various assumptions were made to help the social structures of those times deal with that timeís problems. Today, many of those old assumptions persist in our thinking, and because they are so old, they have become part of the beliefs that we no longer question even though they deal poorly with the problems of today. One of mankindís most pressing problems is to discard these old assumptions and develop new ones. Although new, they may be just as false as those that were discarded, but at least they will have been developed to deal with todayís problems rather than the ones of millenniums ago.


  • Gravity is all about us and throughout the Universe, yet we are incapable of saying how it does what it does. Gravity is simply a property of matter. Yet when it comes to God, many reject God because God, as theologies give descriptions of God, is superficial. But, this is not proof of there being no God; it is only proof of how theologies have corrupted their concepts of God. If we are incapable of understanding what causes gravity, something that everyone knows exists, what chance have we of truly understanding the nature of the God that created gravity?


  • Many live their lives as though their highest beliefs were mere cargo to be borne through life instead of something to be lived daily.


  • Much of mankind believes that one good life in the present is worth the promise of two in an afterlife.


  • Being ďborn againĒ is a kind of trademark for a phenomenon experienced by various Christian theologies; the phenomenon is also experienced by many outside of theologies and is called enlightenment, which is the same kind of religious experience that is not theological in origin.


  • If there are things that deserve to be called ďevilĒ they are those things that tend to drive us apart instead of bringing us together. Virtually all institutions perform this function yet we tend to exalt them as fonts of virtue to be preserved forever.


  • Many must surly think God a fool to believe that he is persuaded by ritualistic performances if they have no effect on oneís heart or behavior at other times.


  • Mankind is responsible for the thousands of different and conflicting beliefs about God; it is doubtful if any of these beliefs are accurate; if so we would be best served by not being so certain of what God is and be more concerned about what we are.


  • It is somewhat frightening how much just a handful of assumptions regulate how we interpret all of life and therefore affect virtually all dimensions of our lives. From such a small number of assumptions we become what we are. Though varying from individual to individual, some of these assumptions are: What I want is good for me. What I fear is bad for me. What those about me believe is the way the world is. What my religion says is without error and is true for all time. I need to be like others in order to become happy. Faith is more important than knowledge and understanding. There are undoubtedly many more, but of the ones just proposed, all are obviously false and helps explain why so many of mankindís problems persist century after century.


  • The Bible says that many are called but few are chosen; perhaps the reason for this is that most donít hear the call, and even among those who do, most will ignore it. Maybe the main reason for this is that the call of theology has little to do with God and very much to do with dogma and ritual.


  • How different from those that worship idols, are those that worship words, especially those words found in holy text?


  • Religions came into being during a time of mankindís most profound ignorance; in this state of ignorance, beliefs were taught and subsequently were thought of as fact. The teachers were those in authority. Today, science demands that truth be based on that which can be verified. Today religion is still based on the authorities of various theologies. It is very likely that if science had developed three millennia ago, that today we would have no superstitions or theologies.


  • WALT HASKINS


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