clarification for christian readers

clarification

one-upmanship: the art of outdoing or keeping one jump ahead of a friend or competitor

As I state on my ‘About’ page, I’m a bit of a ranter and I like to argue. I have lots of fun scuffles with my blog chums in Blogland, and I’m fairly confident I win them all. Because I’m into light-hearted one-upmanship. However, I wouldn’t like to think any Christians (if they happen to drop by) reading my scuffles would take the wrong message from this. Here’s a special note to explain where the competitive one-upmanship ends, and the serious exchange of ideas based on logic begins.

  1. If you think that male versions of human beings have the right to decide on matters for female versions of human beings, you are wrong. If I start a discussion with you challenging this, I’m not looking to ‘win’ for fun, I’m looking to change your opinion so you don’t pollute anyone else in the world with your foul ideas. All people have the right to equal treatment and opportunities. A book written 2000 and more years ago, in a very specific culture, and exclusively by men, is not a smart place to look for ideas on gender.
  2. If you think that homosexual couples don’t have the right to express their bond though the traditional ritual of marriage, but heterosexual couples do, you are wrong. If I start a discussion with you challenging this, I’m not looking to ‘win’ for fun.  I’m looking to change your opinion so you don’t pollute anyone else in the world with your harmful ideas. All people have the right to equal treatment and opportunities. A book written 2000 and more years ago in a very specific culture, that encourages inhumane behaviour such as slavery, and written in an ignorant information void that considered all sex outside male-female marriage to be sinful (including remarriage), is not a smart place to look for ideas on love.
  3. If you think that the notion of sin is real, or in any way useful, you are wrong. If I start a discussion with you challenging this, I’m not looking to ‘win’ for fun. I’m looking to change your opinion so you don’t pollute anyone else in the world with your silly ideas. All people should be encouraged to negotiate their way through life following civil laws (which can be challenged through the appropriate channels as required) and using their personal critical thinking skills and naturally evolved empathy. A book written 2000 years and more ago, in a very specific culture and an ignorant information void, is not a smart place to look for ideas on ‘morality’. And labeling behaviour that may have negative outcomes as ‘sinful’ or believing that an invisible spirit is policing the thoughts in your head, will only lead to thought repression, obsession and a greater likelihood of behaving in ways you don’t want to.
  4. If you believe in a supernatural creator being that exists outside of our physical realm, I think you’re most probably wrong. If you believe that this creator deity left a divinely inspired message for humanity in the form of a book, I’m fairly certain you’re wrong. If I argue with you about any of this, it’s because I see how these base beliefs are then used to promote discrimination and harmful ideas. I don’t believe for one minute that all religious people promote harmful ideas, but as I see religion being used for this, and as I see the base belief is illogical, I will try to change your opinion so you don’t pollute anyone else with illogical thinking that can so easily lead to the spread of harmful ideas.

I hope this clears things up for my avid Christian following. If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to leave your comment below.

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