Not sure if my previous post on this topic took.
One must marvel at the irony that Christians, who seem to revere the 9th Commandment, lie so often.
Six day Creation. This is not a matter of faith, it's a matter of common sense, reason, and science. It's a lie. Not an alternative truth, but a ****able lie.
Original Sin. Another lie. Given the Adam and Eve story, God made humans imperfect, and has punished us ever since. Not given the story, there was no Adam and Eve, as we all know. Either way, Christians cannot come to the truth of the issue that we are necessarily imperfect, whatever the consequences may be. Forgiveness for the inevitable is ludicrous.
And the Big One. Evolution. As much a fact as gravity, yet denied by those who prefer, to the point of political persuasion, a lie that says we were magically poofed into creation within a literal week. Of course, those who sincerely believe this are imbeciles, and those who perpetuate this belief are dishonest hucksters. Shame on them both.
Shall we accuse those who insist, who "know", that there are gods and hells of lying. It's about time we did. They do not know. They surmise, they assert, they pretend, they prevaricate. But they do not know. We are of such philosophical accomplishment now that we have some inkling of what it means to "know", and their superstitions do not qualify as knowledge. This said, I do not accuse the rank and file
Christians of deliberate dishonesty, but their leaders... yes, of course. They know that they mislead the sheep for their own benefit.*
This is just the beginning of Christian dishonesty. The most dishonest among them are those who claim to defend Christianity (and all religion) on grounds of reason. I accuse Wm. Lane Craig, Ken Ham, Kyle Butt, the Hovind Family, the Ian Juby's of the world of deliberate dishonesty.
Fred Phelps is not dishonest, he makes no claim to reason and sticks to his "holy" book. I have no respect for his honesty, however, as it is an uncritical honesty. If one honestly believes in Mother Goose, for another example, his is an unrespectable honesty, same as Phelps'.
Jesus hates abortion? Lie! What Jesus hated was divorce. Someone tell Newt Gingrich.
Jesus was the epitome of love? Lie! Jesus invented Hell.
Stop the lying.