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London Atheist Activist Group (informal community) Message Board 1. MAIN FORUM - (non-Islam) › Religions Encourage Fiscal Irresponsibility

Religions Encourage Fiscal Irresponsibility

Adrian
KingHell
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 375
Everyone who went to a state or xtian school here will be familiar with the Old woman's mite story. Basically she has one tiny little coin in all the world and gives it to the church. Clearly, that is irresponsible in any cash-based society, no matter how much we think being charitable is a 'virtue'. It supports the idea that it's ok to not think about tomorrow, or the consequences of your actions, presumably because god will provide.

In any case, the religions with an afterlife tend to treat the world like a waiting room, which may also explain a lot.

Similarly, encouraging larger families is, at this point in time, even more irresponsible. One of the biggest problems we face is over-population, and the only country doing anything about it is China. Although you may not agree with their methods, there would by now be over 2 billion Chinese if they hadn't adopted this policy a generation or so ago. That would mean more than 8 billion of us instead of about 7. Thus far Malthus has been wrong but it is probably wise to consider that he won't be forever.

So there's a good socio-economic example of how bronze age belief is fucking up the 21st century.
Barry R.
user 10723166
London, GB
Post #: 580
Very true.

The book of Matthew is choc-full of JC's ramblings on this score. A few of my favourites are:

Matt 6:19
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.
The clergy positively hate this one and ignore it as a matter of course.

Matt 6:31
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed.

Matt 6:34
Take therefore no thought for the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.

If the Biblical Jesus really did exist, he was an utter prick.
Martyn
Maradam
Guildford, GB
Post #: 461
If the Biblical Jesus really did exist, he was an utter prick.
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It's good to see government policy in direct conflict with the bible.
Adrian
KingHell
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 377
Excepting the little tribute they're paying by all politicians being pricks ;-)
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