21 October 2011

I Gets Another Religious Blog Comment!

I haven't been keeping up with this. I know it, you know it, we ALL know it. I'm sorry! I know I don't have a TON of readers but it's pretty cool to have the amount that I do...or rather, DID. Unfortunately with the twitter and the tumblr, I just go straight there when I want to share something. This blog is definitely better for longer form posts and I have plenty of ideas for things I want to post, but... I just don't. (A big reason is that blogger is now blocked at my job so I can't post during lunch which I used to do.)

Anyway, I still get emails when I get a comment (which obviously isn't as often lately), and one of the posts I get a lot from is the "Kirk Cameron is an Idiot" post (one of my favourites)! And yesterday I got this comment that made me happy. haha Happy because I see comments like this on atheist blogs I read and it's just exciting to get one of my own. :) And it's not a cruel one, just a misguided one. So I thought I'd share it and my response. Let me know what you think!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel so sorry for you Jennifer! You sound like a really lost soul! Apparently youve never lost someone that you love so much or believing in a God and a heaven that promises we will see our loved ones again wouldnt be so hard for you to accept! I will keep you in my prayers because not only is there a heaven, theres also a hell!
October 19, 2011 9:14 AM

Blogger Jennifer Juniper said...

So let me get this straight. You feel bad for me because I HAVEN'T lost someone I really love? (Which is not true by the way.)

You seemed to be confused between WANTING there to be a god and an afterlife and whether or not there actually IS one. SURE it would be nice to know that when I die I will see the family & friends I've lost again, but that's just highly unlikely. Simply wanting it doesn't make it true.

Not only is there not a heaven, there's not a hell. Don't waste your time praying. Go out there and live the life you DO have to its fullest!


Josh Benton said...

I've always found this kind of approach to be one of the most insulting. I lost my mother last year. This has been pretty hard to deal with. It has not, however, suddenly caused me to accept the unacceptable simply to avoid having to deal with the fact that my mother is gone. Other than some ashes in a box, my mother no longer exists as an entity in and of herself. I deal with that fact without resorting to the supernatural as a coping mechanism.

Beyond the personal insult, I also think it falls into the same category as Pascal's Wager in that it replaces faith with fear. In this case with fear of death rather than fear of punishment. Personally, I don't think there is any good reason for faith, particularly since the Abrahamic deity in his modern incarnation is contradictory; however, even were I to think that having faith was a good idea, I'd have to side with Kierkegaard on this one; faith motivated by fear, or out of desire for a reward, isn't actually faith.

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