Hey Ott, what are your thoughts on this metaphor:

Your kid is staying home and you tell him not to touch the furnace because he will burn himself. You trust him to listen and leave to get some groceries or something, expecting him to open the door when you get back. Then the kid decides that he can do whatever he wants and touches the furnace anyway. Now the kid is in pain and you are knocking on the door asking him to open it so you can help him, instead the kid gets mad at you for not protecting you against the furnace. Now this kid represents the atheist and the big clue is this: Someone who follows Jesus will also burn his hands on the furnace, the difference is that he will open the door and apologize for not listening.

Some might say, but why put the kid in a dangerous situation. In my opinion it has to do with free will and trust, also a furnace makes a warm house, so it's quite enjoyable too.

Just felt like sharing! If you mind these kind of things just say so.

Ott responded on 11/10/2015

No, of course I don't mind. I enjoy discussing these things.

But your analogy doesn't resonate with me at all: I don't feel the presence of an omniscient overlord, intellectually or spiritually.

There is no pseudo-parental figure looking over me, trying to impart wisdom and forgiving me when I transgress. I am the highest authority I know and so is everyone else.

In my opinion the bible is a shaggy dog story, written six centuries ago by men as a tool to control others. It contains slivers of truth, as one might expect from a book containing that many words [even a stopped clock is right twice a day] but it also contains a whole lot of whacky stuff which people tend to cherrypick to support whichever notion they are trying to present as divine truth.

To me religious texts are just medieval morality tales and ghost stories, designed to engender compliance amongst the population.

I rejected it all before my teens and nothing since has given me cause to reconsider.

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