Why do theists not read their own books?

Not sure why but something doesn’t sound right about that title, but ignoring that for the moment I’ve been struck once again by a strange inconsistency among many religious people. Normally cropping up when in a discussion about their book of choice, I will suddenly find myself not only correcting what they think is in their book, but surprising them by strange or creepy things they never heard about. Why is this? Why does it seem that so many religious folk don’t seem to have even read the book they claim is infallible? And worse the book they try to quote from for guidance.

I can assume it has some something to do with how they acquired that information. Unlike learning information from careful analyzing of the source material, it’s been my experience that many religious folk learn their quotes, sound-bites, prayers, etc. not from their book but instead directly from their pastors, or imams or rabbis or whatever. It seems it is much easier to listen and nod then to look things up it seems. The problem is this method of learning is dangerous. These people gloss over material, and skew the material they do present, in such a way to make it more palatable instead of just explaining what is in there as is. But this is dishonest, both on the part of the teacher and flock, who both have the ability to look up information and should not just listen blindly. It shows the degree to which the authority figure values the material and their proposed students. And a tip is its not well.

Also possible is a strange kind of fear. Fear of the unknown and the comfort of the unchallenged ideas. This notion is very sad, and just as dishonest. And in need of much more introspection. The information is there whether individuals acknowledge it or not.

So to my religious friends, do not take your religious leaders word for it, and do not let fear hold you back, your book is a load of nonsense, and incoherent stories, written by ignorant people and edited by ignorant liars. Don’t believe me? Well then look it up, prove me wrong, prove to me that the information is infallible. Maybe then you will learn what is actually in the book rather than have it fed to you by someone with their own motives and intentions for your mind.

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10 Responses to Why do theists not read their own books?

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    http://Bible.cc read and believe, Lord Willing, PLGB

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