Thursday, July 20, 2006

The Sticky Note of God Leads the Path to Freedom

My wife has some bumper stickers on her mini van. One is a quote by Sinclair Lewis that is meant as a reminder that people are not always what they seem; a simple note that you must look at people's actions and not take their motives at face value.

When she took the girls to swim lessons today, there was a car parked in the middle of two spaces. She parked immediately next to it to save space, trying to be nice. When they were leaving the pool, she found the following sticky note:

Who could have left it there? Could it be a message directly from God showing us the path to freedom? Is this the new scripture? Or is it more likely that some prude faced idiot that forgot how the current scripture tells them to behave? Judge not lest ye be judged... Let him without sin cast the first stone...

The truly funny part is that there is nothing on her van that would lead someone to assume that she is an atheist, nor a cry baby. She is neither. This was cowardice. Sniping cowardice. Say it to her face if you have something to say, don't leave a 'sticky note of righteousness'.

Is this religious persecution? This is Montana, not Georgia, Iran or Saudi Arabia. We have the right to believe how we wish.

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
Mahatma Gandhi


my other side said...

One of the bibles definitions of 'faith' is Hebrews 11:1, "Now faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see." Obviously, this hypocritical idiot believes that he/she posseses 'faith' and your wife does not. The irony is that Romans 14:1 states "Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgement on disputable matters." Also, Romans 14:4 "Who are you to judge someone else's servant?" That sticky note is hypocrisy at it's finest.

"Character is both developed and revealed by tests, and all of life is a test."
- Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Life

I would say your post-it fan failed this pop quiz miserably.

Wonderful blog, by they way. I appreciate how thorough you are in backing up all your information with links.

Shane C. Mason said...

First, thanks for the points.

Now faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see

That is a good definition of faith. It is a good to have faith. I have faith that human's are basically good. I do not see the love that I have for all things, but I am certain that it is there. However, like all things, Carl Sagan has some wisdom to share:

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

We can look at this in several ways. I wont even get into the one that involves the very existence of God. The person who wrote the sticky note claimed to have 'faith' by asserting that my wife had none. Neither of those claims came with any proof. They were just made. That is one of the things that bugs me the most about the self righteous, they get to claim their 'faith' as though it gives them some instant moral superiority over all of us heathens. With one little sticky note, the conversation is closed and we have no ground to stand on. I mean how could a crybaby athiest possibly hope to debate with someone with 'faith'.

I think the part that bothered me the most is that this person felt the need to go out of their way to try and make my wife have a bad day. Not becuase they wanted to save her soul, show her the light or provide a positive witness. They wanted to be pissy.

You can't convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it's based on a deep seated need to believe. Carl Sagan

Back to faith. I have never understood why it was such an important thing to God? Why couldn't he be clear?

What I'm saying is, if God wanted to send us a message, and ancient writings were the only way he could think of doing it, he could have done a better job.
Carl Sagan

But, don't call me God-less, please. That is not the case and for anyone to say so only shows that they know as little about me as ole Sticky-Note knows about my wife.

The idea that God is an oversized white male with a flowing beard who sits in the sky and tallies the fall of every sparrow is ludicrous. But if by God one means the set of physical laws that govern the universe, then clearly there is such a God. This God is emotionally unsatisfying... it does not make much sense to pray to the law of gravity.
Carl Sagan

granny said...

They sure get mean when they're fearful, don't they? They remind me of an insecure child who cannot bear to have their assumed order changed or questioned.

Shane C. Mason said...


Ed Kemmick said...

I don't know if it's just prejudice or what, but people are always misspelling the word used to describe those who don't believe in God. It is "atheist." Think of theist, theology, theocracy.

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