I had an interesting Internet reaction to something that I had written recently. I periodically write a series of articles called Letters to Joshua. One of these got picked up on a website called TheFatherLife. I was writing a letter to Josh about Proverbs 1:7, which says “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” I had a gentlemen disagree with me and was a little surprised by his strong opinion of my mental abilities.
Here is what he had to say: “Wisdom and religion are two separate things. Having religion makes you no more wise than having wisdom makes you religious. This is yet another example of the contradictions that have become the modern Bible. In the passage quoted fear of the Lord is necessary yet in many other passages throughout the Bible the Lord is referred to as loving and a benevolent being. Why would you fear a loving and benevolent being? This kind of logic is false logic and contradictory. What is important is to teach our children what is wrong and right, not because religion dictates it rather because it is what we believe is morally necessary to function as an evolving and enlightened society. Lastly on another note your profile statement claiming yourself as a thinker is an insult to thinkers and freethinkers everywhere. A thinker wouldn’t teach children they need to be morale because of a fear of the Lord. They would teach them being morale is out of respect for our fellow human being. Religion while it can have a place in morality is not and should not be a means to an end. If history has taught us anything about religion it is that religion does not and has not brought us morality any more than it brought righteousness. We can teach morality but ultimately cannot dictate it.”
What would you say to that?
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