I ran into this rant by a religious Finn. Who felt ostracised for expressing her/his (I do not know wich and frankly it is not important to the issue) feelings against marriage equality at his/her work as a social worker.

Here is a short but essential part of it first in Finnish:

“Haluaisin rohkaista JOKAISTA USKOVAA, joka työssään tai missä tahansa elämäntilanteessa joutuu arvostelun ja koetuksen alaiseksi: ÄLÄ HÄPEÄ JUMALAN SANAA! Sinun ei tarvitse siitä vastata, hän tekee sen kyllä itse, sinulla ei siis ole sen “oikeaksi todistamisen” pakkoa. Tärkeintä on, että pidät kiinni omasta uskostasi no matter what, sillä sillä on suora yhteys siihen missä vietät ikuisuutesi. KAIKKI mitä maanpäällä voi tapahtuakaan on täysin toisarvoista siihen nähden, missä olen kun täältä lähden.”

Free translation by yours truly:

“I would like to encourage EVERY BELIEVER, who in their work or in any other situation gets to be under evaluation and testing: DO NOT BE ASHAMED OF THE WORD OF GOD! You do not need to answer for it, he does it himself, so you are not forced to prove anything. The most important thing is, that you hold on to your own faith, no matter what, because it has a direct bearing to where you are going to spend your eternity at. EVERYTHING that can happen on earth is totally secondary to where I end up whence I leave this realm.”

There were also a couple of Bible quotes to go with:

1Kor. 1:18

In wich the Bible informs us, that the story about the cross is foolishness to the people who are going to suffer in the eternal afterlife while those lucky gits, who were gullible enough to take it at face value find their god to have strength within the story. Yes, I know it does not make any sense.

2.Tim.2:15

In wich the Bible tells the believer to work hard for the religion and not be ashamed of it. I wonder why believing in a particular superstition among all the others at face value would be considered shamefull and why it needs to be emphasized, that people should not not feel ashamed by this thing, that obviously even already in them days made people ashamed of their obvious gullibility? Wait, no I don’t.

According to the writer, there is no responsibility to find out what really is true, as this god character from ancient literature and cultural history bears the responsibility and answers to all what a person as a religious invidiual is going to choose, assume, or do. Instead of the religious people themselves. Exept, that where and when has that ever happened?

How could any adult avoid their own responsibility for their own actions by magically transferring it to to this unnatural and even at best unproven divinity character? As if there was only this one choise people were responsible for, and it was to take at face value what a particular relgious cultural heritage claims to be true, without providing any actual evidence, nor objectivity to the issue.

If one has no responsibility to show others, that the justification for their own personal choises and actions are indeed moral, but instead it is somehow sufficient, that they are merely following some arbitrary rules alledgedly, but as of yet, totally without any evidence, from beyond time and space, then is one not accountable to the fellow human beings? What sort of behaviour can be expected from a person with no responsibility to others? Only to this subjective feeling they have inside and the rolemodels set by an ancient book written by obviously ignorant and undoubtedly segragationist people with tribal morals? Religiously motivated genosides and suicide attacks on other people have been based on this very same logic.

The writer also emphasizes, that the person of faith should hold on to their faith “no matter what”, that is, they should believe something to be true and moral despite any evidence to the opposite. And why? Well, because of the threat of violence in this imaginary afterlife, that has been often enough suggested throughout various myths, but never ever has anyone provided any actual evidence, that such an obvious form of wishfull thinking was in any way true. The threat of violence does not make anything true. But I guess anything goes if you think your life is totally secondary to what might happen in the imaginary afterlife. It seems to me, this person is in serious danger of wasting the one and only life we arguably and evidently have…

The original source for this rant can be found from here:

http://www.sosiaalipaletti.com/taivaallista/uskossa-vai-askossa/

If I have made a mistake in my translation or interpretation, please feel free to correct me.

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