Re: If I'm raptured there will be millions of others raptured too
He said that in a particular circumstance to a young man He knew was too attached to his wealth, to test him.
In fact pretty much everything he said was to specific people under specific circumstances, and so can be ignored.
For example, to use this argument ...
It was NOT a principle for all believers or we'd all be on welfare, having become the poor that need support ourselves ...
... you have to ignore Matthew 6:25 - 34 so goddamn hard.
quote:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek: ) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Fortunately using your method of interpreting the Bible we know that this, like all the rest of the Sermon on the Mount, applied only to the people who were actually present at that sermon and can be ignored by actual Christians. Lucky break for you guys, huh? Otherwise you'd have to actually have faith in God, and who has time for that?
Re: Humanity's Utopian Dreams Are Always Nightmares but the Lesson is Never Learned
Well, what in particular would you object to?
"Manipulations of human beings" in attempts intended to make them better would include all sorts of things, from teaching them trigonometry to making them say the Pledge of Allegiance to indoctrinating them from a young age in Christianity. Where would you wish to draw the line?