Politician Hubert Humphrey said, “In politics, you can’t talk down to people and get their votes.”
I think that explains why state votes against gay marriage have started to fail. The warning gay marriage would affect straight marriages has never come to pass.
The same principle is seen when Catholic hierarchy warns the faithful they must never use birth control. People ignore this. They know better.
The Bible talks down to people. Instead of just explaining Jesus was someone who could perform miracles, it has him doing them over and over and over again. There are so many it can make one suspicious.
And, then there is the part where Jesus becomes a god or god like. The authors could have just had a moment or one explanation of how this came to be. But, like the miracles, they seem to have thought people would not understand unless played the divine card over and over.
There is Jesus becoming divine when he bounced out of the tomb. Then, he was made divine by John the Baptist.
That still wasn’t enough. He was made divine by the virgin birth. On top of that, he was pre-labeled divine before all of these happened.
This kind of repetition of magical thinking and hyperbole touches the hearts of millions. But, other millions find it an insult to their rational thinking and reject it.
The entire faith would do well to treat people’s ability to think rationally with more respect.
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