Pope: Being Religious Does Not Mean Avoiding Reality

It is fun to speculate on all the various meaning one can spin about a sermon the Pope gave recently. He said, paraphrasing, the being a follower of the faith does not mean one can avoid reality.

He was talking about missionaries and paying taxes. I gather from the link that he finds his perceptions of the will of the god clash with reality in fascinating and mysterious ways.

I suppose the Pope finds reality is the virgin birth, long dead saints coming back to life in Matthew, a dead Jesus coming back to life, a Devil and human immortality. Reality is different inside religion than it is outside.

Reality in parts of Christianity is limiting the potential of certain lesser classes. Women and gays cannot be clergy, for example.

Parts of Christianity have a reality that one fertilized cell is a human being. This means a human being is killed when there is a miscarriage or an abortion. If the mother is found responsible for either of these it she will be prosecuted and probably put in jail. A more rational reality is that one fertilized cell is not a human being. If the Pope wants reality he could start there.

Reality of Catholics like the Pope should also be that their religion is not the only “true” one but is just one in a long long parade. If one god was the only “true” god it would have become apparent in 200,000 years of human beings.

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  1. Juan Ruiz

    ” If one god was the only “true” god it would have become apparent in 200,000 years of human beings.”

    You are paraphrasing Christopher Hitchens’ point, which he made on numerous occasions.

    1. Juan 8:21 You are paraphrasing Christopher Hitchens’ point, which he made on numerous occasions.

      Also, I suppose, some many millions of skeptics over the 2,000 years. The most memorable quote from Christopher Hitchens was late in his life when a reporter, no doubt it had been asked of him many times, asked, “What will you say to God if it turns out there is one and you are there in front of him?”

      “I will ask him,” Christopher replied, “‘Why didn’t you make yourself obvious?'”

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