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Short essay on Christianity: c.1904

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Short essay on Christianity: c.1904

Christianity supplies a Hell for the people who disagree with you and a heaven for your friends.
The distinguishing feature of Christianity is the hypothesis that man is born in sin and conceived in iniquity: that through Adam's fall we sinned all, and to save us from eternal death or eternal damnation, the Son of God died on the cross, and this Son was God, Himself. These things are still in its creeds and confessions of faith. Has the Roman Catholic Church or any of the orthodox Protestant churches officially repudiated its creed and made a new one founded on industry, reciprocity, sweetness and light?
Christianity is not a unique religion. It has traits in common with many other religions. It is a conglomeration of Judaism and Egyptian mythology, with protests of Jesus and the ideas of Paul fused in the pomps and pride of Rome. It is a combination of morality and superstition, and they never form a chemical mixture. Man is the only creature in the animal kingdom that sits in judgment on the work of the Creator and finds it bad - including himself and Nature. God, personally, we are told, looked upon his work and called it good. There is where the clergy of Christendom take issue with Him.

No greater insult was ever offered to God than the claim that his chief product, man, is base at heart and merits damnation.

Making men live in three worlds at once - past, present and future has been the chief harm organized religion has done. To drag your past behind you, and look forward to sweet rest in Heaven, is to spread the present very thin.

It is true that that we are punished by our sins and not for them; it is true also that we are blessed and benefited by our sins. Having tasted the bitterness of error, we can avoid it. If we have withheld the kind word and the look of sympathy in the past, we can today give doubly, and thus, in degree, redeem the past. And we best redeem the past be
The man who lives in the present, forgetful of the past and indifferent to the future, is the man of wisdom.
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