When I became convinced that the universe is natural, that all the ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain, into my soul, into every drop of my blood the sense, the feeling, the joy of freedom. The walls of my prison crumbled and fell. The dungeon was flooded with light and all the bolts and bars and manacles became dust. I was no longer a servant, a serf, or a slave. There was for me no master in all the wide world, not even in infinite space. I was free – free to think, to express my thoughts – free to live my own ideal, free to live for myself and those I loved, free to use all my faculties, all my senses, free to spread imagination’s wings, free to investigate, to guess and dream and hope, free to judge and determine for myself… I was free! I stood erect and fearlessly, joyously faced all worlds.
Humanism isn’t about single handedly changing the world.
Humanism is about keeping your child home from school when she’s sneezing or coughing in order to prevent other kids and their families from getting sick.
Humanism is about tipping your hard-working waitress who’s got 3 kids at home.
Humanism is about hugging someone who’s having a bad day.
Humanism is about telling a stranger in the parking lot that their tire is low, or that their headlight is out, or that their gas cover is open.
Humanism is about giving a homeless person the leftovers from your family’s meal at Applebee’s.
Do something good for somebody today!
Dear religious friends:
The Bible teaches that anyone who “hates his brother” goes to hell (“cannot love God.”)
“Hates his brother” means “hates a fellow believer” in the context of 1 John 4:20.
See BDAG 18 s.v. ἀδελφός 2.a
And based on everything I’ve observed in the Church throughout my life, chances are pretty high, dear religious one, that you hate somebody who goes by the title of “Christian.”
If 1 John 4: 20 were true, and if there were a God that sent people to hell, then as a general rule, the entire Church is hell bound.
1 John 4: 20
If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.