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Ted Szukalski

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Religion in news and on the Internet

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On my train ride back home from work few days ago an older man sat next to me and started to read a book on writing sermons. I say “started” because he fell asleep almost immediately. I had a read of a paragraph in his book. It basically said that a successful sermon must relate contemporary real life issues to the religious teaching. It is an interesting statement. Perhaps many religious scholars all failed asleep while reading this ever so important paragraph too and that is why we have so much ridiculous religious news recently, which fail that simple suggestion.

In last two weeks, we had reports in news of various Islamic clerics proclaiming it is OK to marry underage girls, force sex in marriage, physically abuse wives, declaring that all Australians are drunkards, gamblers and adulterers. On the Christian side we had a priest stealing millions of dollars from the faithful and yet another lawsuit against the Catholic Church in a sex abuse case. And Pope now has a YouTube channel.

Internet is a fantastic medium of communication and in pure sense, religion, which is the basis of our moral values should help humanity to better itself. However, as long the messages delivered over the medium are so absurd, incompatible with civilization and day to day issues people producing these “sermons” will only alienate people against religion (and indirectly their followers).

PS: I hear the Earth is no longer flat and knowledge of herbs does not make you a satanic spawn. If these two things have changed perhaps other religious “teachings” could be refreshed too.

  • J. Austin

    Great photo and text to go w/ it. I totally agree with you. It’s too bad that all religious leaders missed that first paragraph. Following it would certainly clear up a lot of the current problems. I am deeply disturbed though by the increasing amount of corruption and misdeeds in organized religions, everything from stealing to adultery to pedophilia. At it’s most basic level, what part of the 10 commandments do they not understand? How can they supposedly preach the word of God/Jesus/etc and yet clearly do things that they know are wrong and against the moral fabric of virtually all religions/beliefs? It’s sad but you can see why so many people have lost faith and are skeptical about religion in general these days.

  • J. Austin

    Great photo and text to go w/ it. I totally agree with you. It’s too bad that all religious leaders missed that first paragraph. Following it would certainly clear up a lot of the current problems. I am deeply disturbed though by the increasing amount of corruption and misdeeds in organized religions, everything from stealing to adultery to pedophilia. At it’s most basic level, what part of the 10 commandments do they not understand? How can they supposedly preach the word of God/Jesus/etc and yet clearly do things that they know are wrong and against the moral fabric of virtually all religions/beliefs? It’s sad but you can see why so many people have lost faith and are skeptical about religion in general these days.