Aren't these Christian beliefs, all concocted by Euro theologians & bishops, 
farcical? We have been fed on myths & fables for too long. Why on earth does 
God need to have a son? To us earthlings, 'son' means the product from the 
physical relations between man and woman. In the Euro Christian case, the 
father is God  but wait - isn't God genderless! So he decides to have 
'relations' with one of his own creatures - Mary, a Jewish teenager. Could 
anything be more weird??
How was this accomplished? We are told that the power from the Most High 
'overshadowed' her and she conceived. Now we are getting into magic and 
fantasy.  Ha, ha. 
But, why go through these spiritual gymnastics?God had created defective 
creatures and he wanted to redeem them. How? As Roland says: through "the cruel 
and unnecessary death of the son."

So after man's redemption, why is the world rotten as ever? Why do people (like 
Trump, Natenyahu and Modi) continue to prosper despite their crimes? Was the 
redemption in vain?The way out of this impasse is for our Asian theologians 
(and there are brilliant ones like John, Amaladoss and Pieris) to devise our 
own Christianity. But would they have the guts and would Europe allow this?
Until then, let's wait for the next redemption. 
The next Mary might be a Goan, who knows?

    On Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 17:40, Roland Francis 
<> wrote:

 One of the arguments against non-belief in a god or gods or religion is that 
people would get away with injustices if there was no afterlife. Punishment in 
the form of hell (Christianity, Islam) or rebirth to a lower caste of life-form 
(Hinduism) solves that. God is merciful and yet administers firm justice.

Atheists on the other hand say that one can expect that people will sometimes 
get away with crimes against other people and prosper till they die with little 
price (but for one's conscience) to pay. It is an inevitable part of the human 

That is an honest stand compared to the hypocritical stance of the major 
religions. Islam for example teaches that Allah will forgive anything except 
'shirk' (belief in another God) or 'riddah' (apostasy, a Muslim denying Islam).

In Christianity, you may do anything, yes any crime, no exceptions, and with 
asking forgiveness you will enjoy heaven.

Aside from the fact that no one has any good evidence of heaven or hell, it 
also means that the concept of god's justice tempered with mercy is a fallacy. 
In Christianity you are told of hell, a punishment from the father, but you are 
offered a loophole of redemption due to the sacrifice, meaning cruel and 
unnecessary death of the son.

In human terms, a judge can convict you and with mitigating circumstances can 
give you a lesser term than you deserve. Justice tempered with mercy. With 
condemnation to hell, how is there mercy? In the religious context, afterlife 
believers should admit that for them, justice and mercy are mutually exclusive 

Roland Francis


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