Have you read the Bible?
Probably a made up guy. Even if he's real and the stories about him are real (well he does have a tomb, but no way to tell if he's truly what people described him as), he's a good person who developed his own moral compass.
Oh really? And Jesus Christ is?
As I said, his morals are a result of his own thought. A religion was just a medium.
Instead of a "quick" Wiki reading, do a good reading of what Fuchida read that changed his life -- the Bible. From the same Wiki article "
From a quick reading in Wikipedia, it seems Fuchida converted because he believed it was a way to embrace western culture, when he, all by himself, determined the Japanese culture was inhumane, and the western one was moral. Through his own logical process he came to that conclusion. No religion has given him that.
Mitsuo Fuchida and Jacob DeShazer.
Rick, it's not a decision, just a perception. The Koran has one author (God, via the Archangel Gabriel and the Prophet Muhammd), so it's not surprising it has fewer contradictions in it as there was only one witness to the events described, unlike the New Testament. It has also remained unchanged over the centuries whereas the Bible has been heavily edited and spawned multiple versions. It's logically easier to consider something to be the one true word if it is by one author and immutable. At least that's my perception.
Religion has done nothing good in this example. It was merely a tool to help Fuchida get a more concrete view of his morals, but he has done all the work by himself.
Your assertion that all humans who take part in a religion are inherently braindead, is one that may have some truth to it, but far from being a hard fact. Very far from it.
...In September 1949, after reading the Bible for himself, he became a Christian. In May 1950, Fuchida and DeShazer met for the first time. Fuchida created the Captain Fuchida Evangelistical Association based in Seattle, Washington and spoke full-time of his conversion to the Christian faith in presentations titled "From Pearl Harbor To Calvary".
He was a good person on the inside, just without any exposure to the world of people who are like him.
Religion has done nothing good here. Had there been no religion, he would have read any of the other books written by actual intellectuals, not a bunch of baboons believing in wizardry and fairytales.
The bible is perhaps humanity's best example of honest moral depravity.
My entire point is that the moral compass that people have, is the result of their own capacity to be moral and to process thoughts.
And the absurdity of it all, is that all religions are at least somewhat based on the notion that those practicing it are chosen by their respective god, loved more by their respective god, or are otherwise somehow special compared with infidels.
Man, if god existed, you can be damn sure he wouldn't give a flying fuck about any of you.
He murders babies before they're born, gives people untreatable diseases, outright tortures people who wronged none, brings famine, brings wars, and makes life unfair or non existent to 99% of people.
So he definitely doesn't care what you say during your pre-scheduled Sunday morning whining sessions in church.
And who even says his chosen people are on planet earth? There are statistically endless species of intelligent life forms in this universe.
Not that it matters, because the very idea of treating certain nations/tribes/peoples/religious groups differently, already reeks of a genocidal god.
But if you want to believe he exists, don't humanize him, and don't humiliate yourself by practicing religion.
To you practicing religion looks like a natural thing. But me? All I'm seeing is people doing the rain dance while rubbing their nipples with guacamole because they don't want god to yeet them into a fiery doom.
Yes. Entirely, plus the Kaballah, Mishna, and parts of the Zohar.
I could not think of anything more despicable than the bible.