The recent revelation that executives at the General Motors Corporation knew since 2001 that there were problems with their vehicles which would in all probability result in the deaths of people and their decision to do nothing about it for financial reasons, to me, is a reflection of the mentality of Christianity and Islam. Since Christianity is the dominant religion in the US where GM is headquartered and most, if not all, of the executives who decided to put profits over the lives of people resulting in the known deaths of at least 13 innocent people and at least dozens of injuries were probably Christians and influenced by Christianity, I'm going to focus on the common mentality between greed and selfishness and Christianity.
The GM executives did a cost-benefit analysis and determined it would be more financially profitable not to repair the problem with their vehicles and, instead, let their defective vehicles kill people and then pay the families of their victims damages for the loss of their family members. This sick and twisted amoral thinking is found in the cornerstone of Christianity.
On an individual basis, a person comes to Jesus and accepts Christianity and its Bible because they do a cost-benefit analysis and decide that based on the teachings of Christianity, the bottom line is if they accept Jesus into their hearts they will go to heaven when they die, but if they do not accept Jesus they will burn and suffer in hell for eternity. This is pure fear based selfishness. Like the GM executives, doing the right thing never even enters the picture. It's all based on the greed principle of what's in it for me. The crimes of the GM executives and the dead people and misery in their wake show us the very real dangers to this type of thought process and mentality.
Add to this the fact that in Christianity, even helping the poor and praying are done for a selfish reward. Matthew 6:1-6 says that Jesus said, "Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." Wouldn't it have been better if Christians were taught to do the right thing simply because it's the right thing to do and will help other people? And why you should expect to get a reward for praying is beyond reason.
One of the great qualities of Deism is that there is no greed or selfishness in it. People don't become Deists because they're promised a reward from God and/or a ticket to heaven. People become Deists because Deism seems the most in line with reason, truth and reality to them. And Deists who become active Deists and who do their best to promote Deism do so simply because it's the right thing to do because it not only promotes reason and progress, but it also helps people in their own individual lives as is made clear in our "Why Deism?" section of www.deism.com. On top of this, Deism holds out the most promise to society as a whole for freeing it from all the unnecessary religious violence infecting society as well as from all the fear and superstition which often causes the deaths of innocent children through faith healing and exorcisms.
When Thomas Paine was trying to encourage people to start and support the American Revolution, he wrote in Common Sense, "We have it in our power to begin the world over again." Nothing could be more true than this regarding our situation now. As we work to bring about a profound revolution in religion through Deism, we truly do "have it in our power to begin the world over again!"
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