Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Pat Robertson Advises A Christian About Atheist Boyfriend

9 comments:

Comrade Kevin said...

Go away, old man.

CyberKitten said...

What a *total* idiot that man is.

FrumJewInYU said...

Is he an idiot because he believes in G-d, or is there something about what he said that's stupid even if you grant the existence of G-d?

Because it makes sense, if you'd like your kids to be religious, and that's something important to you, to be together with someone who will help and not hurt in that respect.

Although admittedly he went a little overboard with the whole "devil" thing. He could've just said it practically like I did. Whatever.

E-Man said...

I do think he is an idiot for saying an Atheist will be serving the devil. The point of atheism is that it does not believe in a higher power.

If this girl really wants to be a "good" christian why is she dating an atheist? If anything she should either not care that he is an atheist and then she will not be a "good" christian. Or she should not date him. Why would you need to ask someone on television that question?

FrumJewInYU said...

I totally agree with you on the "why do you need to ask" part.

But when priests say someone is serving the devil, they don't mean that the guy is consciously worshiping satan. They mean that he is inherently performing the service of the devil through the beliefs he has chosen for himself. He doesn't believe in the devil, but the Christians do, and they think that people who lack belief are unknowingly serving the devil. That's all. It's the same way they think someone who don't accept the J-man as his lord and savior is automatically going straight to hell even though he doesn't actually believe in hell.

Yeshivish Atheist said...

It really all depends on how much religion matters to you. If it's casual and lax, then I could see a christian-atheist relationship working out. On the other hand, if she is one of those "Jesus freaks", then the relationship probably won't go that far.

The correct answer to her question should have been another question: "How important is your religious believs vs. Your loved one?"

E-Man said...

Can't we assume when someone says they are a "good" christian that means religion matters to them?

Yeshivish Atheist said...

Can't we assume when a "good christian" says they have a serious intimate relationship with an atheist (who is doing the work of the devil!) that means their religion might not mean as much to them as previously thought? OR at least not as important as the love she is experiencing with her atheist boyfriend?

I really don't think this is such a clear-cut case, and I don't think treating it as such would be wise.

Theresa said...

My fiance and I laughed at that so badly.

We both agree that there is some logic to them not working out over this.

But he couldn't have described it any more poorly had he tried.