There is no god, church billboard proclaims
Recently humanist groups in the UK have purchased ads on the sides of buses to promote free thought. Now the Mansfield Ohio Church of Christ is inadvertently promoting the same message.
In another example of the recent trend of atheism themed billboards the church proclaimed, “There is no god.” In smaller print they also inform the motorists of Park Avenue East at South Adams Street and on U.S. 30 at U.S. 42 “Don’t believe everything you hear.” The campaign is the handy work of Christian minister Frank Moore.
While the local Mid Ohio Atheists group thinks the billboard promotes their own message, some confused Christians have complained. The purpose of the billboard was to make people think more about their beliefs (and promote the church’s website). In this regard I think it is a success, but as they say, “Be careful what you wish for.”
The attitude of not believing everything you hear is called skepticism. It is the only way to arrive at truth. Just because some one makes a statement is no reason to accept it as fact or use it as a basis of action or moral decision making. A statement may be true or false and without a method of verification it must only be “taken with a grain of salt.”
That is the basic difference between religious beliefs that are based on “faith” and Spiritual Humanism. Belief in any system that is based on prophecies or the supposed word of god that is impossible to verify is a flawed way to make moral and life or death decisions. The morality of contraception, acceptance of different sexual orientations, the very nature of good and evil, must never be based on faith. Faith is flawed.
Instead we must use the best method of verifying the true nature of the universe that mankind has ever been able to devise. The method that has provided all of the medicine that we use to keep people alive. The method that increased the production of food that feed the billions of folks in our world today. The method that discovered and mapped out the laws of electricity, telecommunications, and aerospace.
You will not find this method of truth and discovery in the bible, the koran, the book of mormon or the hindu verdas. No book of faith promotes this miraculous system. It’s called the scientific method. Without it our lives would be a far more miserable and nasty experience.
If you are interested in promoting a religion based on reason and the certainty that can only be attributed to the scientific method, then you need to learn more about Spiritual Humanism and the possibility of becoming an ordained minister through our church.
Don’t believe everything you hear.