A LETTER TO XIANS
By Dr. Roberta Money
The following is a letter that Dr. Money has written to teenage Christians that she thought you might like to share with others.
I see from the crucifix you wear and all your magical charms that you believe in the power of Jesus. Perhaps you have attended a church gathering or you have participated in some faith-healing rituals. I don't know.
But so many questions fill my mind. Have you "felt Jesus in your heart" yet? Have you ever felt a power come upon you? Do you worship the one true God? Have you been baptised? Do you have a Christian name? Have you gone to communion? Are you in the front or back pews? Have you used blessed wine in your rituals? Have you ever called forth a Holy Ghost?
The reason I am writing you is that I have studied the church for thirty years and I have come to certain conclusions.
Now, I know that you will disagree with some of my conclusions because we have travelled different paths. But I have added the benefit of the testimonies of those who used prayer in the highest levels possible such as the Papacy and the S.O.J. and then have come to believe in reality and now have renounced faith.
All I ask is that you have an open mind and give serious attention to the things I now bring up. Remember an unexamined faith is a worthless faith.
After all the talk about the "power" that people can get from prayer, I have never known a more powerless group of people.
Many of those who use prayer are sick all the time. They go through multiple marriages. They have money problems. Their cars get flat tyres. They get their share of 'flus and colds.
Even more seriously, they cannot beat their own drug or sex addiction. They are usually in bondage and totally powerless to change their life for the better.
If prayer really worked, they would never be sick. They would win every horse race in town! They would own Wall Street by now! They would be able to maintain a successful marriage.
But the fact is, you waste a lot of money and time on prayer and are no better off. In fact, you will end up worse off.
If prayer worked, church-goers would be picking up the winning lottery numbers every week. But the fact is that when the "rubber meets the road" prayer simply does not work.
One "minister of the cloth" (a relative of mine) is sick all the time. Her husband is dying of cancer! When she boasted to me of her hands-on powers, I confronted her with the rather obvious fact that her faith did not work for her or her ex-husband. She replied that her faith will not work for herself.
But who says that you cannot heal yourself by faith? Where is it written down? And who says that your husband or wife cannot use prayer to heal you? If her faith cannot help herself or her husband, then what good is it?
I could not help but point out that she was always crying about money problems. What use is her faith if it cannot make her rich?
The greatest ministers always end up broke, alone, and miserable. Check to see what happend to people like Jimmy Swaggart. They were all losers.
Whenever a true Rationalist challenges them, the believers always lose.
I have challenged believers to take their best shot and they always failed. On one occasion, a church sent priests to convert me but I didn't even get a headache!
I helped to move a girl from Philadelphia to Florida to escape her former church friends. If they really loved her, why did they try to convert her? If she wanted to leave the group, why did they object to her doing what she wished?
The church is lonely, sad, cold and sterile.
These are just a few things that came to mind as I thought about what I have seen in thirty years of research into faith.
The Light of Truth has broken the power of prayer and has brought life, love and rationality to light through Reason. Truth is Triumphant!
The church has nothing to offer that compares with the love of Reality. Turn to Truth in repentance. Renounce your religion and the words of a myth. Burn your bible and mash your altars. Learn or spurn. Repent or remain ignorant! Reality is the answer.
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