Re: virus: Xian love
Sat, 23 Nov 1996 11:04:18 -0600 (CST)

On Sat, 16 Nov 1996, Eva-Lise Carlstrom wrote:


> Second, I noticed on rereading the original letter that that's not even
> what Chris asked for. He *said*
> >I have been reading the mail from the virus church and trying to
> >reconcile
> >why it is she is such a believer?
> Well, there are a lot of reasons people believe in the Christian religion.
> Among them:
> --That's what they grew up with, their parents believed it and taught
> them.
> --Christianity is very widespread, and they may not have encountered
> alternatives, or have encountered them only from a Christian perspective
> as 'heresy' or 'paganism'.
> --Christianity offers readier answers to such questions as 'what should I
> do with my life?', 'what comes after death?', 'am I being a good person?',
> than a lot of other systems, including no system.
> --Christianity has built-in rewards (salvation) and threats (damnation).
> If a person accepts those, e is 'hooked' on the system.
> --Similarly, the Christian God demands monotheistic worship, so anyone who
> believes in Him as the author of the Bible is 'hooked' on (and limited
> to) the whole system of rules and beliefs.
> --Christianity provides absolutes and guidance to people who are lost in a
> cruel or confusing world.
> --Christianity offers an all-forgiving God to those who feel abandoned by
> everyone else.
> Not being a Christian myself, I am sure I don't understand the appeal
> fully. Obviously, it hasn't worked on me. But just as obviously,
> Christianity feels right and true to millions of people.

Thanks for checking the original.

Things get messy when one starts seeing [spurious or not] interactions
between the spiritual and the natural. Try these out:

"It seems that the use of shareware violates the 7th Commandment. The
more shareware I have on my computer, the more cursed [NEGATIVE CASH
FLOW] my finances get."

"Wait a minute. Judging by the side-effects, attending this [a wildly
overpopulated weekly Christian Challenge meeting] is empirically sinful.
I'd better *stop* going."

If she has similar reinforcements, this would definitely solidify her

/ Towards the conversion of data into information....
/ Kenneth Boyd