Movie: The God Who Wasn't There [2005] Movie: The God Who Wasn't There [2005]

Movie: The God Who Wasn't There [2005] Movie: The God Who Wasn't There [2005]

Sam Harris: If you're trying to get a medical degree, and you have all kinds of ideas about human health that are, that cannot be substantiated by evidence, uh, and you talk about your own strong convictions and yet can't adduce any reasons for them, you are, you know, not only are you not getting a degree, you are just, you are essentially laughed out of the room. And there's nothing wrong with that. You know, lives depend on that being the case.More Movie: The God Who Wasn't There [2005] Movie: The God Who Wasn't There [2005] quotes [12/26/2007 12:12:00]
[Showing frightening paintings of the damned in Hell]
Narrator: What is salvation? Well, it's the opposite of damnation. I learned that Hell is a real place where you really do go if you have not been forgiven by Jesus Christ. When the school says that each student will be encouraged to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, this is what encouragement means: Be forgiven - or be damned. But Jesus was a great guy! He'd forgive you for anything. Lying, murder, Internet pornography, anything. He'd even forgive you for speaking against Jesus himself. But apparently just to make things interesting, Jesus did add one extra rule to the mix. There actually is one unforgivable sin: denial of the Holy Spirit. If you do that, you are eternally damned. It says so right there in the Bible, twice. It's a doubly infallible rule. Deny the Holy Spirit and you can never, ever, go anywhere but Hell. And as luck would have it, the Holy Spirit is the easiest thing in the entire Doctrine to doubt. God is out of your reach, Jesus was two thousand years ago, but the Holy Spirit is with you, right here, right now, so you'd better really actually feel the Holy Spirit. You can't deny it in your thoughts, because Jesus is *in* your thoughts. And if your mind starts to wander to the fact that there's no more evidence for this Holy Spirit than there is for the existence of unicorns? Guess what you may have done. The greatest crime in fundamentalist Christianity is to think. And when I was a Village Christian, I was terrified that I'd accidentally done this.More Movie: The God Who Wasn't There [2005] Movie: The God Who Wasn't There [2005] quotes [12/26/2007 12:12:00]
Narrator: You ever notice what a bad rap the Inquisition gets? Even some Christians today think it was a bad idea. But how could it be a bad idea? If the Bible is right, aren't the stakes as high as they can be? If a little suffering here on Earth saves more souls for all eternity, isn't that a good thing? The Inquisition was not a perversion of Christian doctrine. The Inquisition was an expression of Christian doctrine.More Movie: The God Who Wasn't There [2005] Movie: The God Who Wasn't There [2005] quotes [12/26/2007 12:12:00]
Jerry Falwell: We've got to raise up an army!More Movie: The God Who Wasn't There [2005] Movie: The God Who Wasn't There [2005] quotes [12/26/2007 12:12:00]
[During the final credits]
Narrator: All right, let me give you a scenario.
Richard Carrier: Okay.
Narrator: You're dead. Uh, I hope of old age.
Richard Carrier: Right.
Narrator: I'm not talking about the Holy Jesus Lamb versus the beefsteak war. Let's just say, this is, this time, it's old age.
Richard Carrier: [laughing] Right, sure, sure.
Narrator: And you find yourself in Hell, and you're being roasted on a pit, and every hour, on the hour, you have to suck Satan's greasy cock or whatever they make you do down there. I hear it's really bad.
Richard Carrier: [laughs] Yeah, right.
Narrator: Don't you wish you would have believed? It would have been so easy, just to believe.
Richard Carrier: Well, no, because it wouldn't really be any better. If I had to sit in Heaven forever, knowing that there are these people - millions and millions, probably billions of people - suffering these eternal horrible torments, and there was nothing I could ever do for them... that, to me, would be Hell.More Movie: The God Who Wasn't There [2005] Movie: The God Who Wasn't There [2005] quotes [12/26/2007 12:12:00]

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