“Neighbors testified that they closed their windows to avoid hearing the boy’s screams…”

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What kind of a person must you be to watch your own child writhing in agony for days on end, screaming from excruciating pain until the only mercy is from the kindness of death? What kind of a person sacrifices the life of their own child to prove their faith? “Rigor mortis had set in before the parents called 911.” See: Faith healing deaths: Previous stories; and Commonwealth v. Twitchell.

Javon Thompson

Or, how do you watch your own child die from starvation when you’ve got plenty of food right in front of you? What has to be wrong with you? This is what happened to Javon Thompson. See Another Helpless Victim of Faith.

Or, what kind of a person forces their own child to drink acid, after being denounced as a witch by their church pastor? There are currently thousands of children being denounced as “witches” by Christian Evangelical religion in Africa, subjecting these children to torture and murder. See: The Efficacy of Faith; see also “Evangelical Churches involved in torture and murder of thousands of children denounced as witches” from the L.A.Times; as reported by Sign of the Times.

Read about what happened to Harrison Johnson, a two year old, after being stung by wasps 432 times.

And the sad thing is… this list goes on. It is reported that buried behind the Oregon City based Followers of Christ Church, which believes in faith healing, are at least 21 minors who died of preventable causes, “including simple infections which would be easily treated with routine antibiotics.”

It is what happens when people put their faith above their reason. And it’s not just limited to the children; there are countless other irrational acts of faith as well. But the question remains…

What kind of a person does these things?

I will tell you. It is the kind of person that has lost their moral compass to religion. It is the kind of person that can no longer distinguish right from wrong. Hypnotized by the promises of heaven and the threats of hell, it is the kind of person that puts more value on the unknown hereafter than on the known here now. It is the moral value system of a cadaver. They are the ones who will commit atrocities in the name of their faith.

Accused Witch“… accused child witch Jerry posing for a picture on his bed at the Children’s Rights and Rehabilitation Network in Eket, Nigeria. Jerry was beaten by his pastor, starved, made to eat cement and then set on fire by his father as his pastor’s wife cheered it on. Campaigners against the practice say around 15,000 children have been accused in two of Nigeria’s 36 states over the past decade and around 1,000 have been murdered. (AP Photo/Sunday Alabama) (AP)”

Soure: Click the link below to read the full article, it’s harrowing.
ABC News: Churches Denounce African Children as ‘Witches’

And since they can be convinced to do this to their own children, imagine what they can be convinced to do to you. Therein lie the fertile grounds for the seeds of terrorism. You know it, and I know it. From suicide bombers to forcing acid down a child’s throat, the common denominator is religious faith.

Where the god of one holy book says to kill the infidel, another holy book says, “He that sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the LORD only, he shall be utterly destroyed,” and is thereby expressed as the very first Commandment of the Christian faith. It is now clear. The faithful believer in these holy books is the kind of person that would do these things in the name of their faith.

The Truth: This is not to imply that a non-believer would never commit an atrocity. And it is not to imply that all religious people have lost their moral minds. There are millions of religious people from all walks of faiths that keep a high moral standard of human compassion in their religious values.

Rather, it is to clearly demonstrate that a committed faithful believer not only can be, and has been, but often is convinced to commit such atrocities in the name of their faith. The truth is, a “faithful” can be made morally blind by virtue of their faith. And the examples above are real life demonstrations of that truth.

What exactly did these parents believe that would make them do such horrible things?

Answer: They believed their holy books to be the inerrant word of a god.

As far as witches, it is this:

“There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, 11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.”
Deut 18:10-12 (KJV)

“Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.”
Ex 22:18 (KJV)

As far as prayer and faith to cure, it is this:

They believed the bible to be the inerrant word of a god. And they believed this god was in the form of the person Jesus. And in the bible Jesus made certain statements, promises and revelations that must therefore be true.

What were the words they believed to be true and inerrant? Jesus says in many places and in many ways that he (and or god) will answer your prayers. For example:

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”
John 14:12-14 (KJV)

*** Notice how DIRECT that statement is: If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it! *** But let’s make CERTAIN of his context by comparing it with other statements Jesus makes in that same context, on that same subject, so as to make no mistake of interpretation.

Jesus answered and said unto them, “Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. 22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
Matt 21:21-22 (KJV)

“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
Mark 11:24 (KJV)

“Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
Matt 18:19-20 (KJV)

Jesus said unto him, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”
Mark 9:23 (KJV)

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”
Matt 7:7-11 (KJV)

There are others but I chose only the passages where Jesus was doing the actual talking to minimize the usual excuses (interpretation, metaphor, context, parable, etc..).

Because if Jesus is sin free, he cannot lie; his words MUST be true as spoken. And isn’t it the word of a god?

One More:

And Jesus said unto them, “Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
Matt 17:20 (KJV)

But is it True?

Jesus says in many places that he and his father will answer your prayers if you would but have faith in him and his words, and believe.  And so the parents of those faith healing failures are left with the tragic consequences of putting their faith above what is true.

Truth does not subordinate to the beliefs one holds, to the delusions of one’s faith, or to the statements made by perceived authority. Truth is the direct correspondence with the facts (the actual world of reality); not the other way around.

Jesus should have said, among other things, “Suffer not the children for the faith of their parents. ” But then… how could he have known?

What to Believe?

Pretend for the moment you were allowed to think freely, without fear, seeking only the truth.

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