There is a fine line between ignorance and stupidity, and many people wilfully accept both. Everyone is born ignorant, but you’ve got to apply strict dedication to maintain stupidity, especially where religion is concerned. One of the things that I find deeply disturbing is their unwillingness to educate themselves on the natural world in favour of their supernatural mythology. This is a classic case of confirmation bias, in which they favour what sits in line with their belief rather than provided evidence and facts. It’s like they mentally train themselves to ignore anything that can contract their faith, and if they don’t understand, or don’t think something is plausible, then regardless of peer reviewed sources, they’ll refuse to accept its validity.
Earlier today I briefly engaged with an anonymous user on Twitter who claimed that he wasn’t an animal, he was a human. He is indeed correct in that he is a human being;
∙ Kingdom: Animalia;
∙ Phylum: Chordata;
∙ Class: Mammalia;
∙ Order: Primates;
∙ Family: Hominidae;
∙ Genus: Homo;
∙ Species: Homo sapiens;
But it’s a bit more complicated that being just a human. Life on Earth is separated into five very distinct categories, and whilst we are human, we are also mammals of the primate family that includes all of the other great apes that include; gorilla, bonobo, chimpanzee and orangutan. We are a component of the Animalia Kingdom, and we don’t fit the category of the other four kingdoms that are Monera, Protista, Fungi, and Plantae. Despite this being explained to him several times, he refused to acknowledge it as he felt it was dehumanising him.
“The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.” – Proverbs 12:22
Was he intentionally lying, ignorant or afflicted with stupidity, or a combination of all three? Personally I’d say he was blatantly lying to himself as the answers to what classification humans are defined as is at anyone’s fingertips if they are prepared to put in the research. Deception is a sin to the believer, and they have a tendency to take sin very seriously, so why do they feel compelled to lie so often? Jesus allegedly said that Satan was the father of lies, so why have they allowed Satan to take them away from their path of righteousness, if their faith is so strong? Is the temptation of lying too great, or is it a necessity if you wish to be rewarded with wealth? Take Pat Robertson, Kenneth Copeland, Ray Comfort, or my personal favourite disingenuous charlatan, Ken Ham.
“The Bible has noble poetry in it… and some good morals and a wealth of obscenity, and upwards of a thousand lies.” – Mark Twain
Some may argue that lying is a natural human function, and that sometimes it can’t be helped. This is true, and sometimes you will say something untrue to spare someone’s feelings, or to avoid another person’s embarrassment, but to purposefully be deceitful, with an agenda to cause personal gain at someone else’s expense is an abomination; yes Ken Ham, I’m looking at you and your Answers in Genesis foundation. The ninth commandment is said to prevent perversion of justice and people use the Bible in courts of law to swear under oath. I’d love to get Ken Ham on the stand, and ask him this question. ‘Considering you’re clearly well read and articulate in the way that you present yourself, how can you sleep at night knowing that you are getting rich from the gullibility and weak mindedness of the common American Christian who believes that you are being genuine about your young creationism claim, and that humans coexisted with dinosaurs?’ Would he be in a state of mental conflict, as he wouldn’t wish to be charged with perjury, or would be be as disingenuous as ever and lie before his god?
“All liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” – Revelation 21:8