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Missions around the World

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    "Jesus loves me, this I know;
    For the Bible tells me so."

    A couple lines from a children's song. Whatever the Bible says is right. Don't think for yourself. Don't seek out evidence of anything. Just read the Bible. I'm probably reading way more into that song than is necessary, but it seems to be applicable.
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    If one believes in the Bible then one believes in Jesus, so therefore if the Bible tells it's believers that the Bible/Scripture tells them these things are true why wouldn't they believe that Jesus loves them also? I can understand why non-believers don't adhere to these truths but why question the motives of others if it doesn't pertain to you?
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    Amen Zach....I was definitely wrong about you..educate these people in this forum.
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    I as the self appointed leader of the "Church of objective reasoning" Current members are Dutch, myself, and PGR. We would like to welcome Zach as a new member. And how do I know? Because my bible told me so
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    Driving the other day, I made an observation of Hospitals named for religious organizations and thought ..why? The why is easy, Jesus, as recorded in scripture, says, "Heal the sick". Later, I searched on the Internet and found various references of religious naming of hospitals around the world. As there are many, I attempted to locate a Hospital named for agnostic and atheism or secular beliefs. Although, I could not locate any around the world, I do acknowledge a Hospital may be named just that "Hospital" or "City Hospital" or "Country Hospital" or "State Hospital". A mission of many religious organizations do enormous support for Hospitals, thus "Heal the Sick". I find this as another example of a great benefit to mankind what Religion has given to humanity........hospitals. I even reviewed history even through ancient history and found where religion has provided mission to build, support and provide medical hospitals around the world.

    Now looking at the financial support of these same religious hospitals, of course you expect various religions donating their time and funding to the mission cause of "Heal the Sick", but there is another striking support mechanism. Surprise, there are many agnostic and atheist organizations and wealthy benefactors that support these same hospitals. So, a thanks is in order for those agnostic, atheist and non-believers that support our hospitals so named for our religions.

    This brings up another example of institutional mission oriented religion building in the world and that is education, colleges, and universities. Again, in trying to locate "The Agnostic University" or "The Atheist University", I was hard pressed to find anything. However, I do know that atheism and agnostic beliefs have dominant presence in many universities and colleges around the word. With that in mind, I also know that religious students do hold support belief groups in most all university and college environments. There are even Greek Frat & Sorority organizations on campuses that are religious based. Again another example of religious missions around the world is education.

    So why does the thought of self-sufficiency always come up as an argument against religion. Self-sufficiency seems to be anti-humane and unsupportive of "other" people, especially to ignore the helplessness of society in life's issues. A common belief that mankind cannot exist on an island alone has it's roots in that people need other people to survive. You can become a hermit if your desire, but sometime you will require someone's else's help.

    Education and Medical Hospitals just two more examples of many in religious missions around the world.
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    Stop reading signs and start reading up on what the true thinkers believe(d). This is a good place for you to start:

    Religion is Mental Illness
    Philosopher Bertrand Russell wrote:

    "'Religion is based...mainly upon fear...fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand.... My own view on religion is that of Lucretius. I regard it as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race.'"

    “I think all the great religions of the world—Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, and Communism—both untrue and harmful.”

    “What really moves people to believe in God is not any intellectual argument at all. Most people believe in God because they have been taught from an early infancy to do it, and that is the main reason. Every moral progress that there has been in the world, has been consistently opposed by the organized Churches of the world.”
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    pr Wrote: Stop reading signs and start reading up on what the true thinkers believe(d). This is a good place for you to start:

    Religion is Mental Illness
    Philosopher Bertrand Russell wrote:

    "'Religion is based...mainly upon fear...fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand.... My own view on religion is that of Lucretius. I regard it as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race.'"

    “I think all the great religions of the world—Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, and Communism—both untrue and harmful.”

    “What really moves people to believe in God is not any intellectual argument at all. Most people believe in God because they have been taught from an early infancy to do it, and that is the main reason. Every moral progress that there has been in the world, has been consistently opposed by the organized Churches of the world.”
    Indeed it is a Mental Illness; however I've not seen a "pill" yet which cures an indoctrinated brain, because tax free money is involved so churches and its "herd" are not eager to get cured. "Facts is the cure" but they refuse to take that treatment.
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    Mother Jones: Charts: Catholic Hospitals Don't Do Much for the Poor

    "MergerWatch data show that Catholic hospitals, where executives often earn multimillion-dollar salaries, aren't doing any better providing charity care than other religious non-profit hospitals that don't restrict care. They're barely any better than ordinary secular nonprofits.

    "All of these numbers suggest that as Catholic hospitals have merged and expanded into a multi-billion dollar enterprise, they've moved far beyond their religious mission and become like any other large corporation. Given those trends, and the hospitals' reliance on public funding, it's hard to see how they can continue to justify their mixing of Catholic doctrine with health care, especially when it disproportionately violates standards of care for women."


    I picked on Catholic hospitals, but the same could probably be said for all the religious based hospitals. They are in it for the money. The numbers in the article show how little money goes to actual charity for the poor regardless if you are a religious based institution or other. As a percentage of their gross revenue, 2.8 percent is spent on charity care. That's not a very big number to claim "charity" as a part of their mission.
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    Schmidt Wrote: Mother Jones: Charts: Catholic Hospitals Don't Do Much for the Poor

    "MergerWatch data show that Catholic hospitals, where executives often earn multimillion-dollar salaries, aren't doing any better providing charity care than other religious non-profit hospitals that don't restrict care. They're barely any better than ordinary secular nonprofits.

    "All of these numbers suggest that as Catholic hospitals have merged and expanded into a multi-billion dollar enterprise, they've moved far beyond their religious mission and become like any other large corporation. Given those trends, and the hospitals' reliance on public funding, it's hard to see how they can continue to justify their mixing of Catholic doctrine with health care, especially when it disproportionately violates standards of care for women."


    I picked on Catholic hospitals, but the same could probably be said for all the religious based hospitals. They are in it for the money. The numbers in the article show how little money goes to actual charity for the poor regardless if you are a religious based institution or other. As a percentage of their gross revenue, 2.8 percent is spent on charity care. That's not a very big number to claim "charity" as a part of their mission.
    "Schmidt" just ask our governor Scott (FL) he stole millions from hospitals and Medicare; but is up for re-election (likely he is Catholic; because he's a "tea party" member and strongly against birthcontrol/abortion and womens rights )
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    Rick Scott's bio in Wikipedia says he is "evangelical Christian".
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    Schmidt Wrote: Rick Scott's bio in Wikipedia says he is "evangelical Christian".
    So does that not make him a filthy hypocrite? May be even worse than Catholic.