An Old Man From Jersey Explains

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C.OMBS UP TO MB AND SAYS,

HEY, MISTE12!

SO I TJ.lINK ABOUT IT F012 A MINUTB, AND TJ.lBN I ASK.,

vve!"'!'" CHRISTIANS SAY I-IINDUS WORSHIP MYTHOI,...OGY, AND HINDUS SAY C.HJ2ISTIANS WOT2SHIP MYTHO("'OGY~ MOJ2MONS SAY MUSI,...IMS WOT2SHIP MYTHO("'OGY, AND MUSI,...IMS SAY MOJ2MONS WORSHIP MYTHOI,...OGY~.~

DO YOU Bet..leVE WATER F12eEZeS AT .32 DeGReES FAH12eNHeIT? DO YOU Be{....n~Vet..IGHT T12AVEt..S AT 181D/282 MIt..ES peR HOUR? DO YOU BEt..IEVE THE P{""ANETS 012BIT THE SUN? DO YOU BEt..leVE VOt..CANOSAf2e CAUSED BY MAGMA BU12STING THROUGH THE EARTH IS CRUST? DO YOU Bet..IEVE IN GRAVITY? DO YOU BEt..IEVE DRINKING D12ANO Wlt..t.. Klt..t.. YOU/AND DO YOU eveN KNOW THE SCIENCE BEH INDWHY D12INKING DRANO Wlt..{.... lt..t.. YOU? K

se{""IEVING IN SCieNCE qq"l" OF THe TIME AND THEN CONT12ADICTING YOURset..F THe ONe TIMe YOU NeeD A COP OUT eXCUSE ISNIT A VAt, ID F012M OF A12GUMeNT~ THAT1S A DEFENce MeCHANISM~

ISNIT evu, .....ITIS JUST INDIFFERENT, t..IKe A NEUT12At.., OBJeCTIVE THI12D PARTY?

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JUST TO Be Ct..EA12, CAN we 12ePH12ASETHAT QUESTION TO ASK WHICH gEt..IGIOUS BOOK PASSES THe SAME TEST F012 T12UTH we get..Y ON IN eVERY OTHER ASPECT OF OUR t..lves?

we CAN FACT CHeCK W012DS THAT AgE WglTTeN DOWN AND HOt..D THEM ACCOUNTABt..E .. tigGUING OVEg WHAT YOU PE12S0NAt..t..Y FEEt.. YOU12I2Et..IGION IS TO YOU IS t..IKE A12GUING WITI-I A BIPOt..AJ2 GHOST WITH MUt..TIPt..e pe12S0NAt..ITYDIS012DEJ2S WHO IS IN DENIAt...

WHAT IF c;O'D IS t..IKE. A 21CH, l,..OVING DAD WHO ONl,..Y SeeMS TO HAVE.ABANDONE.D HIS CHIL.. J2eN WHeN IN J2eAt..ITY He D t..E.T THE.M !...E.AVE. HE. NE.STTO G20W UP ON THE.IJ2OWN? T

riM JUST CUJ210US, DO THE. 012PHANS HAVE. TO KNOW 012 BE.t..tE.VE.WHO THE.I12 DAD IS IN012DE.J2 TO 12E.CIE.VE. THEIJ2 INHE.12ITANCE.? 012 WI!...!... HE. DAD TH120W T THE.M IN THE. GUTTE.J2 IF THE.Y DONIT FIGU12E.OUT WHO HE. IS BE.F012E. HE. COME.S TO BAIt.. THE.M OUT OF THE. 012PHANAGE.HE. ST12ANDE.D THE.M IN?

YOU MAY Be SUPJ2IS6D TO t..eA12N THAT SeV612Al,.. SeL..FPROCt..AIMeD P12OPH5TS WI20TE. DOWN IN SOME. PReTTY POPUL..AJ2 12E.L..IGIOUSBOOKS THAT GOD IS, AS YOU SAY, A DOUCHe BAG~

WE.t..!...,IF A SE.t..F-PJ20Ct..AIME.D PJ20PHE.TWI20TE IT DOWN THE.N IT MUST BE. TI2UE.~I ME.AN, HOW CAN WE. UNDE.12STAND THE. NAT UI2E.OF THE UNIVE.I2SE.012 THE. DIFFE.I2ENCE. BE.TWE.E.N I2IGHT AND W120NG WITHOUT PJ20PHE.TS TO TeACH US GODIS ONE. TI2UE. 12E.!...IGION?

--~A12E.WE. STIt..!... IGNOI2ING THE. FACT THAT TH512515 A CONseNSUS AMONG Al,..L..THe P120PHeTS THATl2el,..IGION 15 MYTHOt..OGY?

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THeN AAYBe YOU SHOUL.1:> W02SHIP THe I ...... THey CAMe UP WITH WAY ~S MOl2e I2UL.eS THAN MOSeS, AN1:>THe'f2e CONSTANTL.Y UPDATING THeM TO Be MOl2e AP?/....ICABL.e TO THe evea CHANGING WOI2/....1:> L.IVe IN.. We

THe r.~ ..s .. IS EVIt.... THey TAKe At..t.. YOU12MONeY, ANI> THel12 zu.es DON1T EveN MAKE seNSE HAt..F THE TIME.

THe POINT IS THeRe HAS TO M02!:; TO I,...IFeTHAN 8elNG STRANDeD IN AN INDIFFe2eNT UNIVe2se WHeRe YOU HAVe TO FIGU12e OUT eVe12YTHING FOR YOURSel,...F AND TAKe ReSPONSI811,...ITYF012 YOU12OWN CONCI,...USION5..

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! COU("'D ASK YOU THe SAMe QUeSTION, BUT IF YOUt12e
CONSTANTt..YDISAGl2eeING WITH THe peopt...e WHose JOB IT IS TO INDIFFe12eNT("'Y, OBJeCTlve(...y POINT OUT THe OBVIOUS THeN AT SOMe POINT YOU MIGHT CONSIDe12 THe POSSIBI("'ITY THAT THe soul2ce OF THe CONFUSION IS THAT YOUI12e WI20NG~

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