Ricky Gervais: Why I am a Good Christian

Ricky Gervais was kind enough to write us a wonderful holiday message last year titled Why I’m an Atheist. This year he’s done it again for Easter, but with a new message: Why I’m a Good Christian. In it he covers the coveted Ten Commandments and A) sheds some light on the meaning of one or two commandments and B) explains why he is better at following every one of them than most Christians. I’ll give you a taste of his message, but you’ll have to click through to his site to read the whole thing (which I highly encourage).

So many Christians think that because they believe in the right God, they are automatically good and have a one-way ticket to everlasting life. Dare I say it but I suspect this is their main reason for believing. I’ve heard so many “believers” say, “Well, since there is no way of being sure whether there is a God or not, it’s better to believe in God than not, because that way, if you’re wrong it doesn’t matter and if you’re right you get everlasting life.” Win:win.

This is of course Pascal’s Wager, which assumes that God if he exists would reward blind faith above logic and living a good life as an atheist.

To the Christians’ God by the way, it’s just as bad to believe in the wrong God as no God at all. The idea of other Gods is of course ridiculous to Christians. Supernatural poppycock. As if there was ever a Zeus; stupid, ancient, unenlightened superstition. And even if there are other Gods (which of course there aren’t) then the Christians’ God is the best. Hardest, smartest… just better. He would laugh at Zeus and call him a Greek bender. (I doubt that God is racist and homophobic but the Bible isn’t clear. Some bits go on about love and equality and others say you shouldn’t trust certain types and that laying down with a man as you would with a woman is punishable by death and is a bit sick and evil.)

So remember. If you are gay you are “Bumming for Satan” basically. (That would make quite a good T-shirt.)

…read the whole thing

I hope you’ll read both the Easter message in its entirety and the original Christmas message from last year (which I linked to at the beginning of this post). Even if you get nothing else from it, Gervais has a way to make religion even more hilarious than it does for itself, so hopefully you’ll at least get a kick out of it.

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