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Date: Mon, 16 May 2011 12:38:51 -0300
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10 Ways How to Think and Act Like a Pagan
  by J. Randal Matheny, editor
  http://is.gd/pagan

#10. Make good use of excuses. Stay out of church
because of hypocrites. For every Ananias and Sapphira
who get zapped, a hundred other false Christians are
hiding in the pews. Hurt feelings are always a good
out. Remember: it's never your fault.

#9. Stay busy running after the necessities of life,
instead of putting first the Kingdom of God. After
all, that's what pagans do, heap up material things.
Matthew 6:32-33.

#8. Be friends only with your little group. Everybody
else is a bit weird. Matthew 5:47.

#7. Go in for ritual. Don't worry with the heart, if
you get the motions down right, that's what the gods
are looking for. Matthew 6:7.

#6. Power is the name of the game. Get as many people
under your thumb as possible. Religion is a great
venue for control and manipulation. All the while,
make yourself out to be the great Benefactor. Mark
10:42; Luke 22:25.

#5. If it feels good, do it. Passion is good, let
desire have rein. Otherwise, you'll be repressed! 1
Thessalonians 4:5.

#4. Make the do-gooders look bad. Accuse them of
legalism, self-righteousness, hypocrisy,
inconsistency. Maybe nobody will notice that your
criticisms have no basis. 1 Peter 2:12.

#3. Modernize. Keep up with the latest developments
and trends. Restorationism is for old fogeys. You'll
never win a world with ancient ideas. Acts 17:21.

#2. Make your idol into god, because he'll be mute,
and you can make him say what you want. That way, your
opinion becomes the word of god. 1 Corinthians 12:2.

#1. Deny the existence of God. Just do away with the
whole god-problem with a single whack. Decide it's all
a hoax designed to keep people in line. When we're
dead, we're done. And keep your fingers crossed that
you're right. Psalm 14:1.

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