I concur with you strictly in your opinion of the comparative merits of atheism and demonism, and really see nothing but the latter in the being worshiped by many who think themselves Christians.
I find this topic amusing as I have spent the past few days thinking on various aspects of our political system and society as a whole.
The thing that amuses me the most is, while atheists and those with no religious dogma are the first to speak out for "peace" or at least a level of non-aggression; we often find those of the Christian side of things a bit more bloodthirsty for revenge and retribution. Now, I am not either; however I have a firm grasp on Christianity after being raised in the church for 18 years. I also understand atheistic philosophy as well. There really isn't much to it because there is no "blind faith" involved needing complex explanations, but rather they have "blind reasoning".
Back to the topic at hand.
Christians, as it has come to my attention, are the main religious sect of people in this country who seek to continue the war against "Islamic Fascism" and to "get back" at those who perpetrated 9/11. But as I review the teachings of their master, or Messiah, I see a disconnect in his teachings and the actions of those bloodthirsty masses seeking to invade every nook and cranny to destroy those who despise them.
I hate quoting scripture, because I personally have no real use for it; however, in a situation like this I think it is far from unreasonable to interject a teaching of Christ.
Luke 6:27 -31
27“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them.30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
Wow.. let's take a look at verse 29. Hell, for that matter, perhaps verse 27 as well. Maybe even verse 31, but maybe I'm pushing it to far.
Well, then you have to ask a simple question.... what is the right thing to do according to Jesus?
21Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?”22Jesus said to him,“I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven."
So, based on the teachings of Christ, which those who profess to be a Christian are supposed to honor and apply to their walk in this religion, we see a massive disconnect in what Jesus teaches and what many of the followers of this belief system actually do.
We are fighting a war, ten years old and have slaughtered millions in retribution for an attack on our country. Many of those whose lives and liberties have been stripped away have been those defending themselves and their families; however, we choose not to see them as people like you and I, but rather in cute nicknames like "terrorist" and "insurgent". Many of those deaths have been innocent lives, mere "collateral damage" left in the wake of the Christian War Machine out to convert the Islamic world to American ideologies.
So here I sit, 1:00am on a Sunday morning, trying to find logic in a mentality that is anything but logical.
Based on Christ's teachings, Christians are supposed to be pacifists. Christians are actually supposed to be more than pacifists, they are supposed to continue to give and love while they are being attacked and hated. Christians are supposed to show the world "God's love" through actions and speech, yet we perpetuate a cycle of war in the name of "Christian" nation. As Christians, are you not supposed follow the teachings of your Messiah, or is it OK to pick and choose what you listen to from his teachings?
Now some may respond with "...but in the Old Testament it says..." and I hate to break it to you, unless you are Jewish this has no bearing on you as the teachings of Christ trump anything mentioned in the Old Testament. Some may respond "... but Paul says..." (being that he wrote most of the books in the New Testament); however, Paul was not Christ. If you think Paul's teachings are more applicable to you, then perhaps you aren't a Christian and need to reevaluate who it is you actually serve. Maybe you are a Paulian...Paulite... Pauler... or whatever name you want to give it.
Christians are supposed to follow the teachings of Christ, plain and simple. For anyone who claims that they are a Christian, they have to remember that the teachings of Jesus are not a buffet-style ideology. Sure, Jesus leaves a lot of gray areas for you to operate in, but this is one thing he was clear on. This was the same man, according to the Christian belief structure, who was the "Son of God" and chose to be executed by the enemy. He had all the power in the world, could have called legions of angels down to destroy those destroying him... but what did he do instead?
Revenge has no place in the Christian ideology. Technically speaking, there is no room for even defending yourself in Christianity. Yet millions of dollars pour into the Republican party from Christian organizations that have allowed this non-Chrisitan war to continue, the "Christian Conservatives" who seemed to have glossed over this nifty little teaching that is now being pointed out to you by someone outside of your religion.
It boggles my mind to see those out there who rally against social issues like abortion and gay marriage, yet support and promote the "War Against Terror". Would the true Christian stance in all of this be to "turn the other cheek", as Jesus taught? Or is this a minor detail that Christians conveniently decide to overlook, instead justify to themselves they are doing the work of God? Do you really think so little of your deity that you assume he needs your help to complete his mission?
Regardless, the current state of affairs are tragic to say the least. What we see are Christians, professing to believe and follow the teachings of Christ only doing so when it fits their personal needs or ideas. In this instance, we see many Christians rise from their knees in prayer and celebrate the deaths of the enemy in a far off land. We see them mourning for their fallen soldiers, but not one tear for the innocent children that die by the tax-payer's hand. Because in their mind, they are doing the work of Christ... when in all actuality, they are acting on their own selfish, hateful instincts. Where is your forgiveness Christ teaches in the Bible? I may be crazy, but I do believe forgiveness is a big thing to many, if not all, Christians.
We have a word for this.
a feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not; especially:the false assumption of an appearance of virtue or religion (Merriam-Webster)
So, the equation here is very simple. If you profess to be a Christian and support war and the destruction of life and liberty, regardless of the purpose (as Christ made no delineation in either his teachings or his actions, and Christians are supposed to follow his example).. then it only stands to reason that you are living a life of hypocrisy. Don't get mad at some guy outside your religion who is explaining your religion to you for pointing it out. Just make a change in yourself.