Organized religion is, in my opinion, one of the worst things that ever happened to the human race. Throughout human history (and even still today) horrific acts of violence have been carried out all across the world in the name of religion. It’s easily one of the most effective ways to manipulate large groups of people. It’s also one of the best ways to get people to act against their own best interests.
Not only that, but it’s amazing the idiotic things you can make people believe “in the name of religion.” After all, creationists honestly believe the Earth is 6,000 years old and a 400-year-old man built an ark that housed two of every animal on the planet – including dinosaurs.
Or take for instance something called the “prosperity gospel.” Basically it’s a warped version of Christianity that teaches the idea that the more money and material possessions you have, the more “blessed by God” you are. In other words, greed is good.
Well, Atlanta minster Creflo Dollar (yes, that’s his real name) made headlines by encouraging members of his “church” (yes, I use that term loosely when referring to people like Dollar) to send him money – $65 million to be exact – so that he could buy a Gulfstream G650 jet.
As news of this broke nationally, there were obviously quite a few critics of Dollar’s efforts to use his church to buy himself a $65 million jet. In fact,
con artists televangelists like Dollar were the focus of John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight on Sunday when he absolutely shredded the absurdity of these “religious leaders” who have lives that more closely resemble that of a crooked Wall Street executive rather than that of Jesus Christ.
But I have good news for everyone! Dollar has a response for those who would dare criticize his efforts to use his church to raise millions so he can buy a private jet – and it’s just as ludicrous as you might expect:
“See, don’t get upset when the world says stuff and talks about stuff, and all that. They’re just looking through the wrong lens, they don’t understand. ‘What does a preacher need with an airplane?’ They don’t know. They’ll never know because they’re not looking through the Word. They will never know, never never know.”
You see, to Dollar, those criticizing him for using his “church” to raise money to buy himself a $65 million jet are only doing so because they’re not able to understand “God’s word.”
Oh, really? Well, let’s look at a few excerpts from the Bible on greed, shall we?
- For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. (Timothy 6:10)
- Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 16:10)
- And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15)
- “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. (Matthew 6:24)
- Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” (Matthew 19:21)
The list goes on and on. If there’s one thing the Bible makes perfectly clear: Greed is bad. The truth is, these televangelists are just legalized scam artists. The only difference between these people and the average run of the mill conmen is that these televangelists claim their con is “God approved.”
I will say that I’ve learned a lesson: If you want to scam people out of a whole lot of money, just get ordained as a minister and become a televangelist. Then you can pretty much get away with it along with being granted a tax-exempt status from the IRS.
If you must, you can watch Dollar’s “sermon” below: