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Is it hypocrite for me to be an atheist yet be fascinated by the myths of the Jude-Christian religion?
I see them as reading historical fantasy novels. The concept of the archangels and Lucifer's rebellion against his father-creator, God, fills me with so intrigue.
I am also compelled, to the point of crying, of the crucifixion of Jesus; who died for the sins of mankind, and told God to forgive his enemies. Very rarely I feel strong emotions for fictional characters in the novels I read. I tell myself that is not real, or at least exaggerated, though.
- oldprofLv 72 years agoFavorite Answer
I hope it's not hypocritical because I'm also an atheist who finds the religious myths fascinating reading. And clearly there are lots of people who enjoy the fantasies of the scriptures as well. How do I know this?
We see big box office movies about the myths and miracles of the religions about every year. And TV is filled with series about the more bizarre religious myths. They sell ads for the TV producers.
Here's a partial list of religious movies:
Year released Title
1923 The Ten Commandments
1928 Noah's Ark
1928 Joan of Arc (The Passion of Joan of Arc)
1932 The Sign of the Cross
1940 Santa Fe Trail
1941 Sergeant York
1943 Heaven Can Wait
1943 The Song of Bernadette
1944 Going My Way
1945 The Bells of St. Mary's
1947 Black Narcissus
1949 Come to the Stable
1948 Joan of Arc
1950 The Next Voice You Hear...
1951 The Diary of a Country Priest
1951 Quo Vadis
1953 I Confess
1953 The Robe
1953 Martin Luther
1956 The Burmese Harp
1956 Friendly Persuasion
1956 The Ten Commandments
1957 The Seventh Seal
1959 The Nun's Story
1960 Elmer Gantry
1960 The Story of Ruth
1961 The Hoodlum Priest
1961 King of Kings
1963 The Cardinal
1963 Jacob and Esau
1963 Lilies of the Field
1963 Winter Light
1964 The Gospel According to St. Matthew
1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told
1966 Andrei Rublev
1966 The Bible: In the Beginning...
1966 A Man for All Seasons
1971 The Night God Screamed
1973 The Exorcist
1973 Jesus Christ Superstar
1974 The Story of Jacob and Joseph
1975 The Hiding Place
1976 The Message
1977 Jesus of Nazareth
1979 Monty Python's Life of Brian
1986 The Mission
1988 Lorenzo Ruiz... The Saint... A Filipino!
1988 The Last Temptation of Christ
1988 The Seventh Sign
1989 Jesus of Montreal
1990 China Cry
1991 The Black Robe
1992 Leap of Faith
1995 Dead Man Walking
1997 The Apostle
1998 The Prince of Egypt
1999 End of Days
1999 Joan of Arc (The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc)
1999 The Omega Code
1999 Joan of Arc
2000 Islam: Empire of Faith
2000 Left Behind: The Movie
2001 Escape from Hell
2001 Megiddo: The Omega Code 2
2002 Left Behind 2018 Paul, Apostle of Christ2018 I Can Only ImagineII: Tribulation Force
2002 The Magdalene Sisters
2002 Time Changer
2003 Bruce Almighty
2003 Conspiracy of Silence
2004 The Passion of the Christ
2005 Left Behind: World at War
2005 Our Fathers
2005 The Gospel
2006 Deliver Us from Evil
2006 Facing the Giants
2006 Faith Like Potatoes
2006 One Night with the King
2006 The Second Chance
2007 Evan Almighty
2007 Ghost Rider
2007 Saint Mary
2007 The Ten Commandments
2008 Sunday School Musical
2009 The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry
2010 Like Dandelion Dust
2010 Preacher's Kid
2010 The Book of Eli
2010 The Kingdom of Solomon
2011 Young Abraham
2013 Home Run
2013 Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir
2014 A Promise
2015 Old Fashioned
2016 Joseph & Mary
2018 Divine Beauty
2018 Come Sunday
2018 Mary Magdalene
2018 Paul Apostle of Christ
- PaulLv 72 years ago
I am Christian, and am fascinated by the religious beliefs of ancient Egyptians. I recognize such beliefs as totally untrue of course, but they are still interesting to study.
- 2 years ago
No. A hypocrite is someone who claims to be a righteous person but does not follow the teachings.
- Obi Wan KnievelLv 72 years ago
No, that ain't hypocrite. You're confused, but confused ain't hypocritical. It's just confused. And you're not nearly as dumb as half the people who tried to answer your question.
You read through the major stories of the bible, but you have questions about the details. Unless you're a mindless religious fanatic, which you're not, that makes you human. Those stories are incredibly vague when it comes to specific details, and I'm guessing (just guessing) they did it that way for a reason.
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- bluebellbkkLv 72 years ago
Of course not. Everyone should take an interest in the old myths and stories that make up our human pre-history. The more you read, the more you see the parallels in different cultures around the world: the flood, the disappearance and reappearance of the sun, the sacrifices to make this happen - all these can be found in dozens of countries.
- hellocopterLv 52 years ago
Being a hypocrite is play-acting, wearing a mask. You seem genuine. I know it seems like fantasy to you, but I pray you encounter Jesus for real, and experience that amazing grace that makes you cry even though you think he’s fictional. I promise you’ll be crying more, & laughing with joy at the same time! You might not be able to see it right now, but God really did send his Son to redeem you. You’re a priceless unique expression of His image, created to be His beloved son or daughter with destiny. Jesus really is alive, in the heavenly realm, but near to you, and has nail scars in his hands and feet. All that he went through was worth it to him that you’d have the chance of responding to his love, being freed from sin and guilt, and being joined as one with Him for eternity. God bless you, pour out His mercy and grace upon you, and draw you to Himself, in Jesus’ name. You are so loved by our Father.
‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled’
- Anonymous2 years ago
Not at all, and by all means study long if it helps .
The deeper you dig the clearer the who when where why and how becomes .
Eventually you will find and old saying true that " Winners write history "
The dead sea scrolls were hidden in caves from Romans who wanted to destroy them
and those winners wrote history while destroying any opposition .
The very idea that the letters of Paul thru the Gospels survived 130 thru 325 is never addressed
but the idea of where those letters and gospels came from is .
The Romans would of had their way with the entire supposed Christian collection like a
priest has his way with a little innocent child
No. Everyone should read and make up their own minds based on the actual information, not what other people tell them about the information. Some people judge before they have even read. They will not have educated reasons for their own judgments and beliefs. Having educated reasonings is important.
I think that many people who consider themselves to be atheist are actually against false teachings that do not make any sense when really considered. Everyone should be against false teachings and know what is actually written so they can have reasoned conversations, as well as spot someone lying about what is written.
If you haven't had a personal interaction with God, then being truthful about that, is more important than faking a relationship that you do not have. Honesty and considering information with honesty is very important in many areas of life.
- tentofieldLv 72 years ago
Not hypocritical at all. I know more about religions than most of the followers of those religions but I'm still an atheist.
I don't think it makes you to be a hypocrite. As long as you don't believe in these medieval stories.