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To be of no church is dangerous Religion of which the rewards are distant and which is animated only by faith and hope will glide by degrees out of the mind unless it be invigorated and reimpressed by external ordinances by stated calls to worship and the salutary influence of example The following statement is the epitome of the deceptive nature of Judeo-Christian ideals The statement is commanding and restrictive not allowing the reader to from their own thoughts It also demonstrates peoples tendency to discount ideas of religion telling us that religious beliefs are only strengthened by external influences and not by one natural free opinions My thesis is that Christianity contradicts all that is natural in the world Most of the exerpts and arguments used in this essay come from Nietzsches essay The Antichrist I will attempt to show ways in which Christianity although by many is believed to be all that is good and true is actually rooted in weakness and lies The idea that religion must be affirmed by external influences affirms the notion that the ideals of Christianity contradict the natural tendencies of the human race Nietzsche describes the Christian as the herd animal the sick human animal He opens his essay The Antichrist by describing the bad nature of Christianity Nietzsche says that anything which heightens the feeling of power in man is good and that which is born of weakness is bad He closes this section of his essay by stating What is more harmful than any vice Active pity for all the failures and all the weak Christianity This idea that Christianity has sided with the weak contradicts the instinct of the strong life to preserve itself according to Nietzsche Darwin also spoke of the survival of the fittest or more specifically the reproduction of the fittest This ties in with Nietzsches criticism of siding with the weak If the weak are catered
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