Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 1 (1 Shares)  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites View Stats   9 comments

OpEdNews Op Eds

Fighting for the Soul of Tiger Woods

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 2 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

- Advertisement -


On "Fox News Sunday" on Jan. 3, the panelists had advanced to that light part of the discussion where they focusing on movies and crime novelists. Venerated newsman Brit Hume turned to sports, and predicted Tiger Woods would return to success as a golfer. But if he really wanted to recover as a person, Hume suggested, he should consider Christianity..... Source: Townhall.com


So 'Buddhist' Tiger Woods likes the ladies too much. That can be a problem, especially when you are married.

I purposely stayed away from the Tiger Woods story because, to me, the guy is a great golfer with a personal problem that he and his family need to work out.

But then I hear that the foolish Brit Hume is trying to endear himself with his nearly Neanderthal Fox News audience by suggesting that Tiger Woods could find "redemption" in Christianity if he would just convert from Buddhism.

Now I personally don't care if Tiger Woods is Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, Moslem, or Atheist. I personally don't care about his personal life, other than I would like to see him and everyone in the world happy and functional. But when it comes to Brit Hume's cultural idiocy that has gotten a lot of air play, then I guess I have to put in my two or three cents.

Mr. Hume would have us believe that the more than 2 billion Christians in the world are somehow special when it comes to the sins of the flesh.

As a former Christian, I can honestly say that I once thought you almost had to be adulterous to be a Christian because the two seemed to go hand in hand. I witnessed church-going Christians, and those who claimed to be Christians, engage in so many adulterous relationships that I often wondered how they could engage in that behavior while condemning others for their faults.
- Advertisement -


Everyone knows that a major reason for divorce is infidelity and, sure enough, the Bible belt of the United States leads the country in divorce. The true Bible believing people in the Bible belts have the highest rates of living together without being married in the United States. I am not big on condemning people, especially since I have plenty of faults, but I do feel sorry for the children who are often emotionally traumatized from the breakup of their parents' relationship. I also feel sorry for the partners who suffer through painful divorces.

So I could have decided that being Christian means that there is a good chance that you will break your marital vows, so it is better to be Buddhist. But then, being a little broader minded than Brit Hume, I opened my eyes and I saw that adultery and Christianity didn't have to go together any more than adultery and Buddhism have to go together. Rather, human beings of every religion violate oaths and break marital vows.

Let's face it. Religion for most people is a way to make them feel good after they break the rules.

People use religion to justify themselves for their bad behavior. Somehow they think if they only claim loudly, publicly, and often enough of their repentance, then God will somehow intervene and they will not have to pay the consequences for their bad behavior.

But what I usually find is that these people often go right back to doing the bad things for which they are sorry. Worse, they use their new-found religion as an excuse to keep engaging in that behavior. Or they find some other terrible fault to engage in while they condemn others for engaging in their previous sin.
- Advertisement -


"Oh God loves me and he forgives me," they usually say. But still, it generally has little effect on their cheating, thieving, lying, killing, drugging and whatever else they like to do because they are Saved.

But no matter how much we like to think we can break the rules and not pay the consequences, it will not help us escape the consequences of our bad behavior.

So Tiger Woods has to pay the consequences for his bad behavior, whether he is Buddhist or Christian. Hopefully, he will learn his lesson and raise up his heart and mind to see the suffering he has brought on a lot of the people he cares about. But if Tiger isn't able to really feel how badly he has hurt others and if he isn't able to fully understand the consequences of his actions, then he will likely continue doing the things that get him into trouble, no matter what religion or lack of religion he has.

Next Page  1  |  2

 

I work as a school counselor and mental health counselor in Gallup New Mexico.

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon


Go To Commenting

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Death Panels Already Exist, They are Called Corporate Health Insurance Bureaucrats

The Most Important Development of the 20th Century: "The Coming of Buddhism to the West"

Whatever Happened to Nazi Synthetic Gas and Oil Technology? Scarcity Scams Examined

Why I Appreciate Atheists

American Southwest Geoglyphs--a Message to Ancient UFO Visitors?

Hannity's Hoaxes: The Uncharitable Scamming of the Gullible

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
5 people are discussing this page, with 9 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

Who cares about Tiger? Elin should dump Tiger, and... by Scott Johnson on Saturday, Jan 9, 2010 at 8:40:21 PM
I thought it was kind of obvious about Amway being... by Grant Lawrence on Saturday, Jan 9, 2010 at 9:20:51 PM
there was a fellow of European heritage I knew tha... by shadow dancer on Sunday, Jan 10, 2010 at 2:03:52 AM
Us oldsters used to call it a "pyramid" scam, beca... by GLloyd Rowsey on Thursday, Jan 14, 2010 at 7:06:23 AM
said, Forgive & you will be forgiven. I am int... by shadow dancer on Sunday, Jan 10, 2010 at 12:58:40 AM
political life, Grant? OEN is mainly about politic... by GLloyd Rowsey on Sunday, Jan 10, 2010 at 5:44:23 AM
I think OEN is about Society and Social Change and... by Grant Lawrence on Sunday, Jan 10, 2010 at 12:55:53 PM
What do you think Tiger's politics are? Or, if you... by GLloyd Rowsey on Thursday, Jan 14, 2010 at 12:02:18 AM
I hate it when they use religion to escape respons... by daveys on Sunday, Jan 10, 2010 at 2:39:42 PM