Christianity is Inhuman

Matthew 10:35-37

“For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”

Not exactly family oriented, Jesus made it clear that father and mother, son and daughter, were to be abandoned and despised.

Matthew 8:21-22
And another of his disciples said unto him, “Suffer me first to go and bury my father.” But Jesus said unto him, “Follow me and let the dead bury their dead.”

Not only did he urge any who would follow to abandon family, even if they died, you were expected to ignore it.

And certainly those who would visit the followers, or Jesus himself, from the family should not expect a warm welcome:

Matthew 12:46-50
While he yet talked to the people, behold his mother and brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. Then one said unto him, “Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with you.” But he answered and said, “Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand towards his disciples, and said, “Behold, my mother and my brethren! For whoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.”

And there’s more anti-family statements:

Matthew 19:29 (NIV)
“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.”

Luke 9:61,62
Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good bye to my family.” Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

Luke 14:26
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters — yes, even his own life — he cannot be my disciple.”

The family is not all that popular for that true Christian, a follower of Christ that has been called to serve.

That is not all that is suggested that followers should consider:

Matthew 19:12
“For there are eunuchs, that were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are eunuchs, that were made eunuchs by men: and there are eunuchs, that made themselves eunuchs [castrated themselves] for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.”

Is this Jesus’ concept of family planning? Leaves something to be desired.

Free speech? Forget it:

Mark 3:28-29
“I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.”

So, you can commit the most horrendous crimes, including murder and genocide, and be forgiven, but speak against one part of the Trinity, and you’ve had it buster!

Women suffer greatly in this patriarchal oriented religion:

1 Timothy 2:11-15
“A woman should learn [from men] in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.”

Keep thy place woman lest God smite thee!

Humans’ are denigrated throughout the Bible. Human intelligence, and skills, even taking pride, are frowned upon.

Psalm 118:8
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.

Jeremiah 17:5 (IV)
This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.

Jeremiah 10:14,15
The whole human race is foolish and has no knowledge! The craftsmen are disgraced by the idols they make, for their carefully shaped works are a fraud. These idols have no breath or power. Idols are worthless; they are ridiculous lies! On the day of reckoning they will all be destroyed.

1 Corinthians 1:18-19 (NIV)
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”

What the fundies usually say is if you don’t believe, you can’t understand. This is used as an excuse when you have them on the ropes and they can’t come up with good sound arguments to counter yours. “You haven’t interpreted it properly” they cry. Interpretation is in the mind of the interpreter, this is why so many Christians have been prompted to commit hideous moral crimes by someone who has learned to manipulate them.

Disabled? Forget it:

Deuteronomy 23:1 (KJV)
He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD.

This seems to contradict what Jesus said about becoming a eunuch, but there are numerous contradictions throughout the Bible, and that is not what this blog is about.

Slavery was presented throughout the Old Testament in a casual way, indicating it was an accepted practice. Even Jesus spoke of it:

Matthew 24:45-51 (NASB)
“Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But if that evil slave says in his heart, ‘My master is not coming for a long time,’ and begins to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards; the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Children do not fare well in the Bible:

Genesis 22:2 (NIV)
Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”

At the last moment God announced he was just joking, and had commanded him to kill his son as a test of his loyalty.

Genesis 38:7
But Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the LORD’s sight; so the LORD put him to death.

Proverbs 20:30
Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.

Exodus 20:5
“… for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.”

Exodus 20:29,30 (NIV)
“You must give me the firstborn of your sons. Do the same with your cattle and your sheep. Let them stay with their mothers for seven days, but give them to me on the eighth day.”

What the, are we talking sacrifice here? Human sacrifice?

Deuteronomy 21:18-21
If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father and mother and will not listen to them when they discipline him, his father and mother shall take hold of him and bring him to the elders at the gate of the town. They shall say to the elders, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a profligate and a drunkard.’ Then all the men of his town shall stone him to death…

Gee, I can see all the Bible thumpers rushing to find quotes that contradict these, love to hear them. Contradictions prove that the Bible is flawed.

Deuteronomy 2:34
And we took all [Sihon’s] cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain.

And the most famous one of all:

2Kings2:23-24

And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head.

And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.

All for just for stating the obvious.

Conversations With a Local Pastor

December 22, 2010 was a very interesting day. On that evening I met with a local pastor who had indicated his purpose in asking for the meeting would be to question me about my worldview.

Although the conversation didn’t seem to have a planned direction some of the topics included: Abortion, Armageddon, and morality.

Abortion. I told him my views on abortion, making it clear that I felt that abortion should not be used as a contraceptive. I told him that I felt abortion was necessary in cases of r&pe, danger to the mother’s life, incest, and if the fetus was obviously deformed or would suffer in total agony during a very short life. Although I did not express one other reason, I also think that abortion should be permitted when the mother and father cannot financially care for a child. In this case though I would prefer the child be given up to adoption. I explained that I did not think late term abortions are moral, nor the procedure of sucking the infants brain out as it is being born.

The only reason he saw abortion as necessary was in one case: danger to the mother’s life. For rape, incest, and deformations no matter what they might be, the baby must be carried to term. I saw this as an absolutists view, one expected of an individual steeped in religious doctrine. I was truly surprised that he did make his one concession to abortion. This is a view some fundamentalists do not share.

As a goal in life I expressed the view that people should help other people. By this I meant that we should all help those in need with food, housing and other needs. I told him that I envisioned a world where no one was hungry or homeless. This of course initiated a response from him asserting that my goal was similar to socialism, in that I wanted to create a utopian society. That’s when I said that his ultimate goals are similar to mine up to a point, which would have ended the need for religion, but that his goal did not end where mine did, in that Armageddon was his ultimate goal. The destruction of humanity and the return of his Lord.

Concerning morality… he stated at one point that Atheists did not have a basis for morality, for God is the source of all morality. We returned to a discussion of abortion, where he asked at what point I felt an individual was human and should not be aborted. I told him that my thoughts on that were that a fetus becomes a human life that should not be aborted at the point where it is able to survive outside the womb without extraordinary measures.

This led to a discussion about cattle, adult humans, and of all things blades of grass. He asked if I could allow the abortion of a fetus, even at conception, then why not casually kill adult humans, If I could make a distinction at the point where they are viable, then how could I allow a cow to be slaughtered for it’s meat. How could I mow the grass, as it is a mature growth.

This pastor, who in all respects seemed an intelligent individual, well-read, also didn’t hesitate to say that he was against euthanasia, stating resolutely that only God can decide when a person is to die. It didn’t matter whether the individual was in abject agony, the suffering must continue until God decides the end has come. I expressed support for euthanasia, explaining that a person who still possesses full control of their mental faculties should be able to exit life with dignity.

Despite our differing views, we had desert and beverage, and parted amiably.

P.T. Barnum Was Right

Every so often there is a biological science report extolling the advanced level of the human brain. These reports expound upon the remarkable memory capacity and reasoning ability of this evolved organ. It is unfortunate that like the muscles in a body if a brain is not utilized, not exercised, it atrophies, or fails to reach it’s potential in the first place.

The Creation Museum established by Ken Ham in Petersburg Kentucky is expanding. Also a theme park is being planned. Ken Ham is doing a brisk business. Obviously, pulling the wool over the eyes of the majority of the American public is no difficult task. He is fully substantiating the assertion of many non-believers that religion is just a business.
Despite that:
1. Science has proven the age of the Earth at around 4.5 billion years.
2.Evolution is a proven fact. Countless fossils and genetic analysis proves this.
3.Scholarly research has established the distinct possibility that Jesus is a composite of many earlier messiahs and most likely never walked the Earth.

Nevertheless there is a segment of the American public which prefers to extract their science from an ancient tome written for the most part over 2000 years ago, by people who thought that the world was flat, the stars were mere lights in the sky, and that the Sun orbited the Earth. They declare that the Earth is possibly 6000 years old at best, this determined by examining scriptural references of the lineage of humans leading back to Adam. They believe totally that the human race is a creation of God, created as adults, with Eve taken from a rib of Adam. “I didn’t come from no monkey” is the usual response when it is suggested that humans arose as all other animal species did, via evolution. No one suggested that they did evolve from monkeys, but they can’t seem to hear that instead preferring to dismiss evolution.

Christianity has an investment in this segment of people. To allow them to enter the real world would diminish the flow of cash into their coffers. By holding out the carrot of eternal life in paradise they have been able to keep the sheep in the fold, and the cash flowing in. Ken Ham, in carrying this fleecing to greater heights, is merely feeding an addiction. Many people want so to believe the bible infallible, true in every aspect, making Ken Ham’s sham possible.

http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/11/pt_barnum_was_right.php

http://www.wlwt.com/r/25852269/detail.html

Religion Feeds On Misery

Psychologists have found is that during hard times or times when people feel they are losing control of their lives, they are more prone to adopt religious beliefs and superstitions. During the great depression of 1929, for instance, the most authoritarian churches saw a rise in attendance.(Excerpt from: Mano Singham’s recent post on http://machineslikeus.com/) Another instance: Hurricane Katrina strengthened the faith of survivors.

Religion, all religion, thrives on misery. When there is no misery or oppression religion creates misery and/or oppression with imagined enemies or conditions.

For example, the simple criticism, any criticism, of religion becomes a source of oppression for believers. Any individual who utters such criticism becomes an object of scorn, and in some cases is labeled the anti-christ. Individuals who dare to reveal their unbelief are viewed as evil, immoral creatures without a shred of decency. Despite the many examples of the religious committing atrocities, revealing examples of the religious as indecent and immoral, such information is ignored, or worse, cloaked in secrecy, perhaps even explained away.

Much evidence supports the notion that religion, belief, is not so much a hold-over from our primal past as a result from prevailing conditions. There have been many cataclysms in humanities past upon which religion has found a bountiful feeding ground. Good times usually coincide with a decline in faith. In times of plentiful food and other commodities the morale of people improves and they have no need for the crutch of religion. Religion waits patiently for the next calamity to surge once more.

In a desperate attempt to defend their faith many faithful try to label non-belief a religion. Whereas belief is based on information that cannot be verified, has never been verified, non-belief is based on reason, with fact-based reason.