“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.
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:
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.”
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.”
“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:
“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:
“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.
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.
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.
But Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the LORD’s sight; so the LORD put him to death.
Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.
“… 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?
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.
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:
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.