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[Bugaboos] 20 Reasons To Abandon Christianity… And Every Reason To Take It Up Again

Posted by Lex Fear on January 25, 2009

From Pass_the_Aura – 20 Reasons to Abandon a Bugaboo:

6. Christianity breeds authoritarianism. … If your nonintrusive beliefs or actions are not in accord with Christian “morality,” you can bet that Christians will feel completely justified—not to mention righteous—in poking their noses (often in the form of state police agencies) into your private life.

  • But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25–28 NKJV)
  • [Jesus speaking] “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” (Luke 6:37 NIV)
  • “Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.” (Romans 2:1 ESV)

I’m coming to the same realisation that many people reject God based on characterisation are not actually rejecting the God described in the bible, or the God I have come to know and love.

Here are six things God hates,
and one more that he loathes with a passion:
eyes that are arrogant,
a tongue that lies,
hands that murder the innocent,
a heart that hatches evil plots,
feet that race down a wicked track,
a mouth that lies under oath,
a troublemaker in the family. – Proverbs (Message)

If you hate these things, you and God may have a lot more in common than you think.

Last year Pass_the_Aura did an excellent YouTube response to all the atheists who thought they were committing the ultimate unforgivable sin, see my post here:

Absolutely Unforgiveable?

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4 Responses to “[Bugaboos] 20 Reasons To Abandon Christianity… And Every Reason To Take It Up Again”

  1. scaryreasoner said

    Have you *read* the Bible? The God described in it is a horrible monster, and there’s no way anyone who *has* read and *comprehended* the Bible could fail to see this.

    Luckily, there’s no evidence any of it is true, and it’s pretty obvious that it’s made up.

  2. Cecilieaux said

    This kind of response echoes Chesterton’s remark that Christianity has not failed, but has never been tried. This may be technically true, but those who give witness to their faith — from the printers of Bibles, to popes and bishops, to evangelical preachers and plain bloggers — have and do take positions of judgment.

    Here a few instances, among many:

    — The same Paul you cite, in Romans 8, creates the basis for the divine authority of the State.

    — Christianity enshrined European monarchy, to the point of translating the NT’s “basilea theou” as “Kingdom of God,” where a plain lowercase rule of g-d (no Jew would have spoken “God”) would have done fine, and to the point of creating the aura of divine authority behind kings and queens.

    — Calvin’s polity in Geneva and Zwinglil’s in Zurich were both religious dictatorships. As was Cromwell’s in England. All Christian and even Bible-based Protestants, as I read you to be, yet all authoritarian.

    Is there any doubt in anyone’s mind that the evangelicals’ political instincts in our time are just as theocratic as those of al Qaeda and their Talibani friends?

  3. BHudson said

    Scaryreasoner:
    ‘Luckily, there’s no evidence any of it is true,’
    I refer you to Josephus’ Antiquities of the Jews, Book XX, chapter IX. I presumed that with your reasoning, you’d have been aware of an independent historical source recording the existence of Jesus. If you take the testimony of Agapius of Manbij, he mentions the Resurrection as well.
    But yes, if you cherry-pick the parts of the Bible (better make that the Old Testament), you could find bits which make God seem vengeful, jealous and perhaps even a ‘monster’ as you say. But comprehension is not about picking and choosing the bits you like. What about all the parts of the Bible that show God as merciful, loving and kind?

  4. mattghg said

    @Cecilieaux,

    I think you mean Romans 13.

    Is there any doubt in anyone’s mind that the evangelicals’ political instincts in our time are just as theocratic as those of al Qaeda and their Talibani friends?

    Er, yes! Find me an evangelical suggesting that people should be put to death for rejecting Christianity. For example.

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