How is slavery defined in the Bible? A good place to start is the book of Exodus, where we can establish how Yahweh defines slavery and why the Hebrews bondage/slavery to the Egyptians was deemed as “Bad” by him. Exodus tells us that the Egyptians were harsh taskmasters and caused the Hebrews to serve with “rigour”, while keeping them in cruel bondage. The story goes on to say that the Lord heard the cries of the Hebrews and saw their affliction and oppression and told them he would free them from the yoke of their bondage and execute judgment upon the Egyptians.
The whole story of the Passover and the Exodus is about Yahweh freeing the children of Israel from the bondage/slavery of Egypt. Not only does the story tell us how Yahweh parted the Red Sea to free the Hebrews, but it also goes into great detail about how the Egyptians were punished by Yahweh through plagues, death of the first born sons and drowning in the Red Sea. All these judgments were inflicted upon the Egyptians because the Pharaoh would not allow his Hebrew slaves to go free. Yahweh clearly had a problem with slavery when it came to the hard bondage of his chosen people, the Hebrews by the Egyptians, yet he seemed to have no such problem with the Hebrews keeping non-Hebrews in bondage in perpetuity and passing down their children as an inheritance (in fact the Bible states that he gave laws to accommodate the Hebrews in taking slaves). To this day the Jews celebrate the biblical feast of Passover in commemoration of how Yahweh broke their yoke of slavery to the Egyptians and set them free from their captivity. Read the rest of this entry »
Gen. 6:7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
Should a book be honored and called good if it promotes the killing and torturing of people for acts such as homosexuality and adultery, or because they worship another god?
Lev.20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
Lev.20:10 And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.
Lev.24:13-16 And he that blasphemeth the name of the Lord, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the Lord, shall be put to death.
Exo.22:20 He that sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the Lord only, he shall be utterly destroyed.
Exo.22:18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.
Should a book be honored and called good if it condones slavery and violates the equal human rights of women?
Exo.21:7 And if a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the menservants do.
Lev.25:44-45 Both thy bondmen, and thy bondmaids, which thou shalt have, shall be of the heathen that are round about you; of them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids. Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land: and they shall be your possession. And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for a possession; they shall be your bondmen for ever:
Ephesians 6:5 NLT: Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ.
Should a book be honored and called good if it gives no human rights to children, and advocates that they should be beaten?
Pro.23:13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.
Should a book be honored and called good if it demands women be subservient to men and denies them equal opportunities in society?
Rom.7:2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.
1Tim.2:12-15 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
1Cor.14:34-35 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.
Should a book be honored and called good that contradicts itself and cannot be trusted to tell the truth? I think not …
I feel it is the responsibility of all people who consider themselves intelligent, to speak the truth and expose lies … so if a book has the honor of being called good, it should live up to the reputation that the title of “Good” carries, otherwise it should be exposed as a fraud.
It is perfectly acceptable to disparage and mock racism, sexism or bias of any kind, it also should be equally acceptable to insult and criticize religions that deny people freedom to exercise their equal human rights. Religions such as Islam, Christianity and Judaism that teach sexism and human rights violations deserve to be criticized and mocked for the immoral values they are teaching, they are an insult to the modern intelligent mind and an affront to our moral sensibilities. Anyone who has read significant portions of the Bible, or the Quran and not come away feeling their innate sense of justice has been hugely offended, is in need of a taking a good look at their conscience to find what is lacking. I know it is quite easy to overlook and ignore offending passages in the sacred writings of one’s faith (I myself did so for many years), but when these issues are brought to their attention, only to have them try and justify those immoralities, one begins to wonder if there is not a serious lack of moral values. Read the rest of this entry »
Whether it be freedom of speech, expression or the freedom to be educated … the time is long past due for the world to stand united as one voice declaring equal human rights for all! Together we can make a difference.
Whatsoever is good, whatsoever is right, whatsoever is kind … whenever in doubt always err on the side of kindness. One can never go wrong with actions or words of kindness. No matter how bad the situation, kindness always makes things better, kindness always takes the higher road. People always flourish more with kindness and a difficult path is much easier to walk.
Mercy is one of the many aspects of kindness which would serve the world well if more people practiced it. One of the problems with the dogmas and doctrines of religion is that they tend to beat mercy and kindness out of those who feel compelled to “Keep the faith”, when faith means practicing and adhering to biased and unjust teachings.
This year let us all make the resolution to err on the side of kindness … it can only make the world a better place.
Patriarchy: a system of society or government in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it.
Patriarchy is a social system in which: males hold primary power; males predominate in roles of political leadership, moral authority, social privilege and control of property; and, in the domain of the family, fathers or father-figures hold authority over women and children.
The one thing that most religions and all patriarchal cultures share is their bias against women. It is common knowledge that patriarchy has been the leading influence that has driven religions and societies to discriminate against women. Patriarchy is the root cause of young girls being forced into marriage, FGM (female genital mutilation), honor killings, marital violence and girls being denied an education because of their gender … that is why I say it is dangerous and it is morally wrong! Read the rest of this entry »
My blog has been up for over four and a half years, during which time I have documented my journey from being immersed in the religious dogma of Christianity, to becoming an open minded free-thinker. My travels have led me from grounding my purpose in life in the god of the Bible, to finding a new and fresh understanding of living a meaningful life without the need for the presence of a divine being. I have discovered that the most rewarding and fruitful endeavors of life lie in helping and sharing our experiences with others, whether it be a spontaneous act of kindness, or working to leave the portion of the world you live in a better place than it was before … all reward your life with meaning. I cannot think of a greater joy than to share the freedom I have found in allowing my love of life to spill over onto others by my actions. The longer I live life as a free-thinker the more I realize how absolutely wonderful it is to be able to allow my mind to roam the expanse of the universe in search of understanding, not being constrained by constrictive dogmas and having to conform to the doctrines of religions. Here is a saying contained in the Kalama Sutra from the Buddha that sums up my philosophy.
“It is natural that doubt should arise in mind. I tell you not to believe merely because it has been handed down by tradition… or because it is commonly believed, or because others have told it to you, or even because I myself have said it. But whatever you are asked to believe, ask yourself whether it is true in the light of your experience, whether it is in conformity with reason and good principles, and whether it is conducive to the highest good and welfare of all beings.”
One of the main differences between religions and philosophies is that most religions are born out of an authoritarian mindset and are composed of a set of doctrines and dogmas given by a deity, whereas philosophies are generally learned through experience and critical thinking. As the words of the Buddha say … we should test all our beliefs against the highest good and welfare of all beings.
“Culture and religion have been male; formed by men with – as we shall see – a ‘place’ for women. It does not do to patch up the past. We need revolution. Only when men can be pried free from their ancestry, can we, women and men together, begin to create something new.” ~ Daphne Hampson, After Christianity
Those words perfectly sum up the problem with trying to re-work Christianity and its biblical foundation to make it more female friendly, instead of creating something new. The Bible is sorely lacking in female role models that are based on anything other than women who are submissive to men and whose sole purpose is to bear male children, whereas biblical male role models consist of men with courage, strength, willpower and endurance, like Noah, Abraham, Moses, and King David abound. Examples in the Bible that women are suppose to look up to include prostitutes like Rahab, or women like Sarah, Ruth, Rebecca or Mary, all made famous because of the sons they bore … this is not the case with men. These women and many more in Scripture are elevated to a high status by men based on the patriarchal standards of the submissiveness and bearing male offspring. Women need female role models that edify and encourage them to live up to their full potential, which goes far beyond just fulfilling a biological purpose of reproduction. Read the rest of this entry »