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bible3imagesShould a book be honored and called good if it advocates genocide as a means of justice?

 

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.

Religions

 

 

 

I’m reading a book by Steven Pinker called The Better Angels of our Nature, where he presents evidence for his claim that violence has declined over the course of history. In one section he quoted an excerpt from Homers Illiad and Odyssey where Agamemnon is explaining to King Menelaus his plans for war:

 

Menelaus, my soft-hearted brother, why are you so concerned for these men? Did the Trojans treat you as handsomely when they stayed in your palace? No we are not going to leave a single one of them alive, down to the babies in their mother wombs – not even they must live. The whole people must be wiped out of existence, and none be left to think of them and shed a tear.

 

Do these words set in the time period of 1200 BCE and written around 800 BCE not sound familiar? Let me share a passage from the Bible written in the same ancient time period.

 

Deut 7:2-3 And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:

 

Here is another quote that comes from a book called The Rape of Troy written by literary scholar Jonathan Gottschall, where he discusses how archaic Greek wars were carried out.

 

Fast ships with shallow drafts are rowed onto beaches and seaside communities are sacked before neighbors can lend defensive support. The men are usually killed, livestock and other portable wealth are plundered, and women are carried off to live among the victors and perform sexual and menial labors.

 

 Again, do not these words bring to mind passages in the Bible? For example: Read the rest of this entry »

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As a woman I am deeply offended and insulted by the way the Bible disrespects women. From the extreme bias that allows women and girls to be sold as sex slaves, to denying women equal human rights with men, the Bible is filled with offensive and disgusting behavior aimed at women. When one stops and thinks about it, does it not seem extremely suspicious that the doctrines of the Christian faith are all biased in favor of men … especially in regards to the books of the Bible which were written solely by men, and the male god the Bible portrays? Passage after passage, book after book, women are subjected to all manner of disrespect and dishonor at hands of men, all directed by the god portrayed within its pages. Read the rest of this entry »

religionimagesIf one looks back through history it becomes consistently apparent how religious traditions are many times harmful. People in modern societies are usually only exposed to so-called cleaned up versions of their religion and are unaware of their harmful foundations. A good example is the foundation of Christianity which begins in the Old Testament, there one will find many traditions such as slavery and ownership of women that have slowly been sanitized in modern times, but nevertheless still greatly influence fundamentalist teachings. All major religions share a patriarchal background, thus their traditional practices are based on assigning gender roles that discriminate against women, and this blatant bias is at the heart and soul of their doctrines. The subtleties of how women should dress and their roles of “homemaker” to the outright restriction of positions in the church all add to the overarching bias that all patriarchal religions hold. One of the worst blights to be cast upon women from biblical patriarchy is the curse of the witch;  this has perpetrated great harm and caused the death of more innocent women then any other single decree. The idea of wise women being labeled as “evil witches” by men afraid of losing power is one of the most dreadful effects caused by patriarchal ruler-ship, also the idea that homosexuality is bad and worthy of death is another harmful practice that is derived from religion. Read the rest of this entry »

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Science is founded on testable evidence; whereas religions are founded on belief, which is lack of evidence.

 

If the Bible is true and its god the creator of everything, then humans should be able to use their “god given” abilities to discover the world around them that he made. When humans discover dinosaur bones, or any other ancient fossils, and perform radiometric dating to calculate its age, the results that they get should correspond with what is written in the Bible, but it doesn’t.  As it stands, practically every scientific discovery in some way contradicts the corresponding biblical explanation. Why is that? The main reason is that primitive minds struggled to understand the world around them, and for all the unknowns (of which there were many) they inserted god, or a reason that fit with their limited knowledge, which then became recorded as facts in their holy scrolls. Consequently we have a Bible that consists of:

 

  1. Records of historical events.
  2. Rules and laws given by its god.
  3. Assertions that “god did it”, instead of testable evidence about natural phenomenon. Read the rest of this entry »
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