Sunday, October 7, 2012

IF These Bible Stories Happen Today ...

Gutenberg Bible. From wikipedia
The Bible is believed by the Christians as the perfect moral guidance.


Previously I already pointed out how the Bible does not have any coherence in its own concept of God. Now, let's imagine that some of the Bible characters live in contemporary time ...

Abraham & Isaac
If the story of the sacrifice happens today, Isaac could report Abraham to the police for child abuse. Why not? "GOD ORDER ME TO SACRIFICE MY OWN SON!!" sounds like a reason screamed by a deranged psychopath. Especially after this psycho already put his son on a table, and prepare to stab him with a knife. Abraham will be locked down in a mental hospital or send to a maximum security prison.

Moses, Joshua & Canaan
Both of them will be branded as a genocide perpetrator. They attack a city, defeat its military, and proceed by massacring any living thing inside it. Even if you are a kid, but you live in that city, you will be stabbed too. They also didn't spare the old, the sick, etc., every single breathing human inside the city had to be butchered. Hitler, Milosevic, and other modern genocide leader were branded as "personification of evil" while Moses & Joshua was regarded as saints. Wow ... ladies and gentlemen, THAT'S the power of religion.

Gideon & Freedom of Religion
Who else destroy the statue of other religion? Ah yeah, the Taliban when they dynamited the Bamiyan Buddhas! After Gideon destroyed so many temple, he will be sued for all the property damage he has done, and in many countries, he will be sued for inciting religious hatred too. Of course in the end he will be regarded as "the Taliban Jew" by the international world, and thrown into jail.

Elijah & the Baal Priests
On the other hand, how Ahab treated Elijah is not really far from what can happened to him in modern world. Hey, don't blame Ahab, Elijah goes 3 steps further than Gideon and start butchering the Baal priests! Yeah, that's our Christian role model, slaughtering other religion's priests because of God's wrath and order! Yippee!

Paul & Slavery
So, all of the examples were taken from the Old Testament. Is that means the New Testament is vastly superior moral guidance and can be used as today moral compass? Hell no. Let's check Paul, the 2nd most important figure in Christianity. If Paul was alive today, he won't be pals with Abraham Lincoln. Just checked Ephesians 6:5-8, here I quoted the New International Version:

"(5) Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. (6) Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. (7) Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, (8) because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free."

Yup, Paul ordered every slave to obey his master, not to fight for their freedom, not to fight to end this horrifying institution like the British empire and Lincoln did more than 1500 years later. Paul, using God's authority, ORDERED all slaves to perpetuate the institution of slavery. He even had THE NERVE to equate a slave owner with God. Why? Because Paul agreed that slavery is a fact of life and his "omniscient" and "omnibenevolent" God never contradict him. That's why. If Paul is alive today and say this sentence, he will be considered a monster, a racist, and so many other negative brand. No civilized person will listen to him.

And so on, you got the point right? More than half of the Bible was written more than 2.000 years ago. The rest of it was written only slightly less than 2.000 years ago. And you expect any morality drawn from that book will say something against genocide & slavery? GET REAL!! Oh yeah, that book PISSED on freedom of religion too, even suggesting that the priests of other religion should be butchered.

What? No? You still think the Bible is still a good moral guidance? Tell you what, you and your ignorant friends better start creating a time machine to go back to the ancient time where genocide and slavery is part of life. The civilized world have move on and won't used this book as their constitution or moral guidance.

So, it's reasonable to brand the bible as an R-rated book. Hey, this is the book that ordered genocide, slavery, child abuse, and so many other despicable things!

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