Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Why Atheists Care About Christianity

I have often heard people ask why atheists are constantly arguing with christians about the bible and their religion. Why do atheists care about christianty? I've always thought that the reasons were self-evident. There have been thousands of years worth of torture, intolerance, murder, genocide, rape, infanticide, patricide, and more, committed in the name of this religion. It seems obvious why someone who doesn't believe would want to do whatever he or she could to educate the mindless masses about this christian disease.

Just now I ran into this scathing article that perfectly puts into words what I am getting at. It is a definite must-read.

Because this is a bible study, I will provide just a few nice passages from the bible for you to check out, illustrating just how sick and twisted this Yawhooeyeeyeooh is.

Desire for bloodshed: Genesis 4:3-5

"In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell."

I just wanted to start here because it's a good example of how god's chosen method of appeasement is bloodshed.

Infanticide: Exodus 7:4-12:29

Here, god hardens Pharaoh's heart so that he can bring terrible plagues down upon Egypt, culminating in the slaughter of every firstborn living creature in Egypt, right down to the cows. How does god know not to kill Moses's peoples' children? They have to kill a prefect lamb and smear it's blood outside their homes, that's how. Yet again, more bloodshed. God isn't satisfied just killing off the firstborn of Egypt. No, he wants to make sure that even though he's not killing at that house, something will be killed. But wait, why does he need this sign? Isn't he all knowing? But I digress...

Torture, mutilation, rape: Ezekiel 23:1-49

Here, two sisters who each had children press their breasts together. Their punishment? The first has her children taken from her, and then she is killed with a sword. The other sister is forced to rip off her own breasts, and has her ears and nose cut off. To top it off, she is then gangbanged, mutilated, and stoned to death. Oh, and their homes were burned, followed by their sons and daughters being slain.

Just to show that the cruelty of god isn't just the domain of the old testament, here are some from the new testament.

Death by worms: Acts 12:23

"And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost."

Forced hallucination, delusions, damnation:2 Thessalonians 2:11-12

"And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."

God makes people delusional, and when they believe the lies of the delusion, they are damned by him.

I'm not even going to get into the devastations found in Revelation. Let me just conclude by reminding you that god wants you to suffer. When you do suffer (according to god's will), make sure you remain faithful to him and keep doing good.

1 Peter 4:19
"Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator."

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