Why are Christian doctrines so evil ?|
Like most evil but popular ideologies, Christianity is seen as a mostly loving, peaceful system that is marred by human nature and a desire to use it for power. While certainly any authoritarian ideology will be used for power, this does not make the ideology itself good.
It is hard to see the Bible itself as little more than hate speech and unsuitable for reading. It is filled with blood and panegyrics for destruction and self-destruction. It condones such things as racism/xenophobia, genocides, mass murders, sacrifices, slavery, ignorance, intolerence, intellectual and physical submission, and capital punishment.
God provides us with an exemplary moral example. God encourages genocide, while forbidding killing. God demands people to follow the Sabbath, while Jesus claims it is not needed. According to the Bible, God's omnibenevolence includes wiping out cities, and in one particular case (the Flood) wiping out all life on Earth, killing his own followers a number of times, advocating capital punishment for all kinds of victimless crimes, and condemning unbelievers to eternal torment, even though the obviousness of its existence is unavailable to most people.
Does the Bible support human rights ? Jesus and his disciples encouraged slavery (Matt 10:24-25, John 13:16, 1 Peter 2:18-20, Ephesians 6:5-9, Colossians 3:22-24), the Bible supports capital punishment for all kinds of actions such as cursing or hitting one's parents (Leviticus 20:9, Exodus 21:15), being a witch (Exodus 22:18), bestiality (Exodus 22:19, Leviticus 20:15-16), breaking the Sabbath (Exodus 31:14, Numbers 15:32-36), adultery (Leviticus 20:10), homosexuality (Leviticus 20:13), worshipping other gods or hate God (Deuteronomy 6:14-15),Deuteronomy 7:9-10), and so on and so forth. The Bible also supports punishing the individual for the crimes of his ancestors (Genesis 3:16-19, Exodus 20:5, Exodus 34:7, Deuteronomy 23:2).
Does the Bible promote "family values" ? Jesus said he came to Earth to divide families (Matthew 10:35-36) and said that men should leave their families to preach (Luke 18:29-30). God once encouraged child sacrifice (Genesis 22:2-13). The Bible forbids relationships between relatives (Leviticus 20:17) and between men (Leviticus 20:13), and makes the man the head of the household (1 Peter 1-3). In short, the only family values being promoted are the kind of family that Christians want.
Does the Bible support capitalism, economic and scientific progress ? Jesus said that only the poor may go to Heaven (Mark 10:25) and supported taxation (Luke 20:24-25). As we have seen, he also supported slavery, and so does the Bible. Christianity is based on faith and doctrine, which are both anti-science, and has opposed scientific discoveries and still does today. The Bible itself says to reject worldly education (1 Corinthians 1:19,26-27) and proposes as doctrine a great number of anti-scientific beliefs, starting from the belief in the Creation of all things, down to beliefs about genetics (Genesis 30:37-43) or medicine (Leviticus 14:33-57).
Christians often propose the Ten Commandments as an example of morality. One wonders why they live in a country which does not promote them. No civilized country in the world, and few countries, apart from Islamic theocracies, have done the following :
* Outlawed other religions (1st commandment)
We would live in quite an evil and despotic society, if these commandments were law !
Furthermore, these commandments, as well as all the other so-called "moral rules" of the Bible, do not take any context in account whatsoever.They ask us to take them on faith, not on reasoning.
Faith, that is to say the mental enslavement to a set of dogmatic absolutist statements, is the sole requirement to be "saved". Moral behaviour, be it the Ten Commandments or real morality, is secondary. Even the worst mass murderers who converts to Christianity is considered morally superior to the most upright atheist. That is the extent to which Christians will excuse the repugnant evils that people commit on a daily basis !
Christians believe that the saved will live an eternity of eternal bliss, and that the unsaved will live an eternity of eternal torment. And yet they have no problem whatsoever in accepting that a good god will inflict an eternal punishment to finite crimes, and make their relatives and friends suffer for eternity.
The Christian ideal for human life is reflected in their belief in the Garden of Eden, and in Heaven : in both states, man is ignorant and unthinking, does not work, does not benefit or suffer, does not progress, but lives in eternal unthinking blissful stagnation. The suffering and death of a madman is the Christian icon and paragon of virtue. Every word that comes out of a priest's mouth is hate speech against humanity. As Ayn Rand wrote in Atlas Shrugged :
Their myth declares that he ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge -- he acquired a mind and became a rational being. It was the knowledge of good and evil -- he became a moral being. He was sentenced to experience desire -- he acquired the capacity for sexual enjoyment. The evils for which they damn him are reason, morality, creativeness, joy -- all the cardinal values of his existence. It is not his vices that the myth of man's fall is designed to explain and condemn, it is not his errors that they hold as his guilt, but the essence of his nature as man.
Christianity does claim to be a moral religion, but Christian countries are the most criminal and war-faring on Earth. The United States also has the highest prison rate in the world and some of the highest crime rates in the world. Virtually all mass murderers are fanatic Christians.
We already know the fruits of Christianity in history : Crusades, Inquisitions, genocide, mass murder, repression of science and civil liberties. Christianity's moral and political effects on society today are horrible : drug wars, criminality, religious wars, against abortion, babies dying because of religious precepts, capital punishment, hatred against homosexuals, women and other segments of society.
Some Christians may claim that they do not follow the Bible, but rather have a personal relationship with their god. This may be so : but without the Bible, what do they believe in ? How do they even know they are Christians ? Our choice is clear : regardless of our position on atheism or theism, we must reject the monstrosity that we call Christianity and consciously decide to live morally.