I got the following comment to my last post Jesus: Madman or Something Worse and I felt my response deserved a post of its own.
Hmm, I’m just wondering where all of your hatred has come from in relation to Christianity and religion? Please forgive me if I’ve mistakenly read the tone in which you wrote this post in. I’m genuinely curious though. I think that people think about the concept of Christianity of being about love because the idea that someone would sacrifice part of himself (or his son) to save another person displays a type of love, and that the greatest commandment is to love. Regardless of interpretations, that remains the greatest commandment. If nothing else, any type of belief system/structure/religion/etc that includes compassion for other people, or “love”, is of benefit to every culture. It doesn’t mean that crap hasn’t happened in the name of God that shouldn’t have….like perhaps the Crusades, but it doesn’t mean it’s all crap either.
Just my thoughts. I was curious about your thoughts/opinions/backstory about it all though. Please don’t take anything in my comment to be preachy – it’s just one girls opinion out here in the big world wide web.
I’m an atheist, therefore I dislike all religions, however, Christianity is what I write about the most as it is the religion I am most familiar with. I was placed in a Baptist Sunday School before I could even walk and spent my childhood being indoctrinated in the Christian faith. I even did Bible exams getting honours in all my exams, therefore, I know the Bible fairly well. However, despite this intensive Christian upbringing I had issues with it from a very young age. I debated the Elders of the church about evolution at the tender age of 11. I told them that the Bible got it wrong and that Creationism was just a story cause they didn’t understand evolution, I was told I believed this because I didn’t have enough faith. This taught me a valuable lesson – religion causes ignorance. Religion has no scope for the acquisition of knowledge and admitting that your previous belief was wrong. You are told that you must believe the word of God and to doubt it or find fault in it is a sign of your lack of faith. How is that a good thing?
To address the crucifixion of Christ which is seen by Christians as the greatest sign of God’s love and compassion for the human race you need to examine what Christians believe about God. Christians are taught about the Trinity: the Father, the Son (Jesus) and the Holy Ghost. They taught these are not three separate identities or people, but are just the three different faces or aspects of God. Jesus is God and God as Christians are taught is immortal. Therefore how is the crucifixion of Jesus a sacrifice when Jesus aka God is immortal? He can not die. Therefore giving up his mortal life is no sacrifice at all. He will not cease to exist which is what will happen if one of us gives up our life to protect the lives of others. No, Jesus just basically has a nap and wakes up as a immortal being. How much of sacrifice is it to say, listen I love you so much, I will just have a sleep for three days to prove it to you? If someone told you that they were going to prove their undying love to you by having a sleep, you would laugh at them. Therefore, how come when it is Jesus/God doing it is it seen as the greatest sacrifice and act of love and compassion ever witnessed by the human race?
Also Christianity condons and even encourages some of the most violent and hateful crimes seen by humans. The Bible tells us that it is okay to enslave people from foreign lands and kill them if they displease us. It also tells us that the killing of homosexuals and adulterers pleases God. Abortion doctor killers are literally carrying out what they are told in the Bible is a righteous and just act when they gun down doctors in front of abortion clinics. Most modern day Christians will claim that these parts of the Bible are just remnants of an ancient time and that they just should not be followed. But what makes these acts abhorrent and other parts of the Bible still in fashion not abhorrent and worth believing in? Nothing. God never told the Christians to stop believing in them and therefore, logically speaking Christians should be going around stoning adulterers and killing homosexuals if they are truly following the word of God. This makes the Christian religion extremely hypocritical. Christians don’t even believe the word of God any more.
Therefore, yes, I ‘hate’ Christianity as it breeds ignorance, forces blind devotion if you are to be counted as one of the faithful and cherry picks parts of its most sacred texts to follow depending on the society in which the religion is practised. It should not be wondered why I dislike it so much, but why people even believe in and practice this religion any more.