President Obama did not attack Christianity in his national prayer breakfast speech. But he did arouse the existential anxiety of those who have a Christian exceptionalism weltanguang. Many today want to believe that Christianity is unique in the world as the religion of peace. Christianity has been a force for good in this world but like all belief systems, Theist and Atheist, it had it’s dark side.
Many do not want to remember the atrocities that were created in the name of the Judeo-Christian religion.
What is worse is that the Bible has passages that sanction atrocities.
Directly below I list a few and at the end of this post I will list more (but not all) of those delightful passages. In addition Alternet has posted an article on the Bible and Unicorns! You can view an excerpt of President Obama’s recent speech below.
To bad Obama did not start his speech with some Bible quotes:
10 “A curse on him who is lax in doing the LORD’s work!
A curse on him who keeps his sword from bloodshed!
Now here is a new twist I bet you never read before! You are only familiar with the reverse formula. Read below and you will understand what I mean. No it is not a misquote it is opposite of the familiar Bible peace passage.
Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:
10 Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.
Before going further let me lay my cards on the table.
I am NOT an Atheist. I am a mystical pantheist on the wholesale side and a New Thought Liturgical Christian on the retail side. i also believe in what are called “miracles” and the after-life. But that is a subject for my other website that I will list in the future.
Some today believe a partial truth that the various religions kill non-believers because their clergy want to maintain power. They want the power and money to flow. That is not the whole truth.
It goes beyond that and includes all belief systems be they theist or atheist.
Existential Anxiety: Don’t Threaten Our Sense Of Meaning Or We Will Kill You
Consider the score card of atheism under Stalin, Mao and Hitler!
Some will reject this criticism of Atheism. Those were not representative of “real Atheists“!
So we give Atheists a “get of of jail card” but not Theists? Stop making excuses for this.
The truth is that it involves more than power and money.
We humans feel threatened that our sense of meaning and purpose are at stake when someone believes different from us. It took endless bloody wars for us to evolve past this and we still breaking free of existential anxiety, even in the west. That is why the annual FoxNews scare tactics about a “War on Christmas“!
However Atheists can be just as intolerant as Theists. This intolerance can be on a macro level as with Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pot Pol and Hitler. But intolerance can also be on a micro level where Atheists believe that they are above the fallacy of the ingroup! Many Atheists believe Theists do not warrant the same respect as Atheists! The Atheist “ingroup” values are internalized just as dogmatically by atheists as theists!
Humanism and secularism are not the exclusive domain of Atheists! I believe in humanism and secularism. Yet I also believe in God!
Face It: We In The West Have Worked Through Our Existential Anxiety
President Obama’s prayer breakfast speech aroused cognitive dissonance concerning:
- The difference between our goals as a modern primarily Christian society versus our behavior of religious intolerance in the past. The truth is we have “evolved” (love that word) but want to believe we have always been a tolerant culture. Our history proves this not to be the case along with our scripture.
- But there is also a cognitive dissonance for many on the left between their viewing Islam as the “religion of peace” and their behavior. Not simply by a group of terrorists but by the majority of nations who practice Islam.
Sure we have a lot more work to do but in America we have hopefully evolved. We do not practice Levitical law in the west. Islamic nations largely still practice Sharia Law! They have not yet reached the point where the majority can get past their scripture.
No I am not saying Islam is synonymous with terrorism. But Sharia law is violent and no better that Levitical law of the Bible. The problem is that Sharia law is being practiced today as the norm in many Islamic nations while Europe does not practice Levitical law.
The fact is that in Islam there was no reformation that took place, Yes there are the Sufis but they are a minority. We got rid of Levitical Law but the Muslims till practice Sharia Law.
There are passages in the Bible calling for genocide and the execution of blasphemers and Gays that I will list at the end of this post. But you will not see Levitical law practiced in America or the European Union.
We in the west have either:
- Repudiated these passages or
- Focus our attention away from these passages and try to forget them. Fundamentalists even get mad when these passages are brought to public attention.
But the bottom line is in the west do not base our legal system on these passages. Instead we focus on the nice passages. Islam has a closer tie to Scriptural law than we do today.
Let’s Do An Experiment
Go to the following cities that are religious hubs:
- Vatican City (Roman Catholic)
- Jerusalem (Jewish)
- Wittenberg (Where Martin Luther began the Reformation)
- Mecca (Islam)
In each city draw a derogatory picture of Jesus and Mohammed.
In the first three you might get a fine if you do it in a public place without a permit. If the picture was not derogatory you might be asked in Vatican City to see an official for a job.
What would happen to you in Mecca?
Well actually you would not even get to draw your picture in Mecca, be it derogatory or nonderogatory. If you are a non-Muslim and enter the city you will be executed.
Next have two guys kiss each other in each of the four cities above. Mecca wins again with an execution. Stop making excuses for this.
Jews, Christians and Atheists have evolved and have learned to deal with their existential anxiety by advocating toleration, multiculturalism and amnesia concerning their self righteous dogmas. Note I am including Atheists as those who have evolved.
Whenever a belief system is married to the power of the state there is the danger of executions for non-believers. This danger exists regardless if the belief system is Theist or Atheist.
Some Fun Passages From The Bible Your Pastor Wants You To Forget
The Bible has sanctioned genocide.
16 However, in the cities of the nations the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes.
33 the LORD our God delivered him over to us and we struck him down, together with his sons and his whole army. 34 At that time we took all his towns and completely destroyed them-men, women and children. We left no survivors. 35 But the livestock and the plunder from the towns we had captured we carried off for ourselves. 36 From Aroer on the rim of the Arnon Gorge, and from the town in the gorge, even as far as Gilead, not one town was too strong for us. The LORD our God gave us all of them.
1 Samuel 15:2-3
2 This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. 3 Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy  everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’ ”
Special Bible Lesson Below On Waste
17 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.
Now isn’t that special? What do we learn from this Bible passage above?
A virgin is a terrible, Terrible, TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE! WHY NOT RAVAGE ONE FOR THE LORD TODAY?
Death Penalty Bible Style
16 ‘Moreover, the one who (2) blasphemes the name of the LORD shall surely be put to death; all the congregation shall certainly stone him. The alien as well as the native, when he blasphemes the Name, shall be put to death.
17 And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death
(With the above in mind now read what Jesus has to say)
Luke Chapter 14:26
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters–yes, even his own life–he cannot be my disciple.
But then again it says in the Ten Commandments to “love thy father and mother” but what the heck.
For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a holy day, a sabbath of complete rest to the LORD; whoever does any work on it shall be put to death.
If you believe in the literal Bible then you best have balls! See below 🙂
1 “He that is wounded in the stones or hath his private member cut off shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD.
2 A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the LORD.
We humans do not want to face our existential anxiety.
We will create “rosaries of scriptural passages” with each bead in that rosary a bible passage or quote from an Atheist philosopher that supports our belief system. We will ignore the other passages and quotes and do not incorporate them as beads into our rosary. When a belief system be it Theist or Atheist gets married to the power of the State there is a danger for the outsider. Stop making excuses for your own belief system and always be on guard.
Atheists do not own humanism or secularism. I am a humanist and a secularist yet I believe in God. Just because one is a humanist and a secularist does not mean one is an Atheist. Many Atheists today have an “in-group” smugness and air of superiority. Yet their belief system lead to the Gulags and the 40 million deaths by Mao. Did I say all Atheists are guilty of genocide? NO I DID NOT. What I am saying is any belief system when married to the power of the state can have dire consequences. Many religious people are Humanists and Secularists as am I. We also value reason.
Like Humanism and Secularism, reason is not the exclusive property of Atheism. During the French Revolution they made a literal cult of reason yet terror and the guillotine reigned.
Atheist Fundamentalists will like Christian and Muslim fundamentalists have to learn to live in a multicultural society.