- Posted April 14, 2015 by
The Only Honest Answer
Can we stop pretending that religion or being religious equates/bestows any sense of morality, let alone moral superiority? Throughout the bible “God” tells the Hebrew’s to kill, to the point of extinction at times, anyone who doesn't believe in him (pretty much from Exodus until the New Testament). Why “God” never reveals himself so people can peacefully convert can only be answered with the cop out answer of “working in mysterious ways.”
In “Gods” eyes women are property and if not a virgin can be stoned to death (New International Version – NIV Deuteronomy 22:20-21). This is just one of the countless examples of women being barely above cattle in the eyes of “God.” With “Gods” morality rapist can go free with enough money (NIV Deuteronomy 22:28-29) and in this case the woman is forced to marry her rapist. Rape victims can be stoned to death if they don’t scream loud enough (NIV Deuteronomy 22:24).
Slavery is only evil, in “Gods” eyes, when it involves people that worship him (the Exodus story), while non-believers can be enslaved (Leviticus 25:44). Temporary slavery can happen to a believer but even then a loophole exists where you can be blackmailed into slavery forever as your family is held hostage by your owner (Exodus 21:2-11). “God’s” superior morality even tells owners how much is too much when it comes to beating their slaves, be he not merciful (NIV Exodus 21:20 - 21). “God” also has such moral standing as to tell slaves how to behave and how grateful the slave should be toward their master (Ephesians 6:5-9 and Colossians 3:22) these passages were favorites of slave owners in the south and a reminder that that everyone is a slave to “God.” Yes, “God” claims ownership of you. Not only does this debunk “God” being a father figure but also negates the free will argument.
Christians claim that our justice system is based upon the Ten Commandments. Of the ten there are only three commandments that are relevant. These are; do not kill, do not steal and to not bare false witness. The bible did not invent these concepts. They have existed long before throughout different societies (Hammurabi’s Code 1754 B.C.E. for example). It is evident that none of these laws are really important to “God.” In actuality only two Laws matter to “God.” These two are: The first – worship no other god and the third – keep holy the Sabbath. This becomes apparent when reading the bible as Moses, after receiving the Ten Commandments, descends down Mount Sinai and witnesses the Hebrew’s dancing around a golden calf. In anger Moses smashes the tablets and has Aaron, his brother in law, round up a group of men and kill 3,000 people for their failure. So we have Moses getting angry at his people for a law they didn't know and then breaks another law that he knew in order to punish them and “God” does nothing. “God” then gave Moses new commandments, replacing the old. These new ten are what was loaded into the Ark.
The first is the same: Thou shalt worship no other God. Then it changes: Thou shalt make no molten Gods. Keep the feast of unleavened bread. The first born male, ox, or sheep belongs to Yahweh. The Sabbath is now the fifth: Work six days and rest on the seventh. The last five are completely different. Thou shalt observe the festival of weeks. Thrice a year all men shall appear before Yahweh. Do not use leaven when sacrificing to Yahweh. The first fruits you bear belong to Yahweh. Thou shalt not boil a baby goat in its mother’s milk (NIV, Exodus 34: 1-28). What morality is shown as “God” replaces eight of his commandments (three of which actually mattered) in place of eight new ones that teach how to worship him better?
Christians claim that Jesus came to wipe away all the wrongs that happened in the Old Testament. I would assume they mean all the genocide, treating women as property, rape, slavery, murders and all the mistakes/evils that God caused upon humanity. But none of this, sadly, is so. Jesus said “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law of the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them (NIV, Matthew 5:17). All of the immoral behavior that God and his people committed is still justified throughout the bible, even though we as a society have deemed these acts immoral (slavery, rape, women having no rights, genocide, etc.).
Being kind to the poor and less fortunate were not new concepts to the world, humanity had already developed empathy and sympathy; these concepts existed in secular laws and other faiths that predate Judaism. The golden rule, treat others as you want to be treated, again was not a new concept. A version of it first appeared in the Udanavarga (5:18) a Buddhist writing in 560 B.C.E. “Hurt not others with that which pains yourself.”
The sacrifice of Jesus is not only unoriginal (which is a whole different conversation) but lacking morality for the need of a blood sacrifice. How can a being with all knowledge, power and whose mere existence transcends space and time (supposedly) lack the ability to forgive without the act of bloodshed? This becomes more absurd when you know this same being will condemn you to eternal pain and torture if you don’t believe in it the exact right way (NIV Luke 12:46-48). There are 4,200 different religions and within Christianity alone there 41,000 different denominations, these kinds of odds are far from a fair and kind “God” with “absolute morality.”
The “God” of the bible is the equivalent of an abusive boyfriend. All of your attention and love must be directed and devoted to him otherwise you will experience unbelievable pain and hardship. He knows what’s best for you, so don’t you dare think on your own! Follow his self-imposed laws, even though he doesn't have the fortitude to do it himself. And don’t you even think about leaving him for he will make you suffer and regret your free thoughts.
Overall the Bible has less morality than a snuff film and contains more death, destruction and human rights violations than ISIS. So the next time someone asks you why the Bible has a right to hold moral authority over anyone, the only honest answer you can give is that it doesn't.