Your Bible shackles you.
Hold up. What?
Let me explain. If you’re reading this, I am going to assume that you’re a Christian and that you believe the Bible is a divinely inspired work. M’kay? Alright, now I’ll explain why that Bible is a shackle on your life.
The bible, for what it’s worth, has survived a long time. It has been translated many times; even today it has many versions. Reading a verse form the NIV can be interpreted vastly different than the King James Version. It stands to reason that fallible humans messed up the translation of the bible more than once. It makes sense that human translations over two millennia have caused errors. Here is the first problem. This book, if the Christians are to be believed, contains the ONLY written record of our creator. This is the creator who put Adam and Eve in a garden who then spawned all of humankind. A god who tempted them with a trap. Who created an arch nemesis in the devil. Obviously not the brightest guy. This book, in its entirety, should delve into the deepest areas of philosophy, technology and insight. It should contain untold revelations about life, ethics and morals. It should be in a sense, unchanging and eternal. If the Bible is merely a thought process of men living 2000 years ago, then we would expect to find things supporting slavery, genocide, unequal rights for women, ect. (Spolier alert: that is all we find in the Bible). However, all that said, the Bible should be perfect. It should accurately predict everything.
But it doesn’t. Not even close. Why?
Well, personally, because it’s full of shit. Wrong shit. Terrifying shit that causes otherwise smart and educated people to vote against the human rights of another class because they don’t like their sexual orientation. This book can cause people to be killed, stoned (perhaps not till death), bullied and abused. This book terrifies me when I read sections of it. A book that has so little actual value to modern society, it should be cast away and forgotten about. That’s what the book does for me. It’s a disease on our society and on some of the people who I have met on my 20 years on earth. When asked about the book, a moderate/non-practicing Christian doesn’t even really understand it!
“Oh, yeah, the Bible. Well it was written by Jesus’ disciples. Seventy years after his life.”
There is a problem here. A big one. The bible is supposed to be IT. In it is supposed to be everything that a human being needs to live both personally satisfied as well as morally. In my mind, a book given by the creator of the universe should be perfect. It’s not. Recently, the state above me voted to ban rights to gay couples. I found some people on various news sites dropping Bible quotes supporting their thinking. This has been done for centuries. But, please tell dear Christian, which verses are allowed to be used for arguments? I present the following.
And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.
I didn’t have to go very far to find a good one. In the first book of the Bible, it states that an uncircumcised child to be abandoned. Then, Christians, I ask you, if you were unable to circumcise your (perhaps the small child has bleeding issue) child, would you abandon him? What would your morals tell you about someone who would? How would you feel? Righteous? What if you were taking care of a child for a friend and were told that he was not circumcised? The Bible demands that you leave the child behind. A covenant of God has been broken. The Bible DEMANDS that you do so. You must leave the child behind.
But you don’t. At least I really hope you don’t. That would make you a murderer. At your trial, after the jury has placed their hands on the Bible, you can open and show them the verse. They’d understand. They’ll tell you that they understand that the rules of the Bible must be obeyed. RIGHT?
I know, wait, dumbass. That’s the OLD TESTAMENT. That shit doesn’t count (which is funny, because homophobic people always use the Old Testament to justify their arguments). Okay, well I flipped the page on my Bible and found the solution.
1 Chronicles 16:15 Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations … an everlasting covenant.
Everlasting. You can’t back out of this one, Christian. The Bible is the word of God, as given to the people to try and understand and interpret. How else can one interpret this? A thousand generations, no less. This guy is serious. So it’s easy to find inconsistencies in the Bible and its text. That is one example of hundreds. Perhaps the simplest way to understand this point is the point out the painfully obvious. No verse in the Bible truly accurately depicts the future. I looked for the following verses…
In the year 1990, a massive system of interconnected computers will form the Internet.
In the year 2001, a plane will hit in the city known as New York, causing the deaths of thousands.
There is a GIANT land mass in the western hemisphere. One day, many people will live there.
The earth is not flat.
One day, millions will lose their faith in this book and be free from the outdated ideas in the Bible.
And yet, no such revelations exist. I mean, this is God. He knows how many points are going to be scored in every Super Bowl ever played, which Priests will sexually abuse children. And yet, the knowledge provided by the Bible is exactly the same as that by any other Holy Text. An invisible God and a non-existent one sure are hard to tell apart.
So, I don’t like your Bible, and in fact I hate it. For every positive you pull out of the Bible, I can counter it with terrifying verses about slavery and death. Open your eyes. Read your Bible. Think about what makes you believe it. I’m not saying that you understand the universe, I sure as shit don’t. But the idea of freely thinking about the universe is vastly more satisfying that the alternative.