My response to a Christian video that is targeting other christians:
I read the warning on your video “If you are on this channel trolling this videos…” While I am not leaving “hate” (that’s god’s role in life), I am going to leave truth. You will most likely censor it, as it sounds you are hyper sensitive to criticism. I was once a christian. I was groomed to be a pastor with the Assemblies of god churches. At one point, along my journey I had an eye opening experience. The bible didn’t really have any answers to real issues like “anger” or “hate.” If you are angry, what do you find in the bible to deal with that? At that time in my life, I transitioned to Buddhism… in time I left Buddhism for Hinduism. I joined 15 or more religions and groups and finally (today), I follow no one. No guru, no master, and the spiritual path I seek is my own. I was friendly to the christian church until recently. I just couldn’t take it anymore. I saw the decline of christianity as it began to embrace politics over faith. Instead of Jesus teaching, “my kingdom is not of this world,” Christians were attempting to build this new kingdom of god on earth, via American politics.
When a christian approaches the bible, they do so from a vantage point of “it has to be correct, without flaw.” This is wrong. To start on a path, one has to consider it might not be right. This is the error of the “foregone conclusion.” As you’ll see below, it creates an introduction of irrationality.
Due to the first assumption that the “bible is right,” when one reads the bible and sees passages like Numbers 31:15-18, Deuteronomy 22:20-21, Deuteronomy 22:28-29, Deuteronomy 21:10-14, 1 Timothy 2:9-15, Exodus 31:14-15, Leviticus 20:9-10 These verses start an inner conflict with the christian. The logic has an unyielding premise, “the bible can not be wrong,” but these verses are not right. Killing children, killing women, killing people who worked on the sabbath, killing all the time.
The 10 commandments become “suggestions,” as “thou shall not kill” is very easily bent when convenient. Due to the foregone conclusion (the first error), the christian turns to the apologist, who then finagles a workable mechanism of how the bible is still valid even with these verses… “well the women and children deserved to die as they came from midian,” or “well that’s a cultural contamination of Paul…” on and on these arguments go…
If you can hang in there, the apologist may run out of arguments on some passages and simply say, “god has a right to kill us, as he created us.” But then that creates a new problem… how can humans expect to uphold god’s law, better than god? If god can’t remain a non-killer… a non-jealous being… how could we?
Blood sacrifice. It’s normalized in sunday school.
They sacrificed animals in the OT for forgiveness of sin… but it’s illogical. Imagine stealing from your job, so you go home and kill your dog or cat. Does that cleans the crime? No. Does it return the money? No. It simply removes the guilt.
Enter Jesus. Now the sacrifice is willing. It willingly lays down its life so all may enter heaven if they accept it… BUT, it creates a new problem of a lack of self responsibility. On average, 6 pastors in America are arrested on the grounds of child molestation, a week (before quarantine). That’s a lot. Prisons are filled with self-described “Christians.” (80% of federal prisoners self identify as christian, either protestant or catholic).
The christian finds an eternal well of forgiveness, and no longer do they have to work on their own problems of violence, hate and lust. Finger wagging at the same-gender couple, they hold in their closet even worse crimes. Hence the christian bumper sticker, “I may not be perfect, but I’m forgiven.”
TLDR; Your bible can be anything… in the wrong hands it’s a tool for the racist. The KKK uses the bible to defend slavery and racism. The war christian uses the Bible to defend a new war. The peace christian uses the bible to defend not going to war. Almost anything can be defended… and each christian cherry picks verses from the bible, creating a theology…. turning at the others saying, “you’re not real christians.” “Jesus is about love,” one says. “NO, god’s word is judgement,” says another. “Didn’t you know, slavery is fine, ephesians 6:5 says so.” another yet, “slavery is wrong John 8 speaks about who the son set free is free indeed.” As the bible can be anything to anyone, is it really anything in itself?