Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Why the Bible Condemns Homosexuals While Condoning Slavery?

Written by Alberta Parish

Among the seven major religions, Western religions are among the most destructive forces the world has ever known. Religion is the driving force behind much of the wars fought in the Middle East. It was the root cause of the war between the Muslim Moors and Catholic monarchs of Spain in the late 1400s. From Roman emperors to Catholic monarchs, slaves have always been their greatest commodities. Modern Christian slaveholders justified slavery using the bible as their greatest weapon. Today, the bible is still used as a weapon dividing families and nations, destroying relationships, causing rifts between friends, and division among denominations. Most Christians, if they truly adhere to all the teachings of the bible, would have a very difficult time facing the reality of the world in which they live. Unlike the Old Testament, people can't just go around killing homosexuals just because Yahweh sanctioned it. In some Islamic countries, these barbaric acts are still practiced. However, there is no country in the Western hemisphere where the killing of homosexuals is lawful. Hate crime laws in the United States prohibit discrimination against individuals who identify as homosexual, lesbian, transgender, gender fluid and so forth. The bible, as the foundation for Christian ideology in the United States, condemns homosexuals to death while simultaneously sanctioning the beating of one's slave. An example of this barbaric act is found in Exodus 21:20-21, which states, "Anyone who beats their male or female slave with a rod must be punished if the slave dies as a direct result, but they are not to be punished if the slave recovers after a day or two, since the slave is their property." These barbaric practices were once a part of this nation's history including the mass murder of homosexuals. Yet, the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah is complete fiction. The Genesis narrative of the two angelic visitors having entered Lot's home where shortly after the men of Sodom, young and old, surrounded Lot's house demanding he release the two male visitors to them is a complete literary tale. The first five books of the Hebrew bible, which include Genesis, were traditionally ascribed to Moses who is also a fictional character. 

Like Islam, Judeo-Christianity was forced upon African slaves and their descendants. Since the Old Testament condones human slavery and New Testament writers never outwardly condemned slavery, Catholic popes and bishops sanctioned the trade in African slaves throughout the Western colonies where Christianity was also forced upon the natives of these lands. There were over 700 dark-skinned tribes before Columbus docked his ship in the Bahamas. But the Catholic Spaniards, Portuguese, and French colonizers destroyed their way of life, their religions, their traditions, and forced them to believe in the whitewashed version of God through the bible and Western Christian art. The gods of these natives did nothing to stop their slavery and mass murder. Neither did the biblical gods stop the enslavement of Africans and their descendants. In fact, the Old Testament Yahweh gave permission for the Israelites to own slaves, and treat them as property just as African slaves were treated as property throughout the colonies in the New World.

A relic of this nation's dark past, the 
Black Christian Slave Codes of 1724, further sanctioned the enslavement of Africans and their descendants. Consisting of 54 articles, the Black Christian Slaves Codes regulated the status of slaves and free blacks, as well as relations between masters and slaves (Originalpeople.org). Also called the Black Code of Louisiana, the articles decreed the expulsion of Jews from the colony, made it imperative on masters to impart religious instruction to their slaves, permitted the existence of the Roman Catholic creed only while every other mode of worship was prohibited, Negroes placed under the direction or supervision of any other person than a Catholic were liable to confiscation, all Negroes found at work on Sundays and holidays were confiscated, and white subjects, of both sexes, were forbidden to marry with the blacks, under the penalty of being fined and subjected to some other arbitrary punishment. The Black Code of Louisiana also forbade all curates, priests or missionaries in the secular or regular clergy, and even the chaplains in the navy to sanction such marriages. Negro slaves were forbidden to sell any commodities, provisions, or produce of any kind, without the written permission of their masters, or without wearing their known marks or badges. Slaves had no right to any kind of property, and all they acquired were the full property of their masters. 

Christianity has been the most divisive force on the face of the earth. Not only does the bible not condemn slavery but it discriminates against people that are different. It discriminates against gays, women, and people who practice other forms of worship outside of the worship of Yahweh. No wonder people find Christianity and the bible utterly repulsive and want no part of it. After all, the bible condones the most despicable acts known to mankind. While condemning entire nations for its evils, the Old Testament Yahweh condoned the sacrifice of one's firstborn. An example of a human sacrifice sanctioned by the biblical god Yahweh is in Judges 11:30-39, which gives a detailed account of an Israelite military commander, Jephthah who made a vow to the Lord saying, "If you give the Ammonites into my hands, whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites will be the Lord's, and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering." Jephthah went to fight against the Ammonites, and the Lord gave them into his hands. When Jephthah returned to his home in Mizpah, his daughter came out to meet him, dancing to the sound of timbrels. She was his only child. When he saw here, he tore his clothes and cried, "Oh no, my daughter! You have brought me down and I am devastated." Jephthah told her that he had made a vow to the Lord. She said, "My father, you have given your word to the Lord. Do to me just as you promised, now that the Lord has avenged you of your enemies, the Ammonites. But grant me this one request. Give me two months to roam the hills and weep with my friends, because I will never marry." Her father told her to go. After two months, she returned to her father, and he did to her as he had vowed. She was a virgin when Jephthah sacrificed her to the Lord.

This is the kind of book that continues to influence Christians and non-Christians around the world. Not only is the bible a book of fairytales, but many biblical accounts were written by anonymous writers. According to tradition, it is believed the prophet Samuel wrote the Book of Judges. But the author never identifies himself as the writer. We really don't know who wrote Judges. In addition, the Four Gospels were not written by the names they bear. According to Joseph Atwill, the author of Caesar's Messiah, Christianity, Jesus and the Four Gospels were created by the Flavian dynasty to counteract Messianic Judaism, which was a militaristic movement in 1st-century Palestine. Although the invention of Christianity in the form that it is today originated in ancient Rome, Christianity has its roots in astrotheology like most religions from the ancient world. Jesus was the successor god to Mithras, Serapis, Heru, and countless others who were worshiped as sun gods around the world. 

The bible is the most dangerous book in the world, and has caused more harm than good throughout the world. If you are a Christian who condone the teachings of the bible, then you also condone slavery, abuse of slaves, mass murder, rape, misogyny, and the murder of homosexuals. Your god sanctions human slavery, which is why Judeo-Christianity has never condemned slavery! 

Christianity and the bible have been the most destructive forces on the planet causing the breakup of families, ending people's careers, costing people's lives, separating friends and family. Why would I want to continue wasting energy in a destructive religion such as Christianity when it does nothing but harm the very ones that are most vulnerable in the world? Christians often do the opposite of the ideology they espouse the most, which is brotherly love. Even now, since I've left Christianity, there have been certain church members who've made divisive comments to a Christian friend of mine in an effort to get him to stop speaking to me due to my views about Christianity and the fact that I no longer believe in Judeo-Christian fairytales contained in the bible. Certain members have never had any love for me anyway, and have been badmouthing me to other people at church. But this is not the reason why I left Christianity. I recognize these people are brainwashed like I was. We were all deceived, even the pastor. They're looking for something that isn't real. They have hope that one day Jesus will appear and snatch away the church from the face of the earth, and they will go live happily ever after with the Lord. The problem is Jesus never existed historically, and if he doesn't exist, that means he can't come back to snatch away anyone from the face of the earth. If the biblical god ever chooses to reveal himself to the whole world, and I can see him face to face, that is when I'll know he is real. I cannot live on fantasy and belief. Belief doesn't require evidence of the supernatural. I can believe all day long that the god of the bible is real, but until I see real evidence, then he remains a figment of my imagination. If I believed in Jesus, I might as well believe in Superman. Why not also believe in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy? 

I've lived a life seeking the biblical God and his Son, had spiritual experiences, had dreams and visions, had feelings, and thought the biblical God loved me. I thought I needed some type of hope in this invisible god that was not tangible to me in the real world as I was drowning in despair, suicidal thoughts, and depression. An invisible god is no good to me during a time when I needed him to be visible in my world. What am I suppose to do with faith and belief? Either this god is real and he isn't doing anything or I've been lied to my whole life. Now, I seek answers because I think I've been lied to my whole life. I'm going to need a whole lot more than belief and fairytales to know that the biblical god or some form of a benevolent supernatural deity they call God exist. Otherwise, these fairytales and belief systems are a waste of my time and energy. 

How has ancient Christianity, Roman Catholicism, and these different brands of modern Christianity benefited the whole of humanity? The Catholic Church has done nothing but use the bible and Jesus myth to enslave entire nations. Christians around the world have forced their biblical fairytales upon people whose religions were much older than theirs. Religious intolerance continues to permeate government offices, businesses, corporations and schools. With the advent of the Internet and social media, Christianity has been exposed for the dangerous ideologies it espouses. More and more people are seeing the dangers of modern religion and opting out. After all, if you really are a critical thinker, and study these religions, you'll quickly see that it is all hatemongering and fear based. The most dangerous ideology in these religions is the concept and/or doctrine of hell. This concept was embellished by the writers of the Septuagint (i.e., New Testament) who mistranslated the Hebrew word Sheol into the Greek word Hades. In the original Hebrew, Sheol meant the grave, pit, abode of the dead and the nether regions. Only until the New Testament did Sheol become a fiery place of brimstone where souls are tormented in flames forever and ever! The fear of spending an eternity in hell is the reason many people remain in these fear-based religious teachings, and continue to be depressed and feel empty! They don't see God performing any miracles, healing the sick, and delivering them from their troubles. They're just going to church week after week, month after month, and year after year, and nothing's improving in their personal and financial lives while they continue giving their hard-earned money to the preacher or church where they are members. The biblical gods (i.e., Yahweh; Jesus) are nowhere to be found when people need them to be visible period. I don't need an invisible god, and I don't want to feel forced or coerced into serving an invisible god that is not tangible in the real world where I live every day.

There can be no positive spiritual development in fear-based consciousness! 

Christianity is fear-based consciousness. Christianity has also housed the most despicable persons on the planet who have committed all types of horrific acts known and unknown. By absolving these people of their sins through forgiveness, this somehow excuses all the wickedness and corruption they've done throughout their lifetime? This makes Christianity a flawed and inerrant concept, because it excuses the guilty and punishes the innocent. Human slavery punishes the innocent. Rape punishes the innocent. Forced marriages punish the innocent. Yet, the bible condones all three acts. Even if Judeo-Christianity benefited me spiritually, mentally, physically, socially and financially, the teachings it espouses causes harm to the world and others around me. Therefore, it is a religion that must be rejected based on its dangerous teachings alone. I, too, would be condoning rape, abuse of slaves, slavery, misogyny and killing of homosexuals if I continued to subscribe to all biblical teachings. The bible is not the infallible word of a benevolent god. It contains far too many errors, contradictions, forgeries, and plagiarized myths from earlier myths. Most books in the bible were written by anonymous writers who obviously had an agenda that wasn't good. The bible doesn't get a pass just because it says 'Holy Bible' on the cover. All the teachings in the Old and New Testament are to be carefully examined, and correctly interpreted. No more fairytales are to be taught from the pulpit. But like a secular business, church is also a business. The products being sold in this business are false hope and fear. 

Works Cited

Originalpeople.org, "Black Christian Slaves Codes of 1724." Louisiana's Code Noir (1724). 14 Nov. 2012

Retrieved from http://originalpeople.org/black-christian-slave-codes-of-1724/.

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