Cherry Picking the Bible

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I can’t stand how so many Christians cherry-pick the bible. They’ll point to OT laws as justification to discriminate against gays, and when asked why they don’t stone their mouthy teenager to death, declare that OT laws no longer apply, despite Jesus having clearly stated otherwise.

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they cherry pick to justify their dislikes

and they disregard the bits like not wearing polyester and selling their kids or killing them when they mouth off

because there are very few people who admit to themselves that they are bigotted jerks

they tend to think of themselves as good people, so clearly, the parts of the bible that are less socially evolved than they are are not important

but the parts that are as repressive as they are personaly are simply righteous

it’ll take the changes in legislation for society to change and for them to catch up to see that it’s all hopelessly backwards

fear of death is a powerful motivator – so they cling to religion as false hope

and combine that with our materialistic society where having lots of stuff is nice, but having it when others don’t is better…..

well, it’s a heady cocktail

sadly, too often, a molatov cocktail

Hello world!

I participate on a number of forums and one of those is the Topix.com athiesm forum.

It occured to me during the discussions with beleivers who constantly insist that I’m going to suffer eternally – and usually they can’t decide if it’s the athiesm or the lesbianism that’s sending me “there” – that if there was really an afterlife, then there’s nothing supernatural about it.

If there realy is an afterlife – if the energy we have in life doesn’t just disappate into heat energy – and it really retains something of us and there’s a place it goes; then that is a natural process and part of the natural world.

Which means it’s not dependant on our behaviour, beliefs or what we do or not with our genitals.

Think of how much stress that can take off a person. It’s really not a logical thought that there’s two or more afterlife areas where a souls spends eternity – unless you reincarnate – and the time period you have to determine which one you go to is based on such a short time span compared to eternity.

You also have to wonder, how good a person really is if they are only being good to be rewarded or avoid punishment. That doesn’t suggest they really are good, just good at obtaining rewards and avoiding punishment.

So, if there is an afterlife – it’s a natural world phenomenon and nothing you should spend your life fretting about wanting to be in the good section.

And perhaps you should consider that any entity that would be sitting in judgement of where you go, would be able to tell your baser motive than from a person who lived a good life for it’s own sake.