It always perplexes me how many Christians really know very little about their Holy Bible. I mean, it’s obvious that you have to ignore plenty of it in order to believe other parts, because there’s just no way to logically reconcile the contradictions. But for people so adamant that this book is the Ultimate Handbook of Life, the Universe, and Everything, they seem to be strangely ignorant of many things it contains.
I have an example, but first, a disclaimer and an apology.
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to mock, attack, or accuse Christians as a whole group of being bad in any way. There are a lot of very good people who happen to be Christians, and most branches of the religion have re-imagined it to be something far better than what is actually found in the Bible. I can respect this; there actually is some great stuff in the Bible, and if you want to keep that and build a religion out of it while throwing out the evil bits, I fully support you.
Apology: I feel like I should be sorry for my faux click-bait title. It’s modeled after the article titles on many propaganda sites that my conservative friends share articles from. So if you think it’s silly or offensive…sorry. I just mean it to be ironic and satirical.
Now, the interesting stuff. I know a lot of Christians who like to pick out verses from the Koran that instruct Muslims to kill unbelievers. They try to invalidate the entire religion by the fact that it originated with a man who instructed violence. If that logic works on Muslims, then we have plenty of verses in the Bible that we can use to show how Christianity originated with a God who instructed horrific violence. It wasn’t just the flawed human prophets who said to kill unbelievers, it was the “Perfect God” himself.
Look at Deuteronomy 13:6-11, which mirrors passages from the Koran very nicely. I’m going to paraphrase, but you can look it up to assure yourself that it really does say this. Here we go: “If anyone in your family, or a close friend, entices you to worship other gods, do not listen to him, or have mercy on him. You shall kill him. You shall be the first to strike him, and then all the people shall join in and stone him to death, because he sought to draw you away from God. All of Israel shall fear, and never again do such a thing.”
Pretty straightforward: Kill the infidel, scare everyone into following God.
Christians will, of course, say that this command was only for the Israelites, and the message of peace in the New Testament overrides it. You know, the message of Jesus who said “I do not come to bring peace, but a sword…to turn children against their parents…”, and “he who disregards even one letter of the law (the law of the prophets, i.e. the Torah, which includes Deuteronomy) will be least in the kingdom of heaven.” Honestly, I think the Muslims have a better argument for why their violent verses should no longer be followed, even though it’s very similar.
And besides, if the ten commandments still apply, if those verses that say “men who lie with a male as with a woman are an abomination” still apply, why not this passage from Deuteronomy? The chapter goes on to instruct them to slaughter and destroy an entire city if the people in it have been led astray, and it ends with an admonishment to “keep all his commandments, and do what is right in the sight of God.”
Since God never changes, and the New Testament repeats that you must keep all his commandments, we can conclude that it is right in the sight of God to kill unbelievers among your family and friends. We should also probably nuke Portland Oregon. Or is morality relative? Was it right four thousand years ago, but now it’s wrong? Why is the morality of an unchanging God so fickle? Christians like to accuse me of having relative morality with no foundation on anything solid, but “God says so” doesn’t seem to provide a solid foundation at all.
If you want to read more horrific Bible verses, there is no shortage of them. Not only does the Old Testament contain repeated instructions from God to kill unbelievers, adulterers, disrespectful children, women who can’t prove they’re virgins on their wedding night, and various other people, it also contains many passages where God detailed the horrific things he would do to the entire nation, including innocent babies, if they didn’t obey everything he said. He clearly says he’ll be angry, enraged, wrathful, and various other synonyms if the people don’t obey, and this will result in terrible suffering.
Christians like to claim that Islam is responsible for much more death throughout history than Christianity. After all, the Spanish Inquisition only killed a few thousand. I wonder if they’ve forgotten to factor in the most deadly Christian campaign of all time. Its leader said this: “We tolerate no one in our ranks who attacks the ideas of Christianity… in fact our movement is Christian.” He also wrote a book called Mein Kampf which contains this quote: “I am acting as the agent of our Creator. By fighting off the Jews, I am doing the Lord’s work.”
No wonder Christians fear for the future of America; they worship an angry and violent tyrant whose commands helped to inspire Adolf Hitler’s extermination of Jews. Contrary to popular belief, he was not inspired by Darwinism…in fact, books supporting the “false scientific enlightenment of primitive Darwinism” were banned in Nazi Germany, alongside anything that ridiculed or belittled the Christian religion.
Fortunately for us, this God is imaginary. Unfortunately for millions of people, his violent followers are not.