posted on Dec, 13 2009 @ 03:04 PM
reply to post by halfoldman
Not surprisingly a lot else about Christianity, particularly modern Evangelical "reborn" forms is anti-human.
Consider slavery, is it even a sin?
I found the following fascinating on the origins of America's fundamentalism:
"Long before the American Civil War, an ostensibly Christian religion arose which completely neglected the hundreds of biblical injunctions for
social justice. In place of a message of social justice, this new Christian religion demanded only one thing: from the elite, money; from the rest of
society, obedience to the established order. To assist the church in supporting the established power, the church demanded two things from the
faithful. First, the true believer must have an unquestioning faith in the religious teachihngs of their church, usually expressed as an unquestioning
adherence to the Bible as most helpfully interpreted by that Christian church, even if that unquestioning faith required one to suspend his
willingness to reason and his ability to accept reality and facts. Second, morality was solely defined as (women's) sexual fidelity, augmented at
times with an injunction for men to support their wives and children, in return, of course, for their unconditionaly obedience. As always, the rich
and powerful were exempt from both of these rules.
Gone were the strictures against greed. Gone were the obligations of the elites to ameliorate the plight of the least fortunate among them.
Gone were God's demands that humanity be wise stewards of God's creation. Gone were the biblical injunctions to bring justice into the world, to
feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to tend to the sick, to assist the widow, to protect the orphan, and to shelter the homeless. Gone were the
stories of God's wrath at Pharaoh for his refusal to let God's people go. Gone were the stories of God liberating the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt.
Gone were the stories of God's mercy and God's love for all of her creation.
Using a theology of Social Darwinism in which it was claimed that the rich and powerful are rich and powerful as a sign of God's blessing,
the rich and powerful were seen as virtuous and deserving the riches which were showered upon them by a just God. In reality, nineteenth-century slave
owners and robber barons became rich because they were corrupt and ruthless. They had the money to silence their critics, as well as, to reward their
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