posted on May, 21 2013 @ 11:42 AM
"Religion has convinced people that there's an invisible man in the sky, who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible
man has a list of ten specific things he doesn't want you to do. And if you do any of these thing he will send you to a special place of burning, and
fire, and smoke, and torture, and anguish for you to live forever and suffer, and burn, and scream until the end of time...but he loves you. He loves
you and he needs money." -George Carlin
I would like to begin with saying that this thread will most certainly offend some people. From my experience, people whom are of Christian faith, or
any organized religion really, simply cannot help but get offended when anyone tries to point out any flaws what-so-ever in what they believe in. Just
keep in mind that I am simply pointing out some of the things that keep me from worshiping this One Almighty Lord. I am still fairly new to ATS and on
every thread that I post, the conversation almost always turns to God, no matter what the original topic is about, and so I have finally been forced
to address the matter.
I mainly want to talk about a few Bible quotes that have stuck out to me. I have, in fact, read the Bible through-and-through multiple times in an
attempt to reach God. I have not reached him, and from what I have learned about this amazing creator of all things, I do not wish to reach him.
Jesus, I believe, was a great man. A kind man with a gentle heart who taught wonderful lessons which should be remembered always. God, however, is
frankly a prick.
"And he said 'Hagar, Sarai’s slave girl, where have you come from and where are you going?' She answered, 'I’m running away from Sarai, my
mistress.' The angel of the Lord said to her, 'Go back to your mistress and submit to ill treatment at her hands.' " -Genesis 16:8 So, not
only is God condoning slavery, but he is saying that it is perfectly fine to beat your slaves. But we're all equal in his eyes? I think not.
“ 'Look, I have two daughters, virgins both of them. Let me bring them out to you and you could do what you like with them. But do nothing to
these men because they have come under the shelter of my roof.' ” -Genesis 19:8 Go ahead and rape my daughters, Lot says, but please don't
hurt these men. And God condones this? Is this the loving God that you all worship?
"Then he went up from there to Bethel; and as he was going up the road, some youths came from the city and mocked him, and said to him, 'Go up,
you bald head! Go up, you bald head!' So he turned around and looked at them, and pronounced a curse on them in the name of the Lord. And two female
bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths." -Kings 2:23 The Lord has no problem killing children for calling someone bald,
obviously. Doesn't that seem a bit harsh? Would YOU be okay with your children being murdered for calling someone bald?
These are only a few passages that I jotted down as notes, I know for a fact that there are many more examples of the nature of this God that you
worship. What does the Bible say about him? That he is a jealous and vengeful God? I would describe him more as sadistic and just down right mean.
Dare I say, evil?
Religion, I very much so believe, is just a way to scare people into acting a certain way. It's a form of mind-control that I find disgusting. I know
many Christians whom I have the utmost respect for because they are simply amazing people with wonderful hearts who will love you endlessly. I have
respect for them, and I have love for them, but I cannot understand how (if they have read the Bible) they can worship this God so blindly and full of
trust. Why do you have such faith in a God like this?