God or Man?

By October 14, 2012Bible

Depending in which camp you reside, the Bible is the inspired word of God, or the allegorical stories of Bronze Age nomadic goat-herders. Whatever your position, I want you to really look at the following Bible passages objectively. Can you find inspiration here, or is it more likely reflections from the hearts of man..?

However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way.
Leviticus 25:44-46

When a priest’s daughter dishonors herself by becoming a prostitute, she dishonors her father. She must be burned..
Leviticus 21:9

For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.
1. Corinthians 11,8-9

I’ve said it so many times that I’m starting to sound like a broken record… as a Christian, you should accept the word of the Bible 100%.

As soon as you start arbitrarily cherry-picking which verses to live by and which ones to ignore, it begs the question, why base your philosophical outlook on the Bible at all?

There are many more inspirational books in the world – some even older than the Bible, some written much more recently.

If you’ve only had the best bits from the Bible read to you in church, it might seem reasonable that man cannot live a good life without God. It might seem reasonable, because you haven’t taken a closer look at this terrible book yourself…

But that’s religion’s purpose – to keep you onboard, living in fear and handing over money.

But as one of the greatest intellectual minds of the 20th century observed:

Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.
Christopher Hitches

Atheists are not evil. We’re certainly not going to hell. Your religion – or absence thereof – does not make you a good or bad person… your actions do. There were good and bad people long before Christianity came along, and there will be good and bad people long after its teachings are all but forgotten.

I’ll leave you with one final quotation:

Science can destroy religion by ignoring it as well as by disproving its tenets. No one ever demonstrated, so far as I am aware, the non-existence of Zeus or Thor – but they have few followers now.
Arthur C. Clarke

  • Hope

    I do accept the Bible 100%.

    The first scripture about slavery is taken completely out of context.

    Slavery is not the same as it was for African slaves.

    It really should be translated servants. People whom you purchased to WORK for you.

    God said you were supposed to treat them so good, just like you would your own family, that they would want to stay with you and not leave. Ex. 21:5. Just the same like an employer today hires YOU for work, and if they treat you good you will want to stay! Not everyone is a boss; we need workers.

    There were laws against mistreating servants. Ex. 21:20, 21; 26, 27

    The second quote about burning a priests daughter who became a prostitute. How would you feel if you were the Prime Minister/President of a country and your daughter was a prostitute, and your employees were paying money to sleep with her?

    Would you be OK with that?

    The problem with society today is that we ACCEPT every thing, and we think that is being a good person. Being a good person means that sometimes we have to tell people the truth, because we care about them and don’t want them to have a horrible life.

    There is NO punishment for crimes, and that is why crime is so rampant.

    Don’t worry, she (the prostitute) will live again. She will be given a second chance, as you will.

    And I don’t get the problem with 1 Cor. 11:8, 9. There is a total lack of respect for men in our cultures (and I am a woman). Men are degraded, made fun of, and treated like they are stupid. If you don’t believe me watch commercials and TV. Woman was created to be a helper for a man (not a doormat). Men and women have different qualities, they are not the same. Either you want a woman to love and respect you, or you want them to be an Alpha Male. Your choice!

    • Robert Joe Cunningham

      For as many rules there are about treating your slaves well, there are also guidelines for when to beat them or kill them. And I’m sorry, since when did disagreeing with your daughters lifestyle choice give you the right to burn her alive? It’s funny how you just tried to justify it instead of refute it like the others, you seem to have the kind of submissiveness problem that religious women are subjected to.

  • Sipho Ndhlovu

    I honestly fail to see what your point is here. Care to explain yourself?