Using God as an Excuse to Hate
Why use God as an excuse to hate?
It would take volumes to list all the crimes against humanity committed by people using the name of God. In almost every religion "mainly the three monotheist ones), is evident how their shepherds have manipulated scripture to bring upon hate, wars and inequality to their flock. Dividing them into groups so they can be targeted easily. Entire countries have fallen by fanatics waving a holy book and a blood stained banner, all in the name of God.
In modern times there is little to no difference. Today is easier to spread hate as you see fit, using the media and the internet. Without fear and with the support of a government that made it a point to protect everyone right to free speech. So why not? People that are easily affected by these populations of the Pharisees will find an ally to promote and justify their point of view, hate.
Is religion the problem,or God has favorites?
Does God gives men the green light to pass judgement?
When men declare themselves God's representative.
I find it fascinating how many people over the course of human history that have declared themselves, God's representatives on earth. That was expected from the uneducated, oppressed people hundreds of years ago, to follow any crackpot that declared himself a prophet.. Even today, they are still popping up like daisies. Like a salad bar in a restaurant, they can pick and choose what precepts to follow. As a Christian is embarrassing how many of my fellow men fall into the category of bullies just because some clown in the pulpit told them that it is OK to discriminate, bash and even hates others.
When you Google " hate crimes" most of them are by some religious group, organization, cult and specially centuries old established churches. I cringe when I hear someone taking it upon themselves to dictate God's will. Citing verses of the Bible or other book, that will back them up on their argument. As Sunday approaches the only thing that is sure, is that the word God, mercy and compassion, will be overshadowed by judgement and how many of us will surely go to hell.
List of Christian "based" organizations or churches that promote hate
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center these groups have openly voiced out their beliefs against one or more groups of people.
- Abiding Truth Ministries
- American Family Association
- American Vision
- Bethesda Christian Institute
- Chalcedon Foundation
- Dove World Outreach Center
- Faithful Word Baptist Church
- Family Reasearch Council
- Illinois family Institute
- Mission America
- Sons of Tundr ( Faith Baptist Church)
- Tom Brown Ministries
- Traditional values Coalition
- True light Pentecost Church
- Winsor Hills Baptist Church
- Westboro Baptist Church ( yeah those people from TV)
- You Can Run But You Can't Hide International ( Yes.. That's their name)
What the faithful fail to see
I have been studying the bible for many years. Not read, studied it. I was surprised by how many passages are used out of context to fit whatever some preacher was trying to convey. To test this hypothesis I have visited many churches, many denominations. All claiming to have the truth on their side. On many occasions I was forced to stand up and exit the building before I lost my breakfast.
I am a firm believer in sowing seeds of love, not hate. In spreading compassion, not judgement. Brotherhood, not division. Most of the time, in my visits I would mention the last denomination that I visited, One hundred percent of the time, their comeback was-" That is the devils church, don't go back.". According to my calculations, that would mean that all churches have a satanic agenda? Are they all wrong?
As I sat for the services, I looked around and listen to the message. During almost all visits, to all those "churches", money was mentioned 40% of the time. Condemnation and the devil 50%. Leaving less than 5 % to an actual loving God. This has been a common pattern for the last 25 years, with not one exception. When the Internet became more and more accessible, It was easier for me to get a broader perspective of this phenomena. Apparently is a world wide problem.
Using the bible as a weapon of mass destruction
It's bad enough to try to grow as a Christian among so much division. Is a flat out painful to watch how some people take it upon themselves to harass, demean and even hurt others, in the name of God.
This self entitled faction of the church, any church, is uniquely dangerous. Because most of the time it goes unnoticed. I never understood why until, while doing research on hate groups in the United States I found some disturbing facts. Out of ninety hate groups, thirty nine is Christian based organizations and churches.
What makes my skin crawl is that I am not surprised. This country was founded on the precept of freedom of religion, but this is ridiculous. The funny thing is that these institutions are tax exempt and free to do whatever they want with the protection of the constitution. Just because they say that they are a Christian based church. While those that happened to be in their target list are left unprotected.
I have and still cry whenever I see people use God as a weapon to destroy a persons life and faith. Why does God allow these people to spread hate in His name no less? Then I realized, is up to all of us to stop spreading the venom, with love and compassion.
What happens when free speach and freedom of religion becomes poisonous
I don't understand how someone's rights are violated while others receive preferential treatment. I don't know. How can belittling, harassing and even terrorizing a group of people or any individual is constitutional. How? Why?
I am a Christian, straight, mother, wife of 20 years with morals that can't understand bigotry, racism, segregation, sexual orientation discrimination or social class differences. Am I missing something here? Why some churches preach hate instead of love?
When religion becomes dangerous is like a regime of dictators and a form of slavery. They follow a leader blindly and then commit horrible crimes against Humanity. Afraid to take a second look at their actions, while their hearts harden to the point of spiritual death.
There is still hope
Humanity is an interwoven miracle. At least I like to think so. There is still hope. Is not about religion, politics or your zip code. Is about recognizing the love and dignity of living in a world without hate, without wars with compassion for all. To educate all people to embrace and give their hearts to all that unites man kind.
In 2011 my son was watching this video, and could hear it from our kitchen. As these words floated through the air, I began to weep. To hear those words made me realize that there is hope. Hope that one day will be rid of hate and division. The hope of a better place for my children and my children's children. Love, embrace, with no judgement in our hearts.
New King James Version (NKJV)
The Coming of the Kingdom
20 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”
We are all one
" I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone - if possible - Jew, Gentile - black man - white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness - not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.
Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost....
The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men - cries out for universal brotherhood - for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world - millions of despairing men, women, and little children - victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.
To those who can hear me, I say - do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed - the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. .....
Soldiers! don’t give yourselves to brutes - men who despise you - enslave you - who regiment your lives - tell you what to do - what to think and what to feel! Who drill you - diet you - treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men - machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate - the unloved and the unnatural! Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!
In the 17th Chapter of St Luke it is written: “the Kingdom of God is within man” - not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power - the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.
Then - in the name of democracy - let us use that power - let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world - a decent world that will give men a chance to work - that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfil that promise. They never will!
Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people! Now let us fight to fulfil that promise! Let us fight to free the world - to do away with national barriers - to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness. Soldiers! in the name of democracy, let us all unite!"
- Final Speech from "The Great Dictator" 1940
© 2014 Anan Celeste