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The Immorality of Christianity
The comedian Ricky Gervais once said that “they (Christians) haven‘t a monopoly on good“. Not only do they have no monopoly but they have no share in morality. They are the immoral enemies of good. I will qualify that. Not all who identify themselves as Christians are immoral enemies of good, but all who fully believe that the bible is the literal word of god surely are.
First of all, biblical morality is thoroughly immoral. This is clear, and will be returned to with a weight of evidence.
But we must also consider the less well-known fact that springs from their status as enemies of rationality. For rationality is the source of our understanding of good, it has been revealed by centuries of philosophical discourse. But they deny this and claim that morality comes from the immoral bible. Therefore we can see that the Christian reaps the rewards of our acting as moral beings while not subscribing to that morality themselves. Not only do they benefit from our morality which safeguards them from persecution, but they simultaneously seek to impose their immorality on the rest of us with biblical based legislation.
Parallels can be drawn between their relation to morality and their relation to science. In both cases they are free riders. In science they are the equivalent of holocaust deniers holding onto antiquated ideas in the face of evidence. They hold that the earth is 6000 years old and deny evolution. Consequently they hold a contempt for science and launch attacks against it, while reaping its benefits such as modern medicine. The physicist Lawrence Krauss highlighted the paradox when noting that President Bush and his creationist followers responded to the threat of avian flu with science and vaccines. They didn't follow their beliefs to its logical conclusion and say that the virus was intelligently designed with the purpose to kill.
But what of biblical morality. Before dealing with the specifics let us consider the beautiful summation given by Richard Dawkins
“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
This cannot be denied for the old testament is littered with behaviour proving Dawkins position. For is this Godly paragon of virtue not bloodthirsty, genocidal and an ethnic cleanser?
“Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.” -Samuel 15:3
Then again, genocide and ethnic cleansing often spring from racism, and so it should be of no surprise to us that
“The LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.” - Deuteronomy 7:6
“An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD for ever.” - Deuteronomy 23:3
And some slavery for good measure
"When a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod so hard that the slave dies under his hand, he shall be punished. If, however, the slave survives for a day or two, he is not to be punished, since the slave is his own property." - Exodus 21:20-21
Not content with racism, slavery and genocide, God also indulges in baby killing.
“At midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon.” -Exodus 12:29
Anyone who gets their morality from God’s example is clearly immoral, perhaps mentally ill.
And what of God’s commandments, what moral wisdom do they display?
1 “You shall have no other gods before Me.”
2 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments.
3 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
4 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God.
Okay so far he is only concerned with himself, plenty of proof of the unforgiving and petty control freak of which Dawkins spoke. Quite the self obsessed psychopath it would seem. If the ten commandments are the basis of our morality, then four tenths of it relates to how we feel about the apparently, all good, all powerful creator. Seemingly there is no contradiction between these characteristics and the self obsession displayed. Not only is self obsession evident, but as is an irrational jealousy. The perfect, all powerful and good God is jealous of decisions taken by his imperfect creations. The final commandments are not too bad or disagreeable. It is just a shame they contradict all the other hatred and drivel within the book and so are a teardrop of good in an ocean of vile hatred and backwardness.