Why the Bible is Immoral
Introduction - Cherry-Picking
Many people, mainly Christians, feel that the Bible is the most superior platform from which people should derive their morals. This is partly because most bible thumpers have been inculcated by their religious leaders to believe this and don't actually read the bible themselves. They listen to the watered-down, cherry-picked version of their holy book, relying only on what the guy wearing a nice suit and a big, friendly smile says. And this cut and edited version of christian teachings is what is disseminated to the masses all around the world. If people would stop going to church and actually read the bible for themselves there would be a lot less christian dogma being spewed on street corners and television, because the bible is the most immoral piece of literature to ever be written down. This article won't address every instance of immorality in the bible, since they seem to be nearly innumerable, but it will bring forth what I feel are the more heinous teachings and acts that were committed, but are conveniently covered up and ultimately omitted out of the sermons in the church. The bible is immoral, and I will prove it.
Do you think that slavery or owning another person as property is wrong? If you said yes, then congratulations, you are morally superior to the Judeo-christian god, because not only does He condone slavery, there are specific instructions on how they are to be treated in the bible. If you said no, then you need to go hang yourself.
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 NLT)
The passage above clearly states that people can be owned and sold as property. Even passed down through the generations, as long as they survive the beatings, which I will get to in a second.
If you buy a Hebrew slave, he is to serve for only six years. Set him free in the seventh year, and he will owe you nothing for his freedom. If he was single when he became your slave and then married afterward, only he will go free in the seventh year. But if he was married before he became a slave, then his wife will be freed with him. If his master gave him a wife while he was a slave, and they had sons or daughters, then the man will be free in the seventh year, but his wife and children will still belong to his master. But the slave may plainly declare, 'I love my master, my wife, and my children. I would rather not go free.' If he does this, his master must present him before God. Then his master must take him to the door and publicly pierce his ear with an awl. After that, the slave will belong to his master forever. (Exodus 21:2-6 NLT)
The third sentence of the above passage explains that if the slave marries after he becomes owned, then on the seventh year he will be set free, but not his wife. Likewise with the fifth sentence about the wife and children having to stay with the master. But if the slave who is to be freed decides to stay a slave for the sake of being with his family, he may do so, but he will no longer be eligible for parole. Understand that this is for male hebrew slaves. Lets see what the bible says about female slaves.
When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again. But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her. And if the slave girl's owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter. If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife. If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment. (Exodus 21:7-11 NLT)
So technically speaking, a man can have as many sex slaves as he wants as long as he feeds, clothes, and sleeps with them. Not a bad deal for a sex addict I suppose, but isn't this type of behavior frowned upon by Christian fundamentalists?
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 NAB)
Seriously? It's okay to beat your slave to death as long as they survive for "a day or two"? And again, the above passage clearly states that slaves are considered property. And if you're one of those sick-minded individuals that think it's okay to own another person as property, then you have mental issues and need to see a doctor. And I know there may be several Christians out there reading this say some nonsense about these coming from the Old Testament and they no longer follow those laws, but let's ask Jesus, shall we?
Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. (Ephesians 6:5 NLT)
Respect and fear? Where's the love?
The servant will be severely punished, for though he knew his duty, he refused to do it. "But people who are not aware that they are doing wrong will be punished only lightly. Much is required from those to whom much is given, and much more is required from those to whom much more is given." (Luke 12:47-48 NLT)
So even if the slave did something that he didn't know was wrong, he still gets punished. That's the Messiah talking there, nice role model. Not!
Genocide, Infanticide, and More Murder
If beating and killing one or two people wasn't enough, Yahweh goes a few steps further. If you count up all the deaths caused by maniacal mass murderers such as Stalin or Hitler, God makes their crimes look like misdemeanors. It's no wonder so many bible thumpers walk around as if they are terrified by simply hearing or seeing something that doesn't please God, because they are taught that the punishment is death. Here are a few examples of what lands someone on death row:
Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death. Such evil must be purged from Israel. (Deuteronomy 17:12 NLT)
For those of you who go door to door trying to spread the word of God, but merit only a slammed door in the face, this passage is telling you to kill those people.
All who curse their father or mother must be put to death. They are guilty of a capital offense. (Leviticus 20:9 NLT)
C'mon, really? What teenager hasn't done this at least once? Not sure about you, but I know some people don't have the greatest parents and it's hard not to curse them. Please understand that not everyone has a perfect life or parents that spoil them. And honestly, some parents shouldn't be parents.
A priest's daughter who loses her honor by committing fornication and thereby dishonors her father also, shall be burned to death. (Leviticus 21:9 NAB)
Burned to death!? That's a little over the top if you ask me.
They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. (2 Chronicles 15:12-13 NAB)
And again for the folks that go knockin'.
Suppose you hear in one of the towns the LORD your God is giving you that some worthless rabble among you have led their fellow citizens astray by encouraging them to worship foreign gods. In such cases, you must examine the facts carefully. If you find it is true and can prove that such a detestable act has occurred among you, you must attack that town and completely destroy all its inhabitants, as well as all the livestock. Then you must pile all the plunder in the middle of the street and burn it. Put the entire town to the torch as a burnt offering to the LORD your God. That town must remain a ruin forever; it may never be rebuilt. Keep none of the plunder that has been set apart for destruction. Then the LORD will turn from his fierce anger and be merciful to you. He will have compassion on you and make you a great nation, just as he solemnly promised your ancestors. "The LORD your God will be merciful only if you obey him and keep all the commands I am giving you today, doing what is pleasing to him." (Deuteronomy 13:13-19 NLT)
So I guess we know why natural disasters happen. All because Jerry was a Hindu!!
From there Elisha went up to Bethel. While he was on his way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him. "Go up baldhead," they shouted, "go up baldhead!" The prophet turned and saw them, and he cursed them in the name of the Lord. Then two shebears came out of the woods and tore forty two of the children to pieces. (2 Kings 2:23-24 NAB)
Yeah, that's seriously in the bible.
And at midnight the LORD killed all the firstborn sons in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn son of the captive in the dungeon. Even the firstborn of their livestock were killed. Pharaoh and his officials and all the people of Egypt woke up during the night, and loud wailing was heard throughout the land of Egypt. There was not a single house where someone had not died. (Exodus 12:29-30 NLT)
This is a common passage. It almost sounds like some religious extremist wrote it and is about to commit an act of terrorism.
Anyone who is captured will be run through with a sword. Their little children will be dashed to death right before their eyes. Their homes will be sacked and their wives raped by the attacking hordes. For I will stir up the Medes against Babylon, and no amount of silver or gold will buy them off. The attacking armies will shoot down the young people with arrows. They will have no mercy on helpless babies and will show no compassion for the children. (Isaiah 13:15-18 NLT)
Now, this is just sick. And it's kind of a double whammy. Not only does God tell the soldiers to kill everyone, including children, but to also rape the women.
There are many more examples of atrocities such as these occurring in the bible and I encourage anyone who isn't convinced of the astounding immorality of the Judeo-Christian God to investigate more.
But That's the Old Testament
I get this a lot when I bring these things up to anyone in the Christian community. They dismiss everything in the OT because the core of their beliefs come from the New Testament. But what they fail to realize, since thinking seems to be so hard for them, is that the Ten Commandments are in the OT, but they seem to live their lives, at least say they do, by the Decalogue. Is getting a tattoo a sin? Do you think eating pork or shellfish is a hell-worthy trespass? More than likely if you're a Christian you said yes to the first question and no the second. But according to the Bible the answer to both questions is yes. And there isn't a single instance in the NT where any of the 600+ laws in the OT were nullified.
Christians also believe that we have all inherited the sins of Adam and Eve, which begs the question of how Jesus could have been without sin since we are all born sinners in the first place. So since it is impossible to be without sin, we are terrorized with threats of being sent to hell for all eternity for something that wasn't even our fault. But since the Bible essentially defines "sin" as being human, the feeble minded are tortured with fear and guilt up until the day they die. People are threatened to spend an infinite amount of time in hell for such finite crimes. And to think, a lot of the people who go around preaching God's word are against the death penalty when their dogma clearly supports unjust punishment. And not only that, but how can an all merciful God be so heartless as to send someone to hell forever for committing such trivial crimes? I guess that's biblical justice for you. But then again, mercy and justice contradict each other. Someone cannot be merciful and just, because any amount of justice if nullified by any amount of mercy, because mercy is a suspension of justice. God is pretty much a contradiction of himself.
Although they aren't actually listed in the Bible, I'm going to briefly talk about the Seven Deadly Sins.
Let's list them:
Notice how all those are common human traits? Even though Christ came to earth to forgive people of their sins, the church wants you to think that you have to keep asking for forgiveness, and the only way to be a good Christian is to go to church and give some of your money (though in the NT there isn't any specified amount that is required, but rather just what you can give. But the language used is clearly meant to make you feel guilty if you don't give).
I find it funny how it's a sin to be jealous when in Exodus 20:4-5, God admits to being jealous. I guess that means God is a sinner.
And let's face it, if there wasn't any lust in the world, there wouldn't be anyone alive to believe in God.
I hope by this point you understand that "sin" is a flawed concept. If not, feel free to leave a comment and maybe I can clear it up for you.
One more thing I'd like to address in this section is one of the biggest problems with Christianity. The bible sets up irrational and unobtainable expectations to which to live your life then, through the "sacrifice" of Christ, it creates loophole so you never have to live up to those expectations. I'd imagine that an omniscient and omnipotent god could think of a better way to forgive people, after all, he created the rules in the first place! What's sickens me about it is that god knows all things, he even knew we would sin and people would turn away, yet he blames us anyway. He's a sick bastard that just likes to see people burn.
I put sacrifice in quotes because the death of Christ wasn't really a sacrifice, because when something is sacrificed it is lost forever. Christ (God) came to earth from heaven, did his business, was sacrificed (killed), then went back to heaven. Nothing was lost, nothing was sacrificed.
Does Might Equal Right?
There's one more thing I'd like to address briefly in this article: the idea that might equals right. By that I mean, in terms of Judeo-christian theology, is that just because God is on the throne, then he must be the good guy. If you read anything above, you'd know by now that God isn't someone we'd want as a neighbor. And just because, according to the bible, God made us doesn't mean He's a good guy; He pretty much just killed His creation whenever He felt like it. Still people blame the pain and suffering endured by humans on the devil. If you hear anyone say that something terrible happening is the devil's fault, you know right then that they haven't read the bible, for in the bible Satan can't do anything without God's permission! Let's take the story of Job for example. Satan tells God that Job is only faithful because he's wealthy and has a good life. So Satan asks God if he can test Job's faith. God gives Satan the green light but tells him that Job isn't to be killed.
And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters. 1:3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east. (Book of Job 1:2 KJV)
This passage is simply to illustrate that Job was doing pretty well in life.
Talking to God about Job
Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD. (Job 1:9-12)
Here, Satan insinuates that Job is only faithful to God because he was living a wealthy life. So God took the bet and told Satan that he could do whatever he wanted to Job, he just wasn't allowed to kill him. The story continues with Satan inflicting a LOT of pain and suffering upon Job, even killing his family, to test Job's faith. In the end, Job stays true to God and is rewarded with more than what he had before. The point is, God didn't have to let Satan inflict so much pain (it wasn't pretty) on Job since God already knew what Job would do. In my opinion, Satan won this debacle because God could have easily ignore Satan and his accusations, but gave in and got God to allow untold torment to be done to poor Job.
The point here is that God is responsible for all the terrible acts in the bible. If one guy in a city is worshiping another idol, then God kills the entire city. God grants Satan the power to inflict harm on the earth's inhabitants. Not one instance in the bible does Satan hurt someone without gaining God's approval first. Divine approval, however, isn't always sought by Satan if he is simply tempting someone, such as Eve and Jesus. After all, talking doesn't hurt anyone.
I honestly feel, if Satan and God did exist, that Satan would be the good side of the force. Satan encourages free thinking and enjoying life. We only get one shot here on earth, unless reincarnation is a real thing, so why not enjoy it rather than spending it under the burden of guilt and fear? I feel as long as you don't hurt anyone, you should be able to do what you want. I don't see why God would create us just to live a life of fear and guilt to only die in the end. If He wanted us in heaven, why didn't he just put us there in the first place? Why create us at all? We're here to live, let's enjoy it.
This is where I leave you fellow readers to your own devices. Hopefully, if this article doesn't change your mind that the Bible is the epitome of all that is moral, then it should have provoked enough curiosity to further your own reading. There really is no need to search the internet for literature or videos with content similar to this article, you just need to read the bible. I used to be a christian, then I took it upon myself to read the word of God. After that I knew the protagonists weren't worthy of worship, even if they could be proven to exist. Logic soon took the place of my former gullibility instilled by Christianity. The bible has been a hindrance to humanity since it was fabricated. Just an FYI, nowhere in the bible does God instruct any body to write a bible. The bible was pieced together several decades after Jesus died, with only certain writings being admitted while others omitted. The bible that is read now is a cut and edited translation of translations intended to arrest the minds of its readers.