Right, the two people who visit this blog regularly might have notice I haven’t been posting lately. Two reasons for that: 1. I’ve been really busy working, many things going on and 2. the people who I follow and unapologetically re-post, the people who I get all my material from have also not been posting.
Anyway, so I just watched a YouTube video by 43alley (which was excellent, but that’s not the point) and noticed a comment that made a lot of sense. Now, I know, YouTube is hardly the place to find sage like utterances. Most comments are barely recognisable as language to begin with but perhaps the quality of person drawn to 43alley’s video’s is not run of the mill. Who knows.
The comment by “MillyVanillification” was this:
Religious people have on[e] advantage: They know little about what their religion tells. With so little knowledge it’s easy to have a quiet conscience.
I think that’s pretty spot on for the vast majority of religious people. They know virtually nothing about what they believe and why they believe it which makes it easy to keep a clear conscience.
The Bible condones slavery. It does so repeatedly and sets out very specific rules about how slaves are to be treated.
The arguments your better than average educated Christian throws up usually go something like this:
- “Slavery in the Bible wasn’t so terrible, it was more like being an indentured servant. Some times, in the old days, people DECIDED to go into slavery to pay off their debts.”
I argued with a foolish little man not too long ago who insisted on backing up the Bible, saying that the slavery it describes and prescribes was just fine, because of the the aforementioned ‘slavery lite’. Unfortunately, the Bible provides all the evidence you need to pass judgement:
25:44 Both thy bondmen, and thy bondmaids, which thou shalt have, shall be of the heathen that are round about you; of them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids.
25:45 Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land: and they shall be your possession.
25:46 And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for a possession; they shall be your bondmen for ever: but over your brethren the children of Israel, ye shall not rule one over another with rigour.
Oh noes! The weak, watered down, temporary, “humane slavery” (heh) only applies to Israelites! Everybody else gets treated like a, well, slave. Aint that a bitch.
- “That was the old testament, Jesus came and made everything wonderful. I follow Jesus and He made everything right.”
Yea? I don’t think so. Quote me the passage where Jesus says slavery is wrong? That’s right, there isn’t one. He did however say a whole bunch of things pertinent to this, let’s take it from the top:
5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven
Oh, that sucks; Jesus Christ super star just said right there that all of the old laws still apply (those laws would include the bits about slavery , stoning your gay son to death and keeping virgin female children ‘for your self’ after conquering their town) and anybody who teaches otherwise… I wonder what being “the least” literally means? (Notice, New Testament)
6:5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;
Very much in the New Testament in black and white.
1 Timothy 6:1
6:1 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.
Let me translate: if you’re a Christian and you’re a slave, shut up, quit complaining and honour the asshole who literally owns you as property as if he were your freaking God. Nice. (New Testament)
12:46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
12:47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
So… Jesus reckons God is like a slave owner who beats his slaves (with many stripes)? Not exactly what I would call a ‘condemnation’ of slavery. (Some more New Testament)
Just for interest sake, here’s a list of the verses in the Bible that approve of slavery (the list of verses that don’t disapprove of slavery is much, much longer):
1 Corinthians 7:21-22
1 Timothy 6:1-5
1 Peter 2:18
The cognitive dissonance that Christians on a whole exhibit is mind-boggling.
To make Christianity work in modern times your average Christian is forced to ignore hundreds upon thousands of barbaric and ignorant verses in the unchanging perfect word of God while cherry picking only a few with a ‘feel good’ message. He then has to build his entire world view and belief system on this small number of cherry picked verses and he has to physically ignore the rest while proclaiming that Christianity is the ultimate truth.
How do so many people manage to convince themselves that so many things that are, are not. Seriously, I just don’t get it.