An Atheist Reads The Bible: The Fear Of God

If there is one strong theme so far in the Book of Deuteronomy (or the Bible in general) it is that you must fear God. God doesn’t want to be loved or praised or have a personal relationship with you, he wants you to fear him. Plenty of times the Bible explicitly says that God is to be feared by all. When the Israelites sin and beg forgiveness, God ignores their cries. He is not a God of mercy, moreover, he gives plenty of reasons for you to fear him. Continue reading “An Atheist Reads The Bible: The Fear Of God”

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Terrible Parts Of The Bible: Part 6 – Anti-Semitism

For centuries Jews have been the victim of bigotry and hatred for allegedly being responsible for the killing Jesus. This hateful lie has led to widespread discrimination and pogroms culminating in the Holocaust. But where did this murderous idea come from? The answer is none other than the so-called “Good Book”, the Bible, the book that is supposedly full of nothing but peace and love. Continue reading “Terrible Parts Of The Bible: Part 6 – Anti-Semitism”

Terrible Parts Of The Bible: Part 5 – Racism

I would have thought the Bible of all books would be about love and peace for the whole world. I would never expected quotes from God or Jesus claiming only some ethnic groups were saved or that some were superior to others. But that is exactly what I found. Continue reading “Terrible Parts Of The Bible: Part 5 – Racism”

Terrible Parts Of The Bible: Part 4 – Slavery

Surely the Bible, the book filled with goodness and light would never condone an institution as evil as slavery? Surely God would condemn this and set people free? Surely Jesus, perfect Jesus would condemn slavery? After all, didn’t Moses free his people from slavery? However there is not a single line condemning slavery in the Bible. Continue reading “Terrible Parts Of The Bible: Part 4 – Slavery”

Terrible Parts Of The Bible Part 3: Homophobia

“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death.” (Leviticus 20:13)

I was shocked the first time I saw this. I know religion is well known for its prejudice against homosexuals, but death? Surely that is too far for even the most bigoted homophobe. Continue reading “Terrible Parts Of The Bible Part 3: Homophobia”

Terrible Parts Of The Bible: Part 2 – Sexism

For a book that is supposed to be about love and tolerance, the Bible contains an incredible amount of sexism. It makes repeated reference to how women should be subjugated to men and Continue reading “Terrible Parts Of The Bible: Part 2 – Sexism”

Terrible Parts Of The Bible Part 1 – Genocide

Most my life, I, like most people assumed the Bible was a book about love, peace, tolerance and rules for a good life. It was always assumed that if more people took a page out of the Bible the world would be a better place. However, recently I have started to look into the Bible and found a lot of pretty nasty things. So many in fact, Continue reading “Terrible Parts Of The Bible Part 1 – Genocide”