In my last post titled, Why I Remain An Atheist, I brought up a rather controversial subject. I think it is a topic that definitely has warrant for further exploration, however. I took a bold step in labeling my first serious embrace of Christian ideas as being one that was accompanied by an unhealthy amount of verbal coercion directed at me by my previous church leaders. I had just turned 15 years old at the time, mind you.

I was careful not to define this kind of coercion as directly malicious in any way. It wasn’t. I think it was borne out of ignorance and fear on the part of these believing parties. The first step into this breed of ignorance is the acceptance of human depravity. The idea that every one of us as human beings is infected with a sinful nature in conjunction with the burden of guilt for any crimes committed against a holy god.

It is first of all a very peculiar thing that this god is said to have created humanity originally to be without sin. This god is said to have at one time created the best of all possible worlds, paradise so to speak. Need I get into the rest of this myth? Premise one is that god created a perfect humanity in a perfect world. It all falls apart when we are told to accept premise two. The ridiculous notion that humanity chose to do evil apart from any outside influences. According to this fairy tale god is not to blame whatsoever for enticing humanity with a tree HE HAD PLACED in the garden, with a deceptive serpent that HE KNEW was there, or by the sheer fact that HE IS CONSIDERED THE SOLE CREATOR OF SUCH FALLIBLE CREATURES in the first place!

I’ve honestly entertained too much of this story already but I’m doing it for the sake of my believing friends. What good is it really to be driven by this kind of view of the world? A view in which the majority of humanity is hell bound simply for being human! I’m failing to see where the actual grace and justice is here? Then when we get into the concept of vicarious redemption we are supposed to leap for joy because this god endorses the death of an innocent man? People that are guilty of the most heinous crimes are able to be absolved of everything simply by putting their sins onto a scapegoat? This sounds more like an immoral loophole to get out of punishment than it does to experience actual grace and love.

I could go on about these inconsistencies, but the bottom line is that dogma is formed out of ignorance. People collect a number of biblical passages that carry the same vague idea or reference and then form a consensus about what they hope is its actual meaning. If science or any other form of gathering knowledge was like this it would fail to be a useful discipline.

Now we enter into the fear aspect of religious coercion. An alarming majority of these pastors and teachers actually believe that a wrathful all powerful being would have every right to exterminate them for any reason. After all whatever god says, basically goes. Whenever a dialogue is sought in this regard, it becomes very difficult to objectively criticize this view.

Reason being that it is somehow considered a virtuous endeavor to exterminate self worth and adapt the mindset of a slave. The bible refers to this as being a bondslave, but nonetheless it is an unbending devotion to an unseen master. This master, Jesus, is said to transfer his merits to the slave. It is the only way to be viewed as worthy in the eyes of The Almighty.

Aside from how cruel it is to deface human beings of their self worth, simply for being human, I have to wonder if it is even more heinous to imply that what replaces our dignity is the love of god? Imagine if we were to apply this principle to raising our own children? On second thought, I hope I never meet anyone that would do anything other than love their child unconditionally. Assuming the true sense of the word and not warped with absurd preconditions that require a ransom payment.

It is precisely this kind of thinking that brings me to question the morality of religion through and through. I guess the cat is out of the bag by now, I am also an Antitheist.


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