Across social media there are these images of Trump’s recent photo opportunity. He stands in front of a church, holding a christian bible. To get the photo, he had invoked the national guard and police to disperse protesters, hence the controversy.
Here’s the interesting part… people are outraged he holds a bible. They feel it is in stark contradiction to his actions. I’ve read things like, “I’m surprised it didn’t burst into flames,” or “how dare he hold a bible, doing what he’s doing.”
My point is to showcase his actions are in union with the Bible he holds. If a person dislikes the use of “domination” of others, then start with the source – the Abrahamic faiths. That bible is not some “love doctrine.” The love doctrine that people market at your doors or on television by some evangelist, is not the Bible. That is the marketing gloss of a doctrine of horrors.
Every murder, totalitarian regime, hate filled ethnic cleansing, and even sex crimes can be justified through the christian bible. It’s the reason I wrote a little pamphlet on the evils of the christian bible.
If you dislike the behavior of a murderer, mass murderer, sexual predator, or totalitarian regime, then reasonably one should also dislike the christian bible. This is the opportunity for people to see the Bible for what it is.
Let’s dig into the christian bible….
The sell of christianity is often in the passages describing kindness, compassion and long-suffering. Yet the same doctrine has passages about obeying masters, being slaves, and submitting to authority figures. In regards to the latter, authority figures are not only law makers, but also women are to be subjected to the abuses of men. In short, the Bible does not offer anyone freedom, but instead offers a totalitarian slave-mind. Obey, the Bible says, or face the consequences. In that, there is no love.
To showcase this mixed message, I’ve quoted some passages from the christian New Testament to highlight the impractical and abusive aspect of the religion.
New Testament & Women
“But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is the same as having her head shaved. For if a woman does not cover her head, she might as well have her hair cut off; but if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should cover her head. A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.”1 Corinthians 11:3-9
“As in all the congregations of the Lord’s people. Women should remain silent in the churches, They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.”1 Corinthians 14:33-35
“Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness. A woman must quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness. But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. But women will be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint.”1 Timothy 2:9-15
New Testament on Slavery
Christian apologists will claim the verse below refers to a slavery unlike American slavery. They’ll say it’s like being a servant. This is a lie. Slaves in Rome were treated as non-persons. The only difference in Rome was that some (rare occasions) Roman slaves could earn their freedom. While a slave, however, they were treated as objects (prone to abuse):
“Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear and sincerity of heart, just as you would show to Christ.”Ephesians 6:5
New Testament on Poverty
The bible is filled with contradictions. At times it appears to be a message for the poor, and at other times against them. Consider this passage:
“9 Not that we lack this right, but we wanted to offer ourselves as an example for you to imitate. 10 For even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “If anyone is unwilling to work, he shall not eat.”2nd Thessalonians 3:10
Few Christians know what is in the “Old Testament,” and when confronted with it, they often retreat to the “New Testament”. Yet this same “bible” claims both the old and new testaments to be the work of the same god. Below are several passages depicting this “god”:
Old Testament on Killing
“18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.”
Even modern christians probably nod in agreement to the above, but consider also that the Bible also says “rebellion is the sin of witchcraft,” meaning – the foundation of America is as witchcraft. How about that?
“For six days work is to be done, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day is to be put to death.”Exodus 31:15
14 But Moses was angry with the officers of the army— the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds—who were returning from the battle. 15 “Have you spared all the women?” he asked them. 16 “Look, these women caused the sons of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to turn unfaithfully against the LORD at Peor, so that the plague struck the congregation of the LORD. 17 So now, kill all the boys, as well as every woman who has had relations with a man, 18 but spare for yourselves every girl who has never had relations with a man.”Numbers 31:14-18
9 “Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death. Because they have cursed their father or mother, their blood will be on their own head.”Leviticus 20:9
10 “If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife—with the wife of his neighbor—both the adulterer and the adulteress are to be put to death.”Leviticus 20:10
9 “If a priest’s daughter defiles herself by becoming a prostitute, she disgraces her father; she must be burned in the fire.”Leviticus 21:9
Old Testament & Women
“20 If, however, the charge is true and no proof of the young woman’s virginity can be found, 21 she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death. She has done an outrageous thing in Israel by being promiscuous while still in her father’s house. You must purge the evil from among you.”Deuteronomy 13:13-19
“23 If a man happens to meet in a town a virgin pledged to be married and he sleeps with her, 24 you shall take both of them to the gate of that town and stone them to death—the young woman because she was in a town and did not scream for help, and the man because he violated another man’s wife. You must purge the evil from among you.”Deuteronomy 22:23-24
“28 If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, 29 he shall pay her father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the young woman, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.”Deuteronomy 22:28-29
“10 When you go to war against your enemies and the Lord your God delivers them into your hands and you take captives, 11 if you notice among the captives a beautiful woman and are attracted to her, you may take her as your wife. 12 Bring her into your home and have her shave her head, trim her nails 13 and put aside the clothes she was wearing when captured. After she has lived in your house and mourned her father and mother for a full month, then you may go to her and be her husband and she shall be your wife. 14 If you are not pleased with her, let her go wherever she wishes. You must not sell her or treat her as a slave, since you have dishonored her.”Deuteronomy 21:10-14
There is far more abuse done in the name of “god,” mentioned in the Bible. I didn’t even get to the judgements of “god,” such as killing millions upon millions for the crimes of a few.
While the apologist will attempt to do damage control by distracting people from the intent of these passages, a reasonable person must come to the conclusion that at best, the Bible is severely contradictory. It may talk about love and compassion in one verse, but it delivers the heavy hand of abuses in others. This allows one person to pick and chose a doctrine of compassion, and another to pick and chose a doctrine of slave mindedness and abuse.
Donald Trump holding a bible, is therefore NOT CONTRADICTORY. He is the living embodiment of the themes of control, domination and abuse found in the Bible.
For those on the LHP who support the President, you should wonder about his strong connection to the religion of the enemy. The enemy religion wants all of us to submit, obey and give up our identity. I’m not suggesting a political point, nor a direction in voting. I’m simply pointing to a character who holds to the Bible and his actions align with the very vile nature of the scriptures themselves. It is up for each person to decide for themselves, but for me I see no contradiction in what Trump does and the Bible he holds.