In listening to the Host and co-host of Black Flame Immersion, I have struggled with their philosophical take on assertion towards various forms of influence….
However in recent days, my life has resonated more closely with their philosophical standing.
My past has risen to be confronted. Present examples of the Christian faith have stood up in vitriol. These events, along with my own contemplation have caused me to understand this need for a response… At least in the more gratuitous scenarios.
I suppose I’m saying here that I’m changing my views. I don’t feel bothered yet by someone saying “Merry Christmas,” but certainly I have discovered the need to stop people – address their faith… and I’ve done so.
Just recently I came across an evangelical christian who was trying to convert people online. He cited a variety of Biblical passages… I know the tactic, as I used to be a guy like him… and I responded to this fellow (his name was Dexter) with the following passages:
So Dexter, turn with me to Numbers 31:17-18: “17 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.” – What kind of bible is that? What kind of trash is that in your “Bible?” I know you’ll say “oh that’s cherry picking,” or “that’s out of context,” by all means, read it in its entirety. The whole passage is about murdering an entire population, but saving the virgins for breeding. It’s disgusting.
Next up, Deuteronomy 20:10-14, “10 When you march up to attack a city, make its people an offer of peace. 11 If they accept and open their gates, all the people in it shall be subject to forced labor and shall work for you. 12 If they refuse to make peace and they engage you in battle, lay siege to that city.13 When the Lord your God delivers it into your hand, put to the sword all the men in it. 14 As for the women, the children, the livestock and everything else in the city, you may take these as plunder for yourselves. And you may use the plunder the Lord your God gives you from your enemies.” – Ah here’s the blood god of yours demanding people become slaves or get murdered… where’s all that love?
Now Dexter, turn with me to Deuteronomy 13:13-19, “13 that troublemakers have arisen among you and have led the people of their town astray, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods you have not known), 14 then you must inquire, probe and investigate it thoroughly. And if it is true and it has been proved that this detestable thing has been done among you, 15 you must certainly put to the sword all who live in that town. You must destroy it completely,[a] both its people and its livestock. 16 You are to gather all the plunder of the town into the middle of the public square and completely burn the town and all its plunder as a whole burnt offering to the Lord your God. That town is to remain a ruin forever, never to be rebuilt….” – That’s called ethnic cleansing today…. Notice the word and name of “the Lord” is invoked in these passages.
Now Dexter, on to Deuteronomy 22:20-21 (actually this whole chapter is filled with vile, give the whole chapter a good read), “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.”
This is another piece of vile in the Bible, Deuteronomy 21:10-14, “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.” – Those who do this today, we call them terrorists… Boko Haram does this. This is right there in your bible.
Let’s not forget Exodus 31:14-15, which states, “14 ‘Observe the Sabbath, because it is holy to you. Anyone who desecrates it is to be put to death; those who do any work on that day must be cut off from their people. 15 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.'”
Not to pick on the OT, let’s turn to the NT and read 2nd Thes. 3:10, “10 For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.” – not only is that contrary to Jesus in Matthew 25:34-46… but it showcases the grab bag mentality of this religion. You can pick and choose whatever you want to do… kill people, well reference the OT… ministers do it all the time during war. Hate gay people… well they cite Levitcus… but the one thing they never do is point their vile fingers at their own sins.
“But we’re works in progress,” is over. How long must we wait for Christians to fix themselves? “I’m not perfect I’m just forgiven,” what feculence. That sentiment just leads Christians to do damage, take no responsibility and keep spreading their poison.
There’s many more. Not to mention the angry, petulant god that burns down cities killing women and children… or floods the world on a whim.
Now Dexer, let’s move past the filth of your religion that you brought in the door here… and let me give you a task. If you have a gmail account, go make a news alert for the following term, “pastor arrested.” Sit back and watch what comes up. On average, I see 6 pastors in America arrested a week, mostly on the grounds of rape, and child abuse….
You know what was interesting? He didn’t respond. Instead of just needling him or saying “fuck you,” I turned his view into his own bible… and i was harsh… harsher then I’ve ever been. I’m not proud or happy about it… I feel it was me. I responded. Not some filtered version of me.
My past has been coming back to me… I’ve had to deal with issues pertaining to one of my brothers… an over-zealous racist brother who hated my first wife… and called her the “race of cain.” I never fought him. I submitted to his authority. When I was a child, he made me burn books… claiming demons were in them… I’ve grown intolerant of him. I detest him.
He’s tried to reach out recently… and he doesn’t seem as “off” as he used to be, at least he doesn’t openly say things about my current wife… but the past has come back to my mind… I need to tell him what I feel and cut him off … I haven’t yet done it. I never did it. I was meek. But the need is rising, to respond to him and let him know what he has done and does is not what I want in my life.
These are hard things. Very hard for someone like me.