Friday, January 28, 2011

Beware of false prophets

Matthew 7 enjoins us to "Beware of false prophets / Ye shall know them by their fruits"

Have we not had enough of the festering fruits of the world religions?

Are they not ALL heavily evidenced of internal corruption?

The jewish people (allegedly, according to the testaments of Moses) committed genocides clearing the land of Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. And destroying all other nations that would stand in their way. There is much evidence of wars and skirmishes and little evidence these genocides actually happened but I'm sure back in those uncertain days it was comforting to know that an all powerful being was on your side in a conflict nonetheless (Deutronomy 20:10-17).

Then comes the anointed one which Christians claim to follow, with his message of Peace from Matthew 10.

34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.

Doesn't sound like the Jesus most people talk about, selective memory perhaps?

And then, around 312, Constantine, facing Maxentius who had revolved against him and held the majority Pagan support with a large military force, turned to a sect of Christians for political and military support. Defeating Maxentius, Constantine then began what was to become a century’s long effort to eliminate any book that was considered unacceptable to the new doctrine of the church. At that time, it is believed there were up to 600 books, which comprised the work we now know as the Bible. With a new religion and a new Rome the future of the Christian faith would be set forever in bloodshed of those they opposed.

Christians have had many excuses over the hundreds of years since then.

Maybe they were following the Edict of Milan?
Maybe they listened when Pope Innocent III said "the Jews, by their own guilt, are consigned to perpetual servitude because they crucified the Lord...As slaves rejected by God, in whose death they wickedly conspire, they shall by the effect of this very action, recognize themselves as the slaves of those whom Christ's death set free..."?
Maybe the Roman Catholic Papal bull, "Cum nimis absurdum" which required Jews in Vatican controlled lands to wear badges, and be confined to ghettos?
Or maybe they followed in the footsteps of Catholic Christians who massacred of Jews in Nemirov, Polonnoye, Tulchin, Volhynia, Bar, Lvov, and elsewhere?

But everywhere Christians have gone, bloodshed, violence, torture, and brutality followed.

Sure, in the past 100 years or so the uglier aspects are better hidden in modern parts of the world (less so in those areas still wracked with sectarian violence).

We're not AS evil now is really the best they can claim. Or "well I'M a good person". Ok sure, you might be -- even a million of you might be good people. But the leaders of the churches to which you give money are generally NOT and religion is still the cause of much harm and suffering in the world.

You can keep your beliefs (if you can keep them to yourself) and you can keep your religion but you really need to put a STOP to the nonsense parts.

Islam is a weak point in my knowledge base. But I know there are many verses in the Qu'ran that are USED to justify hatred and violence -- sure, just like the bible you can throw up fluffy re-interpretations of those verses. You can absolutely be a good person (just like the Christians above). But what you can't do is claim your religion is free from a violent, bloody and questionable history. And I would absolutely not wish to belong to many of the nations with Islamic-based governments. I really don't need to know more than that to reject the religion BUT!!! if you have proof of any of your claims of miracles I am all ears.

However, I HAVE seen many of the claims of "advanced scientific knowledge in the Qu'ran" and they are all utter bullshit. Most are so incredibly laughable they are not even worthy of legitimate discussion. So you can just skip right past those and save your breath because I won't respond to such complete nonsense - it is a waste of time. If you want to be that credulous go right ahead. I can point out verses in Harry Potter that talk about a ring and say LOOK! It means Loop Quantum Gravity! That is literally how ridiculous those claims are.

So I say the "rotten fruit" should be thrown out and let the extremely few good seeds in there grow.

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