Christian Marriages: One of the Most Shocking Blog Posts I Have Ever Read


While I was scrolling through my twitter feed as I do almost every morning, one of the people I follow by the name of @WeakSquare shared a disturbing Christian post on my timeline. The topic? Marriage To be even more specific, it was a list of 10 “types” of women a Christian man should not marry. In this post, I plan on addressing each of the 10 women depicted one by one and I will be giving my opinion on them, as well as statistical and biblical evidence when needed.

The original post can be found here at this link:

http://nycpastor.com/2014/12/29/10-women-christian-men-should-not-marry/

The post starts off with this quote from proverbs:

“I have perceived among the youths, a young man lacking sense, passing along the street near her corner, taking the road to her house” (Proverbs 7:7-8).”

It is interesting that  this NYC Pastor starts off with a quote like this. A quote that comes from the words of Solomon, a man perceived to be one of the wisest men to ever walk the earth. By starting off with this specific quote, the pastor’s tone is set as one of arrogance. He assumes that men who choose to date and marry these women that he goes into talking about are “lacking sense”. Interesting, because as we come to his first women “type”, we can see that his logical train of thought does not seem to go anywhere but in a circle of mixing definitions.


“1. The Unbeliever. Scripture is replete with exhortations against such marriages (in both the Old and New Testaments).  Contrary to popular misconception, God’s prohibition against marriages to foreign women in the Old Testament was not due to racism.  Instead, God was simply preventing the spread of idolatry.  Israel, God’s chosen people in the Old Testament, represented what Christians would later represent in the New Testament.  Hence, God’s prohibition against marrying an unbelieving woman in the New Testament (2 Cor 6:14) is simply the extension of God prohibiting a Hebrew man from from marrying a Canaanite woman in the Old Testament (Deut 7:3-4).  “Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons, for they will turn your children away from following me to serve other gods, and the LORD’s anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy you” (Deut 7:3-4).” 

-NYC Pastor


Other than only quoting two places in scripture and juxtaposing the two, the pastor fails to read other parts in the Corinthians novels where Paul speaks of the unbelieving wife becoming holy because of her believing husband for their children’s sake.  (1 Corinthians 7:12-15)

As someone who has been a relationship with an unbelieving woman for quite some time now, I do not find myself worshiping her “idols” as the pastor insinuates I would be doing by now. It makes me question if he had even taken the time to look up the statistics of successful marriages between Christian men and unbelieving women (and vise versa for that matter)

An article written by ReligionNews.com reports that religious/nonreligious couples focus their families around “values” rather than “beliefs”

(http://www.religionnews.com/2014/06/09/mixed-faith-marriages-focus-values-beliefs/)

With that said, I share the same opinion as I, myself have and am having this experience with my companion. Instead of focusing on whether my partner believes or not, I focus on her moral compass, and the way it lines up with mine. When it comes down to it, my beliefs are often very superstitious in nature and I realized that they have more to do with cultural influences than the values they claim to represent. My girlfriend is living proof that someone can live a life “Good without God”. While similar belief systems would be ideal, they are not a prerequisite to a successful marriage. I give this one a 2 out of 10.


“2. The Divorcee. Jesus clearly taught that unless the first marriage ended due to a partner’s sexual infidelity, a second marriage is to be considered invalid and adulterous.  A divorced woman, therefore, is off limits for a Christian man–unrepentant adultery being a sin that prevents one from obtaining eternal life (1 Cor 6:9).  “If she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery” (Mark 10:12). “And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery” (Matthew 19:9).”

– NYC Pastor


Now this is laughable. We open up with a No True Scotsman fallacy and a fear-mongering (sinful) tactic of mentioning that unrepentant adultery will, in fact, keep you from entering the kingdom of heaven. Are you serious, pastor? Nowadays, there are countless reasons that divorces occur. Some men are abusive fathers, abusive husbands (these actions are not biblical grounds to end a marriage, by the way ladies), gambling issues that lead to financial instability and unsafe environments for children. This Bronze-aged bozo literally implies that women who leave abusive husbands to be with a man who will treat them right is committing adultery. I have no biblical support to justify my reasons as stated above, and it is sad that I don’t. I guess beating and stoning your wife was the only way out of a marriage if both partners were faithful (sigh). 0 out of 10 for utter stupidity and lack of sympathy for victims of domestic abuse.


3. The Older Woman. Not a sin, but certainly not God’s ideal.  God expects men to be the spiritual leaders of the home (Eph 5:25) and it certainly requires an extra measure of grace to lead a woman who’s older than you.  Again, if you’re a man and you’re already in such a marriage, then honor it till the day you die–it’s still a valid marriage and divorce is not an option!  However, if you’re not yet married but thinking about an older woman I want to remind you that God intentionally (with good reason!) created Adam before Eve in the First Marriage.  Scripture informs us that God created man first chronologically for the sake of authority!  Listen:  “I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve” (1 Timothy 2:12-13).

-NYC Pastor


There are so many things I can say about the utter stupidity of this one… Age has nothing to do with power, that is my first point. He uses the biblical story of Adam and Eve to try to justify his opinionated stand on why a man should be older than his wife. From a Creation point of view, Eve would have been made just a mere hours AFTER Adam. Seriously? That is the best you can come up with? Let us use just a little common sense. I was born on November 2, 1994. If my wife was born on November 1, 1994, this pastor suggests that I should not marry her because she is older. That is literally where he was trying to go with that point. If you don’t find that even a little silly, then I’m not sure if we read the same post. Then we head on over to the book of 1 Timothy. This pastor literally justifies his own misogyny by supporting his opinionated view with a bible text in order to oppress women. The rebuttal for this, though not biblical, is a simple one that I have heard many use to justify that misogyny is wrong.

“Eve was not taken out of Adam’s head to top him, neither his feet to be trampled by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected by him, and near his heart to be loved by him”

The pastor also quotes a study done in 2009 that apparently shows that 53% of marriages of a man with a women 2 to 3 years older than he ended in divorce. That’s funny, the average divorce rate for Christians and Non-Christians alike is around 60% right now. Didn’t want to mention that statistic, did you now, pastor?

We have to face the facts here. The bible has many misogynistic verses that are used to oppress women in modern times, but at the same time, there were many powerful women that God used in order to do his will. Whether God used their sex appeal or not is a topic for a different post. I give this one a 3 out of 10 for at least showing the fact that he made this one up.


4. The Feminist.  There’s no room within Christendom for the “Christian feminist.”  Though women and men have equal value in the eyes of God (Gal 3:28), they certainly have different God-given roles.  Any woman who tries to usurp her husband’s authority or even claims to be a co-leader with her man is gravely dishonoring the God who created her to be subject and obedient to her husband (Eph 5:22, Col 3:18, 1 Pet 3:1).   Eve was distinctly created “for” man, a point that the apostle Paul makes abundantly clear in 1 Corinthians 11 when he writes, “For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.” (1 Corinthians 11:8-9).  Men, your wife is to be your “helper” (Gen 2:18)–not your leader and certainly not your equal in terms of authority.  Look for a woman who agrees with you in this very vital God-ordained relational dynamic.

-NYC Pastor


After his assertion of Gen 2:18, he asserts his own opinion, once again. As a feminist and a son of a household where my mother is the primary bread-winner of the family, I find this one to just be preposterous. Other than using the “Straw Man” fallacy by misrepresenting the feminist movement, he adds on to his misogynistic agenda. Trying to justify this point is outright stupid. A man should be responsible for his wife, and in turn a woman should be responsible for her husband. It is a mutual relationship. Taking different texts and trying to apply them to your personal view takes them out of the context of the bible (which is important only when jumping around) and into the context of one’s own biases. 1 out of 10 because I’m being nice.


5. The Sexy-Dresser.  Sexy might inadvertently catch your eyeballs, but it shouldn’t catch your heart.  The way that a woman is willing to expose herself says much about her heart: “And behold, the woman meets him, dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart” (Proverbs 7:10).  The text in Proverbs explains that a woman will dress in a certain way to catch a certain type of man.  Don’t be that man.  Don’t be the fool who’s led by his hormones instead of the Holy Spirit.  Remember: you want godly, not gaudy.  

-NYC Pastor


Slut shaming? Really. He didn’t do that…did he? He did. He compared women who are comfortable (and sometimes uncomfortable) with their bodies that exemplify their beauty by wearing less clothing are “prostitutes”. Also, his summary of the single bible text is longer than the bible text itself, which tells you that, once again, he is interjecting his personal opinion with the text written in the bible. The text was simply defining how the woman looked, not what she was doing, or trying to do. For that, you must read around the proverb. He didn’t want you to see the context and that is on him. The context explains that the women dressed like a “prostitute” was in fact, a prostitute. The way that she dressed did not define her as such, it was her actions and lifestyle choices:

11She is boisterous and rebellious, Her feet do not remain at home; 12She is now in the streets, now in the squares, And lurks by every corner. 13So she seizes him and kisses him And with a brazen face she says to him:…

-Proverbs 7:11-13

I wish I could give negative points. Slut shaming, victim blaming, misogyny..and we are only half way done… 0 out of 10


6. The Loud-Mouth.  Women may love to talk, but there’s wisdom in looking for a woman who speaks with wisdom. Gossip and slander are not good things to have in your marriage. Desperate housewives make for desperate husbands.  “Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not.” (1 Timothy 5:13).

– NYC Pastor


I think it is time to quote a Canadian Rapper:

N***as talk more than b***hes these days (Just let that sink in)

-Drake

If you are going to use this as an example for women, you must understand that women are not the only ones who gossip. Also, since the initial post continues to bash on women “types” I took into account that the pastor’s other post “10 Men Christian Women Should Not Marry” (http://nycpastor.com/2014/10/23/ten-men-christian-women-should-not-marry/) did not have any mention of a gossiping man. Sexism and stereotypes of the truest form. Another 0 out of 10 for this one.


7. The Child-Hater. (This does not mean that the woman hates all children.)  Do not marry a woman who is not willing to have children of her own.  In the Christian worldview, there is absolutely no room for two married, biologically capable, human beings to remain intentionally child-less.  If you are adverse towards having children, then there’s a simple remedy for that: single-hood.   However, if God has called you to marriage, then He actually expects children.  Both the New and Old Testaments are very clear on this teaching: “Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring” (Malachi 2:15).  “Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control” (1 Timothy 2:15).

– NYC Pastor


What on Earth is this? Are you serious? Time for a little Ecology lesson. Our world is becoming overpopulated and there are STARVING CHILDREN that need the home of a loving family. Many biologically sound parents choose not to have their own children in order to give these children better lives. That is a selfless act. This point implies that a woman who can bear children, but sees the need in the children which is not her own is grater than her want for her own child, she is not worthy of marriage. If by now, you are not even a little disturbed by this pastor’s words, let us take a look at the last three points he tries to make. 0 out of 10.


8. The Wander-Luster.  There’s nothing wrong with the occasional family vacation.  There is something very wrong with a girl who regularly needs to be “out of the home.”  The constant desire for new experiences, new places, new faces, and new forms of entertainment only serves to clearly manifest the fact that the woman has not found her rest in God.  Believe it or not, Scripture speaks repeatedly about such women:  “She is loud and wayward; her feet do not stay at home” (Proverbs 7:11); “Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also busybodies who talk nonsense, saying things they ought not to” (1 Timothy 5:13).

– NYC Pastor

“There is something wrong” alright. This man is wrong. He pretty much is saying that you should not marry and adventurous woman. Okay pastor, where do you suppose the woman belongs? According to his other posts, I’m assuming he would want to say somewhere between the kitchen and at the foot of her husband. I am beyond upset by this man’s lack of understanding of reality. He has been consumed by his idiotic interpretations that he uses to confuse and and undermine women who are “fearfully and wonderfully made” as the bible would put it. 0 out of 10.


 

9. The Career Woman. Now, I want to clarify something here.  There is nothing wrong with a woman who works (Acts 16:14), what’s wrong is a woman who puts her career ahead of her family.  Modern American society might hate to hear this, but God made men to be the providers and women to be the nurturers of the home (in most instances).  It’s okay for a woman to be a doctor, attorney, or any other professional.  However, if her career is coming at the expense of her home, then something is wrong.  If day-care is raising her young children while she’s working, then something is wrong.  I understand that there might be a season of life where the wife might have to be the main bread-winner due to her husband’s unemployment, but it should not be the desired norm. The woman ought to be willing (and even desirous–to some extent) to give up her job for the sake of raising her kids in the Lord.  “So I counsel younger widows to marry, to have children, to manage their homes and to give the enemy no opportunity for slander” (1 Tim 5:14).

– NYC Pastor


 

WOW. A point that could have made sense, ruined by a man’s bias. Just wow. Like I said, my mom is the main bread-winner. I was put into Day Care and that is NOT A PROBLEM. This man is dense. So dense and set on drinking his old wine that he stores in his old wine skins. Part of raising children is providing food for them, shelter for them, care for them. A working woman that works 40+ hours a week can do just that. 3 out of 10 for actually stating something that isn’t offensive at face-value.


10. The Devotion-less Woman.  Is the woman having a regular, daily devotional time with her God?  If she doesn’t love the Lord now, chances are, she won’t love the Lord after marriage.  (Don’t delude yourself–you’re not going to change her.)  You want to marry a girl who has an intimate relationship with Jesus.  Jesus (not you) has to be the first man in her life.  Here are some good questions to ask: Does she have an active prayer life?  Does she have a heart for evangelism?  Is she hungry for God’s Word?  What does her pastor think about her?

– NYC Pastor


What does your pastor’s thoughts of the woman have to do with her? Devotional? Really? Most Christians do not and have not even read their bible. This has to be one of the most unhelpful things one can look for in a wife. Where is the real advice, pastor? 1 out of 10.

Overall, this NYC pastor scores 10 out of a possible 100 on his posts. I understand the fact that he is attempting to be what I like to call a “by the book” christian, but there were many other women “types” that would have been more acceptable to speak up against as his post on men was a lot better formatted biblically in stating actual issues that you would want to steer clear from whether you are a christian or not (e.g. “The Addict”, from his “10 Men Christian Women Should Not Marry” post). This is a prime example on how fundamentalism should NOT be done. Everyone has the right to their own opinion, but people who claim to be pastors have to take even more responsibility when sharing posts like these with people. Out of his 10 women “types”, I would say that 2 would make a good case, but are presented poorly, and the first one is another example of just a conflict of interests. Based on this post and many of his other posts, I do believe the man is trying to be sincere, but his lack of sympathy for women in a changing world is quite shocking to me.

When Erik posted this on twitter, I wasn’t expecting it to be as bad as he claimed it to be when it came down to the “bigoted and misogynistic” points that are critiqued above. Out of respect for the man behind the post, I wanted to make it clear that I have nothing against this man, or what he is attempting to teach in the sense that he has the right to write about whatever he would like. I am, however, not going to condone such blatant examples of slut-shaming, victim blaming, and overall misogyny as his original post shows. There are many ways to misuse the bible, and it is my opinion that polluting bible truths with our faulty interpretations of the texts is just one way of doing so. The bible is not a children’s story. It is full of humanly immoral events, sex, rape, slavery, and killing. Like this NYC Pastor, many of us tend to pick only the parts of the bible which we want to read while ignoring the parts we don’t want to read. We also tend to try to justify these darker parts through apologetics and referring strictly to context, when the context in itself is not much better. I believe that if we are to take the bible to have any more meaning than what is written plainly in the 66 different books, we are going to run into inputting our personal biases into our studies and pollute the parts of the bible which may hold some truth to them.

If there is a God, may it bless you.

Alexander Capo

 

 

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My Rant on God’s All Loving Character and the Second Death

I always end up teaching the lessons that anger me. It is quite interesting. Is God playing tricks on me, or do people just like to put these texts in front of me? The second death, the one referred to as torment for ever and ever, cannot be temporary, how does one even come up with for ever and ever being temporary? Are we just trying to fool ourselves? How fair is God? On a scale from 1 to 10, 1 being unfair, 10 being fair? Teen dies young from a drinking and driving accident? (10). A good person wins the lottery? (10). An unethical business tycoon becomes increasingly wealthy? (10). A third world country has a famine and millions die? (10). The devil was not destroyed immediately? (10).

Life isn’t fair, so it is obvious that if life is not fair, then the opposite, or death is fair. So if God is sentencing people to death, then it is fair, is it not? 1 Corinthians 4:5 says “Judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts.” We are not to judge until the time is here, and the only one we are to judge is clear, God Himself. We will have 1000 years to ask as many questions as we want and oh if I am in the number of people, how he will have questions from me. A thousand years is not going to be enough. Unless, of course they are prophetic, at which 1000 years would be approximately 365,000 days on Earth, each would signify 1000 years which is relative, so if we spend a thousand years on Venus, this number changes, which kind of throws off everything, but I’ll ignore that ridiculous fail of time keeping assuming our way of time keeping is our God’s (weird).

So anyways, I digress. It is dangerous to think hell is a place of eternal torment, which the bible refers to many times, but it is equally as dangerous to poke fun and make light of the concept of hell? So is it serious or not? I mean, we all die, what is so bad about dying? We will be put to death, an infinite punishment, for finite crimes? Interesting, that doesn’t sound like Justice. Yet again, what do I know about justice? Florida is the leader in exoneration or death row inmates with 25 of its inmates being set free for being wrongly accused.

I don’t know about you, but I feel we humans have a very crappy understanding about what justice even means, so to try to define it through any form of text, manuscript, or “divine” inspiration is futile. It is all biased, it is all made up to fit into our specific make ups. It is genetically imprinted into all of us. Why would God put Himself through a trial? Why would he? For fun? In order to prove the point that he is fair to his angels, he must have His creation fail and hurt themselves and harm each other in his name, along with the name of many others?

There is such an interesting paradigm shift from the Old Testament to the New Testament. It goes from God is the judge, he is just, he will only save the righteous, but by the way, none of you are righteous, to “All can be saved through accepting Jesus Christ.” Very interesting, a War-like God (Read Numbers) who views everything as a war and a fight and a battle, including the one for our “souls” is going to just turn on a dime and become an all-loving father? Not saying that this is impossible, but what I am saying from studying the way reality works, when you are in a war-like mode for so long, it is very hard for anyone to be loving, ALL loving for that matter.

PTSD effects thousands of soldiers annually, you are going to tell me that Yahweh can switch on a dime, if we were made in his image, and we can’t? What a state of confusion which God has caused… (Read the story of the Tower of Babel). He is the textbook definition of a religious trickster. I do not say these things to anger anyone, I am simply using His own collection of 66 books to explain that the only one on trial here is God, so I’m putting him on trial and because it is written and not spoken, I can refer to it as evidence in my case against God’s all-loving character. He is guilty of not being all loving.

Next case. Is God just? Well based on my own interpretation of justice, I would have to say no, but God, Yahweh made many claims throughout all of his books that he was just, none to say he was all-loving (Old Testament). The ones claiming that God is all loving are fallible human beings. They do it in the bible, they do it today. It will always happen, the problem is that because it is written in the bible, and the bible claims itself to be the word of God breathed out by Him and PROFITABLE for teaching for REPROOF, for CORRECTION, and for TRAINING in RIGHTEOUSNESS (2 Timothy 3:16). Usually, when a collection of books makes a claim within it that states that it is 100% true, then there is an open door for anyone to question its authority.

A God who was fair would treat men and women equally, treat wicked and righteous equally. My definition of justice is equality, through eradication of discrimination. Fair trials for all. Then there are bible texts like 1 Timothy 2:11-14: “11 Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve; 14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.” Did God really intend for men to overpower women?

Here we see a man, talking to Timothy and those like Timothy about women, and it is clear that Paul blames women for the fall of man. Hmm. Do you see where I’m going? The bible itself is full of human bias, including the infallible words written through those who claimed to be “inspired”. It is not to be trusted at face value. One must continue to study and study and study for it to ever make sense and even then, you will still be wrong. Congratulations, you are reading into a book that was not intended to be read into the way you are reading into it.

Evolution: The Facts about the Theory vs. The General Christian Population’s Understanding

 

“Evolution has the Devil’s fingerprints all over it!”

Unknown

“Evolutionary Darwinists need to understand we are taking the dinosaurs back. This is a battle cry to recognize the science in the revealed truth of God.”

Ken Ham

“Atheistic evolutionists believe that nothing created everything – a scientific impossibility. It couldn’t happen. So they redefine the word ‘nothing’ to mean ‘something,’ so that in their unthinking minds, they can justify their foolishness.”

Ray Comfort

These are just some of the most upsetting quotes that I have ever come across as a student who studies science for fun as well as for a proper education. A lie has entered the church through the leaders themselves: believing in Evolution is a sin, anti-christian, and is the epitome of evil in the eyes of the Lord. I am curious to learn what today’s Christians really know about our modern definitions of evolution as well as the mechanisms of Natural Selection and how they occur. As you can see from the quotes above, some of the best-known names in Christian “Clowns” of the Atheist community, make Gnostic claims about knowing the “facts” that dinosaurs and man once roamed the Earth together. A claim made gnostically without evidence which is frustrating to read as a theistic science student.

On the other side of the spectrum, we have Ray Comfort. A man on a mission to “debunk” the theory of Evolution by proving it is the work of the devil and quoting scriptures in order to call all skeptical people (atheists included) foolish. This is the same man that used a banana to explain that it was made for human hands, while ignoring the fact that bananas are a large part of our primate cousin’s diet. He also correlates the belief and “worship” of evolution revolves around man’s lust for the flesh and often relates evolution, a process that all animals go through in the natural realm, an immoral thing.

Some might be reading this and wonder why bother with these fools? They are closed to accepting scientific evidence and live in their delusions. The thing is, these “fools” have the right to hold an opinion, even ones  which are false. The issue arises when these people are the ones that are influencing the teachings within the church about said subjects. These people are very influential and they are hindering scientific advancement by having many Christians completely dismissing facts simply because “God”.

You don’t believe that there are those people who have no clue about evolution, though walk around as if they know everything there is to know about the subject? Could you believe that man Christian youth walk into science class and “turn off” their teachers voice when they begin to teach a subject of science? Is it the children’s fault, or the parents who raised them? Below are some examples. Names have been withheld to avoid ridicule.

“Atheists,if u could shut the hell up in my mentions that would be great. Your science to back up evolution is junk & your opinions are shit”

This is a Christian who is upset that internet atheist have been sternly trying to get them to understand a concept which they do not understand, Evolution.

Charles Dawn‘s Theory of evolution to me seems more like a Religion than a scientific discovery bcz it contradicts wth Christianity”

I believe that this person meant to say Charles Darwin, who, if you could imagine, was not the only naturalist to OBSERVE evidence for his Theory of Natural Selection (Not to be confused with Evolution) (2014, Perez). This person is also dismissing scientific evidence based on the SOLE FACT that it CONTRADICTS with Christianity. People do not venerate Darwin, nor his work. Instead, scientists study and create contradicting hypotheses trying to disprove its affects on species development, but every null is often rejected and Evolution has, up to this point, always been supported by scientific experiments. Evolution is not a religion, it is simply described as one of the three main mechanisms of Natural Selection.

“evolution was forced in school & God forced out of school America has been stagnated in all wars it’s been in! God pulling his hedge?”

1.) Evolution was not forced into schools. Evolution was studied and then accepted by scientists as a valid explanation for how things change over generations, then these results were reviewed and then reviewed again, and then published, these results were then studied by a group of educational scientists who summarized the overall important information of the Theory and compiled it into a section of a science book. This SCIENCE book was then utilized in the SCIENCE classroom to teach a SCIENTIFIC concept. If anything, scientists were more than likely trying to keep it out of schools, but failed to do so since mountains of evidence have been found in support of the mechanism of evolution on many populations of species that are not in Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium. 2.) If your God (assuming he is my God, too) is to be talked about in schools, in a country like America, where we have freedom of religion, ALL gods must be discussed. This includes the Greek Mythology of Zeus, the Egyptian Mythology of Ra, the Hindu god, Brahma. Why do you dismiss there “just as valid” depictions of how the world began? I believe that in a science class, we should teach subjects that are scientifically supportable by evidence. A deity, one which is outside of the natural realm, will never be found to exist or not exist as science is simply the study of the natural world around us. That means teaching the concept of a God creating the world is outside the scope of the science classroom. Period. THERE MUST REMAIN A SEPARATION BETWEEN CHURCH AND STATE. The Public School system will teach what science has found up to this point in time.

it’s called the “Theory of Evolution” because it’s just that. A Theory. Not.fact.”

At this point, people begin to hashtag #AnAdultWroteThis. Did you just refer to the scientific theory definition to have anything to do with the definition of the word theory on a day to day basis? Let me break it down:

Theory that all Musicians accept:

Theory of Music (Termed Music Theory)

Theory that all mathematicians accept:

Theory of related rates

Theory that all Scientists accept:

Theory of Gravity

Theory of Evolution

Theory of the Big Bang (Separate from Evolution)

Theory of primordial Soup

Theory of the Atom (Atomic Theory)

etc.

As a Christian, do you not accept gravity as fact? As a former church pianist, I remember studying piano’s music theory, or the mechanics behind how music works. Is Music Theory just a “hunch”? No, it is precise, it is calculated. It explains, theoretically, the relationships between different notes and how compilations of these different frequencies lead to pleasant sound waves.

Scientific Theory:  a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world that is acquired through the scientific method and repeatedly tested and confirmed through observation and experimentation.

That sounds a lot more confident than just a hunch. The truth is that a theory is the highest level of classification a scientific statement can hold. Evolution has been observed in our lifetime, through Punctuated-Equilibrium(Perez, 2014). All species have observable levels of evolution when a species mortality rate is high and their lifespans are low.

Before we continue, I would like to define the true definitions of scientific terms as many of the Christians I come into contact with that deny evolution do so based on preconceived notions on Evolution’s true meaning.

Individual: One(1) organism of a specific species

Population: A group of organisms of the same species.

Natural Selection*: Differential success (Survival and Reproduction) of INDIVIDUALS within a population.

*Can only occur if characteristic variations are heritable and if differences result in difference in individual survival and reproduction.

To Measure Natural Selection, Three(3) mechanisms can be observed to quantify research results of different populations:

Fitness*/**: measured by contribution to future generations*

*This term is often misused due to its use in “Social Darwinism” a concept that varies greatly from the scientific implications of Darwin’s initial observation of Natural Selection. “Survival of the fittest” is true, but it does not mean that inference competition is the only form of competition that exists and that physical fitness has no correlation with true fitness in population when it comes to reproduction.

**Example: You can do all the steroids that you wish and have the largest muscles on the planet. Due to your steroid use, you have become sterile and are unable to reproduce. In science, your fitness level is now zero.

Evolution: Process by which properties (Allele Frequency) of populations changeover GENERATIONS*.

*Often a concept that is misconstrued by relating Evolution to occur over time rather than by generation.

Adaptation: Heritable trait that develops in response to environmental conditions(phenotypic in nature).

Gene: Length of DNA (Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid) that contributed to the formation of a protein (Gene expression is a response to protein formation).

Allele: Variants of a gene.

THOSE are the definitions that ALL scientists have come to agree upon. YOUR definitions MAY vary from theirs, however, when you are having a conversation in a scientific debate setting, scientific definitions apply. Think about it this way, is the language of music written in English? Spanish? Dutch? No, it has its own language! The same is true with voice volume. We were always taught that when we were inside, we used our inside voices as compared to our outside voices. When we are in the Christian church, we will use Christian definitions, but when we place the realm of science within the church, the definitions that apply to the study of science are applied, not that of the church, itself. When you take this into consideration, at first, you will be shocked. Science says Evolution is a “theory”, which we remember science defines as a well-tested, repeatable, observable process that is held as truth, is a fact and it is a process that we continue to go through today.

Whether you believe in it or not, the evidence and support for historical evolution is immense and there is next to no supporting claims that it evolution is a hoax. As a student of Biology currently on my second year of study, the “hoax” factor has disappeared as I became what we like to call in the education world as “academically honest”. Due to the fact of Evolution, I have come to understand, through careful study, that the world is a lot older than most Christians perceive it to be. It is one thing to be a Creationist, but to still believe that this is a young earth is very academically dishonest, but that is your choice. Not even the bible makes the claim to tell you how old the Earth even is.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

(Genesis 1:2)

The world was without form AND void. Void or emptiness in the bible is often referenced to a darkness, or a feeling of nothingness. Notice that the God of the bible also does not claim to make the mass of which we now live, simply to make the heavens (sky) and the earth (ground). For those Christians who claim that “God made Everything” Remember that the bible only shows evidence that He is the creator of the earth, skies and his angels. Later on, God can be related to the God of the Universe. However, evidence that he is the ultimate creator of it is limited from a biblical perspective. I am agnostic to God’s existence, but if he were to exist, he would be my creator, when I accept his son, I become His son. He is the creator of good and evil, as He claims in Isaiah. However, this shows that God is not All-powerful as many believe God is biblically. God is the CREATOR of GOOD AND EVIL not the DOER of GOOD AND EVIL. In order for God to be who He claims to be, none of his actions could be evil. He cannot perform evil, it is not in the Character of the Abrahamic God depicted in the bible.

No Evil=Not All-Powerful

This tangent was placed here to explain what happens next in the Creation Story. As we have seen, there is no start of time until God makes the days of the week Himself. God DOES transcend time. Thus he would be the God of today and not the one of yesterday or tomorrow, he is the God of now.

Back to the age of the world: We assume that the world starts ticking when the week is created, but the mass on which the world was created was already in place, set in time. This means time was still present BEFORE the bible stories took place. This explains why the world “was” null and void. When something “is” that means that it is related to an instantaneous time. In order to assume something is instantaneous, we must assume there is a point before and after the fact at which we record data such as age. The bible never claims to be the God of Everything beyond what is on Earth. The humans are the ones who profess he is. We set up falsehoods in our heads to form a delusion. The God Delusion. Not the way @RichardDawkins would define it, but a false depiction of what the bible is EVEN saying about the Character of its deity. It is why there are so many contradictions. We, as humans, have tried to compartmentalize what a deity really is and we put limits where they should not exist. With supporting evidence, it is clear that the world is a lot longer than 6000 years old and you don’t even have to leave the study of history itself to make this statement true. The Aryan people predated most religion and is the roots of Hinduism and the Vedas which will later spark Siddhartha Gautama’s journey to become the first Buddha, or person to reach enlightenment. It was not until many years after Zoroastrianism  that a similar, Abrahamic God ideology came into the picture which is known today as Judaism.

The goal of this post was to (1) strike up debate within the Christian community about Scientific/Academic Honesty. (2) Display my current understanding of the world and the way that science is used as a tool to help us make it through. (3) Open the floor to opposing views and arguments.

Expect a followup post which will go deeper into the difference between understanding the Theory itself as well as showing how it applies to the world today, as well as the Christian point of view and theological assumptions that I have come to believe through studying scripture and how the fact of Evolution fits into the Creation Story (Or how they cannot do so).

Stay tuned, and if there is a God, may it bless you today!

 

Keep it Christian? Christianity: The Evolution of Spiritual Relativism Within The Church

I hear this expression all the time. “Keep it Christian!” What does that even mean? Nowadays, it is quite easy to not see a very clear difference between those who are Christians and those who are not when it comes to the types of behaviors that we partake in. In the past few months, I have seen that the real issue here is that people correlate Christianity with perfection and righteousness, while believing that anything that does not identify as Christian is “Evil” and “Worldly” usually with a negative connotation attached to it as if because of identifying with Christianity, you too will be pure.

It is clear today to see that this is not the case as many people that claim to be Christians are participating in different social behaviors that do not reflect a good or bad person necessarily. There are preconceived notions within organized religion that are set in place that are not biblical nor a matter of “eternal life” or  “eternal death”. These standards have been set in stone by earlier Christian populations in order to alienate those who partook in different rituals. As we evolve as a society, however, there is a HUGE change between what has been set in stone and what is more fluid. The Pure statement of “Keeping it Christian” has lost its vigor and meaning in today’s day in age as much of the youth of the church is starting to become interested and enlightened by factual evidence supported by countless experimental test structures.

When a Church organization states something that contradicts modern scientific knowledge, there is an issue. There are usually two different paths a young enlightened Christian can take. Either they search for truth in the source that is supported by actual evidence and end up leaving the church due to the members’ in ability to be scientifically honest with the explanations of the modern world around them, or they could challenge the doctrine of the very organization they have related to all this time. I have decided to take the latter route and in doing so,  have come to a general understanding of what exactly is wrong with organized religion while balancing it out with the dangers of spiritual relativism in the church.

Though I would like to elaborate on the implications and dangers of maintaining organized religion and how it affects humanity world-wide, I want to focus this specific post on the aspect of Spiritual Relativism in the church. Is relativism a new concept that has just developed? Or is it deeper than that, have we always tried to take the relative approach? Coming from a follower of Christ, I would like to point to some biblical evidence that relativism is not something that is new; trying to interpret what God is trying to say in His word is a common theme among many New Testament stories, an example would be:

Jesus said, “Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”
Pilate said to him, ‘What is truth?” (John 18.37b-38).
It is clear in the small excerpt that Pilate himself lived in a time where truth itself had its own relative interpretations. Is truth relative? Is there any sort of absolute validity to any statement about any subject that is discussed? The answer is yes, and now I will step away from the bible and step into the realm of mathematical ideologies. A runner traveled 5 Kilometers in 18 minutes. Is this the only way someone could have recorded this data? No. This could have also been said as “A runner traveled 3.1 miles in 18 minutes.” Who is right? Who is wrong? Both are equally right, but the runner’s performance was relatively recorded by two separate people with two varying points of views. The same is true with any interpretation. Does the distance traveled by the runner change whether we call the distance Kilometers or Miles? No. The absolute truth is that the runner ran a set distance that will not change, though our interpretations may vary.
Is it bad to be relative? That is relative. From a biblical perspective, based on my relative interpretation of the following bible verse, I believe that it is clear that relativism is the tempter of cognitive dissonance:
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5)
God wants us to lean on His understanding. If a deity exists and is the creator of all mankind and the Earth’s vast majority of diversity, then this deity would have the “Whole Picture” of what is occurring. With diversity, however, comes varied points of view. Is this a good thing or a bad thing for society? It is a very good thing to have varying opinions. Back to the runner example. The two varying opinions can argue until the end of time between who is right about the interpretation and who is wrong. However, the fact that the runner performed a task of traveling a specified distance does not change.
Within the church, the number of interpretations of bible text is growing at exponential rates based on the statistics that were observed by Christian Evangelist , Chip Ingram. A video link to his introductory video to his seminar is available here:
I attended this seminar with my family and thoroughly enjoyed his presentation of statistics as well as his dynamic ability to explain the dangers to church doctrine because of Relativism. In his sermon, he also mentions that it is not for us to judge those outside of the church as they choose to not be followers of Christ thus we have no place in dictating what they want to do with their lives. However, he also wanted to make note that it was important to love people who do not believe as that is all that was required of us. To love everyone as we would love ourselves. When Paul speaks on this topic of judgement and how we should not surround our selves with evildoers. He is speaking to those who were associating with self-professed Christians who chose to continue to do evil and stay in the church. It is a church congregation’s job to hold each other accountable. This limits cognitive dissonance on the lines of right and wrong.
To wrap up, it is important that I inform the reader that this form of accountability as a Christian should be done with love for your fellow man and not out of spite. It is also important to reiterate that Relativism will always exist in the church to some degree and it is not a new concept but rather one that is taking more importance in the meetings of the elders of many organized religious groups. It is important to note, also that if the voices are held silent in the church, the body itself will dissolve into relativism and no absolutes will be found, while at the same time, focusing too much energy on stressing absolutes will likely have the same affect as there needs to be a healthy balance of understanding and interpretation in order to avoid pluralism and closed-mindedness.
If there is a God, may he bless you today.

My thoughts on Death from What I Have Come to Understand So Far: A short Response to Mike Moore

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“I highly suspect that when I take my last breath, I’ll return to that state. I won’t be aware of anything that happens afterward.”

– Mike Moore, Godless Cranium.

Interesting, Genesis 3:19 “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” So far, I agree with you on this matter. The bible does not teach the ideology of the soul, the everlasting spirit of a human. This is another form of Paganism making its way into the doctrine of the church.

The bible speaks of God’s breath going into us, in the current way that humans are born, we can correlate God’s breath with oxygen (along with other traces of Nitrogen, Hydrogen, etc.). Obviously God’s breath is more than that in the bible, but for purposes of the afterlife (Nonexistent), I will refer to God’s breath as oxygen. We need oxygen to survive, its purpose is to help oxygenate the blood in our body to fuel the many complex and complicated processes that the human body goes through on a daily basis.

What does Jesus have to say about death? “After he had said this, he went on to tell them, ‘Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.’ His disciples replied, ‘Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.’ Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep. So then he told them plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.'” John 11:11-15

Here we see something very interesting, Jesus compares death with sleep. As the story continues, for those who have not read it, Jesus ressurects Lazarus. Why, on God’s good Earth would Jesus raise Lazarus if he had been in paradise with God, himself? I think the answer is simple.

When we die, our bodies return to the dust and our consciousness remains in a sleep state. Not a normal state of which would include dreams, delta, alpha, and beta waves, but rather, a sleep with no such thought process at all!

1 Corinthians 15:52 says, “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” A twinkling can be compared to a blink here. When we die, time does not affect us and the human condition of being restricted by time will go away. This is why it will feel like a twinkling of an eye.

Another thing I find true is when we die, why would we even go directly to heaven or to hell (which I do not think [Hell] biblically exists, different topic) if Jesus says he returns and the dead in Christ shall rise? 1 Thessalonians 4:16 reads, “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.” Interesting that so many Christians believe that their souls go to heaven as soon as they perish yet believe that Jesus Christ is returning to resurrect us.

My opinion on death. When we die, we sleep. Until Jesus returns, no heaven, no hell, until after Jesus Christ comes back to resurrect those dead in him and to reclaim those who were living and truly followed his example.

Check out more topics like this on Mike’s blog! http://godlesscranium.com/

Phil Robertson’s Easter Sunday Sermon: My thoughts

 

Let me start off by being very clear on my views on homosexuality, homosexuals, Marriage Equality, and my knowledge that Phil Robertson and the other actors of the show “Duck Dynasty” are nothing more than actors that play the character of Southern folk.

I am a college student, currently attending Florida International University, a University located in South Florida. As an international campus, there is a vast variety of diversity on the campus alone. There are many people of all shapes, sizes, color, religion, and sexual orientation/gender orientation. I am not the judge of any one of them and I treat EVERY human, regardless of their life, an equal opportunity in ALL aspects of my life. I have many friends who are gay, both male and female, and they know me as “The weird Christian that supports marriage equality” among other names far more personal (Lol).

As a Christian, I am often asked, “If you are a Christian, how can you accept gay people?” My response is always the same, “I’m a Christian, follower of Christ, I accept ALL people just as they are.” This answer is often misinterpreted as I am in support of the lifestyle choices a gay person may partake in such as sodomy or an intimate partnership with another individual of the same sex. The bible is VERY clear, and it does not matter what I think. Personally,this sin was and still, at times continues to be a personal struggle I have.

Let us take a look at Leviticus 18:22: “Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.” Many Christians as well as many other people who read this verse assume “Gay PEOPLE are an abomination to God” What kind of God would make a creature with tendencies and preferences for the same sex and then tell them that they, themselves are an abomination? This is NOT the case. Take a close look at the diction here. Does this passage, in any way, state that the men who lay with men are the abomination, or does it say the act IS the abomination? “Do NOT have sexual relation with a man…..that is detestable.” What is the word “that” referring to? Is it the homosexual? No, “that” is referring to the action.

If we take a moment to think, what is the action called in English? The term is sodomy, and along with sodomy, intimacy with a partner of the same sex. Now think about this: Does sodomy ONLY take place between a man and a man? No, I myself once struggled heavily with pornography and it is a battle I fight every day. One of the main focuses I have always had when viewing porn was the act of sodomy. How does THIS make me any better a person than one of my gay brothers and sisters who practice sodomy with their partner out of love and affection while I practice it out of lust and self-pleasure?

Up to this point, me and a gay couple, who are madly and passionately in love, are guilty of the same sin, THE ACT. Except I act selfishly while the gay couple acts selflessly, pleasing each other. Sin throughout the bible is a verb, never a noun to describe a person. I do not take a side to claim homosexual intimacy as an abomination, the bible does, however clearly point out that it IS, in fact, detestable to lay with another man the way I would with a woman. Does this mean that God hates homosexuals? No.

Gay people are born gay, how could the God of the bible hate a person for just being born?Being a homosexual is not a choice, however, choosing to partake in the actions that homosexuality entails falls under the detestable. If you believe in God, and you are gay, I do not want you to feel troubled, nor any more dirty than anyone in your church congregation, being gay is part of you, it defines who you are, embrace the fact that you were born this way and pray without seizing that God help you with your thoughts, because I know for a fact I need help with mine.

For those of my gay and lesbian brothers and sisters who do not find truth in the bible, I say to you, I am not your judge and I love you just the way you are. Do not change or anyone, you are you and let your true colors shine through you. Life blessed you with this ability to intimately and wholeheartedly love someone of the same sex, and that is beautiful. Do not let anyone tell you that you are an abomination for being gay, nor let anyone judge your lifestyle choices, but when they judge, remember, YOU are the bigger person, let those who judge live in their delusion and I do apologize on behalf of the entire Christian community if you ever left the church because its members told you that you weren’t good enough for God.

To my Christian brothers and sisters, yes homosexual acts are a sin, so is lying, stealing, adultery, using God’s name in vein, dishonoring your parents, wanting what others have, killing, being lazy, overeating, lusting over anything, getting into a rage, etc,etc. GET OVER IT, you are a sinner and you have NO RIGHT to judge ANYONE just because they sin differently than you. How do you expect anyone to respect you or listen to you when you are being a hypocrite? You brood of vipers… may God have mercy on those of you who judge others before judging yourself. Let the one without sin cast the first stone. There was only one biblical person who would have fit the description of the perfect sacrifice and his name was Jesus, I didn’t see your name there (If your name is Jesus, then Touché). Matthew 7:5 says,”You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

Marriage equality. My view. Yes. Why? Christians do not own marriage and the wedding itself is a Pagan ritual to begin with. There are many different kinds of weddings ranging form a big fat Greek wedding to a small quick Union/wedding in a courthouse. Should churches be forced to bless and ordain these weddings, well… this is, in my opinion up to the priest or pastor doing the ceremony.

The bible doesn’t say “A man shall not marry another man.” however, to want a church minister to bless a relationship that will be full of temptation (I am assuming that when you marry the love of your life, regardless of being straight or gay, you are going to go “APE S-T” on the night of your honeymoon) to have sexual intercourse as well as intimate encounters with your spouse. These encounters are considered a sin in the bible and I can understand any minister who refused to marry two men or two women, however… Why can’t we, as the humanistic, equal opportunity people that we claim to be, give gay couples the same ability to call themselves married under the law, and through the courts. If a couple wishes to use a Church to hold the ceremony, WHY NOT?

Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” Matthew 24:1-2. Even Jesus says, the temple is just a building and it, will one day crumble to the ground. The building is not sacred, do not credit it to be any more than just a meeting place for people of like-minds share a congregational encounter while in an attitude of reverence. Matthew 18:20 says, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” THAT is church, not the buildings, lest you worship the building and not who the building’s services represent!

Marriage equality, because Christians are not the only people who get married on this planet.

NOW to the “Duck Dynasty” actor, Phil Robertson’s sermon. First off, he’s an actor, just like everyone else on the show, I understand this. If you are a Christian and still believe that these men are seriously the same way in real life, I am very surprised that you were even able to stumble upon this post. So many atheists and antitheists laugh at the way Christians rallied around Phil Robertson’s sermon, but why? At around the 9 to 10 minute mark, Phil brings up a list of many sins, one which includes the word “homosexuality”, the act of a homosexual, a sin from a biblical perspective, among other sins. Did anyone even watch the first eight minutes? Where this man openly admits that he is no better, a sinner himself? Before mentioning ANYTHING about homosexuality, bestiality, and thievery, he made it clear that he was a man just as dirty as any of these people. He gave everyone represented EQUAL representation.

Anyone skip to 12:30 in the video link at the end and KNOW that Phil continued to speak and openly admitted in front of the entire congregation that we were born pure, atheist, free of the persecution of the law as we do not know the law when we are born, however, because we were born “of Adam” we have the innate ability to choose between RIGHT AND WRONG. Phil Robertson told the ENTIRE congregation that nobody on this Earth needs a God to tell them what is moral or immoral because by simply being human, we are able to decipher what is right and what is wrong! The media will NOT tell you that, but all who read this, take a moment! Go watch the sermon yourself and see! Phil himself is challenging a misconception a lot of Christians have about living morally or immorally without a God.

Phil at around 14:45 begins to speak of his personal life and the heartbreaking process of feeling his sons slip away from him, personally testifying that his first son, Jeff was finally old enough to understand sin because he lived in it. Why would Phil bring up his family’s “Dirty Laundry” if he did not think that he was equally as dirty as any sinner?

The rest of his sermon revolves around being born again through baptism. On Easter Sunday, the day in which he was delivering his sermon, would be one of the best times to describe what Jesus did and compare it to what born again Christians do. Dying of the old self and being born into a new self. What Phil’s message is can be clearly understood, only when one takes the time to listen. We are all sinners and we all face the same temptations, we are all unclean and deserving of Death, but baptism( Mark 1:8) and the blood of Jesus promises those who believe, everlasting life (John 3:16).

Listen for yourself and choose for yourself on the words of Phil Robertson’s Sermon, do not depend on other’s interpretations, nor my own. Think for yourself and keep an open mind.

If the video at the top doesn’t work the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhnxDSOxfss

“You did not re…

“You did not read the bible with an open heart, read it again.”

-Every Christian ever

 

This is a common thing I hear many Christians repeatedly and whole-heartedly tell those who do not believe in the word of God as the work of a Deity that they have not read their bible with an open heart. However, I do know something that many Christians do not take into account, the actual heart of the individual. Man claim atheists do not read the bible with an “Open Heart” but let me tell you, my friends many start to read the bible with an open-mind.

As a Christian myself, I can easily understand the positions many atheists take when reading the bible and seeing how violent, grotesque and very REAL (I use this term in the sense of reality of the nature of the contents of the book, not claiming the bible as real). The bible, in my opinion, does not try to hide any of its hick-ups. From King David having a man killed in order to sleep with the man’s wife, to God himself, wiping out his creation with a mighty flood. The bible is not a Children’s book, it is a book for the adult who wants to understand what the God of the bible is all about. It is a book written with the sole purpose of describing the Deity Yahweh, and his influences that all Abrahamic religions claim he has.

However, if you read the bible in the order that it is written, it is my opinion that we prejudge the book itself, and its intentions. We believe that the book is a book of perfection, but it is my opinion that it is simply written to show how imperfect the world in a time where God’s people were closer to him actually was. If all that “sin” and selfishness was taking place with a people who claimed to be the chosen people of God, why take the time to be part of something so grotesque, twisted and perverted? A God who tells his people when to kill and when not to kill, when to steal and when not to steal, when to attack and when to be on the defense (Jericho). Reading the bible chronologically, you are going to see the nasty side of the people of God and because humans, as the bible claims, are the creation of God which were made in his image, it is easy to project the imperfections of God’s people with God himself.Are atheists wrong? Who am I to tell them that they are? Who am I to say they did not read with an open heart, did not try to move past the taking of virgins, the slavery, the killings of those who disobeyed direct orders of Yahweh?

Who am I? I am an individual, I am me, not them. I do not make any claims of my God being Omniscient, Omnipotent, Omnipresent. These are all human terms, I can only go by what the bible says God calls himself, for any human interpretation of a Deity has the limiting factors of humanity itself. God claims to be just, be jealous, the beginning and the end, he is. Simply put, God claims to just be. One who is, lives in the present, not in the past or in the future, simply in the now. If my God is, then he is now, thus we cannot judge the character of Yahweh of the past since God isn’t the past, he just is. This is how I see it, of course, and just like I only see the world with two eyes, you may interpret it differently.

To my atheist brothers and sisters, I cannot blame you for your disbelief, I cannot blame you for claiming that you are more moral than the God of the bible, I cannot blame you for anything. Why? To blame you, is to be unfair, to say you are wrong is to be dishonest, to say I’m right is to be a forceful-taking, slave apologist. I am not. We all have our reasons for believing or disbelieving, being skeptical or being faithful. That is the beauty of individualism, you and I do not have to agree. However, when we take the time to understand each other, we realize that we are not that different. Religious, antireligious, righteous, self-righteous, demented, loving, hateful, gay, straight, trans-gender, yellow, black, white, smart,dumb, fast, slow, we are all human beings, living under the same human conditions. Why show animosity towards one another?

Which brings me to my theistic, specifically Christian brothers and sisters. You and I share our belief in God, we share our belief in Jesus Christ. We see his sacrifice as the most selfless act God could ever do. We find the Holy Spirit to be our guide. Just remember, friends, that before you judge someone for their disbelief, many once believed and feel that the God they were “tricked” into believing is full of crap, animosity only proves their point and claiming that you will pray for them only shows your lack of understanding of their personal understanding. If you are going to pray for an atheist, do not pray that they find God, pray that you understand them and love them regardless of their disbelief. Remember what Jesus said the greatest commandments were when he was asked? 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matt 22:37-40. Love your God but remember to love your neighbor, too. The GREATEST commandment is LOVE

Alexander Capo