An Open Letter to Christianity

Posted: September 3, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Dear Christians:

Well,  you’ve lost another one here. After years of believing in God, going to church, taking communion, and all the other things that revolve around Christianity, I’m giving up. I’m done.

I was raised a Catholic, but am now in recovery. I’m not willing to declare myself 100% atheist, but I am certainly leaning that way. And yes, I’m sure many of you Christians out there might respond: “Well, I hate Catholics too, so don’t give up ALL Christian religions just because you hate the Catholics. That’s not fair to God and Jesus, right?”

That right there is the crux of the issue: the absolute refusal to accept the possibility that “God” may actually NOT exist. You seem to insist on it, and use the bible as your back up proof/evidence. But this is my response: the bible is NOT proof of the existence of God. Just because it is written down does not make it so. If that were the case, I’d write a short story that says I’m rich. Then I’ll show it to people when I go to purchase that really expensive car I’ve always dreamed of but could never afford: “Hey, it’s written down, so it must be true, right?”

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I have a challenge for all Christians who read the bible regularly (I have never read beyond the Old Testament – something I’ll get to in a second). Are you ready for the challenge? Here goes:

Find a verse (or two, if you want) in the bible you do not agree with and/or support. Draw a line through it as though you wish it were removed from the bible permanently. Women, is it something you read about how you’re supposed to be subservient to your man? Colossians 3:18 How he should be allowed to beat you if you misbehave? Beat your children? Proverbs 23: 13-14 (Because, it’s in there, you know). Men, are you a Christian with a tattoo? You might want to read Leviticus 19:28 then – because that’s what the bible recommends. No marking of the skin, no tattoos.

doubtful scriptureHave you found the words or sentences you don’t agree with? Good! Now ask yourself:

If the bible has imperfect wording, how can it be the word of God, who is – according to you, perfect? Perfect people don’t write imperfect words.

If you fail to see the logic here, then perhaps I can offer another challenge:

If you really do want to live your life according to the bible, then you must also do what it tells you to do in the Old Testament too, right? Let me list a few of the immoral acts mentioned in the Old Testament:

Incest

Raping of slave women

Polygamy

War

Slaughtering of innocents

It appears as though the God of the Old Testament was pretty revengeful, and a complete megalomaniac. Sure you want that for a leader?

Ah, but it’s really only the NEW Testament you read and learn from, right? If I remember, Jesus took the general stories of the Old Testament and used them as teaching tools for his followers. Since I never read the New Testament, this is where it gets cloudy for me, and I can’t speak to it, to be fair.

And nor do I want a bunch of bible scripture thrown out at me – remember, if you scratched out at least a line of text or two, that renders the bible “imperfect”. If you believe the entire thing to be true, word by word by word, then you better start living the biblical life, and not get upset when you start getting beaten (women) or your husband comes home with numerous wives because “the bible said I could and it is THE word of God”. Right?

But, I have read the Old Testament, I even taught the Old Testament to children. And, believe it or not, they were more curious and critical of the content. They wanted to know how people could live hundreds of years. They asked me how brothers and sisters could legally marry, and  how can a man marry his wife AND get a slave girl pregnant at the same time? How could someone be so willing to chop his child in half? They were all very good questions, in my opinion. And, to be honest, I wasn’t able to explain away the behavior. All I was allowed to say was, “that’s just how it is stated in the bible – go ask your parents if you have further questions about morality”.

And this is why I no longer care for religion or care about what the bible says. It doesn’t teach people to think, to wonder, to use logic and question the how, what, where, when, and why of the world. All it does is tell them WHAT to think, and HOW to act. That’s not education, that’s indoctrination. If I wanted that, I’d move to North Korea.

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  1. ws says:

    In philosophy, this is a formal fallacy known as “cyclical logic”. When it comes to faith, religion, God, etc., I have to refer to my scientific friends. From the Big Bang, the universe arose. Before the Big Bang, we don’t know. At present, we can’t know. However, it seems likely that there was a First Cause. Who, or what that was, we don’t know. At present, we can’t know…

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    • ctracklady50 says:

      I 100% agree with you as to what existed before the big bang, if anything. What we do know, through verified, irrefutable evidence, is that the earth is billions of years old. This predates the Young Earth and Creationist beliefs of a 6,000 years-old only earth. To hold onto that belief makes one foolish.

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  2. Miika Knott says:

    Listen, I hear you! The problem is not the bible; all the points you brought up can be explained simply. The problem is religion; there are no explanations there. It’s not just Catholicism (though they are ring leaders) it’s all the hypocrisy and the lack of understanding coming out of religion. My question to you is…If all your questions could be logically explained using the bible would you come back to it? Example…..

    1) ” It doesn’t teach people to think, to wonder, to use logic and question the how, what, where, when, and why of the world.
    RESPONSE: The bible (not religion) say to study to show thyself approved and it also says for us to prove all things. {2 Timothy 2:15; 1Thessalonians 5:21}
    In actuality the BIBLE teaches that a man should think for himself and not fall victim to the false ideology of man. { Colossians 2:8}

    Just to be clear the Colossians 3:18 or anywhere else in the BIBLE does not teach that husbands should beat their wives. .
    {Colossians 3:18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.
    Colossians 3:19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
    Eph_5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;}

    I apologize for bringing so much scripture but that’s the only way I know to clear up lies about what the BIBLE teaches.

    As far as your challenge is concerned, it’s based on a false premise or more so a lack of understanding. Now that I think about maybe it was posed to take advantage of all the so-called christians that only know their religion and not the BIBLE. In either case the challenge was posed with the exclusion of the understanding of the second half of the book. In addition to the assumption that today’s misguided societal standards can be applied to the “Old Testament”.

    Logically you can’t read half a book and draw a valid or sound conclusion of it. What it really comes down to is the acknowledgement of something greater than self and if there is something greater then one must submit to it; and some people are just not willing to do that.

    On my blog page I have post coming soon addressing this very topic titled “You Just Think You Don’t Believe in GOD”

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    • ctracklady50 says:

      I appreciate your words and really respect how you approached me with them. However, I also think it’s important to point out that, if one were to call it the “Word of God”, then one must be willing to accept ALL of it – Old and New Testament – as the Word of God. Christians cannot pick and choose what they believe/accept and don’t believe/accept. It either IS or IS NOT the word of god, period.

      This is the conundrum I have. If I were to believe that God was a revengeful, hateful, wrath inducing deity who loved to torture people by sending them plague after plague, then that makes God a monster. If I wanted to believe that God is a loving, caring, compassionate diety, then I’d have to ask: “Why does God let harm come to anyone?” For every question posed, there is an equal and opposite question to be posed.

      Science, however, has finite answers. If you throw a rock into the air, it will always come down (unless it gets stuck in a tree or on a roof, etc). It doesn’t only come down half the time, or change into a stick in the process, etc.

      I respect others’ rights to believe what they want to believe, but I reserve my right to point out the illogical as well. Without absolute, irrefutable proof of existence, I cannot jump on the bandwagon. Not anymore.

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  3. Where in the Bible does it say that the Bible is the word of God?

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    • ctracklady50 says:

      Good question. I am not sure, because I refuse to take what is in there seriously. However, ask many Christians and they will say it is the word of God. They believe everything in there to be inspired directly from God’s lips to the writer’ pencil tips.

      By the way, I took a peek at your blog about God (first one on your page). It was the one that said something along the lines that before science God existed. I do hope you recognize that the “proof” of God’s existence is not just because you made the statement he was there (or read it from the bible). I could easily take out the word “God” and substitute it with “Before the world existed, there was empty space, and in that empty space was an orange. Therefore, orange existed.”

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      • 2 Timothy 3:16 makes the claim explicitly. However, both letters to Timothy are considered pseudoepigraphical so there’s no clear idea as to who wrote them other than it wasn’t Paul.

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      • ctracklady50 says:

        Thanks, Stan, for the scripture quote. I am certainly not the person who can offer those up. Mom raised me old vatican style – only priests were allowed to interpret scripture. We didnt have a bible in our house, ever. Mom also was an English teacher. She saw the bible as justanother form of literature filled with well written myths and legends because — guess why? NONE of the words in it were 1st source documents! (Meaning, NOT directly from the mind and pencil of god.)

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  4. I love that you say the kids are more critical than most adult Christians. Considering the Bible tells us that unless we become like children we can’t really see God. What does that tell you? It’s my feeling that the church does not reflect what belief should be at all. But if you’ve never encountered God, it doesn’t surprise me that you would choose to leave. Blessings on your journey and I hope you find some answers that you seek.

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    • ctracklady50 says:

      My journey away from the concept of the existence of God has started because of the hypocrisies I have encountered from the organization I used to work for and was raised to believe. Now that I have freed myself from religious thought, I have reached a better sense of inner peace. Ironically enough.

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      • I completely understand! It just so happens that in my getting out of the church for those reasons, I met Christians who had true faith and who pushed me into asking questions and growing my own faith. I still don’t attend church. My faith is not strong enough for that. 🙂 But I did get a degree in theology, sadly, that has made church nearly impossible to attend without utter disgust. Theology in churches is SO out of whack. So politicized, so negative, and frankly so far from biblical. With my first child on the way any day, my husband and I expect to start going back to church for baby. But I’m not looking forward to it and I can only imagine what my kid will be like. Poor thing will probably be the one who gets thrown out of sunday school for asking too many questions. Or maybe I just hope that happens. 🙂 We’ll see.
        Anyways, my faith could have easily taken the course of agnosticism/atheism. In fact, that was my intention. It just didn’t work out that way. Once I started to question for myself and surround myself with people who encouraged the questions, I found my home. Now if only a church could feel like that…

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      • ctracklady50 says:

        By the way, congrats on the impending baby! Prepare for shock and awe. 🙂

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  5. lauramomma27 says:

    I get where you are coming from… interestingly enough I have a woman pastor at the church I have attended (not currently) and she is married to a jewish man (the church is Lutheran, but I grew up Episcopal) and really I never understood all that bible crap, and its also been rewrote, and “interpreted” into our language etc. over the years so I wonder how much is really what was there originally. Also I’ll tell you this. I grew up with a family that took me to our Episcopal church every sunday, went to a catholic and lutheran school as a child in Chicago, and today I work at a UCC church and babysit at a synagogue on Saturdays. I still have my issues with God, but he seems to be okay with where I’m at. But at least you know I’m not talking out my ass. Once I heard something that made me think when I was watching a show on the history channel, regarding areas in the Middle East they had just dug up because before they could not because of the dictatorship. Well they unearthed crosses and such from ancient days, … and what they said was along the lines of it does make you wonder that this one religion has been carried on for thousands of years… something like that.

    When I was a kid it was “fear God” and all that… but today, its different… if you look at God as hope for those who are hopeless, and I will add that things in my life got better when I made my peace with him (I had some major shit in my life too) and let him back in, my life did turn around.

    The bible was written by men, and the parts that I think “God” wants us to follow are a bit simpler than all that other crap.

    1. Love one another.
    2. Love yourself
    3. Do good things in the world
    4. Do no harm.

    If you look at it that way, its not so bad. There is evil in everything, especially when mass money is involved. all the churches I’ve ever attended were small, close congregations struggling. so I think that might play a part too. Just wanted to share that with you and I totally respect and understand your opinion. :)))

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