The Problem With Christianity (A Rant Inspired by a Conversation)

While looking through old conversations I have had on Facebook, I stumbled across one that contained input from myself and three other people, one of whom believes himself to be “agnostic”. The messages that were passed back and forth between us were on the topic of Christianity, specifically the legitimacy of the faith structure and it’s historical implementation. For the sake of keeping the other contributors anonymous, I will not post said conversation, but I will fast forward to what the bulk of the argument was. On one side, Christianity was called a [paraphrase] “beautiful faith that brings out the best in people and others around them” and that Christianity is the “one, true religion”.

Bullshit. That’s how I, internally, soaked in the above comments. Externally, I gave a more “eloquent”  response.

Allow me say, first and foremost, that I don’t believe Christians are bad people, at least when looking at them in their entirety. To me, there is a difference between a “Christian” and an “Evangelist” (or “fanatic”), and while both groups belong to the same faith structure, there are vastly different degrees in their interpretation of the text, and their implementation of the “word of God”. Christianity is a beautiful religion, but much in the same way Islam can be radicalized to promote terrorism, Christianity is radicalized to promote misogyny, racism, and a general misunderstanding of how the world really works.

This is the overall problem with Christianity.

I believe that religion is a cornerstone for someone’s inability to be rational in the face of adversity or the unknown or whatever conflict may arise. To counterpoint that statement, I believe spirituality is a great personal trait to have, since in my experience, spirituality has helped me make peace with a lot of things. Does that sound like religion to you? No. It’s isn’t. Religion is a belief in a structured set of fundamentals values and a deity. Spirituality does not have the “God stipulation”. Since I do not believe in God, I am in turn not religious, but because I see the duality in nature and how the world responds harmoniously to itself, I subscribe to the philosophy of that harmony. The world is literally a creator, and by extension, the world’s creations themselves create, so to look at from my perspective, I am a pantheist. However, I do not, under any circumstance, believe that there is an anthropomorphic God, a Heaven, a Hell, angels, demons, etc. etc. etc. To me, the Old Testament of the Bible is folklore and the New Testament of the Bible is hogwash.

There has also never been anyone who could convince me otherwise.

So, how does my personal effects on religion tie in? Because, the fundamentalism that exists within Christianity is a plague on the human race. Fundamentalists are set in their nonsensical text, despite evidence that explicitly contradicts their opinions, prompting most (if not all) Evangelicals to dismiss those facts. “They’re not real facts,” I’ve heard some say. I’ve even heard the old adage: “It’s God testing our faith.” So, according to Fundamentalist/Evangelical Christians, the fact that carbon dating and other sophisticated, scientific testing methods have dated the planet as being nearly four billion years old is just a way for “God to test his people?” Dinosaur bones are just a way for “God to test his people?”

You know, for being a sun-based religion that’s supposed to help it’s followers be “Christ-like”, your God sure is an asshole, and an insecure one.

I’ve read the books. I’ve talked to the people. I’ve even gotten into verbal spats with pastors and radicals. There has not been a single argument made by Christians that has even given me a platform to begin toying with the notion there may be a “God.” Of course, by me saying that, I’m in bed with the Devil.

Christianity has been used to preach hate, enslave and commit systematic genocide against other cultures, generate lavish incomes for their own set of “talking heads”, and even introduced people to the deliciousness of purple Kool-Aid.

Fundamental/Evangelical Christianity is no different than the radicalized, misinterpreted Islam that inspired the 9/11 hijackers to do what they did. On top of that, there is a significant portion of Christians who either a.) don’t realize that, or b.) understand the similarity, but give into their own superiority complexes and justify these actions. It says in the Bible to love the people around you, help them in their time of need, and be accepting of the help they offer in yours. It says in the Bible that everyone is created in the image of God and that everyone is recipient of God’s love. It says in the Bible to be “Christ-like” — helping the sick and the poor, reaching out to those in need, living your life piously and for God. Yet, Christianity does not showcase these behaviors. Christianity is hypocrisy, well, for the most part.

As I stated above, I don’t hate Christians and I don’t hate their faith. I just find it really unsettling that they so blindly follow a prepackaged set of principles and beliefs, with no regard to their own individual ability to think for themselves (God granted free will); that they excuse the behaviors of their leaders and parishioners, despite their obvious contradictory to what it means to be “Christ-like”; that, whereas Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism is concerned, Christians are the superior subset of the human species, and because of that, every single man, woman, and child should be converted and every law, opinion, and statement needs to be bent around God.

Of course, I use Christianity as the basis, despite there being people in nearly all religions who think that way. However, there is no religion on this planet more “Hollywood” than Christianity. That, and their indiscriminate idiosyncrasy, are the reasons why they’re the perfect congregation to discuss the topic of religious fanaticism and how it’s destructive on those that subscribe to it, and everyone around them.

Feel free to leave comments below, subscribe to me, or even give me ideas for things to talk about in the future. I appreciate your feedback,

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6 Responses to The Problem With Christianity (A Rant Inspired by a Conversation)

  1. All great civilizations grew up around religion. The greatest mass murders, holocausts, and social calamities have been caused by atheist regimes.

    We are being conditioned to believe a postmodern leftist narrative that completely ignores actual history and real reality.

    The minions of this postmodern leftist narrative commit the error of blaming Christianity for the evil that men do and completely ignore Christianity’s basic teaching: Love thy neighbor as thyself.

    • I have no ignorance toward Christian teachings. I was stating that what is supposed to be taught isn’t being taught.

      Not all great civilizations grew up around religion. The Greeks were more influenced by philosophy and folklore. The Romans actually attempted to completely eradicate Christians. When you make reference to the greatest mass murders being caused by atheists, are you making sure that your facts are correct? The Crusades, for example, were military campaigns sanctioned and publicly supported by the Catholic Church. The mass suicide at Jonestown could actually be rationalized as mass murder, since Jim Jones manipulated his followers into doing so. He did this by using Christianity as a brainwashing method.

      There is no postmodern leftist narrative that ignores history and reality as a means to blame Christians for all the evil that men do. What’s throwing Christianity under the bus in the court of public opinion is all of the history that has been attached to them (wars, famine, pestilence, genocide) and the science that contradicts their core beliefs (the Earth is WAY more than 6,000 years old and evolution is a very real thing, whereas no proof of a “God” or Creator exists).

      The basic teaching of Christianity is to love they neighbor as thyself. That’s also the core teaching in almost every other religion and faith structure in the entire world.

      As I stated in my post, I have no problem with Christianity as it’s supposed to be taught and utilized. If you need to believe in a God to make yourself feel better about things, then sure, go ahead. I also have no problem with Christians who adhere to the basic teachings as they’re supposed to be adhered to. I DO, however, have a problem with Christians who have God-complexes, Christians who think that religion needs to be used as a basis for laws, and Christian fanaticism, which includes people like the Westboro Baptist Church, the 700 Club, televised evangelism, publicized and supported racism, sexism, and the oppression of homosexuals, churches that have “.com” in the name and broadcast their services over a Jumbotron with an accompaniment of a touring Christian rock band, and the superiority complex that accompanies most Christians, especially when it comes to people who oppose their views.

      Most mass murders, holocausts, and social calamities have been conducted by Christians and for a “Christian” cause. History repeats that over and over again.

  2. dpmonahan says:

    Go ahead and be disgusted with the Westboro Baptists etc, fundamentalism is never a pretty thing, But I think you are equating the whole Christian experience with a handful of late 20th century American manifestations of it. I personally have never known any Christians over the age of 14 who believed in a 6000 year old earth (though I have met a few on the internet).
    Your commentator above is onto something when he talks about atheist regimes racking up the biggest butcher’s bill: Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot heaped up millions upon millions of corpses and they were operating under an explicitly atheistic system, Communism. Hitler cannot be called a Christian in any meaningful sense of the term. The wretched Spanish Inquisition, by contrast, probably killed about three thousand, and the Crusades were a relative drop in the bucket. I’m not excusing these things, but it is important to keep a sense of balance.

    • I’m equating the entire Christian experience because, as a religion, Christianity has been taught as a “peaceful” faith, but has been used to advocate war. Death tolls are an irrelevant comparison. The fact that Christianity has been used (historically, not just in modern times) to sanction war and violence negates it’s credibility, especially since in modern times, Christianity preaches hate. Love your neighbor, so long as they are exactly like you. A few rogue sects of the faith that actually do it the right way do not rationalize the faith, when a majority of them act in defiance of what Christ actually said.

      There are a staggering number of Fundamentalists who believe the Earth is 6,000-10,000 years old — the number is a lot higher than you seem to think. Gallup has conducted several polls on the subject since the early 80’s and the percentage of people who in Young Earth Creationism has always been between 44-47%, with the most recent poll being conducted during the first week of May 2012.

      The point is that Christianity has killed in the name of God, just like Islam and just like Judaism. Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, and even Hitler didn’t commit their respective genocides in the name of atheism. Hitler, Stalin, and Pol Pot were raised in religious environments, and while this had little effect on who they were at the peak of their respective rampages, it’s worth noting. As per the examples you gave me, the only person who’s atrocities had anything to do with religion were the atrocities Hitler committed, not in the name of Christianity or whatever, but because he had a hatred for Jews. You have just used the same argument that has been systematically destroyed over and over again for many, many years. In a sense, you pulled something that Fundamentalists routinely do. You’ve either not substantiated your claim and/or have a refusal to do so.

      The estimated death toll of the Crusades is 1-3 million, and that number doesn’t consider all casualties on all sides. That’s a little more than a relative drop in the bucket. The Crusades were publicly endorsed and supported by the Pope. That makes the conflict religious. In your aforementioned examples, there was no religious affiliation to genocide.

      Wars, famine, and atrocities have also been committed by atheists, sure, but the most important reason why the “Atheism vs. Christianity” argument is pointless when it comes to war and violence is that Christian’s have started wars in the name of a God that they can’t prove exists. All they can do is have “faith” in his existence, so in a sense, they’ve started wars based on a fairy tale. Atheists have started wars because they felt they had reason to, but when it comes to the atheists, they have no God to invoke.

      • dpmonahan says:

        I am surprised by the poll on young earth creationism. I’ll take your word for it.
        You say that Christianity preaches peace, but has been used to justify wars. That is not so much the fault of the contents of Christian doctrine as the fault of people who would abuse a good thing for evil purposes.
        Your idea that Christianity is somehow inherently prone to violence than other religious persuasions seems to be based on the Crusades, which were intermittent wars fought over a period of three centuries. They are the only wars I can think of in European history that had religion as a primary motive, not even the 17th century “Wars of Religion” which were in large part about the collapse of Feudalism and the fight between Germany and France for hegemony.
        Communism was both inherently atheistic and inherently violent (read Marx). I did not invoke it to discredit atheism, there are different kinds of atheism, but to point out that you do not have a sense of balance: you can’t make fuzzy appeals to “all those wars, Crusades etc.” as if Christianity is the most violent thing ever, when in reality, in terms of heaps of corpses, the most violent thing ever was probably the communist movement.

  3. I get that, but you’re missing my point. I never said Christianity was the most violent thing ever and I have acknowledged that a lot of the flack I’m giving Christianity comes from people who are abusing their interpretations of the scripture. Christianity, like most religions, had been used violently. Judaism had been used violently (the Tanakh, for example, contains commandments that require the Israelite’s to exterminate seven Canaanite nations). Islam has been used violently through jihad.

    No, there is no sense of balance in the post because there isn’t supposed to be a sense of balance in the post. The post’s entire purpose is to point out that Christianity — like many other religions — is preached one way and practiced another within it’s Evangelical community. The point is that Christianity has been used to justify war and conquest, much like Islam, Judaism, and many archaic faiths from thousands of years ago. Another point of the post, at least to some, is that these things have happened and still happen on a lesser scale today (for example, religion being used to form the basis of laws and political campaigns and the fact that the phrase “Under God” is in the Pledge of Allegiance), when in fact, there is no physical proof of God’s existence. At all. Period.

    Explicitly stating I claim, to a degree, Christianity is the most violent thing ever couldn’t be further from the truth. Christianity is violent when it comes to religion, so the fact that I’ve been bombarded with counter-points that involve Communism and Atheism just don’t cut it. I’m talking religion, not political affiliation or the absence of faith. If you’re going to argue my words, at least keep them in context. Stop deviating from the parameters of context in which I wrote the post.

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