Friday, 20 July 2012

Christianity

Not entirely to be taken literally.
OK, this is a just a quick one, I promise - but the same argument keeps on popping up time and time again, and I want to get it written down so I can just link people to my debunking of it.

A common criticism I hear about Christianity is that it claims to be a peaceful religion, but yet seems to sanction sexism, homophobia, executions, rape and genocide.

Examples are the Bible prohibiting homosexuality, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, women not being allowed out when they are menstruating, stoning people to death for breach of certain laws and forcing women to marry their rapists.

Overwhelmingly, such examples are confined to the Old Testament.

So, a little Sunday School education for you.

The Old Testament forms the Old Covenant with God. When Jesus was crucified, he formed the New Covenant. Many of the terms of the Old Covenant no longer apply. Christians are no longer required to sacrifice goats, for example. Eating pork is no longer prohibited. Keeping your beard is the correct fashion is no longer a social requirement. Tattoos aren't going to get you executed.

If people want to understand what applies to Christians, then I suggest they focus more attention on the teachings of Christ. The clue is in the name.

He was the guy who went around explaining how much nicer the world would be if we weren't such utter cunts to each other. And that scared the Romans so much they murdered him for it. But he had such a profound effect on the people he knew that 2,000 years later, millions of people around the world still honour what he had to say, and try not to be utter cunts.