I never understood, even when I was an Evangelical, how christians loved warmongers and warmongering, when the Jesus spoke against it.
Is it no a great irony that the three most popular hymns (discounting xmas carols) ever written are
Onward Christian soldier
Battle hymn of the republic
All things bright and beautiful
Sort of, become a Christian, admire the wonder, splendour and beauty of god's creation, and then blow the fucking shit out of it!
It's just cherrypicking as usual. The Bible can be warped to suit almost anyone's needs, when almost everything is left up to "interpretation." I see cherry-picking happen with Christians a lot when they know that something in the Bible is stupid, so they wave it away with the phrase "well, you're taking it in the wrong context." What they really mean to say is, "This is clearly stupid and outdated nowadays, so we're just going to ignore it." Like the passage in Leviticus about stoning blasphemers, for example. So, a war-loving Christian cherry-picks out the parts about peace, and focuses on the war-like parts, such as the Old Testament mythology wherein God burns his enemies with warlike fire, and/or causes the Israelites to win impossible battles. I would say the Old Testament is much more focused on war.
I feel compelled to add here that should be careful to avoid the Jesus the preacher of love and goodness and all that stuff myth, which has more or less evolved post Enlightenment in parts of modern humanism influenced christianity, a take which is hardly consistent with the bloody, repressive and authoritarian bulk of christian history. Exactly what the real Jesus said, if there was one, is highly speculative, and may have more militaristic and political than is realised. I for one refuse to buy into any of these Jesus the prophet of love and peace myths, as this character is more like an concoction of supposed sayings created and added to over thousands of years. The love and peace blurb of the modern christian message, as far as I can see and from what I have read, stems more from the influence of humanist philosophy on this religion, not that christians would ever admit it. For most of its history christianity has been synonymous with war, oppression, class power, and authoritarianism. When I hear christians rambling on about christian love and brotherhood I'm inclined to say, "With your history? Give me a break. "
I guess seeing the odd dichotomy came easy for me. My mother was not a happy home maker. At the time she met my dad she was working as an x-ray tech and I think did not really want to have kids BUT society and family push the "SO, when are you having kids?".
They were blessed with twins, we were incubator babies and probably never really bonded with mom (I'm being charitable). So growing up she'd be this angry silently raging bitchy woman all day. Dad walks in the door at the end of his day and she's "How was your day Hon, kiss kiss?" Very sweetness and light. As a a kid I'm thinking, "WHO is this woman and where has she been all day?"
Saw right thru the church thing and by the age of 12 just flat out refused to go.
The strange thing is my twin joined the church, is still a bible thumper and trump supporter.
We don't talk much and live on opposite side of the country. LOL
Jesus also preached tolerance for tax collectors (who were unfair and hated), adulterers, and not to judge: Many Christians lack tolerance and liberally judge others.
The reason is because The Christian Scriptures preach against what are inherent traits of human nature. We evolved by fighting and putting self as number one: recorded history is packed with tales of battles and wars. Humans also have an innate need to elevate themselves over other humans; thus, they judge.
Christians are people, and like people everywhere, they validate their basic human wants by using a god to explain why "it" is fine to do so.
Big subject but essentially the fact is there is little connection between anything that the real Jesus said, even if he existed, which is debatable, and a great deal of modern Christianity, especially evangelical christianity, which is more a modern right wing moralistic regressive anti-modernist movement which tags itself to this vague historical figure they call Jesus. Truth is, most christians, including evangelicals know little or nothing about their so-called Jesus, other than simple statements and hollywood type biblical history, which is worthless.
You can sometimes bring peace through war. You need to fight to bring change. Total pacifism is useless. That's the paradox. But I understand your sentiment. But it's complex. But I'm again not supporting those war-mongerers, but just pointing out some dubiousness. And I don't think it's right to paint all Christians of so many sects from a whole spectrum like the way you did here.
Yes, Christians have too much concern for sex and war. So little interest in natural environment conditions.
Simple, Jesus said, do not kill unless your going to eat it. Same with war, where the condition in the Bible for war. Make it impossible to take war into action. Yet as a group in human history. Christians are the world Champion at murder, prisoners and war.
More people killed in the name of God than for any other reason. Easy example, is USA.
I agree. One of the reasons I began my deconversion was the debate I constantly had with fellow Christians about how healthcare for all was something Jesus would have wanted since he took care of the sick, poor, lepers and others. He wouldn't have said they were too poor to deserve healthcare. Likewise, I believed Jesus to be a peaceful being. I doubted very much that he would have supported people walking around with any kind of gun anywhere at anytime... Like an AR15 strapped to their back in a Target store. I pointed out multiple times that the bible NEVER addresses abortion, and that tax cuts for wealthy while cutting social programs for the poor is not something Jesus would support. Eventually, I was told by a friend that if you're a Christian you always vote republican no matter what. That was the beginning of the end of my religion. I had no idea why I kept fighting for morality when other Christians kept saying I was wrong for doing so. If that's what Christianity was then maybe I wasn't a Christian. I kept my values for healthcare for all just because they are humans, programs to help the poor, reproductive rights for women and free contraception for anyone who wants it, gun restrictions, anti war unless absolutely the last resort, spreading peace, fully embracing science, medicine, and vaccinations, and fully supporting wall between religion and government. At this point there are many times that I feel more moral than many Christians. Basically I now believe in being good without god, ending or minimizing suffering while encouraging people to pursue the most pleasurable life possible as long as its not at the expense of someone else.
A lot of the insidiousness of religion is the seeming to be one way, but then underlaying that with another way. "Love your brother", but if he is against your god, cast him out. Be willing to sacrafice your child in the name of your god. Love and honor your wife, but never forget that she got mankind kicked out of Eden. Your god is a loving god, the only god, so you must destroy all other gods. Your god is a "living"god, you just have to forget the definition of "living" . One must remember that religion is based on controling beliefs by fear and guilt.
As others have pointed out, it basically boils down to the contradictory ideals contained in their holy book. On one hand you have a god of war and, on the other, a god of peace. They invoke the one that supports whatever agenda they are pushing at the moment. For most of us nonbelievers it's just further evidence against their claim of moral superiority.
Christianity as now practiced is a nightmare of lies, distortion, confusion, and hypocrisy. What good is it. I see it as far more harm than good. The teachings of Jesus have become an excuse to maltreat others and make people feel superior to others. All pure evil.
You have to remember that way back when the Jewish tribes were first established, which according to archeologists was from outcasts from other groups, they were originally polytheists. There was competition for which religion to follow and the idea of worshipping just one god came about but there were factions which favored one particular god over another, which is why the old testament has more than just one name for god. In the end the followers of Yoweh came out the winner. and he was/is a wr god from the polytheist beliefs, which came to be the sole god worshipped. That they originaly had a polytheist belife system is also why the first of the ten commandments is to put no other god first.
So anyway, all the Abrahmic religions are based on the worship of a god of war. Not just a defensive god of war, but a very aggressive god of war. Taht tradition of war has carried through the cultures up to this day. The old testament is full of catalogues of slaughters to prove that killing in god's name is pleasing to god.
I think educating people as to the origins of their religion will eventually lead them to realize religion is just a bunch of myths. That is assuming they are willing to listen. Too many want to kill and their belief in god give them a reason to do so.