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Christian Morality

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      Christians claim that belief in God is necessary for proper morality. That is utterly wrong, proved both by the unexceptional behavior of Christians and by the lack of other evidence. Unfortunately, the Christians-are-superior attitude is widely held by the public, as shown by the near-universal distrust of atheists and the great difficulty of being elected to a political office. It is a disgrace that almost everyone running for office must claim to be a person of faith. Having faith proves only that the person will believe anything.
     See "Part K: Morality" in the book Christianity in Ruins. Some of the following material is based on it..

Is God Good?
       
        Two of the reasons why religion exists are the fear of death and the primitive tendency to attribute phenomena to conscious agents. While not as basic as these motivations, an essential component of the Abrahamic monotheisms is a supposed God-derived moral code. This code rests on the assumption that God is (almost) purely good. Keeping in mind the famous verse John 16:3: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,...".Let us examine God's alleged love for the world. Some of the following is from Bill Zuersher's book Seeing Through Christianitybut most of the ideas are not new. 

  1. Animal life, including human life, is predicated on the death of other life. Animals, including humans, kill and eat animals. Life always involves death. Is this necessary?

  2. Human life is cursed with disease, early death, deformity, birth defects, retardation, autism, Alzheimer's, other mental illness, and accidents. Most of these cannot be ascribed to human sin. Is God unable to protect us from these disasters?

  3. Human sin is often blamed on our free will, which entails the freedom to sin. But God, being omnipotent, could have created a type of free will in which we would have no will to sin. But when we get to Heaven we still have free will, but Heaven has no evil. Why could God not arrange life on earth to be both free and benign, as it is in Heaven?

  4. An excuse for God's allowing suffering, at least in humans, is that it builds character, the ability to withstand challenges. Therefore free will is allegedly necessary for our development. But animals, for whom character is not an issue, suffer too. And if we must suffer to build character, natural disasters provide plenty of suffering to build character. Only the most fanatical, reality-denying fundagelicals claim that natural disasters are due to human sin or the work of demons.

  5. The New Testament God demands eternal suffering for a finite life of sin. Most believers claim that the most important "sin" is the failure to believe in Jesus. Why should a sincere, intelligent person suffer for eternity for judging that the evidence for Jesus (and God) is unconvincing? No just or moral God would do such a thing.

..6. A standard aplologetic excuse is that God has his reasons for allowing evil but we cannot understand those reasons. That, of course, amounts to blaming the victim. And the omnipotent God, has no need to act malignantly without letting us know why.

  7. One of the stupidest ideas ever accepted is "original sin," the notion that because Adam and Eve disobeyed a mysterious voice from the sky, all of humanity is doomed to Hell unless they accept the tale that Jesus was crucified. That is ridiculous.

   8. There is no coherent explanation of why God had to have his "son" tortured and killed to forgive us. Even worse, there is no coherent explanation of why that sadistic act forgives us.

     The inescapable conclusion is that God is evil, not good. Or he might be crazy or stupid. Or evil, crazy, and stupid. That seems most likely. In addition to God's general failures, he fails in many specific ways. A few of those are explained below.
 ​ Treatment of Children
   
        The U.S. is the only country in the world that has not ratified the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. Ratification of an international treaty requires approval by the Senate, but Republicans, afraid of eroding parents' rights, their own slight loss of control, and their false reflexive "patriotism," have refused to ratify it. The U.S. is one of the  few countries that allows indefinite imprisonment of minors (and, until 2005) capital punishment.  It is almost the only country that resists sex education in schools, distributing contraceptives, and insists on abstinence as the only permitted form of birth control. Christianity, with its irrational sex-negative views, is largely responsible for these evil policies. 
        Needless to say, forbidding or resisting sex education guarantees more abortions, which Christians claim to detest. Their real goal is to scare females, minors and others, away from unapproved sex, or to reduce their enjoyment of it. The U.S.leads the world in teen pregnancy and poverty, and lags much of the developed world in education. Christian Republicans are largely responsible for this.
     Tarico, Valerie (via Alternet): Thanks to the influence of biblical Christianity, the U.S. stands alone with Somalia in failing to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Why? Because the Bible instructs parents to hit their children, among other things. Laws that give rights to children go head to head with biblical texts that say, in no uncertain terms, that children are the property of their fathers, to be punished or even killed in accordance with the father’s religious beliefs and other priorities.2
The Old Testament often mandates punishment of children for parents' sins:
Exodus 20:5 … I will punish children for the evil ways of their fathers to the third and fourth generation. [This is directly contradicted by Deuteronomy 24:16: "Fathers must not be put to death for their children's acts, or children for their fathers'."]

2 Kings 2:23-24 … children came out of the city mocking [Elisha] and teased him, saying Go up, baldy. He cursed them in the Lord’s name. Two bears came out of the woods and killed 42 of the children. [God is happy to commmit mass murder of chilren who tease.]

Psalms 137:9 Happy is he who smashes your babies on the rocks. [That's a crime against humanity]

Deuteronomy 21:18-21 If a son is stubborn and rebellious, and after being warned will still not obey, he shall be stoned.

Proverbs 22:15 Beating a foolish child will correct his ways.

Job 1 [paraphrased and condensed] Satan bets God that if Job encounters many evils he will stop believing in God, so Satan and God cause Job's ten children to die.​
      Conservative Christians describe God as good, but then they must ignore much Biblical evidence to the contrary. Fundamentalist Christianity routinely terrorizes children by threatening them with an eternity in Hell. Consider this passage from a 19th century Catholic book for kids. Its savage sadism is only too evident: [condensed]
Furniss, J. In the middle of this little prison, there is a boy. His eyes are burning like hot coals. Long flames come out of his ears. Sometimes he opens his mouth and breath of blazing fire rolls out. There is a sound like a kettle boiling, but it's the blood boiling in his veins. His brain and marrow are boiling and bubbling. Ask him why he is tormented. He answers that when he was alive, he did very wicked things. [Part of the sadism is that his burns do not kill  him; he will suffer forever.]
 ​     How could a child do such wicked things that deserve an eternity of horrible burns? The Bible inspired Furniss' disgusting "spiritual" tract.  Christianity was and is largely a religion of fear and threats. Of course Christianity has no reasonable answer to the suffering of  present-day children. One of the greatest disasters for kids are losing their parents to a disease, for example AIDS. There are about 11 million AIDS orphans in black Africa alone, the most of any region in the world. Did their parents' sins cause this? It would be typical of Bible believers to blame suffering on "original sin," an incredibly stupid idea.​​
     Other punishments visited on some children are birth defects and various kinds of disease: viral, bacterial, and parasitical. The worst of the latter is mallaria, which kills millions each year in southern Africa. The U.S. Center for Disease Control  and Prevention (CDC) lists several hundred, organized alphabetically. What was God "thinking" when he made innocent children and their parents suffer? Many affected children are too young to have committed any sins - but bibliholics will claim that  people who have not committed sins are still sinners ! 
    At the risk of being horribly shocked, search on ' google images deformities', which vividly shows what God does to us, often starting at birth. But God is a loving God; what  would he do if he were not so loving?
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