For some reason, pro-life Christians think their God is against abortion and baby-killing. I don’t get it! There are lots of examples to the contrary in the Bible. I mean, who has killed more babies than the Christian God? Have you read these passages?
Hosea 13:16 Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.
Exodus 12:29 “And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt…”
2 Samuel 12:14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.
Isaiah 13:16 Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.
Isaiah 13:18 Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eyes shall not spare children.
Isaiah 14:21 Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities.
Numbers 31:17 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.
I ask you… How can Christians carry that book around and swear by it’s contents, but have absolutely no fucking idea what it says? Amazing!!!
A Challenge to All Christians
“They will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” (NIV)
“They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” (KJV)
According to the New Testament of the Christian Bible, they (believers in Jesus Christ) can handle snakes, presumably poisonous ones, without harm. With this claim, religious faith enters the realm of testable science, and I hereby call the bluff.
Is the Bible true? Are its verses correct in every word, being inspired by God? Or is the bible mythology, the flawed word of primitive men? Or are some parts inspired, and some parts flawed? If so, which parts are true and which parts are false, and how can one determine which is which?
Is Mark 16:18 a lie? Does the Holy Bible contain a falsehood? Is it telling you that you, as a true believer, can do something extremely dangerous without risk? All Christians who truly believe in Jesus Christ are hereby challenged to handle a rattlesnake without physical protection, or drink a glass of arsenic (or any positively lethal substance), and seek no medical assistance afterward. The act must be performed in the presence of skeptical observers, and for authenticity, skeptics should provide the snake and/or poison as well. Well, is your faith strong enough? Do you really believe as strongly as you think you do?
The following article first appeared in Freethought Today, Vol. 15, No. 9.
Bite Kills Snake-handling Minister
A preacher, whose wife died three years ago from a snakebite, succumbed himself on Oct. 3, after handling a 3-foot-long timber rattler during a prayer meeting.
John Wayne “Punkin” Brown Jr., 34, of Tennessee, was bitten on the hand while preaching at the Rocky House Holiness Church in rural Alabama. He continued preaching for ten or 15 minutes after being bitten, then fell dead from the pulpit. His wife Melinda, 28, died in 1994 two days after refusing medical attention following a rattlesnake bite during a church service in Kentucky.
“He was really looking forward to that day anyway” when he could see his wife again, opined the Rev. Carl Porter of Kingston, Georgia, to the Birmingham News. Porter plans to pass along Brown’s two rattlers to Brown’s brother, by the way.
The Browns had five children.
There have been at least 75 snake-handling deaths among fundamentalists in the United States during this Century.
This event is submitted as EVIDENCE that the sacred scriptures are untrue.
Some may say, “He was not a true believer.” Well, I submit that he was. He believed strongly enough to handle the snake. He was a minister. He had given over his life for his beliefs. He followed the word of God to the letter, and put his complete trust in the scripture. HE certainly thought that he believed. What more proof of belief could be provided? If that is not true belief, what is? Is your belief so strong?
Others may protest that he should not have tested the Lord. Well, it was the Lord, presumably, who inspired Mark (or whoever really wrote that book) to include that verse. After all, it is claimed that the scriptures are the inspired word of God. If God did not intend that people should make use of that verse as a guide for their lives, why did He include it at all? What other purpose could it possibly serve?
Some people suggest that this verse only applied to the original Apostles. BUT, that statement finds no support in scripture. If one reads verses 16 and 17, it becomes clear that Jesus was speaking about “them that believe”, those that are baptized and saved. It does not say anything about the original Apostles being the only ones who can drink poison and handle snakes.
Preachers certainly make use of the second half of the verse “they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” You need only to turn on late night TV to see the proliferation of faith-healing charlatans, milking the public of their hard-earned funds, by pretending to heal their sicknesses. Why then should the first half of the verse Mark 16:18 be metaphorical, and the second half of it be literal? Such an argument is an avoidance of the irrationality of the philosophy. This is one more example of the harm that literal belief in the bible can produce.
Just food for thought.
Just because it’s fucked up to deny the right of a child to live doesn’t mean that your god thinks the same way.
First, he says:
Exodus 20:13 (New King James Version)
****See footnote below this post)****
13 “You shall not murder.
And then contradicts himself:
Ezekiel 9:5-7 (New King James Version)
5 To the others He said in my hearing, “Go after him through the city and kill; do not let your eye spare, nor have any pity. 6 Utterly slay old and young men, maidens and little children and women; but do not come near anyone on whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary.” So they began with the elders who were before the temple. 7 Then He said to them, “Defile the temple, and fill the courts with the slain. Go out!” And they went out and killed in the city.
Isaiah 13:15-18 (New King James Version)
15 Everyone who is found will be thrust through,
And everyone who is captured will fall by the sword.
16 Their children also will be dashed to pieces before their eyes;
Their houses will be plundered
And their wives ravished.
17 “ Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them,
Who will not regard silver;
And as for gold, they will not delight in it.
18 Also their bows will dash the young men to pieces,
And they will have no pity on the fruit of the womb;
Their eye will not spare children.
1 Samuel 15:2-3 (New King James Version)
2 Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt. 3 Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’”
Hosea 13:16 (New King James Version)
16 Samaria is held guilty,
For she has rebelled against her God.
They shall fall by the sword,
Their infants shall be dashed in pieces,
And their women with child ripped open.
Numbers 5:17-21 (New King James Version)
17 The priest shall take holy water in an earthen vessel, and take some of the dust that is on the floor of the tabernacle and put it into the water. 18 Then the priest shall stand the woman before the LORD, uncover the woman’s head, and put the offering for remembering in her hands, which is the grain offering of jealousy. And the priest shall have in his hand the bitter water that brings a curse. 19 And the priest shall put her under oath, and say to the woman, “If no man has lain with you, and if you have not gone astray to uncleanness while under your husband’s authority, be free from this bitter water that brings a curse. 20 But if you have gone astray while under your husband’s authority, and if you have defiled yourself and some man other than your husband has lain with you”— 21 then the priest shall put the woman under the oath of the curse, and he shall say to the woman—“the LORD make you a curse and an oath among your people, when the LORD makes your thigh rot and your belly swell;
And with all that said, why NOT help send the little ones to your sick, depraved god’s domain?
Just look at them…
HOW could you follow a god that ordered people to massacre these precious little things? Is this what a “loving” god would tolerate and allow to happen?
Think — For Yourself.
****The New King James Version replaced “kill” (from the King James Version) with “murder.”****
Exodus 20:13 (King James Version)
13Thou shalt not kill.