Precisely how the Yahwehist arrives at the conclusion that he or she is worshipping something good, something not evil, is not at all clear. The Middle Eastern god of the Pentateuch claims – albeit without a hair of evidence – that the earth is its “footstool” (Isaiah 66:1) over which it rules like some insecure, vengeful despot: “for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me” (Exodus 20:5). These are hardly the words of a confident, loving, personal deity, rather the utterances of a frightened, tyrannical hobgoblin; a self-obsessed succubus whose very demand to be worshipped is expressly and unequivocally immoral. Worship requires the total abandonment of one’s moral autonomy in favour of blind, non-questioning obedience, and to order such a thing – under the threat of guaranteed punishment – indicates certain malevolence, not benevolence.
Things, however, get even more suspicious for the sect of Yahwehists known as the Christians. Their central character of devotion, Jesus, whose own neighbours thought him a raving lunatic (John 10:20), left an entire slag pile of immoral teachings that any rational observer cannot help but see as utterly repugnant and immeasurably vile.
He directed his followers to hate their families and to leave them; perverse orders which must be assessed as nothing less than the demented, authoritarian ramblings of a cult leader… The opening salvo’s in a 1st Century Jonestown tragedy.
- Luke 14:26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.
- Luke 12:53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
- Matthew 10:36 A man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.
- Matthew 10:35 For I have come to turn “‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
- Matthew 19:29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.
- Matthew 23:9 Call no man your ‘father’ upon the earth.
He coached his followers to turn the other cheek and to love their enemy; demands that are not only immoral in their gross irresponsibility, but a recipe for assured subjugation.
- Matthew 5:39 But I tell you, don’t resist an evildoer. On the contrary, if anyone slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.
- Luke 6:29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them.
Luke 12: 4 “My friends, listen to me. Don’t be afraid of those who kill the body but can’t do any more than that.
- Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
More intolerable in its dereliction were Jesus’ teachings of vicarious redemption; the obscene concept that man need not take responsibility for his actions as another will pay that debt.
- 1 Peter 2:24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
- 1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also sufferedonce for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to deathin the flesh but made alive in the spirit
- Hebrews 9:15 Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant… since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant
- Romans 5:11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
- 2 Corinthians 5:21For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
The height of Jesus’ immoral messages was, however, his direction to invest no thought for the morrow. Here is such a debauched, reckless instruction so antisocial that if any portion of any civilisation actually followed the command to its fullest it would result in such mayhem that living itself would quickly become antithetical.
- Matthew 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
- Matthew 19:21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
- Luke 14:33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.
- Matthew 6:26 “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?”
- Luke 18:22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
An appeal to such gross personal neglect and social truancy is intolerable from every conceivable perspective, and yet, mystifyingly, this is not how the Christian apologist views this thoroughly corrupted instruction. Reverend Christopher R Smith (Christian Living, Translating the Bible) explains: “Jesus assures us that our heavenly Father cares for us and will provide for us, SO WE DON’T NEED TO WONDER, “What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?” If we seek his kingdom and righteousness, all these things will be provided as well. And so, Jesus concludes, “do not worry about tomorrow” (NIV, NRSV).”
The good reverend should perhaps try to understand that only a mad man, a crisis cultist, a death-anxious, stark raving lunatic would consciously direct his followers to detach themselves from the very notion of self-preservation and do nothing but wait… wait for something wondrous to just magically fall into their laps. This is not only immoral, but inexcusable. It is, after all, an order to rejoice in apathetic slothfulness; to not lift a finger; to damn everything and everyone, and ultimately do nothing for themselves or for society but idly wait for death to extinguish the very suffering such a lawless command would surely bring about.
Perhaps not so surprisingly, Christianity – in its most reckless, pure form – has since its very inception been little more than a socially irresponsible death cult; a degenerate, death-anxious religion that has produced a continuous supply of socially derelict luminaries who have, in the spirit of their sage, longed for nothing short of the total annihilation of our home world. From the Hammer of the Arians (Bishop Hilary of Poitiers) in 365 CE to Warren Jeffs in 2012 there have in fact been more than three-hundred prominent captains of Christianity who have announced with excited yips of childlike anticipation that their god was about to annihilate everything from toddlers to tiaras in a burst of resplendent angelfire… and by doing so bring meaning to Jesus bizarre message to do nothing, nothing at all, but wait for death.