Holy texts condone everything

25 Mar

Have you ever seen some extremely hateful people using religious texts to justify their actions? Have you seen some very loving people using the same religious texts to combat the hateful ones? Well they can’t both be right, right? Well no, actually they’re both correct about what they say their books condone.

Language is dependent on us using the same words to describe the same thing; when everything is open to “interpretation” then anyone can be correct about what a holy books means, even if someone is else is correct about a diametrically opposing view.

So does god hate fags? Yes, yes he does. Does god love everybody (including gays?) Yes, yes he does. It all depends on how to “interperate” the words in the bible. In effect the bible can be used to support whatever view you already have decided upon, and this is why so many people love the bible!

4 Responses to “Holy texts condone everything”

  1. peddiebill March 25, 2011 at 2:32 am #

    I would have thought that this view is a little simplistic. Surely if you remember that the Bible is actually a library (which is what the word is thought to mean) then the more recent books have developed the initial ideas further. For example in a science library the books hundreds of years old are more misleading than the earlier ones. Why sghould the Bible be different. Thus a lot of the earlier ideas emerging from the culture of the day were about safeguarding the tribe – with plenty of stuff on punishment and revenge. The main thrust of Jesus teaching gets to priniples like compassion and forgiveness and the “golden rule” If you understand this evolution of ideas then you are more likely not to inflame religious debate by burning Korans or wanting to punish “fags” I wouldnt rubbish Newton because Einstein understood more. I value the teachings of both – but prefer to follow Einstein because he is more up to date. Why would the Bible be different?

  2. John Barron Jr. March 25, 2011 at 5:40 am #

    The Bible says God loves everyone? I have been reading it for a long time, maybe I missed it. Could you cite the passage which says God loves everyone?

  3. John Barron Jr. March 25, 2011 at 5:44 am #

    Sorry to post twice like this…
    But the Bible doesn’t say things depending on how the reader interprets it. The Bible and those who wrote it said one particular thing. Just because we may misread or misunderstand something in no way means the Bible says different things any more that two people reading your blog coming to different conclusions on your intended ideas…unless your commentaries are open-ended and its meaning is dependant on the reader. In which case, I’m glad to hear you’re now a Christian 🙂

  4. godlesspaladin March 25, 2011 at 8:12 am #

    I can’t help but feel you’re both missing the point. Look, there are liberal versions of christianity and there are conservative versions. It looks like the two of you might be a good example. From the way peddiebill talks about not taking the old testament of the bible so seriously, I’m guessing they fall somewhere closer to the liberal end of the spectrum. John, correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m guessing you fall somewhere more on the conservative end of the christian spectrum.

    I’m not talking about what the actual words of the bible are. (Or at least what we think they are given thousands of years of translation) I’m talking about how people on both ends of the spectrum take the same text and cherry pick to find support for whatever point of view they have.

    And unfortunately John, it’s not as simple as “that’s what the words are, that’s what the text means.” Words and connotations have different meanings to different people. Just look how much time we spend arguing over what the text in the constitution means! (And we actually have the first and original copy which can’t be said for the bible)

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