As I’ve already touched on in my previous post, there are some verses in the Bible, that most Christians tend to ignore and avoid. Last time I talked about the Old testament ( I have an announcement concerning the old Testament at the end of this post) but now I want to talk once again about the central figure of Christianity itself: Jesus Christ.
Many Christians also proclaim, that they don’t have a religion they merely follow Jesus. Really? Do they really follow Jesus? I want to hit you with some passages then and I will elaborate on them. The first one is Matthew 5: 28-30:
But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman to lust after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to depart into hell.
I know that Christians love the first part of this passage, in fact Ray Comfort uses it quite frequently when evangelizing. But oddly enough he never mentions the second part. Now there is no denying, that both Atheists and Theists alike have looked at a woman with sexual desires. I however have failed to encounter any one-eyed or one handed Christian in my entire life.
Now the Christian may object to this and claim, that “Jesus died for our sins and if we repent in him then we will be forgiven and we’ll be saved.” My answer to this objection is the following: “Jesus put it quite bluntly here. If you do look at a woman with lust and potentially have an affair with her you go to hell. Why would he say we go to hell for this if we really aren’t? Either Jesus was wrong/lying which of course puts your entire theology into question or this rule only applied before Jesus died and people weren’t saved in retrospective which of course is problematic as well. Jesus gives no exception whatsoever to this rule. None. So why didn’t he give the exception you’re proclaiming right now?”
There are of course more verses to this effect like Mark 10: 23-25:
Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!” This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God. In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”
Yet when we look at Christians like Ken Ham one wonders why they are as loaded as they are. Ken Ham and AiG have 2 Christian tourist attractions (the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter) they make DVD sells and sell books and their Answers Journal and if that’s not bad enough they get donations too. Being rich is sinful in Jesus eyes yet this seems to have escaped many Christians in general and certain faces of Christian apologetics specifically.
One more passage just one chapter short of John 3: 16 I give you John 2: 16:
[Jesus speaking] :To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!”
I don’t think I need to elaborate.
Now to the announcement: Tomorrow there will be a guest post where the Christian Kaylin hutson (@kaylin_hutson) will defend the God of the Bible often proclaimed by Atheists like me and others to be evil.Specifically she will give her take on slavery.
Goodbye from yours truly,
Rene von Boenninghausen @Renevelation
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