10 Sound Reasons To Abandon the Christian Faith

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10 sound reasons to abandon the Christian faith.

1. Christianity—in all its obnoxious denominations—is illogical, irrational, unreasonable and, of greatest import, unscientific. From mammalian parthenogenesis to talking non-human animals, from repeated corpse resurrection to impossible human longevity, this particular brand of mythology is unscientific to its core. Various absurdities, found in both the Old and New Testaments, simply cannot be reconciled with science-based reality and natural principles.

2. The Bible, in the not-too-distant past, reasonably has been interpreted to permit—or even condone—“witch” burnings, slavery, torture, female subservience and all manner of detestable horror. True, some passages in the Good Book speak about love, charity, forgiveness and solidarity. But, other passages—equally numerous if not more—prescribe stoning people to death for fictitious offenses such as gathering sticks on the Sabbath. In short, the very same tome that pious people clutch in church on Sundays was in the bloodstained hands of murderous primitives inflicting the thumbscrew on innocents guilty only of non-conformity in a Christofascist, pre-scientific world.

3. James Ussher’s Bible-based dating of Creation—that it took place nightfall before October 23, 4004 BCE—is egregiously, laughably fictitious. As Sam Harris snickers, “This is, incidentally, about a thousand years after the Sumerians invented glue.” A 6000-year-old earth is so absurdly in conflict with the evidence as to make the proposition strictly comical and unworthy of scholarly attention. In contrast to the Bible’s small and young (and non-existent) universe, cosmologists have discovered that there are more than one hundred billion (10^11) galaxies in our universe, each featuring hundreds of billions of stars. The sun—the center of our solar system—is merely an ordinary star, in an ordinary galaxy. Our universe is roughly 13.7 billion years old. And, who knows if we might live in some sort of grand cosmic multiverse, of which our universe is merely an insignificant speck.

4. Atheism is the only consistent position with respect to faith-based religious mythology. Christians, for example, are non-believers with respect to every faith except Christianity. Christians are utterly atheistic about every deity (of the infinitely many which could be conceived) except Yahweh. How oddly inconsistent. Muslims, too, reject every world religion save for Islam, which, to them, has a monopoly on absolute Truth. How is it reasonable to reject 10,000 faith-based religions, yet cling to the absolute authority of one? The only reasonable method by which to choose one religion over another would be hard evidence—something that all modern religions lack equally. Absent hard evidence, isn’t faith in Yahweh equal to faith in Enlil (or any other fantastical imagining)?

5. Historic “heroes” of Christianity are worthy neither of respect nor reverence. Harris writes, “It was even possible for the most venerated patriarchs of the Church, like St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas, to conclude that heretics should be tortured (Augustine) or killed outright (Aquinas). Martin Luther and John Calvin advocated the wholesale murder of heretics, apostates, Jews and witches.” Here, once again, we return to severe punishments prescribed for fictitious offenses. The Christofascist societies of centuries past (ruled over by the same Bible one finds at Sunday Services) bear a frightening resemblance to the modern-day Islamofascist Middle East, into which we have butted our collective nose.

6. Yahweh is woefully unworthy of worship. As portrayed in the Old Testament, he is the very embodiment of human frailty: vicious, vengeful, jealous, egotistical, insecure and, most frighteningly, endlessly murderous. Yahweh also seems to have difficulty separating the important from the insignificant, as evidenced by the Ten Commandments. Harris writes, “And what are we to make of the fact that, in bringing his treatise to a close, the creator of our universe could think of no human concerns more pressing and durable than the coveting of servants and livestock?” Yahweh’s special list of ten alternates between self-aggrandizement, statements of the obvious, pronouncements of the silly and declarations of the trivial.

7. No God, the Christian character or otherwise, should be worshipped given the results with which we live. If Yahweh is real, then cancer, smallpox, AIDS, malaria and aphasia are all products of his cloud-enshrouded laboratory. “Acts of God” such as Hurricane Katrina and the devastating tsunami of a few years ago are exactly that—the life-extinguishing playthings of the creator of the cosmos. Then there are starvation, homelessness, birth defects, genetic disease….

8. Piety can directly result in mass death. Harris writes, “Christian missionaries have been known to preach the sinfulness of condom use in villages where no other information about condoms is available. This kind of piety is genocidal.” He continues, in a note, “If you can believe it, the Vatican is currently opposed to condom use even to prevent the spread of HIV from one married partner to another.” This is truly sickening, folks. In the fundamentalist mind, agonizing death is preferable to the imagined sin of sex aided by contraceptive.

9. Virulent Christian anti-Semitism helped create the environment in which the Holocaust took place. Harris writes, “…the anti-Semitism that built the Nazi death camps was a direct inheritance from medieval Christianity. For centuries, Christian Europeans had viewed the Jews as the worst species of heretics and attributed every societal ill to their continued presence among the faithful. While the hatred of Jews in Germany expressed itself in a predominantly secular way, its roots were religious, and the explicitly religious demonization of the Jews of Europe continued throughout the period. The Vatican itself perpetuated the blood libel in its newspapers as late as 1914. And both Catholic and Protestant churches have a shameful record of complicity with the Nazi genocide.”

10. Let us turn, for just for a moment, to David Mills’ Atheist Universe: “The Church angrily denounced the introduction of medicines, antibiotics, anesthesia, surgery, blood transfusions, birth control, transplants, in vitro fertilization and most forms of pain killers. Supposedly, these scientific tools interfered with nature and were therefore against God’s will.” The Church’s modern-day anti-science positions, obviously, should come as no shock. Diminishing human suffering never has been a high-level concern. After all, in a mind deranged by religion, there is another life to which to look forward. The earthly is merely ephemeral and, thus, suffering is a-ok.

–TAKEN FROM MY CASE AGAINST GOD BY DAN FERRISI  

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11 Responses to “10 Sound Reasons To Abandon the Christian Faith”

  1. matthew suchevich Says:

    i found this to be compleatly illogical. every1 is just an excuse to not beleive. everyreligon has doesnt beleive in other faiths thats why they they perticipate in ther faith. budist hindus evan atheists(which i presume you are) dont beleive in anything but wat they beleive. adn to know they bible you do not just mearly look at they words. you pay attention toteh underlining meaning to this word of God. as the old testament is in the new testament and new testament reaveals the meanings of the old. if god is a lei then exspain on how by 1 person abraham(a ordanary farmer) the world of god has reached all arond the world. i did not just send this message because im tryin to be rude im just sending it becasue to hear part of my veiws i could go on adn on about thsi subject, but im curious on how you live it is possible to live as a atheist(again im presuming you are by this websit) without hope or dreams adn prayer tat tomarrow will be a better day or thanks god for a wonderous makin that day a glorious one. thank you for listening
    from Matthew

  2. doubtingthomas426 Says:

    Matthew, paying attention to the underlying meaning is just another way of saying that someone personally interprets a passage to mean whatever they want it to mean. And Abraham is in no way responsible for the worldwide spread of the Christian bible. How in the world did you come to that conclusion? Because the “bible told you so”? The spread of the word of your god happened just like it does with all religions; a group of believers in one god invade another’s culture and hammer home the idea that THEIR god is the REAL god until some relent and surrender to the pressure/influence. It then spreads like an infection, which, lets face it, it is.

    Matthew, you asked how an Atheist can live without hope or dreams or prayer that tomorrow will be a better day? Christians really need to stop viewing Atheists as if they were aliens from planet Klaxtor 7. We are people just like you. If you ignore our different opinions on religion and god (the ONE way we have established we are different) I would wager there are a hundred ways we are similar. I am a man like any other; I have a job, a home, friends, family, like some TV shows, hate others, LOVED Juno, hated Cloverfield, drink Pepsi not Coke, Rock not Country, PC not Mac, anti-abortion but Pro-Choice, and on and on. We all have more similarities than differences. A Christian and an Atheist are just as likely to be compatible as friends as two Atheists would be. In fact, our opinion on gods and religions are, in reality, almost EXACTLY the same. Christians think all the many thousands of gods and religions mankind has invented and worshiped over countless generations are absolute bunk just like we Atheists do. Christians simply ignore ONE of those thousands of gods while we include that god as well. Not so different after all, eh? Matthew, people don’t need to believe in your god to have hope and dreams. 2/3 of humanity worship a different god than you, Matthew, if they worship one at all. Surely do don’t believe they are all wallowing in a depthless, dreamless nightmare?

    Thank you for your comment.

    Take Care,

    DoubtingThomas

  3. I want to comment on your post 1 section at a time. I’ll say that having a bad experience with a Christian – whether it’s seeing the violent actions of supposedly Christian nations, the “holier than thou” judgments of Christians, or the irrational beliefs held by some Christians is unfortunately common. You raise some important questions … I hope to be able to help point you in the direction of answers … if that is what you are looking for.

    Such an example of Christian irrationality is found in how people interpret the creation story – the point of which has nothing to do with a talking snake, nor Adham’s rock-descendants. Also, the point is not “my god is better than yours”, nor how long it took for the earth to come to be. Having said that, when you get down to the core, it really isn’t problematic to believe that an all-poweful God can create something from nothing. The problem is when we take what is written and try to interpret it either without understanding it’s historical context (audience, time period and their knowledge of science at the time), or interpreting for personal preference INSTEAD of just reading the text, and interpreting it for what it is – a secondary revelation.

    The problem in the text is that evil was not inherent in people or the world from the begging – It was described as being “good”. In the text, evil is planted from an external source – symbolized (personified) by a talking snake. It could have been a talking badger – that’s not the point. Snakes had some importance in their culture – perhaps pagan tribes who worshiped snake gods among others. The text makes no claims of scientific truth – simply truth – but when you are talking about a book that uses symbolism, parable, and hyperbole to get it’s points across, you can’t always take what it says at face value – there is a deeper truth that lies in between the words and phrases which transcends all language.

  4. neil1689 Says:

    10 quick responses to 10 toothless reasons to abandon Christianity.

    1. People can be expected to live longer in better environmental conditions. That’s not necessarily supernatural. As for the supernatural, the Christian has a compelling reason to rule that out… why, exactly?

    2. It’s ignorant to say the “Bible, in the not-too-distant past, reasonably has been interpreted to permit—or even condone—“witch” burnings, slavery, torture, female subservience and all manner of detestable horror.” Those aren’t reasonable interpretations at all: the death penalty for witches expired with the Old Covenant (as it did for Sabbath breaking); Biblical slavery (sometimes condoned in the OT, neither condemned or condoned in the NT) was principally a form of indentured labour, nothing like the modern abomination of trade in kidnapped souls (1 Tim. 1:10 condemns kidnapping); there is no Biblical enjoinment to torture; and Biblical prescription of gender roles does not equate to female subservience. It’s not the fault of Christianity if murderous men pick up the Bible and twist its teachings.

    3. Christianity does not stand or fall on the age of the universe, but on the most central teachings of the Bible. “In contrast to the Bible’s small and young (and non-existent) universe, …”. Small? Non-existent?! What totally bizarre claims.

    4. Atheism does not have a consistent position with respect to different religions. It devotes a hugely disproportionate amount of time and energy into trying to defeat one of them – Christianity. Why? Because, despite all the gainsaying, there is evidence for Christianity and it is a serious contender among worldviews. It is based not on faith, but on Jesus Christ who is trustworthy.

    5. It would be interesting to see how Harris supports his claims from primary source material. I have no confidence in his representation of these men. In any case, Christianity does not stand or fall on its historic heroes, actual or so-called, but on the most central teachings of the Bible.

    6. I will suppose that the substance of the objection has to do with the Ten Commandments rather than the frothing, unsubstantiated blasphemies. The Ten Commandments are ordered in a logical sequence given that, in the Biblical context, God is the Being of supreme importance. Thus the ordering is: honour God, honour those who are supposed to instruct you (parents) in His ways, and honour fellow bearers of His image – refraining from sin against them in its most violent outward expression (murder) down to its root in the heart (coveting). Harris suffers from reading incomprehension when he opens the Bible. Coveting was prohibited for “any thing that is thy neighbor’s” (Ex. 20:17), not just servants and livestock, and can Harris not see, even from a secular perspective, that the majority of pressing human concerns would be greatly alleviated if everyone adhered to the final six commandments?

    7. The appropriate Christian response in the face of disease, death and calamity is aid and compassion towards those afflicted, and absolute awe, worship and love towards the Sovereign God who has planned the deserved death of every member of the fallen, sinning human race, calling some to their end sooner or more dramatically than others in prefigurement of a fiercer wrath to come, which, to the praise of his glorious grace, he has mercifully spared those whom he has eternally saved in the Lord Jesus Christ.

    8. Christianity does not stand or fall on the actions of individual missionaries, apostate denominations, or fundamentalists, whatever Harris means by that group. (Since when were fundamentalists associated with the Vatican?) Christianity stands or falls on the most central teachings of the Bible.

    9. I’m not seeing a reason to abandon Christianity here. I wasn’t aware I’d “signed up” to de facto Nazism, but rather the most central teachings of the Bible. I don’t think Jew-hating or the brownshirts were mentioned or anticipated.

    10. Perhaps this list was meant more as a list of reasons to leave the Church? Which one? Which was the angrily denouncing one. And why dissuade from the argument by making such an ignorant claim about the modern church being anti-science? Show me Biblically how scientific tools go against God’s will, then I might stop laughing.

  5. questioneverything Says:

    Neil:

    response to responses…(I know this will turn into a mobius strip)

    10 quick responses to 10 toothless reasons to abandon Christianity.

    “1. People can be expected to live longer in better environmental conditions. That’s not necessarily supernatural. As for the supernatural, the Christian has a compelling reason to rule that out… why, exactly?”

    –Long life…yahhh… I could accept that. Resurrection…we can bring a clinically dead human back to life after almont 2 hours now, so..sure, i’ll accept that. Talking animals..creepy…but I suppose cross breeding a snake with a parrot may someday be possible. Supernaturalism in the books could be just an interpretation of really, really advanced technology too. The problem I see is with a literal acceptance of these issues by bible adherants. very scary indeed.–

    2. It’s ignorant to say the “Bible, in the not-too-distant past, reasonably has been interpreted to permit—or even condone—“witch” burnings, slavery, torture, female subservience and all manner of detestable horror.” Those aren’t reasonable interpretations at all: the death penalty for witches expired with the Old Covenant (as it did for Sabbath breaking); Biblical slavery (sometimes condoned in the OT, neither condemned or condoned in the NT) was principally a form of indentured labour, nothing like the modern abomination of trade in kidnapped souls (1 Tim. 1:10 condemns kidnapping); there is no Biblical enjoinment to torture; and Biblical prescription of gender roles does not equate to female subservience. It’s not the fault of Christianity if murderous men pick up the Bible and twist its teachings.

    –reasonable is highly subjective, if you lived during the spanish inquisition (which no one expects, by the way), then you would probably be tortured and killed for denying the “reasonable belief” at that time, that the bible supports burning heretics and such. However, Neil you are correct that this is not a proper critique of the book itself. the book is just an inanimate bit of paper. Its people who interpret, and people who hurt others using whatever’s handy to rationalize their acts. I will say, though, that a group of religious followers are a handy tool to bend to a despot’s will. everything a twisted facist needs to encourage others to do his bidding is already set up in a religion. But… blaming the book is like blaming the pen that signs a death warrant, the hand did it, the pen was just a tool.–

    3. Christianity does not stand or fall on the age of the universe, but on the most central teachings of the Bible. “In contrast to the Bible’s small and young (and non-existent) universe, …”. Small? Non-existent?! What totally bizarre claims.

    –I think by small, he meant in relation to a scientific estimate of the age of earth or the universe.–

    4. Atheism does not have a consistent position with respect to different religions. It devotes a hugely disproportionate amount of time and energy into trying to defeat one of them – Christianity. Why? Because, despite all the gainsaying, there is evidence for Christianity and it is a serious contender among worldviews. It is based not on faith, but on Jesus Christ who is trustworthy.

    –atheism is consitent in that it states all gods are false, none exist, and no worship is required. Granted, this is only subjectively consistant as opposed to those with religious belief, but it is consistent there. As for as the disproportionate dealing, you probably dont read sanskrit, or farsi, or arabic, or chinese and japanes and korean…. It just so happens that christianity is the dominant religion amongst english speaking people, so the effect you describe may be self selecting. And you may be self-selecting this by only being interested in christian-based posts. I may be incorrect on this, but please at least allow for that logicall possibility.–

    5. It would be interesting to see how Harris supports his claims from primary source material. I have no confidence in his representation of these men. In any case, Christianity does not stand or fall on its historic heroes, actual or so-called, but on the most central teachings of the Bible.

    –the problem with relying on the book as primary source material, is that its not actually primary. 1) its a translation from either hebrew or aramaic to greek or hebrew, through latin, maybe some others, and you more than likely are reading the english (post luther) version. 2) Also, don’t forget the councel of Nicea, where they took a bunch of different works and decided on what was in, and what was out of the modern books. Is the gospel of Judas permitted? what about Mary magdellen? any other Gnostic texts?

    It seems to me christianity does stand on at least one biblical hero, the “christ” part of christ-ianity..–

    6. I will suppose that the substance of the objection has to do with the Ten Commandments rather than the frothing, unsubstantiated blasphemies. The Ten Commandments are ordered in a logical sequence given that, in the Biblical context, God is the Being of supreme importance. Thus the ordering is: honour God, honour those who are supposed to instruct you (parents) in His ways, and honour fellow bearers of His image – refraining from sin against them in its most violent outward expression (murder) down to its root in the heart (coveting). Harris suffers from reading incomprehension when he opens the Bible. Coveting was prohibited for “any thing that is thy neighbor’s” (Ex. 20:17), not just servants and livestock, and can Harris not see, even from a secular perspective, that the majority of pressing human concerns would be greatly alleviated if everyone adhered to the final six commandments?

    –the ten commandments may not be accurately represented in the bible anyway (although the livestock bit is peculiar, but I did not live 3000 years ago in Egypt, so it might have been more important at the time than I know). I though the messiah fixed all that anyway, so now you only have to love him and honor his sacrifice and such? are the big ten still relevent?–

    7. The appropriate Christian response in the face of disease, death and calamity is aid and compassion towards those afflicted, and absolute awe, worship and love towards the Sovereign God who has planned the deserved death of every member of the fallen, sinning human race, calling some to their end sooner or more dramatically than others in prefigurement of a fiercer wrath to come, which, to the praise of his glorious grace, he has mercifully spared those whom he has eternally saved in the Lord Jesus Christ.

    –scary, and I can’t say much more than that. I don’t want to worship anything that might decide i deserve to be eaten by a bear from the feet up, slowly.–

    8. Christianity does not stand or fall on the actions of individual missionaries, apostate denominations, or fundamentalists, whatever Harris means by that group. (Since when were fundamentalists associated with the Vatican?) Christianity stands or falls on the most central teachings of the Bible.

    –I back you partially there, Neil. This is just a highlight of bad human actions, but it does make you wonder why adherance to the all-good, all-knowing god and its book is so highly correlated with these types of attrocities. This also may be a function of my own self selection, or the world’s selection, since stories like “he was a good christian, and he helped his neighbors, hurt no one, and died quietly” don’t sell that well, and don’t hang around like “vlad the impaler executed 1000 persians on poles”.–

    9. I’m not seeing a reason to abandon Christianity here. I wasn’t aware I’d “signed up” to de facto Nazism, but rather the most central teachings of the Bible. I don’t think Jew-hating or the brownshirts were mentioned or anticipated.

    –same as 8 and 9, there are many better and more valid ways to attack religios belief than attacking the actions of its adherants, but it is fun 🙂 —

    10. Perhaps this list was meant more as a list of reasons to leave the Church? Which one? Which was the angrily denouncing one. And why dissuade from the argument by making such an ignorant claim about the modern church being anti-science? Show me Biblically how scientific tools go against God’s will, then I might stop laughing.

    –one word, evolution. another word, coppernicus. another, galileo.–

    -Q

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  8. Sir !! I guess your sound reasoning is based on the atheistic notion that your sound reason evolved in a long an happy for you chain of evolutionary events. If that is the case, you can not be sure if your critic of Christianity has any meaning at all .How , being an evolutionists can you define what is true, false, right and wrong?
    It seems, you are one of zealot disciples of Dawkins a prophet priest and a bull terrier of Darwin who uses definitions borrowed form the Scripture to criticize the Scripture and God.
    Can you see the idiocy of your argumentation so far, sir ??

  9. Jessica Fitzpatrick Says:

    I very much enjoyed reading your points. They all are key to understanding the diminishing effects of Christianity on humanity. Would love to see your commentary on the explosion within particle physics and cosmology and any parallels to non belief and belief. Thanks again for an educated commentary.

  10. To Andre Says:

    andre , people who claim to be idiot usually turn up that people actually idiot. I hope you can open your mind one day that your religion only logical only in your religious circle. you got deluded that only you worship the true one god but what about other religion. for your information most god just like jade emperor, most high mithra just made up title like dead king in chinese. I got strong proof that all religion polished from pagan with a nice rehashed and put mighty little title monotheism one true god and equal to taoism about evolution of energy of golden fractal. If you read mystic or spiritual part in each religion there are no great daddy judging on sky. I think you the one who didnt read bible carefully. How could sane brain toleract tyrrany written on bible. Dont shove your belief in my throat. It’virus …

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