Need a justification for your perversion? You’ll find it in the bible. From rape to slavery to torture, the bible offers just the right amount of malleability to accommodate even the most perverse beliefs.
While most cultures accommodate the bible in a relatively innocuous fashion, societal beliefs are not the effect of biblical understanding, but rather any particular compilation of biblical doctrine is more often the effect of societal beliefs.
When I was young, I was taught that the bible was the word of God, and that those who read it with an open heart would uncover the divine truths therein. There were 2 problems.
- The bit of the bible that is stated clearly is frequently perverse as with clear cases of rape and slavery committed by the Israelites with the full endorsement of God. Apologists become contortionists in their attempt to explain these away.
- The vagueness of the remainder allows for a sundry of interpretations that you can co-opt to bolster your own agenda. For every political and social ideology in the world, you’ll find biblical justification. For every practice such as slavery, the subjugation of women, and the torturing of children to excise demons, you’ll find adequate justification in this “word of god”.
You would think that a god that hands humanity a book of divine truth on our alleged eternal destiny would either make it as clear as a precise legal document, or at least provide some kind of mechanism to assure the faithful transmission of its truths from letters to concept. A cursory examination of all the various brands of christianity spread over the world’s cultures tells a different story. No other book has generated such a diversity of “faiths”, all claiming to be the “true” christians. And each of these groups will promote reading the bible with an open heart. If there is any spirit of any god that might guide the reader into a correct understanding of the book, it is very odd that bible readers very rarely arrive at an understanding of scriptures that is very far removed from the orthodoxy of their particular “faith” of their community. I would suggest that there is clearly no “holy spirit” or other mechanism to assure that the divine words on the page are faithfully conveyed to a human mind. I would suggest that the words are not divine. I would suggest that both the clear vulgarities and the vagueness of the bible are something humanity could quite do without.
Below you’ll find a series of videos demonstrating how the bible is appropriated in Nigeria in a very disturbing way. However, read your bible. If you read it literally, you’ll find more than sufficient justification for this ontic of demons and witches.
After watching, consider how various cultures appropriate the bible to their own ends, whether that be capitalism, nationalism, communism, or any other “ism”. The bible in its vagueness coupled with its claims of divine origin has been, and will continue to be, the justification for all manner of atrocities.
Shame on those who promote the bible as the “word of god”. Watch the series below.