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So the Almighty God of the universe decides He wants to communicate His desires to humans.

He could presumably just appear walking beside you, and after doing a bit of magic to convince you that He is who He claims, tell you directly what He wants you to know.

But, no. Instead, He chose to write a book…well, He actually dictated a book to a few special humans since, in His divine mysteriousness, He can not write it Himself.

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Postmodern Faith

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Reason is the Devil’s greatest whore; by nature and manner of being she is a noxious whore; she is a prostitute, the Devil’s appointed whore; whore eaten by scab and leprosy who ought to be trodden under foot and destroyed, she and her wisdom … Throw dung in her face to make her ugly. She is and she ought to be drowned in baptism… She would deserve, the wretch, to be banished to the filthiest place in the house, to the closets.”

[Martin Luther, Erlangen Edition v. 16, pp. 142-148]


Reason and science have proven to be so superior in gaining knowledge that many theologians must now appeal to reason and science to justify their ancient doctrines. ‘My heart tells me so,’ is no longer a credible justification, and so theologians publish works like The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology, which attempt to justify Christianity with appeal to reason and science.”

[William Lane Craig, http://commonsenseatheism.com/?p=2931]


Faith. The most important concept in the Christian lexicon. Too bad it can’t find a comfortable, permanent home in the Christian dictionary.

Take any 10 random Christians. They can even be from the same church. Then…

  1. give each the following verse.

    Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

  2. ask each to pray to God to give them an understanding of what the verse is saying about faith and its relationship to evidence.
  3. give each a sheet of paper and have them write a detailed description of what this faith in Hebrews is and how it is appropriated.
  4. compare results.

What did they say about this most critical concept of Christianity? Did the holy spirit lead them to a common understanding? Was a consistent hermeneutic standard invoked to produce consistent descriptions?

Keep in mind, this is “faith”, the keystone of all of Christianity. How did they do? Did you find more than 2 or 3 with the degree of commonality expected if they were being guided by the holy spirit or a universal hermeneutic standard?

If your experience is similar to mine, they will attempt to explain away the sharp incongruities among the 10 descriptions of faith with some vague suggestion that faith is experienced differently by different people. Meaning is subjective. We construct our own version of “faith”.

So, in a strange twist if ironic fate, both Christianity and postmodernism find themselves bedding together in a rather uncomfortable and unholy union to combat the advance of scientific reasoning. Fortunately, it appears they’re both sterile if not past the age of intercourse, while science and reason breed like rabbits.

Victims Of Vagueness

vagueNeed 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.
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The Emasculated Bible

prayerIt is not just one Bible verse.
It is many that make the same unqualified promise of answered prayer.

And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Matthew 17:20 Continue reading

The Wages Of Faith

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Girl from Wisconsin
(Madeline Kara Neumann)
Boy from Capernaum
(Unnamed)
A woman from Everest Wisconsin of extraordinary faith had a young daughter named Madeline who fell horribly ill. Unshaken, she took her concerns to Jesus with whom she had a personal relationship.

Though she had never seen Jesus work miracles, she trusted Jesus’s promise, for he had clearly said “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
(Mark 11:24)

Now she could have doubted Jesus, especially since other less devout relatives had expressed doubts. But she did not even consider calling a hospital. No one could claim that she did not have the faith required for Jesus to keep his promise.

A man from Capernaum Galilee of extraordinary faith had a young son who fell horribly ill. Unshaken, he took his concerns to Jesus who he had heard was currently performing miracles in a nearby town.

Now though he had never met Jesus before, he honestly believed that Jesus could heal his son. When he asked Jesus to come and heal his son, Jesus looked at him and said “Go thy way; thy son liveth.”
(John 4:51)

Now this man could have easily doubted since he had never before met Jesus. However, without any further questions, he immediately turned and happily began his journey home. He surely had enormous faith in the promise of Jesus.

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