The Spectrum of Religious Ideology

Some versions of Christianity seem so contradictory as to be completely different religions. This is not the fault of any particular Christian, leader or otherwise, but is attributable to the self-contradiction intrinsic to the Bible. What separates different Christian ideologies is each group’s willingness to accept or reject certain portions of the Bible. The spectrum ranges from those who choose to adhere to the progressive and accepting sections of the Bible (i.e., Episcopalians), to those who specifically reject the tolerance of Jesus, and instead cling to the Old-Testament depiction of an angry and jealous God (see Westboro Baptist Church, which I refuse to link to; you can google it if you want). The issue with this situation is that, due to the existence of moderate Christianity, the religion as a whole is not held responsible for the unadulterated hate spewing forth from groups like the WBC. Instead, the moderates proclaim that members of the WBC are not true Christians. I think it is clear that the WBC is just as Christian as any other sect. Please do not take offense at this if you happen to be Christian; I am not implying that you have any commonality with the WBC; quite the opposite actually. Moderate Christians exist at the opposite end of the ideological spectrum from hate groups such as the WBC, though both groups can find evidence within the Bible which clearly proves that their beliefs are truly “Christian.” This alone should be evidence enough that Christianity does not provide humanity with any particular moral code. Instead, the Bible presents a wildly varying and constantly self-contradicting set of rules, from which various groups of Christians pick and choose, à la carte, based on their own intrinsic moral compasses. In general, if you ask a moderate Christian whether women “should learn in quietness and full submission” (2 Timothy 2:11 New International Version), he will, in all likelihood, disagree. If you ask the same Christian whether it would be a good idea to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 19:19), he would probably say yes. This Christian heard two edicts from the Bible, and analyzed the morality of each, drawing upon his own sense of right and wrong. After considering current societal values, his own upbringing, and other factors, he decides that the former rule is immoral, while the latter is just. Thus, his morality originates from something intrinsic to him, not from Jesus, the Bible, or God. I don’t know where we do get these moral compasses from (Sam Harris thinks he does), but I do not feel compelled to fabricate an unjustified explanation to ease my curiosity.

-notaheathen

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