What an interesting week it was last week! I released Part 3 of my "Bible Study for Atheists" (http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/Bible-Study-for-Atheists-PART-3-Satan-Be-gone-20130923), and the content incensed Christians so much that one called Rational_Believer wrote an entire article to discredit me (http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/Bible-Study-for-Atheists-the-Goat-Jet-version-20130925). More about that in my next article "Got ma-self a whippin' boy!"
In my opening paragraphs of my article "Satan! Be gone!" I made a scathing attack on the hypocrisy of a Christian called Sydney Albertus Daniel, based on a comment he left on another article:
Sydney Albertus Daniel - September 20, 2013 at 22:06 - "This is the result when God is "taken out" of our schools by the ANC government and teachers no longer may discipline scholars. I hold the 'no God doctrine' accountable. His parents are probably 'atheists' or else 'agnostics' who never go to church."
My article attracted more than 5,000 views (thanks to Rational_Believer's competing article) and more than 600 comments. Let's assume a ratio of 10:1 – for every 10 atheists reading the article, there is 1 Christian. This gives us approximately 500 Christians that read the article.
So, with 500 Christians a reading, and more than 600 comments, how many comments would you reckon are from Christians condemning Sydney Albertus Daniel's view on the morality of atheists?
The overwhelming silence from the Christian "choir" like Rational_Believer, Toby Strong, Steve Porter, Martin Shane and 496 other Christians mean only one thing to me personally: Christians believe atheists to be immoral degenerates, and that the unbelief in the god of the bible leads to general disorder and immorality in our society. In their deafening "silent song of unity" they agree with Sydney Albertus Daniel.
The closest I came to getting any response on this matter was the following:
Stephan Du Plessis - September 26, 2013 at 19:17 - "He is pointing his crooked finger of self righteous judgement and hate in the direction of unbelievers, as all Christians do." As ALL Christians do? Oh the irony. As little as the person who wrote that comment about the people in the video, so little do you know me. Yet you also judge me here.
Pieter Grobler - September 26, 2013 at 21:15 - @Stephan - Good evening. You are right, I do not know you. Christians believe that, because they believe in Jesus, they are going to heaven when they die. Christians also believe that people who do not believe in Jesus go to a fiery hell when they die. This is called "pointing the crooked finger of self righteous judgement and hate in the direction of unbelievers". If you do not believe this, then I do apologize for including you in my statement.
No answer yet from Stephan. Either he was so offended by my article that he moved on and never bothered to come back for a reply, or he simply realized he sings that song too, and took up his place in the choir.
You see, not even Sydney Albertus Daniel himself bothers to offer any kind of apology or explanation. No, he is too self-righteous for that! Instead he is up and down the comment threads like a rabid dog, slobbering his poisonous saliva over everybody's comments. Sies man!
In this lurks the real danger of religion. It is not a unifying force. Instead it creates strife, division, animosity, hatred, violence and death. As long as we have religion on this planet, there will never be unity or peace. As a human race we should be unified in our quest to make this planet a better place to live for all. We should strive for tolerance, respect, unity and equality. No one should be excluded in this journey to unification.
Instead, thanks to religion, wars are being waged, with millions of people being oppressed, exploited and killed in vain attempts to prove the superiority of one imagined god over the other.
In the bible, Cain killed his brother Abel in a rage of jealousy. Let's read this:
Genesis 4:2-8 - Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. Then the Lord said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.
Please read carefully what this god says to Cain:
"If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?"
And what is right? Well, it is never explained in the entire bible why the god of the bible rejected Cain's sacrifice. It would appear that this is what this god excels in: to create strife, division, animosity, hatred, violence and ultimately death.
It was a test that most humans would fail miserably. If my brother and I both bring gifts to our father, and he tells my brother "well done", and he says to me "what nonsense is this"...how would I feel? And then on top of this my father comes mocking and says "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.", I am surely convinced I will go and give my brother a "snot klap". I may not go so far as to kill him, but some form of violence will definitely be on the menu.
Why didn't Cain simply attack the god of the bible, then? Well, that would be impossible, as the bible teaches he is a "spirit", and as such invisible and intangible.
Who rejected Cain's sacrifice? The biblical god.
Who mocked Cain afterwards? The biblical god.
Who caused the animosity between the brothers? The biblical god.
Who incensed Cain to violence against Abel? The biblical god.
Who got blamed for Abel's death? Cain.
"If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?"
You see, Christians think their way is the only way that is right, and nobody else is "accepted".
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