Why Are You Still A Christian, After Reading This? (Thorough)

By Ben Alonzo 43 Comments
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A true Bible study may actually shake your faith and even cause you to reconsider your association with Christianity. These are things your pastor isn’t going to utter in a Bible study (ironic that it’s called a study). My new life as a professor in science has really opened new doors to me. It has also closed a dark door in my past – Christianity. Many of you hear about some of the positive themes of Christianity, such as “love” and the whole “Jesus saves” story. I’m here to share with you some of the things I found in the Bible. I’m warning you that if you’re reasonable and honest and you ask questions – you might not like the answers.

Shake Your Faith: The Truth

I spent a long time as a hardcore Christian, until I started questioning what was actually in the Bible – the parts that pastors never mention in church. The process of walking away took years and was very unsettling. Piece by piece, the entire Christianity system crumbled. I will attempt to be thorough in this article, since I want to explain some not-so-well-known verses and the serious problems they should create for rational, reasonable, and honest individuals. This is real content taken from the Bible.

My first hint was observing other Christians. I saw how Christians were treating non-believers. I saw how they used the Bible to justify laws and wars. I saw people talking in tongues, snake handling, rolling around on the floor, crying, etc. I saw that Christianity was just one of several ancient religions. There are even stories before Jesus with the same previously used storyline (e.g. Horus, etc.). However, I wanted to better understand the Bible and actually study what it said – outside of all the picking and choosing churches typically do.

I started with basic questions, like creationism, which science clearly refutes. You learn in basic science that dating methods and associated evidence supports a totally different story, in direct contradiction to nearly every claim of the Bible. That started serious questions about contradictions in the Bible. Thanks to the internet, Christianity is being reduced in numbers because people can now access so much free information about science and history. Some sites, such as BibViz, show thousands of Bible contradictions. Don’t believe it? See it for yourself. Having a book with so many contradictions is a good sign something is wrong. How many contradictions are you ok with until you stop and think it’s BS?

The most disturbing thing happened next. I thought of all the major political issues around the world, such as wars, genocide, abortion, homosexuality, sex before marriage, etc. I remember politicians that bait the masses by uttering random Bible verses in their campaign. What does the Bible say about these things? What I found was shocking and it started the process of me questioning Christianity and finally walking away.

Did you know that the God of the Bible performed mass abortions?

Christians often speak about being pro-life. Ironically, that’s not exactly in-line with the Bible. See for yourself:

God seems to sanction the use of poisoned water to force abortions of women having children outside of marriage. “And when he hath made her drink the water, then it shall come to pass, that, if she be defiled, and have done trespass against her husband, that the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter, and her belly shall swell, and her thigh shall rot: and the woman shall be a curse among her people. And if the woman be not defiled, but be clean; then she shall be free, and shall conceive seed.” (Numbers 5:11-21) (Numbers 5:27-28)
“The people of Samaria must bear their guilt, because they have rebelled against their God. They will fall by the sword; their little ones will be dashed to the ground, their pregnant women ripped open.” (Hosea 13:16)
God sanctioned this… “He sacked Tiphsah and ripped open all the pregnant women.” (2 Kings 15:16)
“Give them, O LORD–what will You give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.” (Hosea 9:14)
God commanding more abortions… “But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.” (1 Samuel 15:3)
Happy to cause abortions? “Happy is he who repays you for what you have done to us. He who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.” (Psalms 137:8-9)
“Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every women that hath known man by lying with him.” More than likely, these are women that are pregnant, which is clearly abortion. (Numbers 31:17)

Did you know that the God of the Bible murdered everyone on Earth, after he created it and said he was pleased?

Here was also one of the first big lies I discovered. False premise: Christians say he did it to wipe out evil, yet evil exists afterwards (so did he fail?). It’s still mass murder. Just because someone doesn’t do what you say doesn’t mean you murder them, right? Remember the lady that drowned several of her kids in a bathtub for being disobedient? How is that any different than God of the Bible drowning everyone on Earth (in the flood story) for being disobedient to him? It’s mass murder.

God saw that His creation was very good…(1 Timothy 4:4)… In Genesis 6:5, God turns around and says he regrets his creation… Not good? Contradicts itself again…God is angry. He decides to destroy all humans, beasts, creeping things, fowls, and “all flesh wherein there is breath of life.” He plans to drown them all. (Genesis 6:7, 17)
“Every living substance that I have made will I destroy.” God repeats his intention to kill “every living substance … from off the face of the earth.” But why does God kill all the innocent animals? What had they done to deserve his wrath? It seems God never gets his fill of tormenting animals. (Genesis 7:4)

Did you know that the God of the Bible is actually Satan?

The God of the Bible specifically says that he created evil and does evil. He says so himself. See for yourself. Evil isn’t good and you would think that a Christian wouldn’t worship someone that creates, says, and does evil, right? If you’re a Christian, you might be saying this is outrageous. Crack open your Bible and confirm it for yourself:

“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.” God created evil. He is evil. He didn’t have to. He didn’t have to create darkness or evil, but he did. He said so himself. All of that pain, suffering, murder, cancer, etc… from him. (Isaiah 45:7)
“when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul…” (1 Samuel 16:23)
“And the evil spirit from the LORD was upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his javelin in his hand: and David played with his hand.” (I Samuel 19:9)
“Thus says the LORD, ‘Behold, I will raise up evil against you from your own household; I will even take your wives before your eyes and give them to your companion, and he will lie with your wives in broad daylight.” (2 Samuel 12:11)
“Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come?” God created/speaks good and evil. (Lamentations 3:38)
In fact, God describes himself as Satan in the Bible. Check this out: “I am the root and offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” (Revelation 22:16)… This verse presents the most shocking revelation in the entire Bible. On the very last page, it reveals Jesus as the “bright and morning star”. In other words, Lucifer– Satan!
In Isaiah, St. Jerome, translated the Hebrew “morning star” into the Latin term “Lucifer” (light bearer), a name commonly ascribed to Satan by Christians, and represents the fallen star, an ancient symbol for the fallen or evil one. The mourning star actually appears as the planet Venus, the brightest “star” in the sky (but the ancients did not know about planets). Venus always appears low on the horizon, thus it looked like a fallen star (fallen angel) to the believers. (Isaiah 14:12)
“AND Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.” (I Chronicles 21:1)
“AND again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah.” (II Samuel 24:1)

Did you know the Bible is not actually pro-life?

How can you claim to be pro-life with so much murder and killing – a major theme of the Bible? Kill those who have sex before marriage? Kill non-believers? Kill those that curse (simply say words)? Kill gays? Kill innocent infants? Kill. Murder. Kill. Kill. Kill. Honestly, none of this seems to be pro-life. Would you honestly want to live in a country that used the Bible for life, law, and political guidance? See for yourself:

Kill People Who Don’t Listen to Priests (Deuteronomy 17:12 NLT)
Kill Witches (Exodus 22:17 NAB)
Kill Homosexuals (Leviticus 20:13 NAB)
Kill Fortunetellers (Leviticus 20:27 NAB)
Death for Hitting Dad. (Exodus 21:15 NAB)
Death for Cursing Parents (Proverbs 20:20 NAB)
All who curse their father or mother must be put to death. They are guilty of a capital offense. (Leviticus 20:9 NLT)
Death for Adultery (Leviticus 20:10 NLT)
Death for Fornication (Leviticus 21:9 NAB)
Death to Followers of Other Religions. (Exodus 22:19 NAB)
Kill Nonbelievers (2 Chronicles 15:12-13 NAB)
Kill False Prophets (Zechariah 13:3 NAB)
Kill the Entire Town if One Person Worships Another God (Deuteronomy 13:13-19 NLT)
Kill Women Who Are Not Virgins On Their Wedding Night (Deuteronomy 22:20-21 NAB)
Kill Followers of Other Religions. (Deuteronomy 13:7-12 NAB)
Mention another God? Kill em! (Deuteronomy 17:2-5 NLT)
Death for Blasphemy (simply speaking). (Leviticus 24:10-16 NLT)
Kill False Prophets (Deuteronomy 13:1-5 NLT) (Deuteronomy 18:20-22 NLT)
Infidels and Gays Should Die (Romans 1:24-32 NLT)
Kill Anyone who Approaches the Tabernacle (Numbers 1:48-51 NLT)
Kill People for Working on the Sabbath (Exodus 31:12-15 NLT)
Kill Brats (2 Kings 2:23-24 NAB)
God Kills the Curious (1Samuel 6:19-20 ASV)
Kill Sons of Sinners (Isaiah 14:21 NAB)
God Will Kill Children (Hosea 9:11-16 NLT)
Kill Men, Women, and Children (Ezekiel 9:5-7 NLT)
God Kills all the First Born of Egypt (Exodus 12:29-30 NLT)
Kill Old Men and Young Women (Jeremiah 51:20-26)
God Will Kill the Children of Sinners (Leviticus 26:21-22 NLT)
More Rape and Baby Killing (Isaiah 13:15-18 NLT)
Mass Murder (1 Samuel 15:2-3 NAB)
God Kills Some More (Jeremiah 15:1-4 NLT)
You Have to Kill (Jeremiah 48:10 NAB)
The Danites Kill the Next Town (Joshua 19:47 NAB)
God Promises More Killing (Ezekiel 35:7-9 NLT)
The Angel of Death (Exodus 23:23 NAB)
God Kills an Extended Family (1 Kings 14:9-16 NLT)
Mass Murder (Judges 20:48 NAB)
The Angel of Death (2 Kings 19:35 NAB)
Kill Your Neighbors (Exodus 32:26-29 NLT)
Kill the Family of Sinners. (Joshua 7:19-26 Webster’s Bible)
Kill Followers of Other Religions (Numbers 25:1-9 NLT)
Kill All of Babylon (Jeremiah 50:21-22 NLT)
Micah Kills a Whole Town. (Judges 18:27-29 NLT) (Note that God approves of this slaughter in verse 6.)
Death to the Rape Victim promoted/commanded (Deuteronomy 22:23-24 NAB)
Rape of Female Captives promoted (Deuteronomy 21:10-14 NAB)
Rape and the Spoils of War (Judges 5:30 NAB)
God Assists Rape and Plunder (Zechariah 14:1-2 NAB)
Exodus 32:27… In this scripture reference, God himself murders about 3,000 people for simply looking at a statue. Imagine going to a museum and looking in awe at a statue, then being executed for it… that is hateful! God did it! God is hateful.

See this link for even more Bible examples of god murdering and commanding others to murder. I also had problems with the astonishing human sacrifices in the Bible. That’s also murder.

The Decision

What issue bothered me the most? The fact that God kills so much and demands all kinds of blood sacrifices? The fact that the perfect God created such a flawed world on purpose doesn’t make any sense. The extremely hateful, violent things in the Bible repel me. This is so contradictory to the typical lovely message most preachers speak about: love thy neighbor, etc. If I’m to be honest to myself, I have a serious problem worshiping a guy that purposely created evil. Free will is a lame and rather illogical excuse. This God of the Bible did so many horrific acts that make him worse than any war criminal. The Bible clearly isn’t pro-life. I had a problem with the violence, injustice, sexism, homophobia, slavery, rape, illogical thinking, contradictions, and need for so many bloody sacrifices in the Bible.

I have problems with the very start of the Bible. Imagine a father purposely tricking his son/daughter with poison, purposely placed within reach, which is exactly what the Garden of Eden story was about. What kind of loving father does that? Would you do that to your own kids? Are you satisfied with the other typical lame excuse that we can’t know the mind of God?

When you look at the entire Bible, not just the good/warm feeling parts, you conclude this is the mind of a lunatic that often contradicts himself. Somehow, this God is concerned about people having sex. This God helps Christians win a football game or find their keys, while ignoring starving children, cancer, wars, suffering, and every single other serious issue in life. I had an honest problem with that. Do you?

Excuses

After finding these horrible parts of the Bible, I was often given lame excuses as to why it was all ok. I was told: “God can do anything he wants, even kill. When he kills, it’s ok. When we kill, it’s not ok.” Yeah, that makes total sense. I was not satisfied with that answer. Or… “oh, it’s context. It’s a metaphor…” The context excuse is a nice attempt to excuse the evil in the Bible, but it’s clearly not a context issue when it’s clearly stated over and over in specific terms and within the context of where it appears. The other lame attempt by pastors to ignore this is the lie that “Jesus came so the Old Testament is no longer in effect.” Not true, according to the Bible. Jesus specifically said that all of the Old Testament is still in effect and not a single piece of it should be ignored:

“For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:18-19 RSV)
Clearly the Old Testament is to be abided by until the end of human existence itself. None other then Jesus said so. All of the vicious Old Testament laws will be binding forever. “It is easier for Heaven and Earth to pass away than for the smallest part of the letter of the law to become invalid.” (Luke 16:17 NAB)
Jesus strongly approves of the law and the prophets. He hasn’t the slightest objection to the cruelties of the Old Testament. “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest part or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place.” (Matthew 5:17 NAB)
“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness…” (2 Timothy 3:16 NAB)
“Know this first of all, that there is no prophecy of scripture that is a matter of personal interpretation, for no prophecy ever came through human will; but rather human beings moved by the holy Spirit spoke under the influence of God.” (2 Peter 20-21 NAB)
Jesus criticizes the Jews for not killing their disobedient children according to Old Testament law. (Mark.7:9-13) “Whoever curses father or mother shall die” (Mark 7:10 NAB)

Reality

What’s in the Bible doesn’t even matter – because it’s just an ancient story and there’s no evidence to back it up. What’s problematic is the cultish system of indoctrination and theocratic thinking, which actually becomes dangerous to human progress. Christianity is in conflict with modern science. How can I say that? I’m a modern scientist. I get into arguments with hardcore Christians, just like most other modern scientists. Science contradicts the Bible’s major claims, like creationism, miracles, coming back to life, healing the blind, talking snakes, etc.

When you have people in positions of power that claim to get ideas from imaginary sky gods, it’s a problem. Some of these people use force to get what they want. It’s the mindset. If you believe in a mystical ancient fairy tale, then what would you not believe in? It would seem that such a person could be easily misled. Things could get pretty scary. Rather than go into details, think about the historical Salem witch trials.

Religious people thought innocent people were possessed by the devil and they killed them – flat out murder. They did it based on Biblical guidance. Modern science says some of these people that were “shaking” violently (that religious people accused of being possessed) simply had medical problems, like chemical imbalances, or seizures, which is no reason to kill someone. However, if you’re thinking in the ancient Biblical mind, emotions get the best of you and you probably make bad decisions. This isn’t safe for any country. Christianity poses a threat to human progress, freedom, science, and individual rights.

Be Reasonable & Honest

I was a hardcore Christian that had been baptized, believed in Jesus, and everything in the Bible. I practiced Christianity, prayed all the time, did work at the church, and regularly attended studies. The more I began to think on my own and question things, the more I began to see serious problems with the claims of the Bible and the whole belief system of Christianity. I told myself, it’s time to be honest and reasonable, especially with myself. It’s not just Christianity, it’s ancient religion in general. They seem to have the same content and themes. It’s also arrogant to think every other religion except Christianity is wrong. It’s more than coincidental to realize that a person thinks the religion he/she was born into is correct and everyone else is wrong.

What does science say about this Bible claim? What does science say about creationism and miracles? Are the contents and claims of the Bible reasonable and logical? Is there any unbiased evidence, outside of the Bible, that support the claims or contents of it? The overwhelming answer I got from being reasonable, honest, looking for evidence, and applying modern science was a resounding NO.

I challenge people to be honest and reasonable. Is it reasonable to be tortured for eternity for a finite crime (if any)? What kind of loving god constantly kills masses and causes suffering for all of time, when it could have been avoided or prevented to begin with? What kind of friend tells you he loves you, but if you don’t give your life to him, then you’re going to be tortured for eternity? How can you give your time and mind over to an ancient book that has no real evidence to support any of its claims? How can you avoid all of the evil, violent, unreasonable, illogical, homophobic, and sexist content of the Bible? How can you say it’s worth anything, given all of the contradictions within it? Why should we respect religions that don’t respect basic human rights?

There’s also challenge to those that attack atheists. Atheism is simply not believing in a god. Talk to them and listen to reason. However, let’s say that God does exist and the Bible is true (for the sake of argument). Given what God did to people, the suffering he created, and the maniac behavior he exhibits, how can anyone consider such a being worthy of worship? How can a moral person be ok with an innocent person (Jesus) being killed so he/she/you can sin? That’s not a model story – it’s unreasonable, illogical (let me send myself down to kill myself, so I can save you from myself and what I will do to you, if you don’t worship me?), and would be considered highly illegal in modern times.

Hope Outside of Lies

Despite what you and I were told about non-believers and the “falling away” that leaving the faith causes, I’m here to tell you that there’s a better life for you outside of the chains of Christianity. My new life started by asking questions — and actually reading the Bible, you know, the parts that are typically kept from the people. Non-believers are not evil people that are beneath Christians. Life does exist outside of primitive mysticism – and you can have a good life away from it. But what happens after we die? Nobody knows, including Christianity. Why not live for today and tomorrow? You can live a good life outside of Christianity. You have to be willing to accept that something you’ve been indoctrinated with for years might not be reality.

The first thing that made me question Christianity was its leadership and followers. I noticed that they all simply label themselves, yet they are just average humans that are no different than anyone else (maybe a little more gullible). They don’t like to be seriously questioned about the Bible. They don’t like the fact that there’s no evidence to support the claims of the Bible – and the fact that the Bible is just an ancient book (not evidence itself). They don’t like being told the terrible, illegal things that God did (there are numerous in-context verses that spell such genocidal and murder acts out). They will often call people that question them “evil” or say that the “devil is playing with your mind.” Pastors frequently repeat “apologetics” techniques they learn in religion school, in order to justify the horrible things in the Bible (either make an excuse or just say God can do whatever he wants because he’s God –- lame). These are techniques used to keep you from walking away. Ignorance is bliss.

Churches depend on attendance and incoming monies. They frequently use fear and emotion to keep people coming (you’re broken, you need me). Church leaders, also many politicians, will tell you whatever you want to hear to keep you hooked. There’s so much fraud and misleading and it’s embarrassing that such large numbers of people would fall for it. The old saying is true – emotions get the best of people – and they know it. In fact, many indoctrinated Christians will be so used to this rhetoric and ideology that they will even be mad at me for simply writing this article and pointing out what’s actually in the Bible (imagine that).

Indoctrinated people are programmed to halt critical thinking and act out of blind emotion, attacking anyone that questions their religion. I remember the death threats from “loving” Christians, angry because someone is trying to share facts and knowledge that could help them. It became obvious that the behavior towards outsiders was similar to a cult, which should alarm every single person that identifies as a Christian. Who would actually be mad at someone for sharing facts and knowledge? Remember, I was once a Christian. I understand how you don’t like people that “dog on Christians.” The truth is Christianity does real damage to people. Pointing out overall facts is also not a simple complaint or a single bad experience with a specific religion, the entire idea of Christianity does damage.

Christianity is big business in the US. Check out this outrageous example.

Christian churches often claim you’re all one big family, until you question something or tell them you no longer believe. Sometimes, kids are even thrown out of a home for simply not believing or going to church. Suddenly, you’re cut off, painted as evil, or my favorite, “he must have not been a true Christian.” I can guarantee you that I prayed and participated in/practiced Christianity more than most Christians. Besides, how arrogant is it for one person to know what a private relationship was like? Despite this, I often see Christians attack those that walk away with this lame explanation – “he was weak, not a true Christian.”

The truth is, it isn’t healthy to be an adult that believes in a magical being that gives them voices in their head. What’s even scarier is having someone in a position of power that hears voices in their head (maybe telling them to go to war, for example). Had I erased the name God/Jesus and simply replaced it with anything else, most Christians would actually agree with me. However, the indoctrination of Christianity and its apologetics efforts continue to fight honesty and reason – while ignoring the horrible, immoral, and illegal things the God of the Bible did and what he commands, while also claiming to be morally superior to non-believers.

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While the God of the Bible is often credited for helping win football games or finding keys, he ignores global wars, suffering, starving kids, cancer, etc. How could you worship that?

For these reasons, which are honestly valid, reasonable, logical, and supported by modern science – I left Christianity. Despite what I was told and the threats of hell and torture, I felt a large burden lifted off my back (almost immediately). Now, my time is spent educating students on science and how awesome our universe is – letting them know they have potential. They are not doomed to hell, or born “a sinner,” and I no longer treat people the way Christianity treated me. I’m told by apologetics that “not all Christians” are like that. The problem is – they are. These ideologies are inherently spelled out within the Bible. If it’s a true Bible following church, then it is exactly the way I explained it.

Life is good outside of Christianity. I save lives through techniques that have been proven effective, which is far more than any prayer has ever done. There’s no longer the fear of thought crimes, hell, or the Tribulation. The chains Christianity creates often cause social problems, such as fear of associating with non-believers, being overly judgmental, homophobic, and mean to others. I also no longer have to worry at night about justifying a continued belief in a lie, enormous contradictions, and illogical thinking that resulted in simply giving the God of the Bible a blank check to do whatever he wanted. I finally felt free and could focus on making something of my life – true progress. What scientific invention or knowledge has ever resulted from the Bible? What use is there in a book filled with large amounts of illogical thoughts, homophobia, scientifically inaccurate claims, racism, slavery, genocide, sexism, mass murder, and hate?

Personal Challenge to You

I challenge you to be honest and reasonable with yourself. Ask questions. Verify what I said. Ask yourself, is this true? Logical? Reasonable? Where’s the evidence? Don’t be afraid to ask questions. The moment a religious person tries to use fear tactics on you and doesn’t answer basic questions is the moment you know there’s a problem. Will you listen to reason?

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While the God of the Bible is often credited for helping win football games or finding keys, he ignores global wars, suffering, starving kids, cancer, etc. How could you worship that?
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While the God of the Bible is often credited for helping win football games or finding keys, he ignores global wars, suffering, starving kids, cancer, etc. How could you worship that?
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While the God of the Bible is often credited for helping win football games or finding keys, he ignores global wars, suffering, starving kids, cancer, etc. How could you worship that?
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While the God of the Bible is often credited for helping win football games or finding keys, he ignores global wars, suffering, starving kids, cancer, etc. How could you worship that?

It’s astonishing that people can suspend their common sense, decency, and be so cold to think that it’s acceptable for someone to purposely create and allow suffering, especially if it could be prevented. “Nobody knows the reasons God does these things.” The other excuse is “God works in mysterious ways.” In any other case, people would find someone that purposely creates and allows evil to be a terrible person that is unworthy of worship or praise. Somehow, Christians give the ancient make-believe mythical God of the Bible a free blank check to do whatever he wants, halting all common sense and humanity. I find this troublesome and it just further suggested it was time to leave such a ridiculous practice and belief system behind.

What kind of friend never talks to you, never physically appears, and leaves you waiting thousands of years in suffering? There’s so much false hope in Christianity, based out of ancient ignorance.

There is real hope outside of the false hope of Christianity. Good people can come together and work to solve problems and even get people through tough times. Science offers so much more promise and tangible benefits than ancient fairy tales and religious traditions. No good person would purposely create or allow suffering. What kind of person worships one that does?

There is hope, but it starts with individuals being honest with themselves. Why are you still a Christian? Why is the Bible relevant, if you know it’s full of fear, ignorance, contradictions, and has no legitimate evidence to support any major claim it makes? Many of our smartest scientists are urging the world to move past the fear and ignorance of the Christian Bible. The popular Dr. Lawrence Krauss, a well-known science educator, has often mentioned that the “Bible is irrelevant.” The Bible represents ancient fear and ignorance, but we have science. Science continues to fill in the gaps of past ignorance. Science continues to progress and answer more questions about our world and universe.

We don’t know everything as scientists, but we do know that it is time to admit that the Bible is irrelevant and dangerous to our government, freedom, and future. Science is not faith or a religion. Gravity exists, whether you believe it or not. Science is a proven method, or process, of gaining knowledge through factual observation, prediction, testability, and falsification. Science gives us our best method to make decisions, discover, improve, and progress as humans. People can be good without the fear and ignorance the Bible offers.

It’s interesting that some Christians claim they are being persecuted. How many politicians (top leaders) claim to be Christian? How many churches are there? Are they all getting tax breaks? How can anyone take the persecution claim seriously, when it’s mostly Christians persecuting others? Some Christians often claim they are being persecuted at the same time they are persecuting others, such as gays. If people continue to infringe on the freedoms and rights of others in the name of the Bible, then they are willfully ignorant — and hypocrites. Willful ignorance and hypocrisy sets our country back. The way to combat fear and ignorance is to respond with facts and knowledge, through science education, being honest with ourselves, and making an informed decision to leave the irrelevant Bible behind.

Nobody said it’s fun to have something you’ve believed in for so long questioned. It’s also not a process that happens overnight. It’s a life-changing experience. You only have one life to live – to have an open mind and experience the world. Christianity does not promote such open minds, tolerance, progress, science, or freedom. If a country were to follow even half of what the Bible says, it would be the most oppressive country on Earth. Even Christians would abandon it in a second (at that point, ironically, if they only knew what was actually in the Bible).

How can anyone honestly still be a Christian, after knowing what’s really in the Bible, the unspeakable pain and suffering the God of the Bible purposely created and allows, and the fact that it’s just an ancient book with no outside supporting evidence to confirm any major claim it makes? Why are you still a Christian?

Special thanks to: BibViz, No Beliefs, and Evil Bible. Someone actually did a real Bible study and published the verses to show people.

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Author: Ben Alonzo is a scientist, professor, tech expert, and director of ULTRATechLife.com. He’s currently CEO of the tech firm Emera Media. He holds a M.S. in Geoscience, M.S. in Health, and a B.S. in Geoscience. Alonzo is a highly-rated professor that teaches numerous courses at multiple colleges, including earth science, meteorology, environmental science, geology, oceanography, and public health. His diverse background also spans network and computer engineering, healthcare, telecommunications, weather forecasting, consumer electronics, and web development. He holds a variety of professional credentials, ranging from A+ information technology to healthcare provider and emergency medical technician certifications. He’s been writing about science and tech for over 10 years.
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  • perice

    I’d would first like to state I am atheist. Having stated that, I can tell you that this article seems very selective in its argument. The author seems to have strictly used the fire and brimstone bible of the more extreme Christian sects then your standard king James bible. The argument that world suffering and war are the doing of a lazy, and a uncaring divine being, are absolutely misguided and misinformed. Had the author done through research in theology he would have easily come across the Christian stance on sufferage as a test of true faith to god. Often referred to as gods test. Priests and pastors are not just making up scripture, again, had the author done his research he would know that currently in the Vatican archives there are several hundred thousand unpublished scriptures that were not agreed upon to published in the bible as you see it today. Yes that’s right the first published bible was held in committee among the religions first leaders. And this is ultimately where I feel this argument fails…. The argument chastising a non existing divine being has been played out since the adoption of religion. The author seems to use the same argument you would use for any imaginary being. Very very biased article. Had the author made arguments against the churches organization establishment and the overall history of the Christian religion he could have made a far more intreging argument for the non exisitance of god then this standard atheist argument. I am ashamed that this is the end product of a fine education. Don’t make a argument when you haven’t fully researched the subject you protest.

    • Kurtis Mark

      Are you saying more research would refute or excuse the terrible things highlighted?

    • Chuck Messenger

      Your reasoning sounds like standard Christian apologetics. The author is analyzing the Bible as written – not as parsed/excused/reinterpreted by generations of theologians.

    • Gucek

      wait ‘perice’. so.. you are saying that if we put together another version of the bible out of those “hundred thousand unpublished scriptures” we would have a beautiful fairy-tale? you’re saying that the arguments/quotes used aren’t appearing in majority of versions? what about existing versions and their differences – how many wars did they procure? and above all: how all those versions of the bible exist (in addition to all religions) if god wanted to give us ‘one truth’? your statement about being an atheist somehow bothers me here. yes – there are some things I could be improved in this article, but it is hard to find any non-facts. period.

    • Alan Alldredge

      Agreed. I’m not an atheist, but then not a friend of bible thumpers in that I”m more a process/theoretical theologian of sorts. The article positioned itself to the most extreme (unaccepted) interpretations. A proper interpretation often has a wealth of anti-types and intersections building an ever increasingly mysterious belief system. I can say this for Hinduism and Buddhism the same. Replacing these deep “spirtualities” with materialism (multi-verse metacosmology) is a worse conundrum.
      It was a decent read. …interesting to see the inner workings of someone’s mind. But it wasn’t lost on me that the writer was theologically impoverished and suffering from cultural ptsd.

  • Charles Matthew Goldbach

    to be religious in america today is to be retarded or evil.

    • Jim Christensen

      That’s as good an example of bigotry as I have seen here.

  • mfrunyan

    263 Reasons to Reject Christianity
    http://www.kyroot.com

  • Edwin Al

    Basically Christians are saying you’re doing it wrong. You are ignoring the things we focus on and our rewording of the bible. That’s not how it’s done. Let us teach you how we interpret the bible so you can see it “our” way and not the way it was written, because then it just makes it look bad.

  • Edwin Al

    I have realized you can’t discuss religion with the religious. The second you start to say something they disagree with they get the blank stare in their eyes. Meaning they are no longer listening to you and don’t care what you have to say. They are brainwashed to block out anything that contradicts what they were taught. The brainwashing process kicks in and they chant the million mantras that they were taught to use to block any kind of reason or doubt. You are just an instrument being used by the devil to confuse them and make them stray from their belief’s you are a child of the father of lies and nothing you say is to be believed. It’s the most powerful form of brainwashing.

    • ORAXX

      Religious people tend to know a lot less about the subject of religion than almost any other group. They’re familiar with their beliefs, but have no idea where they came from, and have zero understanding of other belief systems.

  • Val Williams

    Needed to be said

  • Takudzwa23

    Best read I had today!

  • SuZieCoyote

    I also grew up within the nation-wide cult of Christianity. I do try to have compassion. Most are simply beaten and/or abused into these beliefs as children. This is the number one way you get a person to believe in virgin births and resurrections, etc. It is called “breaking the child’s spirit for the Lord.” Whatever you call it, this break of the spirit lowers intelligence and creates deep, often lifelong, anxiety. This is why the zealots viciously cling to their “rights” to beat their children. Christians, (as a group, with, I’m sure, some limited exceptions) do violence to children that they would be jailed for doing to other adults. THIS is the true cruelty of Christianity. It destroys a child’s body, mind, spirit and soul. You look at America, with our cruel economic system, our cruel child raising practices, our warlike behaviors, and corporate excesses and you see the direct result of our religious indoctrination. We are not where we are because of a dearth of Christianity, we are because of our obsession with Christianity. Many Christians mean well, but they are caught in a sick system.

    • Don Kuhl

      I would love to share your reply to my Face Book page(dudeistdon). I already shared the story, but your comment moved me. Thank You.

      • SuZieCoyote

        Share away! I do have respect for many Christians, but the good ones truly are a minority (IMO). I grew up Christian and left the church when it became clear that most of the parishioners wanted nothing to do with the actual teachings of Christ. I actually read the book; most did not.

  • Taffy Llewellyn

    Interesting how the author has primarily used Old Testament scripture and has selectively used very few new testament scriptures to support hisargument. Mind you, he has completely ignored several other key scriptures. Without going into too much detail (for i doubt the author will even respond), Jesus did away with the old Law (Matthew 7, all of Romans) – that is what Jesus meant by the law will be in place until “All has been accomplished”. He was talking about his death on the cross and subsequent resurrection.

    For the person who responded and talked about abuse in Christian churches. I am truly sorry for what you had experienced but it was not – in any way, form or manner justified. Even Jesus said that we are not to abuse children. I can’t remember the exact verse but i will try and paraphrase – whoever mistreats a child is better of dead. That’s a paraphrase of Jesus’ own words.

    The big problem with a lot so-called “Christians” and christian-refuters is that they take scriptures out of context – textual, historical, cultural, language. Even a lot of the modern translations do the same and are translated with a certain christian division’s own biased.For example – the lists of those who won’t get into heaven (gluttons, homosexuals, drunkards, etc)…. if you go back to the old King James, it actually lists the behaviours, not the people. When looked at in context, it’s actually saying that those behaviours (and subsequently those who follow them) will not be tolerated – especially when a person makes a verbal commitment to Christ/God but continues in that lifestyle – essentially, using Christ as a safety net with no intention of really making an effort to do anything.

    As to hating. In 1 John ( i think it’s chapter 3) it says – and again i paraphrase (only slightly this time) – “if you say you love God but hate your brother (re: fellow man) then you are a liar. There is no hate in perfect love (God’s love) and therefore no hate in God.If you hate your brother then you hate God”.

    Finally – pastors living like rock stars. I agree that it is disgusting. If you look at their eyes and faces, they may express one thing on their face but their eyes are telling a different story. Basically, they are the seed that has fallen amongst the weeds and thorns – plenty of teaching and background, but they became consumed with the cares of the world (materialism, fame, popularity, status) and they do not bear fruit. They are dead Christians. Nor do their ministry programs tell you where the money is going. However, Kreflo Dollar Ministries and Jimmy Swaggart ministries tell you exactly where the money goes – they don’t over charge for their CD’s/DVD’s/Books nor do they try and sell alms (holy water, holy oil -c’mon! seriously?).

    If you haven’t figured it out yet, I am a Christian but i am a not a blind sheep. I think for myself and have studied things extensively (i’m just not that good with remember exactly where everything is). When Christianity gets caught up with instituting laws and regulations then it becomes religion – not faith.

  • Lesley Sebastian Naidoo

    Understanding God and knowing his ways thoughts plans and actions is a human impossibility.

    It’s takes step of faith to enter into his grace freedom and sanctuary.

    Not all things spiritual has any logical explanation thus the mystery

    Jesus Christ is my savior and I love our Father the creator of all

  • Lesley Sebastian Naidoo

    A well put argument that is chronologically misinterpreted and selectively sinister. An attempt to assasinate the truth and mystery of the unknown.

  • Lesley Sebastian Naidoo

    Study and do your best to present yourself to God approved, a workman who has no reason to be ashamed, accurately handling and skillfully teaching the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15.

  • PapaRomeo

    You have a problem because so many people died under terrible conditions and ways, some as mentioned in OT directly under the hand of God, both from unbelievers and from believers of God. People are still dying and terrible things in this World are happening. But do they die of themselves or God just brings such thing on them of His own accord. Absolutely not! for God says “As I live,…, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die,…? Sin and wickedness bring death automatically in the presence of God “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” No sin, wickedness, or any unrighteousness can stand in the presence of the most Just, Holy and Righteous God, and then live. There must be death. This is the truth about God if you believe in Him. Yet Adam and Eve did not die immdtly after they sinned, and neither the whole generation of people the sinners, why? the answer is the Burnt Offering of Christ, i.e. His death on the Cross. By His death God tolerated and tolerates wickedness for a season only and by faith on Christ and on his works God provided a way out of this death. But if one did not believe on him he will still die later, i.e. the second death on hell later. But with you the problem is your human reasoning (with your human rights) does not allow you to believe that you are a sinner. You think you are equal to God, have equal right with Him and He should fulfill your fantasy, fulfill your lusts and pleasure, give you peace, security, all the wealth, He should bring peace on Eath among all the people where they believer on Him or not or whatever they do, there should be no death, disease and suffering or natural calamities etc, then He will be a God according to your thinking. You know, when it comes to a matter of faith of God and belief on Bible and Jesus Christ your point of view and opinion does not matter or neither anybody’s. What only matters is what God says for the Bible is His Law for mankind, whether you accept it or not. God is a sovereign God and who can do or say what to Him or who will put any charges to HIm. You are His creation and He has all the right over all His creation. If you make a gadget and suppose it does not serve your purpose what will you do with it? throw it into the dustbin or make a bonfire out of it and still you are not an offender. Same with God with you and His creation. But suppose if some other person destroys it he becomes your offender and you will persecute him. Your reasonings and questions are not new, they were there throughout the history of mankind and this is what Paul the Apostle says, “Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,..” The Bible is not for the government, your football match, your enjoyment of pleasures or for that anything that is of the World. It does not facilitate your things in the worldly matter. It is for your salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, thats all.

  • Paul

    Sounds like you’re looking for a God outside the bible’s definition…
    But please realize that spirituality is human and probably not specifically human
    It’s the need to think, because we get conscient of the unknown surrounding us
    Thus religion were created to make us stop thinking by providing answers, answers suiting the social needs of our societies : obey your masters, don’t complain, you’ll have a real live after death.
    The legal status given by the rulers to their servants in name of that “religion” is called a “church”
    no need to “study” any “holy” text, it’s just a bundle of fairy tales, mixed with history, to ensure you don’t start thinking on your own.
    I’m an atheist, as my parents, and grand-parents were, and send one year to a christian school in order to have me learn their way of thinking ; for them if you have no god you’re a materialist, only interested in acquiring goods,… – end of topic / next chapter children-
    which clearly illustrates that no spirituality can be imagined outside the church and the holy books… and don’t forget to pray and be obedient children –
    So don’t loose your time “studying” holy books, or go directly to the Zoroastrians from ancient Babylon.. the first to introduce the idea of a unique god…
    Or beter, concentrate on making a holy Spaghetti, with a deep meditation it’s worth all holy truths produced previously by self-called holy men, men like you, not more.

  • Patrick O’Malley

    Amen. Clearly, well thought out article.

    • Jim Christensen

      Its clearly an appeal to emotion which Straw Mans Christianity.

      • Patrick O’Malley

        You clearly don’t know what a “straw man” is, and again, ou have no counter argument.

        • Jim Christensen

          The claim that God became himself so he could kill himself is an outright Willful Misrepresentation of Christian beliefs and hence constitutes a Straw Man.

          Willful ignorance and denial of that fact does not change it.

          • Patrick O’Malley

            No, Jesus, and God are both God.

            So ……. GOd put HImself on the earth and killed Himself.

            Still not a straw man argument, though.

          • Jim Christensen

            The Straw Man is obvious…and a non sequitur for that matter. Your willful misrepresentation of the Christian idea, even though you don’t agree with it, is intellectually dishonest.

            He didn’t kill Himself either, He was murdered.

          • Patrick O’Malley

            If God is all powerful, He could have stopped it ridiculously easily, or not allowed it to happen at all.

            He killed Himself.

  • Alan Alldredge

    I once had an atheist tell me “I have faith that if I throw a cup on the ground, it will break”. I had to remind him that there is no such cup, no such time for that cup to reach the ground, because there is no such duration where there is no such space. Despite the impoverished theological flaws that abound in this blog, what stands and always will stand is Science now supports mind before matter. Materialism just like religion is based in meta-cosmology. Do with this truth what you will. I will spend my life unlocking the mystery of being. This planet is the second womb.

  • Susan Linkletter

    Deliberate twisting of passages from the Bible is not a new trick. I have read the Bible several times, its not the message of hatred that prevails although anyone that reads this article might think so. Neither is the world any better now that it is full of athiests. Children are still starving in Africa, only now you cannot blame it on God.

  • Jim Christensen

    Historically, EVERY time atheists have had the political power to persecute and kill Christians they have done so.

    Every. Time.

    For that reason, I can never trust them…

    • Patrick O’Malley

      Liar. Prove the top 5 cases.

      Meanwhile, Hitler was born Catholic, and became a Christian, and used CHristianit to kill 7 million Jews.

      And of course, the Vatican didn’t stop him, but did take a lot of his money.

      • Jim Christensen

        Ah, name calling.

        Top Five cases…

        1. Lenin
        2. Trotsky
        3. Stalin
        4. Mao
        5. Pol Pot

        …they led systems that killed MILLIONS of believers. They were all atheists who wanted to eliminate religion, and used Communist ideology to do it. (The Black Book of Communism, Harvard University Press.)

        AS for Hitler, he was no more a Christian than you are, and called both Christianity and Bolshevism Jewish inventions. He killed 3 Million Catholics in Poland alone.

        He believed in “the Darwinian struggle” and ended up blowing his brains out…a mortal sin for a supposed Catholic.

        • Jim Christensen

          By the way, the author claims Christianity poses a threat.

          I have asked what that means he would do with Christians if he had the political power to act.

          He has not responded…

        • Patrick O’Malley

          HITLER

          HItler was an absolute, 100% CHreistian, born Catholic, and surrpounded by Christians, using their religio to eliminate Jews.

          Of course, the Catholic Vatican did nothing to stop it, but did take Nazi money (cash is the true Catholic religion).

          “We were convinced that the people need and require this faith. We have therefore undertaken the fight against the atheistic movement, and that not merely with a few theoretical declarations; we have stamped it out” [2] ~Adolf Hitler

          From Mein Kampf, Hitler stated:

          “Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.”

          STALIN

          Stalin’s very religious mother was a Catholic, naming him after St Joseph, so maybe he was raped by a Catholic pedo priest, and that set him on his lifetime of rage.

          Stalin himself supposedly claimed that his father had been a priest, and he was purportedly “damaged by violence” while being “raised in a poor priest-ridden household.” As a youth, Stalin spent five years in a Greek Orthodox seminary, after which he purportedly renounced his religion. Again, probably raped by a Catholic priest, since Catholic priests have the largest percentage a pedophiles in huuman history, with 18% (271/1500) in Boston alone. For their god.

          Regardless, Catholicism was his foundation for evil.

          • Jim Christensen

            HITLER…

            A believer in the Darwinian struggle whose favorite philosopher was the “God Is Dead” philosopher NIETZSCHE.

            He killed Three Million Catholics in Poland alone.

            And your quotes of Hitler are worthless because he was an opportunistic liar…and if he was such a good Catholic, he should not have Blown His Brains Out…suicide being a motal sin.

            STALIN…

            What his parents were or weren’t is not the key.

            The key is that he was a DIALECTICAL MATERIALIST and follower of the atheiist Karl Marx, and an atheist himself.

            His atheism allowed him to do ANYTHING without conscience or the concern that he would ever be held accountable.

  • Jim Christensen

    Darrel Ray, your vile remarks elsewhere have not convinced me.

    • Patrick O’Malley

      Yet you have no counter argument, since that brings you toward the truth,a nd Christians hate seeing the truth.

      • Jim Christensen

        The article hasn’t even shown its basis for all these moral judgments, and the authors supports mass killing when it suits him.

        Then, it Straw Mans Christianity and simply dismisses the Christian solution.

        I see no “argument”.

  • Francois Muller

    Ask God all these questions after death. He will answer you.