Picture the scene: You’re a Christian, a follower of God. You’re also a soldier. You’re standing on the battlefield, to your left and to your right is a long line of your fellow soldiers, each holding a sabre. Across from you, a hundred yards away, is the enemy; a long line just like the one you’re in, ten men deep, each man brandishing a sword and a shield. You’re about to fight a battle for your god. The horn sounds. A great battle cry fills the air and you charge to meet the enemy, your sabre held high. As steel clashes against steel you feel an agonizing pain lance through your chest, but as your vision fades you smile, because you know you’ve died in the name of your god…. WRONG!!!!
What you’ve actually just done is commit suicide. Come on, you knew you’d never walk away from this fight. You were willing to give up your life to defend your beliefs. You came here to die. Now, I’m not about to split hairs, I’m not playing with semantics here – suicide is suicide, whether it’s charging towards a legion of swordsmen, throwing yourself out of an aeroplane, climbing a dangerous cliff face unaided, willingly travelling to another country to engage in deadly firefights, asking for your life-support plug to be pulled, giving up your share so that your friends might survive… You get the idea.
And, according to most Christians, if you willingly relinquish your life you will not get into Heaven. You want to argue that point? Let’s do that, then…
- Samson killed himself, bringing down a building he was in, in order to destroy thousands of Philistines.
- King Saul, his family and army dead, and filled with insanity, killed himself by falling on his own sword.
- Judas Iscariot hung himself with remorse for how he had betrayed Jesus.
- Zimri, not wanting to be taken prisoner, set the palace on fire and died in the flames.
- Jesus willingly relinquished his life, saying, “No man taketh my life from me, but I lay it down of myself.”
All chose to die. But which of them did God allow into Heaven? Well, Jesus, obviously. Samson, too. Not the others, though.
Suicide is seen by Christians as a sin because it is first and foremost the murder of a human. Murder is a sin, ergo so is suicide. And yet, when someone commits suicide there are so many Christians willing to judge them, to call them out posthumously and shout about how they won’t get into Heaven. But when a soldier dies in war, whether he’s killed one enemy or a thousand, he is branded a hero by the self-same Christian hypocrites.
Me? I’m an atheist. If someone commits suicide, my reaction wholly depends on who they were, whether I liked them, whether I considered them a good person. If I liked them, I’ll consider it a terrible shame that they took their own life.
Ah, but maybe they went to war and got shot. Were they a friend of mine? If so, I’ll be sad that they’re dead. I’ll be sadder because they probably died for a cause that had little or nothing to do with them. I’ll be angry that they ran into a senseless fight, no different or better than any fight fought in the history of Man. I’ll be pissed off that back at home they’ll get branded a ‘hero’. A hero for what?
Now, let’s move on. Let’s have a look at the varying levels of what God’s followers say about him.
“God loves …”
This is the relatively harmless level. When you’re having a hard time, people at this level will say things like: “I’m praying for you,” or, “God loves you.”
They’ll tell you: “They’re in a better place,” or, “She’s at peace now,” when someone you care about dies.
If you’ve done something sinful, they’ll say, “I’ll pray to God for your forgiveness,” or, “Jesus died for our sins, all you have to do is love God in return.”
“God judges …”
This is where god-fearers have slipped a level deeper into their mental illness. These people are less able to form rational thought processes. Their knowledge of the Bible is limited to what other Christians tell them.
On the subject of homosexuality, they’ll say, “Those boys shouldn’t be doing that; God doesn’t like it,” or, “That’s frowned upon in the Bible, you know?”
On the subject of suicide, they’ll say: “Oh, poor woman, God won’t let her into Heaven now,” or, “He killed himself; he’s going to Hell.”
“God hates …”
According to the Bible, God ‘hates’ the following:
- A proud look.
- A lying tongue.
- Hands that shed innocent blood.
- A heart that devises wicked plans.
- Feet that are swift in running to evil.
- A false witness who speaks lies.
- One who sows discord among brethren.
The above are unfortunately wide open for interpretation.
It can be said that many religious figures cast a proud look from their podiums, and certainly any and every country leader.
Come on, every politician lies. That’s not even open for debate; it’s a fact known worldwide.
Every time a child is genitally mutilated because of the dictates of their parents’ religion, that is innocent blood on the parents’ hands, and on the hands of the priest (or whatever) who commits the deed. Every time a child’s head is sawed off because some mentally unstable bastard decides a little girl is an infidel… That sick, depraved fucker is drenching his hands in the blood of innocents.
The ‘wicked plans’ clause is the one that’s been warped to include the hate of homosexuals and atheists.
The ‘running to evil’ clause is the hand-holder of the ‘wicked plans’ clause. Together, they strengthen one another, or, to put it more frankly, they allow closed-minded bigoted god-fearers to cast their own hates upon people whose ideas lie outside of their little bubbles of acceptance.
A false witness speaking lies can be attributed to anyone and any topic. I’m atheist, so in the eyes of a god-fearer I’m speaking lies when I say God does not exist. Someone in another religion would be speaking lies when they claim their god exists, but not the Christian god.
Discord among brethren… Take a field of white sheep and call them Christians. Now paint one of those sheep black and accuse it of destabilizing the harmony of the flock. God doesn’t want his followers getting wise ideas that could unsettle the rigid religious hierarchy.
Sadly, there are Christians claiming “God hates fags [homosexuals]” and “God hates atheists” and “God hates niggers” and “God hates wicked children”… Hell, even “God hates sinners” is about as broadly stated as it could possibly get.
The bottom line here is, if you’re a bigot, you were always going to be a bigot with or without religion. But the presence of religion with you in it just enhances the negative aspects of you and your chosen faith.
“God kills …”
And finally, God kills, and he uses the hands of men to do his bidding. You try watching a brainwashed religious zealot take his razor-sharp sword and slice back and forth through a child’s neck like it’s a Sunday roast until the head comes away in his hand. You try witnessing that, and then tell me that it was God who did it and not some fucking human abomination. I don’t even need to mention the countless wars and battles and genocides and sacrifices and cleansings done in the name of one or other god. I don’t need to list of the unsung billions throughout history who have died because of their faith or lack thereof. Every one of those deaths were made by man, in the name of their god or on the commandment of their god. They weren’t really; it was just a bunch of sick fuckers going around slaughtering others in a fevered, brainwashed bloodlust, dismembering children in front of their parents, then raping the women to death in front of their husbands, and finally forcing the broken men to change their faith… then killing them anyway.
If a heaven and a hell existed, I know which would be the fuller.