And I should have, of course. But you never do so when you proclaim the Bible as the “word of God.” You expect everyone to accept the idea without second thought, as in “blind faith.”
Well, not everyone is that sheepish.
You see, not everybody believes the Bible is the “word of God.” In fact, the majority probably think the Bible is the “word of superstitious men” who sought to impose their moral code on the world, and who ripped off earlier schools of spirituality and religious thought.
Of course, I don’t mind or care if you choose to believe the Bible was inspired by a supernatural entity that has since remained silent after issuing a book riddled with superstitious babble. But I do mind that you try to impose your belief system on everybody else, and that you have been oppressing people for centuries.
Why do I mention this on the day after the #ParisAttacks? Well, for two reasons. #ISIS is showing the world just how far religious fundamentalists can go in imposing their religious beliefs on people. And there is no doubt that many Christians have done the same and would continue to do so if they could get away with it.
Second, “gospel artist Kirk Franklin is in hot water with some members of the Christian community after apologising to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people for homophobia prevalent in the black church,” the International Business Times and others are reporting.
He says “God is about grace and love and the Bible is not a book “that’s an attack on gay people,” or a “book written to attack gay people”, the IB Times reports.
But not all Christians agree. Reports the IB Times: “Don’t see how its ever necessary to apologise for reiterating what the word of God says,” one critic wrote.
So, Christians and all other religious people out there seeking to impose your beliefs on everyone else: You may believe that the books you cherish are the “word of God,” but not everyone else does. It is a fact that your books were written down by men. If you want to believe they were inspired by a supernatural entity, that is your right. And it is the right — whether you like it or not — of everyone else to see them as mere books inspired not by gods, but by men.
Now, I could tell you that this message comes straight from God, speaking through me, couldn’t I . . .
(Photo: Painting by Sandro Botticelli, from Wikimedia Commons)
— Jillian Page