Christianity Today

For those of you who think Catholicism and Christianity are different, please read a credible history book. If you are an extremely devout Christian, I implore you to read this as objectively as possible or not read at all.  I will also try to write this as objectively as possible to prevent anyone from getting too offended. 

So, today is Sunday. I occasionally go to church with my family especially because some extended family runs that particular place. But personally, I am not a very religious person. And it’s not that I don’t believe in God, but rather I don’t believe in the Bible.

Yes, that is a very overt thing to say. “I don’t believe in the Bible.” Some of you may take it as me saying “I don’t believe in God’s word/will.” But that is not what I am saying at all.

The time in which we live now and the time in which the Bible was written are two extremely different eras. Back then priority number one was survival and building upon humankind. Today…Well, honestly humankind as a whole has no immediate purpose or threat (other than maybe the environment). Rather, we hold the individual to a much greater standard than before.

We have advanced so far that we can actually be concerned about our own happiness, our own freedom, and our own liberties. Our societies have developed in such a way where morals have been engraved into our very beings since before we were even born.

For many people the Bible is a set of instructions made by God and written through his disciples. So it is, very technically, a set of rules. For time’s sake, allow me to go through the most controversial ones.

  1. Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. – 1 Corinthians 11:9

For a long time, women were meant to be subservient to men. Our main priorities were to keep popping babies out and raise them. Well, all the way back then, not many people could attend schools. You were either rich and could afford a teacher or some institution, or it was up the mother since the father was out working. Well we have public schools in which for a lot of countries are free. The world does not necessarily need more populating. In fact we’re facing overcrowding in certain nations. Both men and women have a significant more amount of time to focus on themselves and their independent lives. And lastly, women are now employed. Logically speaking, women don’t necessarily need men and men don’t necessarily need women.

        2. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. – Romans 1:26-27
The greatest contradiction in the Bible that stumps everybody is when God says to love all even your enemies, and then this happens. This is a two-pronged “adage.” No sex. No gays. I am a strong proponent of gay rights, but many of my more conservative, Christian friends and family are not. My personal perspective on this, is that back then we didn’t have seven billion people on Earth. We hadn’t discovered every corner of the world. Hell, we thought the world had definitive corners. We hadn’t created the kind of technology that could replace a whole nation’s worth of manpower. If you’re having gay relations, you can’t have kids who can fill those jobs. Today, over two hundred nations have the right to choose what they want to do. You could be born to scientist parents, but end up being an artist if you wanted.
The social hierarchy now is more complex than a simple pyramid. Our world is not two dimensional. It’s not three dimensional either. There are so many things you have to consider.
Three.
Speaking of loving thy enemies. Well…Why are Muslims enemies? Is it because they all hate America? Terrorists? Well, you know… Christianity, Islam, and Judaism are all cut from the same cloth. They are all branches of Zoroastrianism: the first monotheistic religion. True, there are significant differences between the three in terms of rituals and some distinctive beliefs. However, at its core, we all believe in God and God sees us all as his children.
“Allah is not God!” someone shouts in the background.
Well God isn’t “God” in Korean. It’s “hananim.” Soooo…I don’t know what else to say. If you’re saying you hate Muslims because of you hate ISIS and believe all of them should die in some way, you are by sole definition also a religious extremist.
Maybe we should all just go back to Zoroastrianism.
The argument I’m trying to make here is that the Bible is outdated. It’s not wrong. It’s not incorrect. These regulations were just more relevant 3000 years ago. But they’re no longer applicable in 2017 where we have so much more control over our singular lives.
Once again, I seriously apologize if I offended anyone. But it’s what I believe, and unlike before I can say whatever want without worrying the monarch is going to kill me for treason.
Thanks for reading and happy Sunday!
– A.J.C.
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