A narrative essay by – Heather Spoonheim

Christianity is an intellectually repugnant worldview. To subscribe to it is to abandon all reason – and that is why it is so difficult to extract from the psyche of those infected by its doctrines. Once one has thoroughly abandoned reason, they are no longer sentient beings in any meaningful sense of the phrase; they become nothing more than automatons to doctrine.

At the core of Christianity is the father/son relationship – a core archetype of humanity. In any father/son relationship there are two distinct people representing a line of succession. In Christianity, however, the son IS the father; they are simply two different aspects of a being that apparently has three aspects in total, all of which are equal and one.

This, of course, means that the relationship between Jesus and Yahweh is NOT that of father and son – a core archetype of humanity. This leaves bullshit spewing Christian apologists suggesting that ‘things are different on a divine level’. Of course, if ‘things are different’ then they aren’t the same, to which the same brain-dead cunts would beg to differ ‘on a divine level’. With a single foundational doctrine, the cult of Christianity undermines the adherent’s ontological capacity. To the Christian, things that are can’t be and things that can't be are. I can’t believe that sentence actually passed my word-processor’s grammar check.

On top of disregarding the absence of the central ‘father/son’ relationship, Christians go on to talk about the willingness of Jesus to ‘sacrifice’ himself for their salvation. Is Jesus dead? No! Of course not! He’s Christ for Christ’s sake! He currently lives in Heaven and is coming back. What exactly was his sacrifice? Living here in the world with us so that he could know just how hard it is for us to be perfect?

If that were the story, then perhaps Christianity would be onto something. Yahweh was a really hateful prick until he beamed himself into a human body and experienced life down here in the weeds, then he realized the peril of being a perfect being in an imperfect world and decided he could forgive us all our trespasses as long as we gave it our best shot. Would he then repent and beg our forgiveness for drowning the world’s population minus eight? Would our prayers go something like, “Dear Yahweh/Jesus, we forgive you all your trespasses and ask that you continue to forgive us all ours. Amen.” That story, however, would require that Jesus didn’t commit suicide by centurion. It would require that he lived out a full life down here, facing the trials and tribulations of raising children, suffering the loss of his own youth, and dying in obscurity like most of the rest of us peons down here.

That isn’t the story, however. The story says that Jesus ‘died’ for our sins; except that in Christian mythology there is no such thing as death. Perhaps, to tie back into the father/son archetype of succession, Yahweh died at the moment Jesus’ body failed on the cross and Jesus really did succeed Yahweh. In this case, however, Yahweh sacrificed himself because of his petty anger towards us and handed the crown to Jesus who, contrary to sacrificing himself, gained literally everything on the cross. That isn’t even close to Christianity, however; although I can already sense that some confused Christians may come to suspect this as a doctrine after reading it here.

So, even accepting all the events of the bible as true, Christianity has no father, no son, and no sacrifice. Without getting into Yahweh’s other sons, mentioned in Genesis 6:2, or moral dilemmas of an all-loving god that tortures the faithful either as a bet or to ‘test’ them, one can see that the very foundations of the Christian faith thoroughly refute themselves. The only way to ‘believe’ such malarkey is to absolutely disregard fact and reason in favour of subverting one’s own intellect to the assertions of clerics that take ten percent of your wages for lying to you. If a mind is a terrible thing to waste then Christianity is an intellectual holocaust.

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Comment by onyango makagutu on December 24, 2012 at 12:09pm

There was no sacrifice on his part, if he existed, he had been promised heaven and he follows he who sent him to the letter. If there was a sacrifice he would have refused to die on that cross.

I think at the moment when he cries father father why have you forsaken me. he discovered it was all for nothing and he had been misled to believe a falsehood all through and died for a falsehood.

Comment by Heather Spoonheim on December 24, 2012 at 12:20pm

Yes, you can analyze it in any number of ways and it always refutes itself unless you decide to accept down as up and red as blue at the drop of suggestion.

Comment by Strega on December 24, 2012 at 1:35pm

Yahweh was a really hateful prick until he beamed himself into a human body and experienced life down here in the weeds, then he realized the peril of being a perfect being in an imperfect world and decided he could forgive us all our trespasses as long as we gave it our best shot.

How strange - I was contemplating that very same thing, the other day whilst thinking about Pascal's wager, and what if there was a god. (I like to think of impossible things sometimes - it helps me deal with teenage stepchildren)

Comment by Strega on December 24, 2012 at 1:39pm

Also, thank you to the kind person who assisted me in making quote indents on TA - this was my first attempt and I'm all happy that it worked.

And, just to be clear about thinking impossible things, just before I contemplated the above-quoted concept, I was contemplating what anger management classes might have looked like for Yahweh, somewhere between the old and new testaments. 

Comment by onyango makagutu on December 24, 2012 at 1:42pm

If there were anger management classes between the two testaments, he just got worse and whoever the teacher was, YHWH was thrown out of those lessons.

Comment by Heather Spoonheim on December 24, 2012 at 2:20pm

I made a little image to go with this blog...

Comment by Logicallunatic on December 24, 2012 at 5:59pm

That's a good rebuke of Pascal's irrational gamble in that there is so much to lose in a life spent in an endless love/hate relationship with an imaginary being. A life wasted. 

Comment by _Robert_ on December 24, 2012 at 7:34pm

Very Good, plus you said the c-word (christ).  It is so ironic that people give oaths over the bible in the civil courts. "I swear on this book of lies, to tell the truth"

Comment by Gregg R Thomas on December 24, 2012 at 9:48pm

Don't like jury duty?

Refuse to swear on the bible.  Works every time.

Comment by Heather Spoonheim on December 24, 2012 at 10:15pm

I'm in Canada and the bible is not one of the court room props up here.

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