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 Heather Spoonheim on December 25, 2012 at 4:35pm

But what did he sacrifice?  According to the mythology he's not dead.  On the contrary, it is claimed that he ascended to the throne of Heaven - something unattainable by anyone else.  So he had literally everything to gain and nothing to lose.  He never married, had children, grew old, or even experience half the life that most people experience today - he just walked around telling cool stories and drinking wine with tax collectors all so he could die a hero to his followers.  Sounds very much like the sort of movie plot that a lot of young people today would fantasize about.

Comment by archaeopteryx on December 25, 2012 at 4:41pm

RE: "He was crucified willingly.  This is a reported fact which has come down to us." - From where? Reported by whom? Verifiable sources, please --

Comment by Heather Spoonheim on December 25, 2012 at 4:42pm

Also, how the authors relate his demeanor tells us a lot about whether or not they had access to any verifiable information about the man.  The inconsistencies are all over the place, even within single narratives.  For instance, we have a woman who is visited by an angel and told that she will be giving birth to the messiah - a veritable demi-god destined for greatness and wonder; yet she seems to completely forget about that later on when she is confounded by the behavior of her precocious child. Perhaps she did in fact forget about her angelic encounter because the MIB showed up and flashed her memory -> but then WHO, exactly, recalled those events in order to later write the gospels?  The simplest answer is that the stories were independently fabricated and the authors themselves and no sense of literary continuity when crudely assembling them.

Comment by archaeopteryx on December 25, 2012 at 5:12pm

Close, Heather, but not entirely correct. The first three accounts are known as the "Synoptic Gospels," because they, "look alike," and there's a reason for this - the author of the work falsely attributed to Mark wrote his first, then Pseudo-Matthew (the Greek name for Levi, the NY tax collector, who, had he actually been the author, would have really been present) copied much of his from Pseudo-Mark's work, using some passages verbatim, and Pseudo-Luke copied from both, as well as from another anonymous author who has come to be known as "Q."

Pseudo-John, wrote an independent document, as a prequel, to explain the foundation for the earlier three. Interestingly, the REAL John, if he ever existed, would have been one of the sons of Zebedee, the fisherman, and who, along with his brother James, as well as Peter and his brother Andrew, were the subjects of the famous "fishers of men" fable in Matthew, which, ironically, Pseudo-John tell us never happened, but rather he and James met Yeshua at the Jordan River, not at their boats at the Sea of Galilee.

Ah, what a tangled web we weave --

Comment by archaeopteryx on December 25, 2012 at 5:15pm

RE: "NY tax collector" - sorry, meant NT, not NY - though there are doubtless many Jewish tax collectors in NY, this Levi was not one of them --

Comment by Simon Paynton on December 25, 2012 at 6:18pm

"But what did he sacrifice?" - as a human being, he would have sacrificed three days of suffering on the cross.  "inconsistencies" - very true.  The gospels are full of inconsistencies.  But their function is not as historical documents - rather, they were designed to fit existing mythologies into the (scanty) historical record.  For atheists, however, there is plenty there which we can use, if we choose to look and see it.  Jesus' legacy has value and usefulness for everyone in a difficult situation even today.  He leaves a message of healing, strength, love and sacrifice.  All good virtues which will carry us through. 

Comment by Simon Paynton on December 25, 2012 at 6:20pm

Three days of suffering and then his earthly life.  Not something I'd like to give up lightly. 

Comment by Simon Paynton on December 25, 2012 at 6:24pm

"Watch the play."  If we filter out the historical distortions, we can see how Jesus was tested in various difficult situations, and how his behaviour stood firm to his principles. 

Comment by Heather Spoonheim on December 25, 2012 at 6:32pm

If "giving up my earthly life" lead to living in a blissful, pain free, state of all-knowing then I really wouldn't be giving up anything.  The legacy of Jesus, rather than being of value, has left an aftermath of intellectual subversion and undermining of all adherents' ontology.  As this article points out, the Christian is left unable to grasp the incongruity of a creature that is it's own son, a sacrifice being a reward, or the lack of contemporary mention of what should have been the greatest event in history.

As I stated, the legacy of Jesus has become an intellectual holocaust.

Comment by Simon Paynton on December 25, 2012 at 6:35pm

I agree, it's confused. 

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