I saw this post from a friend on FB:
I believe in Jesus Christ. One Facebooker has challenged all believers to put this on their wall. The Bible says, if you deny Me in front of your peers, I will deny you in front of my Father. This is a simple test. If you love Jesus and you are not afraid to show it, re-post this. I proudly did and GOD is always there no matter how bad your troubles are here on earth
Here are the comments that followed:
Travis: Translation: Repost or burn in hell...bwahaha!
OP: lol...you know no matter how old i get the whole "hellfire and brimstone" still freaks me out
OP: i have no idea what that means bill :o)
Bill: Religious vomit.
Vernon: what if i accepted jesus before and i didn't see nething why would this one work?? ok i accept jesus christ in my life. lets see a change
OP: i love u cuz thanks
Ian: (Rolls eyes, reads a book)
Ian: And God doesn't exist. It's all fractal geometry and about 20 years from being proven.
OP: You know what? It makes me sad that you used to be my best friend, but for the last year or so you are just kinda mean. When is the last time you even said "hi", or took the time to actually talk to me instead of always saying mean shit on my fb? I have no problem with other people's views, I never have...but just because I don't agree with them doesn't mean I shit all over them.
So, i felt like I should add something to the conversation. This was my response:
I believe that a man who said some of the things attributed to the Jesus Christ character from the christian bible probably did exist about two millennia ago.
Jesus said he would kill children:
"Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works." (Revelation 2:22-23)
Jesus also said he did not come to bring peace:
"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household." (Matthew 10:34-37)
But, then, if Jesus was the deity of the Old Testament than that makes sense since he is supposed to be a man of war:
"The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name." (Exodus 15:3)
There is a good reason why christian women don't know about most of this stuff. They're not allowed to ask questions:
"Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church." (I Corinthians 14:34-35)
But, that's only because christian women are inferior to christian men:
"But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God." (I Corinthians 11:3)
"For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man." (I Corinthians 11:8-9)
Some of the sayings of peace and love that are attributed to the Jesus Christ character make a lot of sense and still apply in our society, but a lot of that stuff from the bible belongs to a time of slavery, female inferiority, and hatred and lacks a place in a progressive and morally conscious society.
I try not to be too judgmental of beliefs in deities, but the christian bible has caused enough hatred and judgment of its own that it deserves some ridicule. I mean, it clearly describes the supposed existence of cockatrices, unicorns, dragons, sea monsters, seven-headed monsters, and zombies http://www.freethoughtpedia.com/wiki/Monsters_in_the_Bible.