To achieve a greater understanding of the world, its societies and the common issues that face them, one must be comfortable with the fact that there is no polarity, no sole perpetrator of evil that is causing all the world's ills. There is no devil, and there is no messiah; all humans contain a certain duality (that allows them to perform great acts of selflessness and still remain corrupt, despicable people). All people across the world have the ability to control their disposition towards or against positive progress, and all actions committed by all peoples will benefit some and harm others. While this may be true, there are still key players of positive progress and great figures of evil and oppression. In my studies, I have found that the most influential force of the world's acts of inhumanity and cruelty has been bathed in praise since his fictive birth. My studies have found that, far surpassing Pol Pot, Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Genghis Kahn, and every other name that could be associated with evil, Jesus Christ is the biggest contributor to the world's suffering. His hypocrisy, his words that spoke of chaos and vengeance, and the myth of his mercy have been the cause of more death than any other image, ideal or belief throughout all history.
This statement may, to some, be beyond unreasonable, blasphemous and impossible to defend. Some may attempt to cite the passages where Christ spoke of peace and harmony in his "everlasting kingdom", and use these feathered words as evidence for his goodness. In the greater spectrum of history, Christ will remain among his peers with Hitler, Stalin, and Pol Pot as silver-tongued devils. All great murderers know that they cannot speak of bloodlust and vengeance from the pulpit; they must speak of paradise and inflated promises to lure in the commoner, in this way they incrementally turn them into obedient acolytes. Most know of some words of Christ, at least one or two lovely phrases that were plagiarized from preceding messiahs. If one follows the lineage of Christ's words, it will be revealed that his earlier words were more calming and in praise of goodness, and as his death draws nearer, be begins his campaign of horror, brimstone and vengeance. Take his own personal confusion of his duties as savior, as referenced by John: "For judgment I am come into this world" (John 9:39), and later, "I came not to judge the world"(John 12:47). Surely Christ knows what he was sent to accomplish? Perhaps a bit of divine confusion is forgivable, as he would so surely forgive us (however, as was later revealed, Christ does not forgive all sins.). Jeremiah wrote of Christ's words, saying: "For I am merciful, saith the Lord, and I will not keep anger forever." (Jeremiah 3:12) only to later write that Christ had said: "Ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn forever"(Jeremiah 17:4) Perhaps these are just forgivable mistranslations and cannot be held to the reputation of Christ, but a persistent reader will find even more acts of wild depravity and auto-flagellation pouring from his maw.
The most clear and unrepentant statement of great evil from Christ is found in Luke 19:27: "But these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them in my presence." So plainly spoken, so calm and so eloquent is this command for slaughtering en masse. These words were the guiding principles for the crusades and the Spanish Inquisition, two events of massive persecution, torture and genocide in the name of Christ. Together, they have an estimated death toll of over one hundred million. However, if one were to read through this entire passage in proper context, Christ is actually quoting a story from a previous baron of his acquaintance. So, no, Christ never made this command of his people, but, even with the context available, his followers performed these heinous acts. While these are tremendous scars on the face of history, some might attempt to excuse Christ from these killings by saying that he never physically contributed in the actions. This kind of thinking could lead to excusing Charles Manson for all the murders done by his words because, following that logic, Manson never laid hands on his victims; he only inspired others to do so. The same thing could be said for all the names of greater genocide, Hitler, Stalin and the rest, who merely inspired the deaths of their millions, who simply ordered their followers to commit atrocities. Should they be let off the hook, as well as Christ? Of course they shouldn't. Killing is killing, pure and simple. As if these words are not enough to turn stomachs, Christ emits wild perversities through out his life, demanding death and destruction be done in his name. "Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, but save for yourself every girl who has never slept with a man." (Numbers 31:17-18), "The people of Samaria must bear their guilt, because they have rebelled against their God. They will fall by the sword; their little ones will be dashed to the ground, their women with child ripped open." (Hosea 13:16) and "Leave alive nothing that breathes. Show them no mercy." (Deut. 7:2) are all statements from Christ, as told by three different sources. His veil of goodness and grace is thin at best, as it becomes very obvious that he is not a loving messiah, but one who demands chaos and sacrifice for his despicable campaign.
Some would draw the line that the statement that the Old Testament and the New Testament differ so much on the portrayal of God that they shouldn't be considered two parts of a contiguous storyline. Of course, this is just a quick way to excuse some of the more disagreeable statements from the previous interpretation of God, and cannot be regarded as a considerable argument for the division of these two interpretations of God. The Bible has two halves, and they are inseparable to the fundamental beliefs of an educated Christian. The argument I submit is based simply upon the statement of the Godhead, found in the New Testament. The words spoken by God can be considered the words of God, or of the Holy Spirit, as all of these characters are one in the same. Christ is believed to be the son of man, God is believed to be his father, and the Holy Spirit is an intangible essence that guides mankind along its path. Therefore, the statements made by God to man in the Old Testament can be considered statements of Christ, albeit in a different form.
There is something more dreadful than being killed by the Lord; it is Christ's divine power to send any one of his creations into an infinite abyss of torment and woe. Modern Christianity speaks of Hell as a terrible pit where all the most horrendous people are cast, but Christ explains it as something far more encompassing, with a disturbingly relaxed door-policy. According to Christ, as recorded by Mark 3:29, "Whoever blasphemes against The Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of everlasting sin." A sin that cannot be forgiven exists, only in the form of doubt. If one were to doubt the existence of or the intentions of the Holy Spirit, there is no forgiveness in the universe that will spare them from an eternity in howling suffering. That would be enough to straighten the hairs on the back of any God-Fearing man's neck, but, as it was said in Isaiah 44:6: "This is what the Lord says--Israel's King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God"; there is only one God. While the idea of a holy trinity exists in biblical scriptures, the entire New Testament is replete with statements confirming the idea that the three parts of the trinity are all one-in-the-same, a full Godhead. If one blasphemes against any of the laws sent down from the Godhead to Moses, or if one denies any of the laws written in Leviticus, that will be considered a blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. All sins, even the most bizarre and minute, such as wearing a shirt of more than one fabric, or marrying a woman who is not a virgin, are punishable not only by death, but, as commanded by Christ, eternal suffering.
A logical person would take all sides of an argument into consideration before rendering their final judgment. Some could say that Christ was human, and is therefore subject to the flaws of humans, but that assumes that humans include demands for bloodshed and warfare in common conversation. His words are directly contradictory, confusing and misleading. He openly demands blood sacrifice in his name, and he hasn't a drop of mercy in his veins. He threatens his followers with an infinite vortex of misery if they so much as question his motives. The reality is clear and unavoidable: Christ was a warmonger, a monstrous, horrific creature with a desire to bring suffering and great madness to a world that he believes he created.
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Anyways, my English class went over the paper and did rounds of creative criticism. The class was really mature and kind about it, and the people who I thought would rear up the most resistance to my stance against Christ ended up being the most agreeable and relaxed people in the room. There was a general feeling that I had proven the evil nature of Christ, which was very satisfying.
A week later, at our next session, a woman approached me and told me that she had given my paper to her Aunt, a hardcore Jehovah's Witness. After reading it, and visiting her bible to confirm my quotations, she came to a very serious conclusion: She couldn't stand to worship such a creature.
She missed church services for the first time in years, because of my paper.
I feel so satisfied. Mark one up for us. Does anyone else have similar stories?