Faith, and any faith based system is untouchable. Mainly because if you believe something, there is almost nothing I can do to dissuade you from believing that. But, being the stubborn person that I am, I will try anyway. This blog will focus more on Christianity than anything, but only due to my own knowledge of the subject.
Clearly an article of fiction, even most logical Christians will concede that most the stories are just stories for how you should live your life. These stories are generally not meant to be taken literally. Of course there are many things in the bible that specifically state that they are literal. I will list a few of them:
Man cant lay with other man- Makes sense right? God doesn't like gay people. But why did he create them in the first place then?
Stone disobedient children- This one is a bit extreme. Spanking? Sure. But actually throwing rocks at them? Seems a little primitive.
Its OK to sell your daughter into slavery- This one is so ludicrous I cant bring myself to comment. If any actual parent thought this is a good idea, they should have their genitalia removed, lest they create more cash cows to burden the world with.
Working on Sunday=death- Apparently God is a big fan of the Sabbath. I mean if I created the universe in six days I'd want to rest too. But He also expects us to rest as well? Sorry we cant live up to the standards of a benevolent bearded man in the sky.
Men cant have long hair, it "Shall be a shame on them"- Aren't pretty much all depictions of Christ of the long haired variety?
Men should not go near women when they are menstruating- Pardon me God if I don't go around asking women whether or not Aunt Flo is in town. Personally I don't want to know unless I am actively having sex with you.
My question with all of these is how can Christians pick and choose what to believe? You cant say "God hates fags" but not support "Selling your daughters" It doesn't work like that. But I suppose that faith gets a buy doesn't it?
Noah's Ark is another thing about the bible that just pisses me off. Noah's Ark is quite frankly embarrassing for anyone that wants to read it literally. I understand the general idea of it. But I have actually witnessed people saying that Noah's Ark is literal. I'm sorry but that is impossible. There are 20 billion species on earth now, even today's technology wouldn't be able to create a boat big enough for that many creatures. But I guess with God on your side you don't need logic or technology, do you?
As an afterthought I will say, I love the idea of God. An omnipotent ever-loving being always watching me and making sure I am OK is great. But the fact remains, there is no evidence for God. Does that mean he doesn't exist? No. But ask yourself this, if he really existed why wouldn't he say he did. I leave with a favorite quote of mine:
"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?"
- Epicurus [341–270 B.C.]