A nonbeliever's SECOND reading of the Bible

A nonbeliever's SECOND reading of the Bible
Hunc tu caveto.

Monday, June 11, 2007

I thought I'd post this just for the discussion (or disgustion?) value.When I think of cult members (i.e. Moonies, Heaven's Gate, Manson, "Satanic" cults, etc.), two words come to mind: Crazy Fanatics.

The first Christians were, of course, members of a cult, and because of that, I see them as crazy fanatics. And by "crazy fanatics", I mean the guy who would stand on a raised platform outside Jerusalem surrounded by his own feces as a testament to the Lord; or people who would mutilate themselves (usually their genitals) because they thought they sinned (or in the case Aebbe's nuns, to preserve their chastity); or never wash themselves because it was copying the infidels' practice of bathing, or chanting "to kill a Muslim is to do God's will" to passers by.

I would include the Apostles themselves in this group, as they may very well have encouraged this behavior. This was how the early Christians operated. Sure, there may have been some sane ones, kind of like there were some sane Branched Davidians who got out of the compound when they had a chance, but in the end they were your average cult members, like the Mithraists or cult of Isis who'd bathe in blood (washing away sins from the blood of the Lamb sound familiar?).

How can anyone doubt that these people would die for their faith? That's what faith does. It makes it easier to die.

Some early Christians even practiced forms of cannibalism, apparently taking literally "eat of my flesh and drink my blood". This tidbit of information I gleaned from a book called Among the Cannibal Christians by Earl Lee. And don't give me the Protestant copout excuse, "Communion is symbolism, it's just a cracker and some juice!"

Catholics and Orthodox, the descendents of the first church, literally think that eating the bread and drinking the wine is eating flesh and blood ... LITERALLY. Where'd they get that from?

Apparently, the church was formed early enough that there were people who knew the Apostles and these people could just ask them.

"Is this literally the flesh and blood of Jesus?"

And the Apostle's would say, "Yes. This is literally the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ."





4 comments:

Anonymous said...

i feel bad for you that you have such a disturbed view of our Lord and Saviour and his teachings. from what i read you are very confused, and have it quite wrong. maybe you should consider attending church and speak with someone that understands everything and really begin praying and open yourself up to God and he will reveal himself to you. God's love is unfathomable to humans and if you truly believe and want to accept him he will not let you fall or turn you away.
God Bless.

Anonymous said...

i feel bad for you that you have such a disturbed view of our Lord and Saviour and his teachings. from what i read you are very confused, and have it quite wrong. maybe you should consider attending church and speak with someone that understands everything and really begin praying and open yourself up to God and he will reveal himself to you. God's love is unfathomable to humans and if you truly believe and want to accept him he will not let you fall or turn you away.
God Bless.

stevep46 said...

i feel bad for you that you have such a disturbed view of our Lord and Saviour and his teachings. from what i read you are very confused, and have it quite wrong. maybe you should consider attending church and speak with someone that understands everything and really begin praying and open yourself up to God and he will reveal himself to you. God's love is unfathomable to humans and if you truly believe and want to accept him he will not let you fall or turn you away. what do you have to loose by giving it a shot, but you have to set aside your stuborn ways and really search whole heartedly and God will surely place his hand and love upon you, thats a promise. i was once in a very similar spot as you are, but i gave myself over to God and have been changed that words alone cannot even come close to describe.
God Bless.

Andrew P. said...

Thanks for the comment. Yes, I have gone to church, read the Bible, and have come to my own conclusions. I've spoken with pastors and apologists. I just completely disagree with how they interpret the Bible.

If God's love is "unfathomable," then how do you know about it?