Catholicism is big isn't it?  I am talking about the self-declared membership.  There is a power structure there.  While Jesus said he will decide what labels somebody has and if they are Christian,  you would not think it from the way the Church labels and seeks labels and gets privileges in return. 

Every religion sees the outside world as harmful or undesirable.  When a religion is prevalent enough it is clearly more a friend to the world than it admits.  The Bible says friendship with the world is enmity to God and there is the world and the flesh and the devil and all three are horrid and malign.

It was the marriage with political powers and monarchies, the war-waging, the anti-semitism, the hatred for Islam, and the slave-trade that propped the Church up.  Money flooded in and universities and hospitals were captured by Catholic ideology.

The rot started with the claimed founder Jesus.

Jesus was pro-violence and nobody who hates violence will not bend the knee to him.

The Old Testament God commanded lots of murders. Jesus said God was right to have children that cursed their parents put to death. He claimed to be that God's Son meaning he was fully devoted to this God and admired the evil he did. Jesus never explicitly repudiated those laws. He never apologised for them. The Church assumes he discontinued them. That is not helpful. An assumption is not much. It is in fact an insult to say, "Okay we assume our great and wonderful Jesus doesn't want us to do those heinous things any more." People are still dead because of them. What about them? It is not an assumption matter!

Worse, the correct Christian teaching in the light of how Jesus said the Law was to be intact and anyone changing it commands would be penalised in the kingdom of God means that if we don't have to cruelly execute people now then rather than discontinuing the rules he redirected them.  The New Testament warns that God will not be mocked and will exact vengeance.  So he is looking after the rules himself.
And if Jesus was God then he was the God who told Moses to kill people by having them stoned.

What if Christianity has only reasonable goodness in its history despite having pro-violence scriptures? What then? We could conclude that the Christians are better than their religion. They demean themselves and their children however by being in it. And what about the future? We wouldn't be able to be trust them to stay non-violent.

When you praise the Bible as being unerring in its teaching and doctrine, you are saying it is right to say that God commanded that homosexuals be stoned to death. That is to mention one evil out of many that it commands. This is extreme malignance. Respecting and approving of it makes you no better than those who picked up the stones. To praise the Bible is to indirectly respect and approve the evil. To praise the God of the Bible is to implicitly respect and approve the evil. The evil being implicit or indirect does not make it any less bad. It is still as reprehensible and intolerable. In one way, you are worse than the killers for they had more chance of feeling bad about it than you!

A religion may seem good now but if its past is full of evil that religion should be feared. Consider how no Catholic centuries ago was against the crusades or stood up for the reputation of the Muslims who were butchered by the Church and its minions. The past shows what a religion is capable of. It shows that it is not essentially immune to doing grave and unspeakable evil. Even if it is not doing it now, the principle is the problem. The principle is that you can only see how terrible things can emerge from acting in the name of God or religion. You need to see it happen before you can know how far from intrinsically good the religion is.

Peter Simons, philosopher: “We should be as morally concerned about both future wrongs and past wrongs as present wrongs.”

This is true whether the future exists or not. It is about the principle.  If past and present and future exist equally then it is true for that reason as well. It would mean that past evils such as Moses ordering genocide matters as much now as current genocide.
If genocide does not turn you off religion so that you will leave its ministry, stop giving it money and stop giving it your children and stop uniting with it to worship on a Sunday (that is like reiterating your membership) then you don't really care and what is to stop it from happening again if there are enough people out there like you??! You should be extremist when it comes to respect for life but you are not. You should also be extremist when it comes to religion's disrespect for life but you are not.

Austin Cline wrote, “Religious extremists and terrorists are not "hijacking" a religion so long as they are drawing upon legitimate traditions from within their religion. These may not be favorable and good traditions, but every religion with enough history will have aspects that people today won't approve of. Every culture and every nation has violent aspects to its history, so it's only to be expected that religions will have violent traditions in their history.”  The alternative is to say that the extremists and terrorists are not religious ones or related to religion at all!  That would be absurd.

Would you support the Roman Catholic Church today if the Inquisition was still in full force and condoned by all? Or what if it was not but the Church wanted it to be?

Think and learn.

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