I'm not against Christianity.
I'm against the manipulation of Christians for political aims.
I'm against some “Christian” talking-head claiming that the most recent catastrophe, no matter how unrelated, is because everyone in his Church, in the Nation, or on the Planet hasn't done exactly what he's ordered them to (with the authority of God).
I'm against (total sell-out corporatist) politicians (such as Senator James Inhofe and Senator Tom Coburn) taking advantage of the gullibility of Fundamentalist Christians.
I'm against ignorance – because ignorance leads to misery.
So, it's time to shed some light on the subject. It's time to free some minds. It's time to confront the evil.
The Bible isn't literally true. The writers of the Bible told us so. Yes, it's in the Bible. In fact, you don't have to read more than the first few pages. The writers of the Bible wanted us know. And they let us know right away.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not claiming that the Bible is fiction. What I am claiming is that the Bible is often being misinterpreted for personal gain.
For example; Creation. There is nothing in the Bible that claims Evolution is false – if one reads Genesis as allegory. And if one reads Evolutionary Theory closely, there is nothing within it that claims there is no God. Which is why many Christian Religions have no problem accepting both.
However, there are a number of Fundamentalist Christian “leaders” who want us to believe that the Bible is literally word for word true. My first question to these aspiring religious rulers is; why? Why is it so important that every word in the Bible be literally true? The answer is obvious – and political. So that every word that comes out of their mouths holds the literal unquestionable weight of God. Don't even think of questioning what they say.
Tyrants have envied the power of the Church. This is why, in the past, Church and State have fused to form some of the most tyrannical powers in history. One thing we should never forget is that no organization is above reproach.
As we all know, these fundamentalist Christian “leaders” are not Gods. They are fallible humans, just like us. And their biggest fallacy is they crave power. (They wouldn't be where they are if they didn't.) And in order to get that power, they say what works to get them more power. What works for getting more power is the illusion of perfection. What works for having more power is the illusion that they have all the answers.
Personally, I wouldn't really care – if their actions didn't effect me. But they do. These Fundamentalist “leaders” would rather ignore science than do the right things.
Science is humanity's best interpretation of how our world functions. You may pray before you take a flight, but you wouldn't hire your minister to build the airplane. You want someone who knows Science. (And consider this; prayer may keep you from crashing, but it won't get you up in the air.)
This is Science we're talking about. And if people ignore some science; they're more likely to ignore other, even more critical science issues. We all realize that there can be horrible consequences for not facing reality. For example; when it comes to climate change, America now has the least logical political leadership in the World. (Even Muslims accept the reality of Global Warming. (Sorry Muslims. But it was just too good a jab to pass up.))
Why in the world would any caring observant leader wish to deny science – which simply relies on logical conclusions based upon overwhelming evidence? Why? The answer is simple; power.
If the Bible isn't literally true, then they can't claim ultimate authority.
As I stated earlier, not one phrase of Evolutionary Theory makes any statement about the existence of God. That's right, in one way this is all just a great big non-issue.
Let me say that once again; Evolution and God can coexist.
What Evolutionary Theory does, however, is show that the Creation story in the Bible isn't literally accurate. In other words, here is proof that every word of the Bible isn't literally true.
So, what's a power hungry Fundamentalist Christian “leader” supposed to do? Well, definitely not concede some of his power.
What it appears Fundamentalist “leaders” are saying is; “The Bible can't be wrong, Science must be.”
What more rational people hear is; “My interpretation of the Bible can't be wrong, the Universe must be.”
What I hear is; “Don't listen to those other people, just listen to me.”
But what does the Bible say?
Surprisingly, the authors of the Bible were very clear on this – they're not sure.
Genesis 1:27 states that God made man and woman together on the sixth day, after making the animals
Genesis 2:19 states that God made the animals between man and woman
Genesis 2:21-22 implies that God made woman sometime after the seventh day
Quite blatantly, the stories of Genesis 1 and 2 are two separate stories of Creation – that don't quite agree.
Why the contradictory stories? Simple, the compilers of the Bible didn't know which story was more true. So, they added them both. This wasn't the only story told twice in the Bible.
Those who wrote the Bible were just people too. Whether they were inspired by God or not, this is their story. They weren't exactly sure how Creation happened, so they left it up for us to decide.
Allow me to emphasize this; the authors and compilers of the Bible weren't sure about the specifics of Creation. They just wrote down the Creation stories that they had heard. And they wrote down two contradictory stories of Creation – ultimately to remind us that there was still work to be done to fully understand how we came to be.
Is the Bible wrong?
I don't think that's the right question.
(In fact, I don't think that's the right question to ask about all Religions.)
The best questions should be;
what can we learn from the Bible?
And; what can we learn from the Universe?
This is what the best Christian Leaders focus on.