“If”there is a god, the rise of Christianity on first glance appears to be an attempted course correction of the millenniums-old religion of the one, true, perfect, infallible YHWH. Having a change of heart, or to keep up with man’s own superior morality a change had to be made, or is it pure conflation? Yet in an attempt to purge out the immorality of his own doing (mosaic law and divine command) he threw in a few feel-good scriptures about love, naughty clergy, heaven, end-time destruction and hell torment. Try as he might, the Old Testament god still rears his head today (the religious mindset) and claims the chain is unbroken authority from the beginning. The Old and New are carried around as one book, and out of 66 tries we still have the piety and divisiveness of the old, with the psychological faith trick in the new. Improved? Faith should never be the end-all-be-all goal of any endeavor, but a concept to work towards fact and reality. If the biblical faith is “evidence (please) of things not seen”, the equivalent of displaying sure knowledge of an imagination, that is quite the oxymoron to base your life’s work on. The inherent byproduct of monotheism is division, and initiation includes recognizing your worthlessness before the creator who loves you. This particular brand of self deprecation has one treating his neighbors as he would treat himself—unkindly
“How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?” Job 15:16
“He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me”. Matt 10:37
*Careful trusting anyone who capitalizes “Me” when used by a speaker to refer to himself or herself as the object of a verb or preposition.
“Christianity has percolated through the layers of dogmatism and bigotry, of intolerance and superstition, of damnation and hell fire. It takes on itself the quality of these layers and imparts them to those that are received within its folds”. Virchand Gandhi, The Monist
Those outside the faith see it clearly, while faith obscures the facts obvious to every nonbeliever.
Thanks to Judy and Tom for inspiring comments.