10 ways the bible will literally drive you insane


10. The Bible teaches you that you’re a bad person. The Bible teaches you that we’re all sinners who deserve to burn in hell, and even our righteousness is like filthy rags to God. Why are we bad people? Because Adam’s rib-clone ate a magic apple given to her by a talking snake in the Garden of Evil. Even though Yahweh came to earth as a demigod and sacrificed himself to himself to appease himself so people wouldn’t have to slaughter animals on Yahweh’s doorstep to anymore, humans are still bad people for sinning.

What is sin, you ask? The Bible doesn’t explain sin well at all. So it’s hard to figure out exactly what sin is or why it makes us bad people. If you get a degree in theology you might be able to reverse engineer an explanation of sin that doesn’t revolve around the Bible being a culturally relative work of mythology, but laymen and children tend to just get the message that they’re bad people and should feel a lifetime of crippling guilt and self-loathing that’s not based on reality. Chances are that’s what’s going to happen to you if believe the Bible.

9. It teaches you that you’re a good person. The Bible teaches that if you take part in Christianity’s indoctrination rituals they will transform you into a higher form of life who deserves eternal peace and joy. The message of eternal salvation contradicts the Bible’s teachings on original sin, because even after you’re saved you’re still a sinner until you die. This contradicting message will tear your minds in two directions creating cognitive dissonance and possibly a bipolar disorder and/or split personality. If nothing else it’s a recipe for deep rooted anxiety.

8. It teaches that everyone else is bad. The teachings in the Bible continue to rob you of an accurate perception of reality because it teaches that everyone who isn’t a Christian is a bad person…so bad in fact that they deserve to be tortured for all of eternity. Moreover, all the evil non-Christians asked for it; they chose to be separated from the light and embrace darkness and evil. This isn’t an accurate assessment of reality. This belief is far, far, far from sound judgment or good sense. It’s sick, and sets the stage for humans to pass judgment on living “sinners” here on earth. The belief that non-Christians are automatically evil has caused countless murders and hate crimes.

7. It teaches you that your self-worth is based on believing in a story. The determining factor between what makes someone deserve to burn for eternity and what makes someone deserve paradise for eternity is believing in a story. Believing in a story doesn’t have anything to do with anything. That’s not a valid factor to determine anyone’s self-worth by.

If you choose to judge people’s worth based on whether or not they ever heard an unbelievable story (that’s full of holes) then you won’t seek to find reasonable, sound, realistic ways to measure your own self-worth or other people’s. Hence, you’ll never identify the qualities and goals you should strive to achieve and avoid in order to grow up into a healthy, functional adult.

6. It teaches you not to accept responsibility for your actions. The Bible teaches that if you believe it then you’ll get to go to Heaven. In theological circles there’s some debate about whether or not good works are needed in addition to faith, but children don’t understand the Bible well enough or have the critical thinking skills to raise or explore that deep of a theological question. So as far as they (and most adults) are likely to be concerned, once you believe the story in the Bible you get to go Heaven. Anything you do bad after that is already forgiven, and if you want to be safe you can always confess and give God’s funny-hat-wearing spokesmen some more money.

This assumes a Christian can even recognize that their bad behavior is bad, but the Bible has already taught them that they’re a pillar of righteousness for believing in the right story…and righteous people don’t do bad things. So Christians tend to reason that their bad behavior must be good. Just look at the Westboro Baptist Church for proof of this.

5. It teaches you to feel guilty about the wrong things. Humans are sexual creatures. In a sense, having sex is the most important thing you’ll ever do because it ensures the survival and evolution of the species. That’s why sex feels so good. Our bodies are designed that way, and if God designed us then God designed us that way. Sex is a biological commandment. Yet the Bible basically tells us that sex is evil and we should feel ashamed for wanting to have sex…much less having it with anyone except the one person we marry according to an ancient Middle Eastern cultural ritual. Although, for some reason modern Christians no longer honor the tradition of the bride’s father giving the groom a sales receipt and a money back guarantee. But I digress.

Any addiction counselor will tell you that denial is the worst way to deal with addiction, but that’s how the Bible teaches us to deal with the sexual urges we were created with, and that’s why you see so many cases of rape in the Catholic Church. Priests are being driven to insanity by unreasonable teachings in the Bible.

Sex aside, the rest of the 7 deadly sins are all relatively irrelevant issues that the Bible blows out of proportion and turns into unhealthy, destructive obsessions.

4. It discourages critical thought. The corner stone of sanity is critical thought. The Bible commands you to turn that part of your mind off. I’ve heard a lot of Christians argue that the Bible commands you to think logically, but that’s bullshit.

From beginning to end the Bible constantly stresses the importance of faith. The definition of faith is “belief without proof.” Jesus even criticizes the disciple Thomas for asking to see his wounds after he returned from the dead. Today, anytime a Christian has a lapse in faith they’re called a “doubting Thomas.”

Doubt isn’t immoral. Doubt is the door to truth. Faith is close-minded, willful ignorance. Anytime anyone tells you it’s immoral to question their authority, you can be sure you’re being manipulated.

Since the Bible claims to be the word of God and constantly stresses the importance of faith, a lot of Christians have extrapolated those two facts to come to the conclusion that the Bible has all the answers you’ll ever need in life and is the only book you’ll ever need to read. This would be unhealthy even if we said “Everything you need to know about life you’ll learn in school.” It’s even more crippling is it to believe that about one archaic book.

3. It teaches false science and false history. If you don’t understand how the physical universe works or what happened in our history then you won’t be able to understand the world we presently live in. If you don’t understand the world we live in then you won’t be able to accurately predict, respond, navigate, or influence the world you live in because you’ll be using a faulty instruction manual that teaches a false and misleading version of reality.

The Bible teaches false science and false history beginning on page one. Believing things that aren’t true is the definition of insanity. If you believe the Bible you will believe things that aren’t true, and that will make you automatically, by-definition, insane.

2. Prayer only accomplishes one thing. The Bible teaches that if you believe in Yahweh with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind then you’ll have the power to move mountains and be immune to poison. Basically you’ll have magical powers.

That’s not how reality works. Wishing and begging an imaginary friend doesn’t accomplish anything. Your prayers aren’t going to be answered, and when they’re not you’re going to have to come up with an excuse to explain the disconnect between your expectations and reality. As a result you’re going to spend a lifetime nurturing a massive case of cognitive dissonance.

1. You will believe in imaginary beings. And I don’t just mean one all powerful, all loving father figure in the sky who never does anything or helps anyone. You’ll believe in an evil tyrant who lives in a lake of fire and plots against you all day for no reason. You’ll believe in invisible magical minions who serve both of these imaginary characters. You’ll believe in super powers and magic. You’ll believe in an invisible universe just around the corner from our own just as fantastical as Narnia or Middle Earth and you will be so convinced of your delusions that you’ll think anyone who doesn’t accept this magical fantasy is insane. That’s the definition of insanity.

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9 comments

  1. I really like your critique on the Bible. You set some really great arguments.
    On answering your question, “Does it set the stage for humans to pass judgment on living sinners?” No, the Bible says judgment is for God only. Humans automatically judge. If someone tells me you don’t judge I would think he or she’s a liar. You always have something good to say about someone and something bad. Matthew 7 “Remove the log in your eye before removing the splinter in the other’ eye.
    I like this type of wisdom in the Bible. Do all religions state this? I don’t know.

  2. Here is what my friend wrote:
    Most of the points made take a rather extreme view of things. For instance, to say that children are bad misses the point that we are sinners, yes, all of us, but we do not point out to children that “you are bad,” which is an aberration of the truth. To say that they are good denies the point that we are given the righteousness of Christ to enable our fallen natures to be redeemed, and ultimately, to carry us to heaven. The issue about self-worth certainly does not depend on whether we have heard or believed a story, but upon the new nature that God gives to us as we become a part of his family.

    To say that sex is evil is beyond belief! From Genesis through the end of the Bible, through Hebrews 13:4 anyhow — “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled” — shows that the proper use of sex is marvelous, and that it is the misuse and abuse of sex that is damaging. Sure, an obsession with sexuality is unhealthy and destructive!

    Point 4: To say that Christianity purports that one turns off the mind and “replaces reason with faith” is unfair and untrue. Look at I Peter 3:15 — “Always be ready to give a defense (or answer) to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you . . . .” plus many other passages which relate to reason, persuasion, convincing, etc. “Archaic book” is answered next –

    Point 3: To say that the Bible is “false science and false history” is off-base. The Bible does not claim to be a science book or a science textbook, but it is not incorrect in its statements about things pertaining to the scientific world, especially as one takes into account that sometimes it uses figurative language, as does most literature. History — wow, the Bible has been proven right time after time when it comes to historical records or archaeological issues. In fact, those who seek to disprove these issues (science and history) often relate that their positions have changed!

    Point 2: To “move mountains” is a hyperbole! And to say that Jesus is an “imaginary friend” is untrue. Read what Josephus had to say about Jesus, and he was a Jewish historian long after Jesus’ day!

    Point 1: Who is this guy to say anything about “imaginary beings?” Has he experienced the new birth, the redemption that God offers as a free gift, thus becoming a new person?

  3. I have to say that I wish I ran across your blog sooner. I can deeply identify with #6 because I have personally met people who believe they could whatever they want, and however, without consequence. They would as a result try to avoid consequence when they see it coming. As you would already know from reading this, I have little to no respect for such people.

  4. If you had quoted actual verses it would have helped clarify things even to your readers because soon you yourself will realize that you founded these things on misconceptions and hearsay.
    EX. Let’s start with the first one.
    “Bad person” but don’t know why?
    have you ever told a lie? what do you call a person who tells a lie? oh you said it only once or twice in your life?
    If I rape someone once, that still doesn’t make me a rapist?
    if i steal anything does it make me not a theif based on the item’s value?
    have you ever used God’s name in vain? as disrespecting the creator who gave you life? even hitler’s name wasn’t despised enough to be used as a curse word.
    Jesus said whoever looks with lust is an adulterer at heart.
    And also said whoever hates his brother is a murderer.

    thats just a few of the commandments. So do you really think that you have earned a life WORTHY of entering the presence of the holiest of holy and highest of high?
    If we had a recording of your life. your thoughts words and deeds 24/7 for your entire life.
    Do you think that an innocent child will say ” you’re a good man”
    yes I say innocent child cause chances are you will compare yourself to someone else “well youre not better than me”
    you see, God does not grade on a curve. law is law. otherwise he would be an unjust corrupted judge and flimsy lawgiver.

    but that would make him heartless if he just judged us flat out, because if you are honest with yourself, by what we have seen so far, none of us would have lived a life clean enough to enter a sanitized place like heaven.

    so God made a way.

    In short.
    We broke the law.
    Jesus paid our fine.

    Both the LAW and LOVE natures of God are satisfied

    thats why none of our deeds are worth it.
    think about it. can you really cancel out a sin?
    or just pay for it?
    even our own legal system doesn’t have crime cancellation
    you do the crime. you pay the fine.

    anyway long theological explainations but that is the gist of it, most of your ideas are misconceptions that would have been answered had you googled it.

  5. I found out today…My mum went crazy due to some stupid book.
    Im talking about insane.
    I still don’t know if she will be alright.
    My grandma brought her to some church and 6 hours later she went crazy….rocking back and forth…mumbling…
    I may have lost my mother thanks to a book of lies and death.

    It does NOT help anything, it only destroys life.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-201_162-5188393.html
    http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2012/dec/20/faith-healer-charged-in-loudon-girls-death-dies/
    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/24/prosecutor-parents-refusal-to-seek-medical-attention-led-to-infants-death/comment-page-11/

  6. These 10 reasons account for why America and basically Western Society are insane. Believe me, American society is truly INSANE!
    I have long held views such as those in your blogs.

  7. Been reading some of your work – BRILLIANT writing . I did not even have to read this – the headings are enough to sum up how we have evolved as a society in our delusions. Pity we cant get it right either way. Glad to have stumbled across your site – came here from a link a subreddit called ‘badphilosophy’ – had been looking around (reddit) and it was one of the few subs that I was not bored shitless at. SO all good.
    I do not agree with you on everything – but WHAT a splendid read I have had – far to much to relate to of how I see this whole dear society of ours.

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