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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- Christians, you believe in science.
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- 10 reasons Christianity will drive you insane
- 7 ways the Bible will make you an immoral person
- 11 ways Christianity ruins society
- Things Christians have to worry about the nonbelievers don’t
- Reasons to be kind outside of religion
- Disproving the Bible with sex
- How Christianity was largely responsible for the holocaust
- You can achieve the benefits of Christianity without believing in mythology
- It’s time to stop mutilating baby boys’ genitals
- Is God a lover or a fighter?
- How believers can witness to nonbelievers
- Religion 101 final exam
- Prophets and cognitive dissonance
- 10 ways to be a better Christian witness on the internet
- The power of prayer
- The Dali Lama may be nice, but he still pretends to be a mythological being
- A more realistic take on the 10 commandments
- On traditional Christian-American values
- What is sin?
- It’s time to stop celebrating Easter
- It’s time to stop celebrating Christmas
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