How many people of faith realize there are over thirty examples of horror within the Bible, Koran, and Jewish Torah?
How much does a believer of religion know about their faith of choice? When discussing issues surrounding monotheistic traditions in the West, it seems that many Christians and Muslims often present a certain ideal of what they believe their faith to be, but are unaware of the horrifying doctrines that leap out of the texts.
The Christian Bible and Muslim Koran are often pointed out by people of the faith as the inspiration of their moral values. Not only do these people of faith believe the texts are the source of their values, they also believe the scriptures to be the source of humanity’s morals.
While it is certain that one may find an uplifting passage, or moving poetry in the words of these ancient texts, it does not conceal the real issues these religious doctrines pose. In many sections of the Bible and Koran, passages instruct believers to commit the most horrible of acts in the name of their faith.
A great piece from Alternet, details over thirty examples of the horrors within the Bible, Koran, and Jewish Torah. Among the list are examples I have stated regularly in the past. However, the Alternet article also listed examples I was not too familiar with. The examples from the list extend to genocide, and to sex slavery.
The scriptures dictate commands and parables that provide moral direction many Christians and Muslims do not desire today.
Believers are instructed to be ready to raise weapons in both defense of the faith and in offense against those who do not believe. The instructions of what to do with those “pagans” who do not believe usually entail slaughtering the entire community (especially their women and children).
Adulterers are frowned upon, as is homosexuality. The death penalty is usually the remedy for both situations. Girls who have sex before marriage and without the approval of the father are commanded to be burned to death. If your daughter is not a virgin on her wedding night, she is to be stoned to death on her father’s doorstep.
Mohammed was a military conqueror, so much violence and disparagement is associated with his age. Pagans under Muslim conquest were instructed to convert, pay a tax, or be destroyed. While Mohammed is the conqueror, Jesus is often described as a pacifist. This may be true according to certain gospels, but Jesus was certainly not a “family” figure.
Jesus commanded all his followers to abandon their families and possessions. Jesus stated that anyone who loved their families more than him, were not worthy of him. If any member of your family worships other gods, you are to kill them. This is the figure “family values” types put out as their role model. Jesus despised the family unit.
Children are to be obedient to the parents, especially the father. In fact, if a child disrespects their father than the father has a right to stone his child to death. The father also has the right to sell his daughters into slavery, under certain “conditions” of course.
When it comes to many of the passages outlined in Alternet’s piece, believers seem to be unaware of them. It is interesting to see how a Christian or Muslim can claim that they derive their morals from these texts when they are filled with immorality (at least by our secular standards).
It is fine if one wants to admonish the Bible and Koran as pieces of literature, on par with say the Iliad or Odyssey. Yet, once these examples of Abrahamic cruelty are brought forth, isn’t it clear now why many atheists and agnostics say we should not have our morals in society determined solely by the texts of the major religions?
How well do you know your religion? Are the 10 Commandments the source of our morals, or is our conscious? There are plenty of Bible stories I wouldn’t be reading to your kids at bedtime.