Lies from Sunday School

The Bible is clear - No, it is not. People have argued issues in the Bible for as long as the book has existed. On any given issue you can argue for or against using the Bible. Even the books in it are still argued amongst different denominations.

The Bible is the word of God - this assertion is nowhere on the Bible. Considering the collection of books was curated hundreds of years after the individuals books were written, it makes no sense to read any verses to mean the Christian Bible is the word of God.

Christianity is the only true faith - There is as much evidence to back this claim up, as there is to back Hinduism, Islam, or agnosticism as superior beliefs. Faith is helpful so long as it enhances our spiritual life. This assertion is rooted in supremacy culture.

Jesus died so we didn’t have to go to hell - Jesus the Jewish man didn’t believe in hell. And an all powerful God that demands human sacrifice to have a relationship with their creation isn’t all powerful. Jesus died because he stood against systems of oppression.

Christians have to proselytize - No, Christians have to live out their faith, which means loving God and loving neighbor as self. If coercing people to be Christians is the goal, how come Jesus didn’t proselytize? And the Great Commission isn’t about proselytizing.

It is loving to tell people of eternal hell - the idea of hell has changed vastly. The idea of a place eternal torment for those who don’t do what the church says is a later invention and it is psychologically traumatizing, nothing loving about traumatizing people.

Jesus is the only way to know God - the Bible speaks of God being love. Love is rather universal. Love and divinity are interconnected. Jesus isn’t the only way to know love, or divinity. Love and divinity extend far beyond Jesus. Even the Bible says so.

Pastors are paramount to a relationship w/God - No, peers are paramount. People who hold us accountable, support us, grow and learn with us; and love us well. Those can be vocational pastors or not. There is no inherent authority given to vocational pastors.

Church attendance is mandatory to have a relationship w/God - Church is a people, a way of life, a commitment to community, not a place. You don’t attend church, you belong to community; that community can be a corporate church or not. Community is what is paramount.

You can’t know morality outside of Christianity - not only is this proven wrong by looking around, but listening to the marginalized and practicing emotional intelligence will lead us to ethical behavior with or without Christianity.

You can’t know truth outside of Christianity - Truth when it comes to faith is absolutely subjective. Beyond that many non-Christians know a lot of truth that is factually corroborated. Christianity doesn’t have a monopoly on facts or reality.

God expects our blind obedience - The words for obedience in both Hebrew and Greek mean to listen intently. People often use obedience to demand submission to authority figures. Obedience is blind, it’s a means to manipulate. Listening is healthy and an acceptable request.

The heart is deceitful, you can’t trust your emotions - Emotions happens spontaneously in several parts of the brain, they aren’t something to subjugate or deny; they inform us of what’s going on within us. The heart is an organ that has nothing to do with our emotions.

You need permission to make decisions - This is translated to needing permission from authority figures. If God is within us, permission was granted when we were created with free will. We don’t need permission to make decisions; we need to ensure we aren’t harming others.

We respect authority figures - We don’t owe respect to anybody due to rank or position. We respect all humans because that’s the right thing to do. Honor others’ humanity; that’s respect. If people abuse or cross boundaries, we get to hold them accountable, that’s not disrespect.

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3 Mar
Thank you for the unsolicited education Brent. This is all stuff I have been told and was indoctrinated into growing up. Changing my mind required a lot of studying but I’ll give you a quick summary. Since you decided to try to teach me I figured I’d return the favor.

We start in Gen 19. First look at Ezekiel 16:49-50, now go back to Gen 19 and notice the issue was not homosexuality but rape! Because we can all agree rape is horrific, and per Ezekiel and Genesis the issue wasn’t at all consensual, respectful homosexual relationships.

Now let’s take a look at Lev 18:22 and Levi 20:13. Hebrew has 3 word for man: אִישׁ ('iysh), זָכָר (zakar), and גֶּבֶר (geber). And those verses look different in Hebrew than they do in English where it seems to simply imply male homosexual relationships are an abomination.

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28 Feb
It isn’t hyperbole to say bad theology kills*. Just War Theory begun in the 4th century BCE to justify the horrors of the Roman Empire that was now a “Christian” state. It’s been the justification behind genocide, anti-semitism, islamophobia, and xenophobia for 1600 yrs.

The differentiation between genocide and malicide, murder and assassination, oppression and protection; were all made under the guise of Just War Theory. Because to make war just you have to change definitions and demonize a people group as evil you have to rid the world of.

It is always the powerful that use Just War Theory to defend bloodshed and destruction. When I say Christianity must be challenged, it is because it’s provided power hungry empires w/a very effective weapon to oppress and tap themselves on the back because “God is with them”

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One of the saddest and most harmful things that is taken from privileged identities due to their experiences is curiosity.

Privileged identities have been conditioned to believe their experience is universal, their behavior is “normal,” and their opinion is truth.

They have been conditioned to protect their privilege by being convinced those who don’t have what they have are too lazy, too dense, too broken, too depraved, too ignorant; to get privilege like them. They think we all need what they have, they are the pinnacle of existence.

This causes them to meet others with answers, as gods, with superiority, knowing it all. Which means they don’t ever consider they could learn something from those they meet who aren’t like them. Read the colonizers’ journals, they believed native people saw them as gods.

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We live in a society that misunderstands boundaries and consent. Most people think the former is about just saying no, and the latter is about sex. And while that’s a part of it, they are about agency, autonomy, respect and interpersonal relationships.

Unsolicited advice without consent is crossing a person’s boundaries. Even if the advice is good advice, even if the person giving the advice is a pastor or a parent, even if the advice is important. Most people aren’t talking about their life so that we may solve it.

It is an honor to be trusted with someone’s life story*, with their thoughts and their challenges, with their struggles and their musings. But it is not an open invitation to try and solve their problems, control their behavior, tell them what to do.

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I am going to say uncomfortable things. Christians you will probably be activated. Your nervous system is going to tell you it’s dangerous and you have to defend your faith. Take a min, google the Backfire effect and be mindful of that.

On psychological abuse:
Psychological abuse comes from constant and calculated use of words and non-physical behavior to manipulate, coerce, shame, guilt or frighten a person. It results in influencing thoughts and behavior, distorts people’s reality and affects their sense of self and wellbeing.

Indoctrinating children into a religion, and teaching them implicitly or explicitly that their belonging to their family and/or God hinges on their compliance and agreement to this religion; is psychological abuse.

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18 Feb
Me - The Bible isn’t the word of God.

Christians - The Bible is true.

Me - literature being true ≠ literature being the word of God.

Me - Churches please stop abusing people.

Christians - You’ll never find a perfect church.

Me - Churches not abusing ≠ churches being perfect.

Me - Christianity has been used to harm too many people.

Christians - So has Islam!

Me - Christianity being used to abuse ≠ Christianity is the only thing used to abuse.

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