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The Ungodliness Of The Godly

Warning: This post may offend some readers. If you think it might offend you, then you’re probably right.

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

Matthew 7:1-5

I think it’s time for a little controversy.

I’ll start by translating the above into words that a modern audience of IQ challenged nitwits who spend their evenings watching “The Bachelor” and other such mind expanding bullshit can understand (and I mean in no way to imply that my readers fit this description, I mean only to ensure that the lowest common denominator is considered). Basically what it says is:

Until you’re perfect, keep your mouth shut.

Ouch.

I bring this up because in my experience Christians are just about the most judgemental people on the face of the earth, despite the fact that the Bible clearly instructs them not to be.

Some misguided Christians who are addicted to their own judgemental ways manage to twist those verses around and interpret them as being permission to judge others, so long as they judge them through the eyes of God. But this misses one very important fact: No one except the entity called God is able to see through the eyes of God, as only God/Jesus is without sin.

Get it?

No one, except for God, is without sin, and therefore no one, except for God is qualified to judge others, or else they are a true hypocrite.

Of course like most of the rules in the Bible, this one is impossible to live up to. We’re human beings, and we are naturally judgemental bastards. Maybe if Eve had left that friggin’ apple alone we’d all be lovey-dovey and wonderful to each other all the time, living in joy and bliss, but we aren’t.

Now personally I could care less what a book written by a bunch of crazy, control freak middle eastern guys says about anything (that’s something Christianity and Islam have in common), but I figure if I am going to judge the judgements of Christians, I might as well try and speak their language.

The genesis of this article came after someone very close to me found themselves under attack by a group of people who decided that it was their right to use the internet in an attempt to cause damage to this person’s life their relationship with their friends and family. It was an act of pure cruelty brought on by hatred, and nothing more. The actions that were taken by these people should be illegal, but sadly are not because our laws have not yet caught up to the realities of cyber crime/harassment. What was particularly disturbing was how many of these people revealed themselves to be representatives of Christianity through copious mentions of God and morality while at the same time displaying a flagrant disregard for both.

So what’s the point? Well, let’s review: The Bible does not say that you can’t judge people for their imperfections, only that you are a hypocrite if you do. This applies to everyone, because everyone, according to the Bible, is imperfect, therefore any judgements made by humans are hypocritical. As far as I know, the Bible does not specifically prohibit being a hypocrite (thank God for that because if you thought that rule about masturbating was hard to follow…), therefore we can conclude that being a judgemental prick is okay with God so long so long as you are comfortable also being a hypocrite.

So, where does the problem come in? If being judgemental is okay with God, and being a hypocrite is okay with God, then passing judgement on people is perfectly okay.

Yep. What’s not okay is using those judgements as an excuse to be cruel and wicked to someone, ANYONE. I’m pretty sure the Bible does have some rules about being unkind and acting in an evil way.

Thus I find myself rather sickened by Christians behaving in a reprehensible and cruel way, and then having the nerve to use the Bible and their disturbingly poor grasp of what it actually says to justify their behaviour.

It is the exact same reason that some Muslims bomb buildings.

Everyone should read this book: God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

While you’re at it, you might try some of these. I haven’t read all of them myself, but they caught my attention:

Finally check out this essay by Ricky Gervais.

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6 Comments:

  • Geoffrey Forrest says:

    1st. All of the bible is a story of how Christians and Jews want to been seen as a part of their lives. About judgement. Look at it. We all judge our selves by our family name the jobs of our parents and/or or best deed or performance…How do we judge others? By the worst thing we know about them. How’s that for stupid and unfair. The church has made a God impossible to believe in. Their main problem is that they believe the bible is really the word of GOD. A joke, that we believed for centuries, not anymore. Too dumb.

  • That’s one of the best verses in the bible! My mom and I had this conversation. She said: “I don’t like Christianity. Why shouldn’t everyone go to heaven? Christians are always telling people why they who won’t go to heaven.”

    I replied that if anyone tells you you’re not going to heaven then they are full of it. That’s God’s decision, and nobody has the authority to judge you. It’s so simple. Do what you think is right. If you don’t feel God, or had a look at Christianity and don’t like it, or never seen it and don’t care or whatever, go ahead.

    We Christians should just live our lives and that can be the example to anyone who is interested.

    By the way, I really dislike those books. They’re so mean. Dawkins is nasty and Hitchen is nasty. They’re generally just angry and it totally weakens their arguments. Dawkins has one or two decent points — he’s a fairly smart man when he’s not simply being nasty. Hitchen has nothing besides opinions and anecdotes.

    I believe in God, but I don’t try to force it on others. I sometimes like to participate in good argument with a smart person though.

    • Jonathan says:

      Thanks for the comment, Dad.

      I cannot speak for Dawkins, as apart from a few minutes spent browsing in a bookstore, however I strongly disagree that Hitchens’ book was mean.

      I suppose this is a clear example of how our point of view can influence how we perceive things. I personally thougth Hitchens’ book was extremely well reasoned and eye opening.

      I say this because I read it just before Christmas of this year when I found myself newly in love with someone from a religious background, and was searching for a reason to believe in God, a reason for Christmas to mean more to be that just a time to visit family and eat good food.

      I found none. The reality is that religion is a relic from the past, a way to explain away what was at the time unexplainable, but it now basic science. I firmly believe that in our modern society, it does far more harm that good, indeed I wonder if it ever did do any good.

      For many, I understand, religion is an old friend, something they grew up with, it’s hard to accept that it’s not real. I however can’t help but see the gaping flaws in in the dogma, and the everyday evidence that religion fails on it’s promise of making people better, it fails miserably.

      Nevermind that the God (using Christianity as an example here) in the Bible seemed rather unaware that there was a world beyond the middle east, or different races for that matter, when he is supposed to have created it all, and well, that just about does it for me.

  • Amber says:

    I agree with it all. EXCEPT ! It was so not just Eve’s fault. Pretty sure Adam had this thing called free will. The bastard coulda said no. Just saying. :)