When discussing religion with friends/family, I try to follow these basic rules:
This evening, a discussion about the bible had begun brewing (much to my dismay), and I found myself in the position of not being able to hold back my opinion. I mentioned the fact that the bible is indeed filled with much hatred and is not exactly a “good” book (in the sense that you wouldn’t want to get your morality from it). Of course, being in a room full of people who grew up with Catholicism, either Italian or Irish, I was told that I was mistaken and that a lot of good comes from the bible. I asked for examples of such goodness but received none. Now, I wasn’t mad about any of this. I don’t get angry about it if it’s simply a discussion amongst friends, but I do feel as though I am looked at as some kind of radical who has no idea what he’s talking about. It’s honestly a little unfair in my eyes. I don’t wish to upset anyone, I’m only stating my opinion. No one is required to agree with me, but just remember that I am not simply going to back down from my position. I will not. I must remain true to my convictions.
My most honest of intentions is to get people to think about these issues. Seriously, what good comes from the bible? I know that there is definitely some goodness that comes from the bible, but does it outweigh all of the horror and torture? Does this goodness outweigh genocide and slavery? Does it outweigh the condemnation of homosexuality and freedom of thought? Most importantly, can you not learn great life lessons about morality from other sources? Is the bible really the best moral compass you can come up with?
I don’t expect to sway everyone, I just hope that the people I care about won’t look at me as if I’m simply wrong. I know that many people have been inspired by the bible to do GREAT things that have made so many peoples’ lives better. But so many people have also used it to justify horrible cruelties and mass-atrocities:
These are just a few examples. They might seem extreme, but they are not unrealistic or far-fetched. They have all happened and will happen again. Like I said, I know there is good and bad in everything; I just happen to think that the bible has more bad than good.