Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Dear Believer...


This was a letter posted in the American Atheists newsletter. I think it is a very thought provoking article. What do we say when we here this type of thing said to us? I am not sure there is much we can say...other than speaking with our actions and showing them the Love of Christ in ways they have never seen before. The letter in tiled, Dear Believer. Tell me what you think.

Dear Believer,
You ask me to consider Christianity as the answer for my life. I have done that. I consider it untrue, repugnant, and harmful.
I find it incredible that you ask me to believe that: the earth was created in six literal days; women come from a man’s rib; a snake, a donkey, and a burning bush spoke human language; all animal species, millions of them, rode on one boat; a detached hand floated in the air and wrote on a wall; Jesus walked on water unaided; fish and bread magically multiplied to feed the hungry; water instantly tuned into wine; a fiery lake of eternal torment awaits unbelievers under the earth while there is life after death in a city that is 1,500 miles cubed, with mansions and food, for Christians only.
If you believe these stories, then you are the one with the problem, not me. These myths violate natural law, contradict science, and fail to correspond to reality or logic. If you can’t see that, then you can’t separate truth from fantasy. It doesn’t matter how many people accept the delusions inflicted by “holy” men; a widely held lie is still a lie.
If Christianity were simply untrue, I would not be too concerned. Santa is untrue, but it is a harmless myth that most people outgrow. But Christianity, besides being false, is also abhorrent. It amazes me that you claim to love the God of the Bible, a hateful, arrogant, sexist, cruel being who can’t tolerate criticism. I would not want to live in the same neighborhood as such a creature!
The biblical God is a macho male warrior. Though he said, “Thou shalt not kill,” he ordered death for all opposition. He punishes offspring to the fourth generation; ordered pregnant women and children to be ripped up; is partial to one race of people; judges women inferior to men, is a sadist who created a hell to torture unbelievers; created evil; spread dung on people’s faces; sent bears to devour forty-two children for merely teasing a prophet; punishes people with snakes, dogs, dragons, swords, axes, fire, famine, and infanticide; and said fathers would eat their sons. Is that nice? Would you want to live next door to such a person?
And Jesus is a chip off the old block. He said, “I and my father are one,” and he upheld “every jot and tittle” of the Old Testament law. He preached the same old judgment: vengeance and death, wrath and distress, hell and torture for all nonconformists. He never denounced the subjugation of slaves or women. He irrationally cursed and withered a fig tree for being barren out of season. He mandated burning unbelievers (the Church has complied with relish.). He stole a horse! You want me to accept Jesus, but I think I’ll pick my own friends, thank you.
I also find Christianity to be morally repugnant. The concepts of original sin, depravity, substitutionary forgiveness, intolerance, eternal punishments, and humble worship are all beneath the dignity of intelligent human beings. They are barbaric ideas for primitive cultures cowering in fear and ignorance.
Do you see why I do not respect the biblical message? It is an insulting bag of nonsense. You have every right to torment yourself with such insanity—but leave me out of it. I have better things to do with my life.
©1987 by Dan Barker and the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc., reprinted in American Atheists newsletter

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