It would seem that, because I was raised in a world
where people had sexual relations – and babies –
when they were married, I –
and the very few left in the world like me –
am an object of contempt to the 21st century mind.
We are regarded as cruel tyrants who would advocate
such reprehensible behaviour as self discipline;
family values; and showing enough respect
for a young woman to treat her honourably
– like a lady.
I understand that human beings
no longer have the ability to blush;
that shame is a thing of the past;
but from where does this knee-jerk hatred
for basic morality come?
Why is it that people are no longer willing to discern
– or even consider the concept of – right from wrong?
Does it require too much mental effort?
Too much of what used to be known as wisdom?
Or is it that anything that might require basic morality
or self restraint, is just too repulsive to the modern mind,
and so deserves to be vilified and despised?
I understand that there are legions
of self-venerating “Evangelicals” who practice
a transcendental, head-in-the-clouds,
feel-good “Christianity” … as well as
hordes of grandiose charlatans fleecing
their utterly deluded congregations;
and ‘fundamentalist’ tyrants
who bellow obnoxiously and wave a Bible
as they build an empire of tragically ignorant
Denominations exist precisely because
Men are not content to read – and heed –
what is in the old Bible,
but imagine themselves so wise,
as to add their own opinions and notions
to what is written there.
I am also aware that the New Testament
is highly specific throughout – insists
over and over again – that many may
carry a Bible; but few actually “live” it.
BUT … I am not some loud, blustering,
American fundamentalist bully:
In North America, where we currently reside,
the CLOSEST group of people
who are of the same lifestyle and philosophy
as my wife and me … are called “Amish”.
So why “blanket” anyone who, like me,
espouses old fashioned values (which I certainly do),
as being a “Bible Thumper” and deserving
of your ridicule, contempt, and hatred ?
When briefly opening a Facebook page
which I endured for forty days,
the following ignorant atrocity appeared
on my ‘logged-in’ page.
The one form of low-grade existence
for which I reserve absolute contempt,
are those … creatures … who like to cause pain,
fear, or degradation to any animal, child
or peaceful adult.
I do not care whether you are an Atheist,
Buddhist, so-called “Christian”,
hug trees, or Worship the Third Moon on the Right –
I simply despise … Bullies.
Especially those that supplement their cruelty
by spewing wholesale Ignorance.
In 2002, I completed three years of work
on an academic dissertation entitled:
“The Religious Humanism of the Modern
Evangelical Church” –
which took the Old Bible … and held it up
like a mirror to feel-good fantasists
and fuming fundamentalist “Christians”.
So … I am NO defender
of modern “Evangelicals”.
What I AM however, is a defender – as best I can –
of animals and people who have not,
it may be,
the strength, or courage; or skill, or maturity,
to stand up to vicious thugs in this world.
Now, to all such ignorant punks who like to
degrade people that believe in … fairy tales –
Precisely what is it in the Ten Commandments,
that so offends you ?
1. Live as though you were not the centre of the universe.
2. No need to grovel and scrape to statues.
3. Exercise self-control over the verbal filth
that comes out of your mouth.
4. Give your employees and farm animals a day off
once a week.
5. Respect your own Dad and Mum.
6. Do not maliciously kill anyone.
7. Do not destroy the family next door with adultery
arising from your lust.
8. Do not steal what belongs to someone else.
9. Do not lie about, or cause disgrace to, another person.
10. Do not be greedy for everything you see.
Now – explain it to me.
YOU, who like to mock and demean
a certain moral segment of society –
WHAT precisely is so offensive to you
about the moral code of human conduct
listed above ?
And if people choose to live accordingly,
while believing in their Invisible Friend –
WHAT is THAT to YOU ???
Or does being an obnoxious Bully
degrading quiet and moral people in the world,
just appeal to your self-image as a smug,
The OLD Testament – which is so “repulsive”
to lust-loving narcissists in general, provides
the “rules to follow” for those who Claim
that they want to live in a … THEOCRACY.
For ancient Hebrews, these were the laws
and principles … by which ONE nation
was expected to live.
If you did not like that, then move to Egypt,
or Sodom, or some such pagan place on earth,
drink, ‘party’, and place your new-born baby
on the red-hot metal arms of the idol Molech
while the drums beat so you do not have to
hear the shrieks of agony from your child.
The NEW Testament provides rules and principles
for those who CLAIM subservience to God,
while living amongst people of ALL nationalities
throughout the world.
If I am living quietly and peaceably in the land
Quietly Worshipping anything that you deem foolish –
WHAT is that to you ???
Please direct me, also, to the book, chapter,
and verse(s) in the old Bible, where God
declares that he needs money.
Or are you simply displaying your contempt
and ignorance by equating shyster “evangelists”,
paedophile priests, and perverted “pastors” …
with the content of that book?
Have you even opened that old book,
and mentally digested its content?
Or are you content to scream that it is a
“Book of Hatred and Intolerance” –
by ignoring the repetitious, biblical sentiment
“Love your enemies,
bless them that curse you,
do good to them that hate you,
and pray for them which despitefully use you” ?
Precisely WHOM, I wonder,
is showing the Hate ???
If the Bible is a book of “fairy tales”
believed by sad, deluded fools like me,
why does that bother you so much?
Why the utterly Disproportionate hatred
when the mere thought of “The Bible”
comes to mind?
“Live and let Live” was the cry
of the masses during the early ‘70’s.
Yet why is it that those who cry loudest for it,
are the least willing to give it?
The few who actually are quiet, peaceable,
genuinely God-fearing people in the world,
are humble people who truly make an effort
to honour God in life and thought –
and are quite content to let the world
live as it will.
We certainly find no agitation in letting people
sit for hours in front of the television;
spend their money in the pursuit of greed or ‘status’;
or entertain each other with the frivolities of modern life.
ALL we want is the courtesy to live in peace and quiet.
The problem for us, however, is that neither
the free-thinking humanist,
nor the hypocritical religionist,
are content to let folk like us … alone.
Any opportunity to ridicule the very existence
of those that espouse old fashioned morality
is eagerly taken.
“Those who have no strength and power
to inflict other injuries,
have these weapons of malice always in readiness.
When other kinds of persecutions and violence
are restrained, yet men take a liberty
of censuring and speaking all manner of evil falsely,
against the children of God;
and ever this hath been verified in the experience of the saints.
Their lives are a real reproach to the wicked …”
[ Thomas Manton ]
While people in the world wallow joyfully
in moral depravity, and call it “freedom”,
they declare us to be “brainwashed”.
While the multitudes of the evangelical church
imitate the world as closely as they can,
and call it “relevance”,
they declare us to be “narrow-minded” or “fanatics”.
And should we but try to quietly explain
our position to either of them …
they are insulted and find it intolerable.
Our mere existence represents everything
that they despise:
the notion of God,
of self restraint,
and of separation from the decadence,
vain lifestyles, and commercial greed
that people generally trip over themselves to pursue.
In short, we are a thorn in the conscience.
And are despised because of it.
Be an atheist … hug trees …
worship the third moon on the right …
as long as you do not intimidate or hurt
any animal, child, or peaceful adult —
Live your life.
But allow those of us who endeavour
to live quietly and peaceably
the same courtesy.
Without the name-calling, lying,
and ignorant slandering of our character.