Martin Luther once said `Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has.`
Buddha once said `Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.`
Why are Christians so bitter? Are they unhappy with themselves and their bigot of a God?
Why does their God kill and show admonishment towards his followers? Is it because he has held a grudge since the times of Adam and Eve?
Why is knowledge sinful? Is it because their God`s word should be accepted without question?
Why are most Christians closed minded towards scientific breakthroughs? Is it because they are taught from a young age that reason and the ways of self faith are wrong?
Why should one blindly believe in the most violent and hateful entity in religion, if one cannot have the ability to believe in themselves and question the world around them?
Okay. How to answer that? Well, this is how I look at it:
One thing I would consider is this: Do not consider one person, i.e. Martin Luther, the spokesperson for Christianity. The Bible over and over again presses the issue of using our minds. A few examples:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. (Matthew 22:37)”
“Come let us reason together…(Isaiah 1:18)”
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God… (1 John 4:1)”
“they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so (Acts 17:11).”
Far from being a religion of blind faith and ignorance, Christianity offers itself to be tested for its historical veracity. As far as Martin Luther goes, while he made many commendable contributions to our faith, he himself was not without his own faults (bouts of anti-Semitism and the like), and I certainly would not evaluate the whole of Christianity based off of one quote that may or may not be being used entirely out of context.
Also, I would ask, what do you mean that “Christians are so bitter?” Everyone succumbs to the weight of a heavy heart every once in a while, but to say that “Christians are so bitter” is a bit of a faulty generalization. Many Christians are very joyful indeed. Indeed, however, there are some who profess the name of Christ with their lips only to embrace a different path in practice. Those people should not be looked at as an example of the faith of Christ. Also, I would ask why do you consider God a bigot? After all, Peter says
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance… (2 Peter 3:9)”
It is not God’s desire to kill and destroy everything that lives on earth, nor even is it His delight to eliminate certain races and peoples such as the Amalekites and the Ammonites. God does not, however, tolerate unholiness, and a people as consistently wicked as those two examples (they sacrificed children to idols and engaged in horrid behaviors in worship to their gods) will eventually be given their just punishment. To say that God is violent and hateful is to ignore the witness of scripture:
“The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness (Exodus 34:6)”
“The LORD is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression(Numbers 14:18)”
“And he prayed to the LORD and said, “O LORD, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made hast to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster (Jonah 4:2)”
There are 56 instances in the Bible where God is referred to as slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love.
Knowledge is by no means considered a sin. Again, God wants us to reason. The church was the sole bastion of learning during the Dark Ages, and were it not for the efforts of the church, learning would have ground to a halt and would have been forever hindered during those times. Most Christians are not closed minded to scientific breakthrough. However, many times science is used in the hands of those who actually distort the evidence to prop up support of doctrines such as evolution (look at the number of faked fossils, the amount of academic dishonesty that goes into supporting evolutionary theory) and Christians guard themselves against such faulty science and equip themselves with a balanced view on Science.
Again, there are 56 references in the Bible to God that say He is slow to anger and loving. Faith is not a blind jump into an abyss of stupidity. For myself, faith has been something that I have developed in time based on a realization that there is historical support for the veracity of the Judeo-Christian God.
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