Danger, Danger Everywhere and So Many Who Wish to Drink
Biblical literalism is one of the more dangerous aspects of Christianity. What biblical literalism is is taking the words of the Bible and interpreting them in their most basic, literal sense. In case you didn't know this can be an extremely dangerous, destructive, stupid thing to do. Are there exceptions to this when it comes to things in the Bible? I would say yes. How? Well, consider what is said about love (the good things that are said about love), right? Love is patient and kind and conquers all. Or how about the verse that says there is no greater love than that a man lay down his life for his friend (John 15:13)? These are good things, good concepts and ideas.
BUT...when it comes to things like stoning your kids when they are being brats (Deuteronomy 21:18), killing those who work on the Sabbath (Exodus 31:14), stoning a woman if her groom finds her to not be a virgin (Deuteronomy 22:13-29), killing adulterers (Leviticus 20:10), and more, the ramifications of taking these things literally and actually following them is really beyond reason, as well as beyond the message of love that is supposed to be what the Bible is all about.
Sooo...do the hard-nosed Christians of the world really follow the Bible literally as so many claim it should be followed? If the Bible IS supposed to be followed literally what should have happened to Jimmy Swaggart after he sought the services of prostitutes? Let us take a look at some biblical literalism video clips. Some of these are from non-Christians asking questions or simply venting, some are portions of documentaries, and some are from those within the faith themselves.
This man asks a very good question, right? How is it that so many Christian literalists pick and choose what it is they want to take literally from the Bible? How can they say the Bible is literal and then turn around and not follow everything? How does this work? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECgoQbJ88Yk
This is heartbreaking. What the hell is wrong with people? This woman found out first hand, in the most tragic of fashions what can happen when biblical literalism runs amok. Would you want this to happen to your daughter? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnAjke3ZCQE
This is good stuff. Pay attention to the questions asked and fell free to post answers at the end of this posting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tJ37YH_uqM
Some of this is Children of the Corn creepy. Listen to what the minister who used to be a literalist has to say about context, language, culture, and custom. Very, very good. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wf-0YQZlM9c
Did you know that the biblical literalism that is SO important to so many Christians is largely a North American phenomenon? I found that to be immensely interesting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkcC8FkS6Nc
Will those who decide to take the Bible literally really take the time to consider the questions like that which this man asks, or will they continue to be stout in their literalism (supposed literalism) in an effort to remain true and straight for God and their faith? Is this a wise thing to do? This literalism IS a cop-out, isn't it? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCgBNm8L5P8
Biblical literalists are not really literalists, are they? If they were there would be a hell of a lot more people in jail than there are now. Are YOU a biblical literalist? If so, when will your next daily sacrifice to Yahweh be? Oh, Jesus took care of that for you? Sooo...then the Word of God doesn't stand forever? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSAJrMyq9-Q&list=PL25EAA618C5BB6ECD
The old laws of the Old Testament should still apply since Jesus did say that He did NOT come to abolish the law, right? Explain this. I am sure there are at least three different ways I have heard this explained to me having grown up in a very Christian family. What other explanations can there be? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjHD4QCPa60&list=PL25EAA618C5BB6ECD
Pay attention to what this man points out as being the definition of truth. Very good. And why is the King James version of the Bible one of the favorite interpretations for biblical literalists? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAktCtTMM58
Good stuff! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0XXEd1W0pw&list=PL4mXQHptk2LjeezTQqLS7D2sCed6wH3uj
Oh, yeah. Religion largely gets morality ALL wrong. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEhP6FCjCkQ
God said to do this and to NOT do that. Sooo...how many people actually listen to the one and only true God that they love and actually follow through with ALL of these commands? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oF3TRGh8lrc&list=PL4mXQHptk2LgdG3qgNWiSFkmg6scHTqN_
Well, three cheers for the Bible fudging up royally on the dates, times, places, and people involved in the supposed important events of one of the most popular religions ever. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5JpD6A3Tm4&list=PL4mXQHptk2LgdG3qgNWiSFkmg6scHTqN_&index=2
Do you think that maybe the Bible has so many contradictions in it to help the dyslexic faithful of the universe to conform? I mean, if people do the opposite of what they are told to do (some people, that is), maybe by God saying something totally the opposite of what He really wants someone to do He will get them to do what they should be doing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVpTzThdsds&list=PL4mXQHptk2LgdG3qgNWiSFkmg6scHTqN_&index=7