"When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord." - 1 Corinthians 5:4-5
Paul really loses it today.
The first thing he says to the Corinthians is that he's heard about sexual immorality among them. The sexual immorality being that men have been sleeping with their fathers' wives (aka their mothers?). He goes on to say that, instead of being in fellowship with these men, they should hand them over to Satan that their sinful nature will be destroyed and their spirit will be saved. Wait. What? Send them to Satan so their spirit will be saved? Now Satan is saving people's souls? I must be missing something here.
This is not to mention that Paul has just spent numerous chapters saying that people shouldn't judge each other because everyone is a sinner. In fact, if you judge someone for a sin you're probably doing the sin yourself (says Paul). Now we're not only supposed to judge the person, but we're supposed to personally deliver him to Satan?
Paul then says that he's written that it's ok to hang out with people that are immoral. But now, says Paul, "I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat." This is most definitely a verse that Christians have intentionally passed over (and probably for good reason, considering Jesus would not have approved). You're not even supposed to eat with sinners? One of Jesus's main messages was that it was ok to be around sinners (he did it himself all the time).
In the beginning of chapter 6 Paul tells the Corinthians that they shouldn't take their disputes before civil courts, but they should judge among themselves. We know how well that worked out with the Catholic church.
Paul then continues his completely anti-Jesus rant: "Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God." He goes on to say that that's what some of them were until they found Jesus, but now they're somehow cured of their nastiness. I thought it was all about believing in Jesus, not your actions. After all, Paul just said that we're all sinners, but we'll be saved through salvation in Jesus. Contradictions abound.
The last part of chapter 6 is about how terrible sexual immorality is. Paul says that all other sins are outside the body, but sexual immorality is against the body. This is especially terrible because our bodies are temples to the Holy Spirit. I guess we all have the Holy Spirit now?
Chapter 7 is long and repetitive. Paul says that divorce is terrible, and once a man and a woman are married, they should stay together forever. He then says if a man is married to a non-believing woman, or vice versa, then the non-believing spouse is sanctified through the believing spouse. Does this mean all non-believing spouses go to heaven?
Paul then lays down an interesting rule, he says that if a man is already circumcised, then he should not be uncircumcised when he comes to Jesus, and vice versa. I didn't realize it was possible to uncircumcise someone.
Paul spends the rest of the chapter explaining that it's a far more noble position to remain unmarried. The only reason you should get married is if, as a result of not getting married, you would have to give into lust and sin.
The entirety of chapter 8 is Paul trying to overturn the Apostles decision on eating meat sacrificed to idols. He again says that it doesn't matter what a man eats, even if it's food sacrificed to idols. Who the hell does Paul think he is? What gives Paul the authority to overturn a decision made by the twelve? Paul's only source of authority seems to come from his own over sized ego.
I don't know whether to laugh or cry at this article:
Sometimes I wonder what it's like to be an atheist. We all know an atheist is a person who does not believe in God.
A lot of atheists have their own reasons why they do not believe in God including parents who never brought them to church. The parents may be believers of God but the simple act of not bringing the child to church puts this non-belief in them.
Oh no, not this again. I thought I didn't believe in God because I'm a rebellious teenager, or I have deep seated father issues that I don't know about. Anyway, go on:
I once stayed in an atheist's house when I went to another place for a few days. It was interesting experience to go to a non-believer's house because the atheist housed us, fed us, treated us very well, talked with us, and made sure our stay was very comfortable. These are basic values that any person has around the world.
They gave you food? They talked to you? Someone find out who this is and take away their atheist card!
Was this person expecting to be beaten and thrown into the iron barred dungeon that every atheist has? This is what happens when biblical illogic (i.e. all atheists are nasty, immoral people) meets reality. People generally treat guests with basic hospitality, whether they're Christians, Jews, Muslims, or atheists. I'm shocked that this is news.
I could swear by the atheist's actions that he believed in God.
Even without God, the basic premise of being a good person was written all over him. This guy did not drink, get violent, treated his wife and child well.
You mean, morality isn't based on the illogical belief in an inherently unfalsifiable God? This is a classic case of why it's important that atheists make themselves known. This person had someone in their life tell them that atheists were nasty, terrible people (it could have been the bible), only an atheist can break that stereotype. Harvey Milk said it about the gay rights movement, but it seems to apply here:
Come out to your neighbors... to your fellow workers... to the people who work where you eat and shop... come out only to the people you know, and who know you. Not to anyone else. But once and for all, break down the myths, destroy the lies and distortions. For your sake. For their sake. For the sake of the youngsters...
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