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Evil Bible

On Twitter and outside in the real world, I have been messaged and confronted by many people.  Some say good things, some ask questions, and some are angry and confrontational.  I will focus on the latter.

Those who are confrontational (mostly Atheists, Humanists, Secularists, Pro Abortion/Choice, Homosexuals, Muslims, Agnostics, and random inquirers) message me regarding the Bible.  They question how it can be God’s Word if it is full of “evil and hate.”  They cite passages claiming they advocate slavery, infanticide, murder, rape, incest, misogyny, hate, and in a word: evil.

I can relate to their concerns too because as an Atheist at first, I did find the Bible a bit too racy and crazy to be the “Word” of a All knowing, All Good, All Present Supreme Being.  However, I did not knock the Book down, so to speak.  I gave it a chance and let it speak to my rational mind before it spoke to my heart and soul.

To claim that the Bible is Evil is an unfair, biased and uneducated opinion.  This is a conclusion based on poor interpretation of particular texts.  When one reads the Bible in light of the time, language, culture, mind frame of the people, and circumstance in which a particular verse was written, it will be more understandable.  

The Bible is not a “Book” per se.  It is a collection of Books.  The word “Bible” means “books.”  It is a collection of 73 books: 46 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament.  Each book was written at different times.  Some chapters within books were also written at different periods.  This is important to know if we are to understand the Bible instead of judging it as hate speech and what not.

We cannot be quick to label people of the past because of how they lived, thought or acted.  Let us take Slavery for example.  In America and other nations, Africans and Indigenous people were used as Slaves.  This was seen as normal.  These people were not people, they were just “livestock.”  Even the laws defined them as such.

Take this letter by Trott, S published in 1842 in the Cincinnati Post where Trott is claiming that Slavery is God’s will and ending it will harm society and the Slaves themselves.  (http://www.teachushistory.org/second-great-awakening-age-reform/resources/pro-slavery-letter-s-trott)  More info can be found here: http://hd.housedivided.dickinson.edu/node/613

One can find many articles, books, and writings of people both well known and common who supported Slavery. Many were outspoken against those who wanted the Slaves free, or the Abolitionists.

Here is an ad warning Citizens of the Abolitionists.  
Here is another inviting people to a meeting to stop the “evil and fanaticism” called Abolitionism. 
As you can see, the movement to free Slaves was seen as dangerous, fanatical and evil.  Many warnings were published.  
If that is not bad enough, here is an ad requesting that a runaway Slave described as “Negro Boy Joel” be found for a reward of 5 Dollars:
Now one who has never heard of this past and is reading it for the first time might say, “what the heck is this??? These people are evil, ignorant, hateful, and racist.”  
Others might say, “They published an ad to find a Slave teen boy for a reward of 5 bucks???!??”  

After this culture shock they can take one of two positions:
  • This nation is evil, ridiculous, hateful, primitive and must be destroyed.
  • This is the past. This is how people saw each other and things.  We cannot judge them for their ignorance at the time or how they interpreted life.

An educated rational person who does research in History will take the latter position.  Yes this was the past.  This was how people saw each other and things in life.  We must interpret their ads, writings and behavior in light of their time, their culture, and circumstance.  
Now, the same must be done with the Bible.  When one reads it in context, then it will not be the “Evil Bible,” but the Bible that is the Word of God in the language and experience of Man.  


Nigeria Sends A Clear Message

In Nigeria, the Senate outlawed so called “Gay Marriage” as well as other gay establishments.  The Senate President said that the gay subculture is against Nigeria’s ‘culture, tradition, and beliefs.’

Despite treats from western nations such as the United Kingdom to stop aid, Nigeria moved along and passed this law.  This sends a loud and clear message that social engineering will not be part of Nigerian society.

Many African and Arab nations dislike how western nations impose their cultures on them.  This form of assimilation beings division, harm and corruption to the moral fabric of societies that are traditional in nature.  Homosexuality, once a hidden sexual pass time is now becoming more public and pushing itself into mainstream society as acceptable and normal.  This social engineering is destroying society and the family which is the cell of society.

A comment on the site that I read this news from says it nicely:

The practice of Same-sex marriage is alien to us in Africa. Such act should not be encouraged by any God driven Society,because it’s a ” Taboo”. The Nigerian Senate has done well and needs to be commended for not regarding the threats from the British Prime Minister. I urge other African Nations to follow suit. MORALITY is the foundation of Africa.Therefore, we must protect it against foreign influence.”

Morality is very important in society.  Right from wrong is the platform from which we define and create laws.  Without Morality, anything goes.  What is right and wrong depends on how each individual sees fit.  This is dangerous.

I hope the entire continent of Africa and the rest of the world follows Nigeria in saying this bold NO to perversion and the destruction of the family, morals and identity of a particular people.


Spittin 4 da Lord

Yo yo dawg, wass good?   This is language typical of the inner city youth who are often fond of Hip Hop or Rap music.  Coming from the Boogie Down Bronx myself, home of the NY Yankees, birth place of Hip Hop and Rap on Sedgwick and Morris, I too appreciate this poetic art form.  I grew up with Old, Middle and New Schools of Rap.

After Vatican II, there was more liberty to use, create or adopt other forms of music that is geared towards God and compatible with doctrine in either Liturgy or privately at groups.  Hip Hop/Rap was not excluded.  
Many within the Church: clergy and laity have blessed the Church by assimilating this art into Catholicism.  Now there are those who feel it brings a worldly gimmicky atmosphere to religion which is often known to be serious in nature.  “Spittin'” for the Lord sounds offensive to some.  What do you think?  
  • Is Catholic Hip Hop/Rap good for the Church? 
  • Should it be used in Liturgy?  
Sing to da Lord
He who sings prays twice, 
Ma boy Augustine said it nice.
Holy Holy God of Hosts
In Jesus’ name I boast
saved from sin
burn the devil like toast.
Sing to da Lord
Don’t get bored
Sing to da Lord
More more more
He’s in the Eucharist
I see him
I can get used to this
Whoa here comes bliss
atheists will diss
so what
snakes always hiss.
Sing to da Lord
Don’t get bored
Praise the Lord
Adore dore dore.   
                                                                       – Sacerdotus (circa 2006) ©