Thursday, June 20, 2013

WARNING: I'm about to defend the Westboro Church

I know, right? This is going to be a really bizarre twist, but it's true. They are not making this stuff up. And I'm actually glad people like this exist. In a room of people trying to claim the bible is a book of love, they remind us that it's most certainly a book of the exact opposite.

That way people learn that maybe this book shouldn't be revered anymore after all. Give a listen...

So a bunch of people try to talk to them about Jesus' message of love and shit. Let's look at the evidence, shall we? First, the obvious one...

If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.
Luke 14:26 
Okay, fine. They're talking about loving less than Jesus, or so the traditional explanation goes. That's actually bullshit, but I'll give you that for a second, only to ask you about the next verse. The next verse says to "carry their cross and follow me" or they "cannot be my disciple." Jesus died on that cross. Lots of people died for this belief in those times, as shown in the gospels and in the book of Acts. Does this mean they just lived less than before, or that they fully died. This book isn't using weak language tactics. It means hate, and it means die. That's what cults expect of you.

Why? Because if you want in that imaginary heaven, you have to do extremely extreme shit to get into it. That means hating the entire world. After all, this life is temporary and afterlife is eternal, and the risk is hellfire. That's what they actually believe. And just how extreme is the responsibility for people who want to get into this heaven thing, to tell people they're going to hell? Well... this extreme:

“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
“Again, when a righteous person turns from their righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling block before them, they will die. Since you did not warn them, they will die for their sin. The righteous things that person did will not be remembered, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. But if you do warn the righteous person not to sin and they do not sin, they will surely live because they took warning, and you will have saved yourself.”
Ezekiel 3:17-21 
That's not extreme language at all, is it? So when they say they're warning people and that this is the thing the bible says to do in love, they're not kidding. That book is really that fucked up. They're idiots for following it, but everyone there insists the guy taught love, and that's not true. He even says he's not here to be peaceful and loving:

Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn
“‘a man against his father,
    a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law
     a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’"
Matthew 10:34-36
And then it goes on to do more of that love less than talk. But he's going to drive wedges between people, not make them love each other in peace. But they're out there swearing he taught love and peace, even though there's little to back up that from biblical scripture. And what does the bible about toning down this extreme language to make it more acceptable? Jesus said there was no in-between at all. You were either with him or against him (Matthew 12:30, Luke 11:23) and that God is disgusted by those who are not hot or cold, but are lukewarm (Revelation 3:16).

So Westboro is really the ones who are right here. You know, about what's in the book. This is why the book is stupid. Probably best to admit you don't follow that silly book. You still want to believe in a god, fine. Still want to believe he's loving and peaceful, fine. But don't try to find that in the book.

It's just not there.