-Wants to shove their beliefs down your throat.
-Looks down on the human race.
-Is a bigot.
-Is old fashioned and outdated.
YOU KNOW HOW I KNOW THIS?
I AM ONE OF THEM.
there are good Christians in this world, there are…
Look I’m an atheist, but even I can see the blatant logical fallacy in insisting till you’re blue in the face that all Christians believe the same thing, that there aren’t variations in interpretation of scripture, church doctrine and individual belief.
I may believe that Christians are factually incorrect about the existence of god, but I also understand that their ancient, many many times translated book, which has been cobbled together from various versions of gospels, and other texts is open to a lot of interpretation. Do you KNOW how much biblical apocrypha there is? Do you understand how political early Church doctrinal debates were? Do you understand what a political rather than spiritual event the First Council of Nicaea was? The book was cobbled together by people who were not true believers, contradicts itself constantly, and is a Frankenstein’s monster cobbled together from a huge number of religious texts. Insisting there is one correct interpretation of the book is absurd when the book itself is consistently directly self contradictory.
The insistence that there is one “true” form of Christianity is such fundie bullshit. Yes, because Christianity has a central text and Catholicism has a hierarchy with doctrinal authority it’s been less prone to variation and mutation than religions without as much core doctrine or organizational structure, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a million weird sects mutations, and variations of belief that all believe they are A: Christian and B: Are the only REAL Christians.
Did you know about how many fucking political schisms shit like whether Jesus was fully human, or fully divine or partially human and partially divine there were? Lots, fucking lots. If you really think there’s a single correct way to interpret that book, you need to read that book. You can find a scriptural justification for just about anything, and if you can’t there’s always the apocrypha and telling people the council of nicea was wrong.
I mean we’ve got snake handlers, in Mexico there’s Santa Muerte who sprang up from the minds and needs of the people, we’ve got Mormons who added their own book, we’ve got Unitarians who decided eventually that what the bible actually said was that everyone was going to heaven, we’ve got Shakers who believed in not reproducing, and working hard, but inventing as many useful machines to make labor pleasant as possible, we’ve got the quiverfull people who believe in reproducing as much as possible, we’ve got the Amish and Quakers who are pacifists, we had the Knights Templar who were decidedly not, there was that one weird sect where you were supposed to pretend your partner was Jesus whenever you had sex (but if you were a dude you had to imagine you were a lady getting boned by Jesus so it wasn’t gay, which was just fucking weird), and we had the Skoptsy which preached castration for men and mastectomy for women to avoid lust. There are also the nomadic garbage eaters who don’t believe in owning things, and various Christian churches that believe material prosperity is a sign of grace. There are Christian groups where song and dance are forms of devotion and Christian groups where song and dance are considered extremely sinful.
These are all groups that consider/ed themselves Christian, and that’s just naming a few. I mean there are groups that believe Jesus was a goddamn Martian.
The bible has both a passage telling men that they must never cut their hair, and another passage telling men that their has to be short or it’s a shame unto them
The gospels can’t even agree on who Joseph’s dad was, and out of all this contradiction, bizarritude and general assclownery, you get “Christianity is a single religion with a single set of rules” nuh-uh, no way, not at all, they don’t all believe the same thing, they believe WILDLY different things, often things that are the opposite of eachother.
Christianity is not a single entity, it’s a catch all term for all sorts of weird shit. Trying to come up with a unified doctrine for these wildly varying practices and belief systems is nonsensical