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Do you put yourself on a pedestal?
I am or was talking about in America the white, male, heterosexual, Christians who insisted that slavery be the law of the land in America. Who also refused to allow women to exercise their right to vote and gays to exist outside the closet.
If you are a Christian you must accept God's slavery plans, the second class citizenship of women and that gays should be put to death.
How can you claim to be a Christian when you ignore huge portions of the Bible? This is what makes Christians so unacceptable, each one has his own verses that he accepts and those he rejects.
Your Bible God tells you how slaves are to be treated, how slavery is to be regulated. Your Bible God informs you why women should not vote, as they are as much below their husbands as their husband is below Christ. And you are informed that gays "shall" be put to death.
Who the hell do you think is supposed to be doing that putting?
You cannot and will not stereotype me under YOUR description of what a "Christian" is supposed to be.
If I look into my own genetic heritage, how far shall I go to find relevant information? 100 years? 500 years? 5,000 years?
How about 20,000 years? If I go back that far - and I can and do - what do I find? I find common DNA and RNA in my own self that can be traced to humans on every continent today. We ARE ALL the SAME. My daughter can breed with your son and vice versa. And their progeny, if that should occur, will likely be just as capable and intelligent as either you or I ever claimed to be.
NO White Male American Christian claims or insists today that slavery be the Law of the Land - any more than any Black, Fundamentalist, Evangelical "Christian" American can make the same claim.
I am sure that there are still a fair number of white male - and female - Americans, more in some vicinities than in other vicinities, that continue to call themselves "Christians" and continue to regard themselves as genetically and even spiritually superior to all other variations of humans. But, their claims are not necessarily true or valid. Just because they call themselves "Christians" does not make them so.
Hitler regarded himself to be a "Christian." Was he?
Not in my book. But, then, my book is not anything more than my own opinion and I understand that of myself. I have the right to think of Hitler, based upon my own experience and understanding of his life and legacy. I am not and was not his creator. But, I am his fellow Human Being.
Just as I am a fellow Human Being to you. Just as I am a fellow Human Being to Jesus Christ.
To be a disciple of Jesus Christ, I am not required by Him to accept any part or passage or section of the Bible as incontrovertible Truth. A good part of it was written and compiled after He left. So, it simply is what it is, regardless of the sources or translative texts that have been written, decided upon and utilized to compile the particular version being produced for reference.
In a sense, it is no more authoritative a text than is "A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."
That is why I don't mind your oft repeated comparisons of contradictions in biblical texts. The contradictions and errors do certainly exist just as you have presented them.
Your problem with so-called "Christians" is not with their actual beliefs. Beliefs can be changed.
Your problem is with HOW these people have come to believe what they believe. That part is ancient, traditional, institutional, cultural, tribal and even developed in subconscious patterns that are designed to pit one person against another because of perceived differences. This is how hypocrisy and bigotry persist.
And, because beliefs are like this, they take time and persistent sacrifice to change.