“I contend we are both atheists, I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.” ~ Stephen F. Roberts
The double standards of the believers are astonishing! It can be divided into two categories as follows:
1) The defence -mechanism: believers tend to be selective in their loyalty to their version of god; they cherry-pick the few decent verses that portrays the good side of good god, while ignoring the hard passages which portrays the evil, vengeful, intolerant and criminal side of god. When anyone points out one of those verses, they flip out, lose their temper and claim its outdated, or taken out of context, or worse many will actually defend it, saying the crimes and genocides committed by their holy-figure is justified because they disobeyed his demands & desires!
2) The attack-mechanism: believers tend to criticize the followers of other religions and even bash their books by doing the exact opposite. When judging other’s religions they don’t look at the decent passages that are followed by its believers (which is exactly what they are doing), nah they tend to only look at the hard passages and base their whole judgment solely on it. In this way they feel assured that they’re following the truthful decent religion while others are following the evil flawed religion = pure wisdom + intelligent strategy!
I do understand why the majority of believers tend to apply the first mechanism whether when they’re reading their holy books for themselves or when they debating with other believers or non-believers. I did the exact same thing with my religion, back in my childhood years when I accepted the theory of god. This is quite a natural outcome, when you match the ancient morality of the bible with our modern-day morality, it doesn’t match, so we must cut out allot of verses and passages, to be able to live in a society which has a far more elevated sense of compassion and morality than the ancient morality preached by ancient religions.
For that I do respect moderate believers (95% of my family and friends belong to this category), however I cannot respect their religion, why would I? The vulgar content of their books speaks for itself. Why are we today forced to respect religion as if it’s immune from criticism or any wrong doings? You can’t command respect, or force people to respect your belief system because you think it ought to be respected, I can only respect something that is respectable and deserves to be respected.
Moreover, I especially have zero respect for believers who apply the two mechanisms described above. Actually the far majority of believers do so unfortunately. Instead of standing for other’s people right to believe, instead of defending each other, and preventing others from criticizing and misunderstanding the way they interrupt their religion, they are the ones leading this war against one another, and then they whine and complain and play the victim-role when others do the exact same thing –Hypocrites!! . Today this is mostly common among Christians, in the way they judge and even attack Muslims.
An example of double standards among believers:
As a matter of fact if you compare all the most widely used books of believers, and were asked to range those books from the least cruel to the most cruel based on the frequency of primitive and abhorrent verses and passages, you’ll have the following arrangement: the Muslim book (Quran), the Christian books (New testament & Old testament), and lastly the Jewish books (Torah and Talmud). LOL, out of those believers, the Muslims happen to be the most criticized, when their book happens to be the most decent out of all!! Unlike the other two abrahamic religions, the Muslims preserved the original copy of the Quran, according to their beliefs, they cannot change, alter or omit and verse, yet even though it was never edited, its still far more decent than other religions who have edited their books. The truth can be shocking huh?
You can see for yourself, look them up online, and then locate those verses in your books just to make sure it was translated correctly and it wasn’t taken out of context.
Nevertheless, I don’t think many would actually accomplish this task without being awfully biased and defensive, most probably will just look into other religions’ absurd verses and ignore the ones in their own books claiming such verses are fake and cannot be true because ‘they know their god’ or ‘they know their books well enough’ . I guess deep down they know by doing so they’re endangering their faith. From experience I think most believers avoid reading such passages because they know the consequence of doing so, it will only make their faith weaker – although few will admit it, not even to themselves.
All the followers of the abrahamic religions believe their book was inspired by god. Growing up, I accepted it, I never actually read the whole book, as most people I only listned to our teacher who would of course only select the verses and stories that shows the decent side of god. However, allot of things didn’t make sense, like the principle of free-will and destiny, we are told god has already planned out our life, yet we will be judged for our choices, when supposedly he created us that way. This made me attempt to read the whole thing, the more I read it, the weaker my faith became, eventually I lost my faith in faith completely.
What are we to make of a god who is supposed to be morally perfect and represent a moral ideal when, at the same time, religious holy books makes this god out to be an immoral monster? How can a god that commands mass slaughter, slavery and rape also be the source for morality?
Rejecting the moral perfection of God also entails the possibility that God commits immoral acts. That is a necessary implication of imperfection. A god that acts immorally, though, wouldn’t merit worship. The whole basis for God being worthy of worship stems from the premise that God is perfect and holy. If God is not only imperfect but also immoral and unholy, then why worship it? How come we are far more moral, peaceful, and smarter than the gods described in holy books? A god who sees punishments, torture and genocide as the only solution to solve a problem??
Anyways, to back up my conclusion (the two mechnisms), in the following posts, i’ll provide some samples of those utterly shocking verses and passages found in the quran, OT & NT bible, torah and talmud.