Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Refudenounce the Roots V: Romans, Chapters 8 - 9

Part V of my "Refudenounce the Roots" Series.

Chapter 8
  • Verse 28: "...in all things God works for the good of those who love" it. Bullshit. NIV footnote #1 offers this rendition found in some manuscripts: "...all things work together for good to those who love God." Still bullshit. NIV footnote #2 offers this alternate translation: "...in all things God works together with those who love [it] to bring about what is good." Pure bullshit in all three renditions.
  • Verse 29: "...those God foreknew [it] also predestined to be [saved]..." Paul doesn't actually say "saved" here; he says, "conformed to the likeness of [its] son". But I have to assume that he means "saved". In other words, we're all predestined. It makes no sense for Paul to do all this writing and exhortation and scolding if we're all predestined. Fortunately, I get it now: he's just stoned. He doesn't have to make sense.
  • Verse 33: "Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen?" Oh, I will, trust me. When those whom God has chosen try to impose Jesusian Sharia Law on the rest of us with their homophobic laws, their efforts to teach bullshit in science classes and now history classes (I'm talking about the new Texas history books here), the abuse they inflict on innocent children by teaching them that they might burn in agony for all eternity, believe me, you're damn right, I will bring charges. I don't give a shit which monstrous bully has chosen you.
Chapter 9
  • Verse 1: "...I am not lying--my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit..." This is interesting. Jesusianismists lie, dissemble, and mislead all the time, as anyone will know who has watched YouTubers NephilimFree, VenomFangX, ShockOfGod, ThickShades, etc. I have to wonder whether this verse is their permission to lie. If their "conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit", then they could tell themselves that they never lie. This is a lot like Islam, you know, where the faithful are expressly instructed to lie to infidels if it furthers the cause of Muslim world domination. The more closely I look at Christianity, the more it looks like a thinly veiled evil twin of Islam.
  • Verse 5: "...blah, blah, Christ, who is God over all, forever praised!" Whoa, I almost thought that it was time for me to issue a retraction and admit that Paul really does come right out and say that Jesus is God. But check out the other possible translations according to the NIV footnotes: (1) "...blah, blah, Christ, who is over all. God be forever praised!" (2) "...blah, blah, Christ. God, who is over all, be forever praised." Jesusianismists, this doesn't cut it. Sure, you might say that this is a hint, but if God really loved you, and really deemed it vitally important for you to believe that Jesus is God, then wouldn't it have made Jesus' nature a bit more obvious? You might claim that it's obvious to those who love God, meaning yourselves, but it certainly wasn't obvious to the Ebionites, who loved God no less than you do.
  • Verse 14: "Is God unjust? Not at all! For [it] says to Moses, 'I will have mercy on whom I have mercy,...compassion on whom I have compassion.'" Disgusting. Ok, so God is just, given that it won't have cruelty on whom it has mercy, indifference on whom it has compassion, right? Is that what it means for God to be just? Hey kids, say no to drugs.
  • Verse 21: "Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?" Here he is echoing the barbaric vomitosis of Jesus from Matthew 20:15, "Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money?" It's clear that Paul never read any of the gospels that have come down to us today, given that his Christianity differs radically from evangelical Jesusianism. So perhaps this was just a common attitude among first-century Jewish chauvinists: that humans have the same rights as clay, the same rights as money, the same rights as inanimate matter that has no capacity for subjective experience, for joy, for suffering. Good thing we've grown away from such stupidity in the last two millennia, right?
  • Verses 22 - 23: "What if God, choosing to show [its] wrath and make [its] power known, bore with great patience the objects of [its] wrath...What if [it] did this to make the riches of [its] glory known to the objects of [its] mercy..." I have two words for this god and anyone who approves of it: fuck you.

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