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Why Religious Coexistence is Impossible

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We often hear about the importance of religious coexistence. Many of us see "coexist" bumper stickers (as pictured above) on a daily basis. It's usually directed at people who believe in the man-made Abrahamic "revealed" religions of Judaism, Christianity or Islam.

We must honestly and objectively ask ourselves if coexistence is even possible for Jews, Christians and Muslims. The best way to do this is to honestly and objectively examine their "holy" books, which they believe and claim are the word of God.

Looking at Judaism, we see the Hebrew Bible is overflowing with commands, allegedly from God, to Jews. These commands cover virtually all aspects of life, from what to wear, what to eat, how to pray and many other mundane topics.

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When it comes to how Jews should interact with non-Jews/gentiles, we see how coexistence takes unrecoverable hits. There are many examples of this, but I will mention only two.

The Hebrew Bible teaches Jews such anti-gentile behaviors as not charging interest/usury to fellow Jews, but to charge interest/usury to gentiles. Deuteronomy 23:19-20 claims God commanded the Jews, "Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy brother; usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of any thing that is lent upon usury: Unto a stranger thou mayest lend upon usury; but unto thy brother thou shalt not lend upon usury: that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all that thou settest thine hand to in the land whither thou goest to possess it."

The anti-gentile teachings in the Hebrew Bible extend all the way to actual slavery. The 25th chapter of Leviticus is about the Jubilee. It is a popular misconception that the freedom of slaves this chapter claims God commanded, was for all slaves. In an irrevocable blow against coexistence, an objective and honest reading of this Hebrew Bible chapter makes it very clear that freeing of slaves was only for Jewish slaves. Gentile people who were slaves with Jewish masters/owners were not to be freed. Leviticus 25:44-46 falsely claims that God commanded: "Both thy bondmen, and thy bondmaids, which thou shalt have, shall be of the heathen that are round about you; of them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids. Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land: and they shall be your possession. And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for a possession; they shall be your bondmen for ever: but over your brethren the children of Israel, ye shall not rule one over another with rigour." This Hebrew Bible command clearly outlaws Jews owning their fellow Jews as slaves, but allows Jews to own Gentile people and their children as slaves forever. The gentile men, women and children who the Jews own as slaves are to be passed as an inheritance from one generation to the next generation of Jews, as the property of the Jewish slave owners and their children. The duration of this command is "for ever." How can any gentile person want to coexist with something as ungodly and disgusting as this? Something that will eternally keep them and their children and all of their decendants literally as slaves, as mere property to be bought and sold by Jews?

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When we look at Christianity, we see it looks upon the Hebrew Bible as being part of the word of God. It then tacks on the New Testament, and refers to the ungodly combination of the two as the Christian Bible and the Christian word of God.

The Christian word of God teaches that Jesus was part Jew and part God, and that Jesus believed the Hebrew Bible was the word of God.

Jesus' deep belief that the Hebrew Bible is the word of God, is seen at Mark 7:1-13, which tells the story of Jesus getting angry with the Pharisees, because the Pharisees did not follow the teaching and command in the Hebrew Bible at Exodus 21:17, which claims God commanded, "And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death." Verses 12 and 13 of this chapter of Mark states that Jesus said to the Pharisees who did not follow the ungodly command in the Hebrew Bible to kill their children, "And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother; Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye."

Jesus clearly believed the brutal, cruel and ungodly Hebrew Bible was the word of God. Based on this, Jesus would approve of the above commands in the Hebrew Bible regarding usury against gentile people and Jews owning gentile people as slaves forever.

Regarding slavery itself, the Christian New Testament at Ephesians 6:5 has this teaching for people who are slaves: "Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ."

The tie between Christianity and Judaism is central to the Christian Reconstructionism movement, which recognizes how Jesus, according to the anonymous authors of the Gospels, embraced and promoted the fear-based and merciless commands and laws of the Hebrew Bible. The goal of Christian Reconstructionism is to make the nonsensical and horrific laws in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, the law of the land in the United States, and eventually in countries around the world. They share this goal with both Christian Dominionism and with the neoconservative movement.

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One of the founders of Christian Reconstructionism, R. J. Rushdoony, wrote often about the importance of what he mistakenly believed was God's law in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament taking precedence over all man-made laws, such as the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. In his essay Introduction to the Law he wrote, "It is a modern heresy that holds that the law of God has no meaning nor any binding force for man today. It is an aspect of the influence of humanistic and evolutionary thought on the church, and it posits an evolving, developing god. This 'dispensational' god expressed himself in law in an earlier age, then later expressed himself by grace alone, and is now perhaps to express himself in still another way. But this is not the God of Scripture, whose grace and law remain the same in every age, because He, as the sovereign and absolute lord, changes not, nor does He need to change. The strength of man is the absoluteness of his God."

This dangerous belief of Rushdoony, that his "holy" book has the true law of God and that the world should be based on it, is shared by all of the revealed religionists. Leo Strauss, the Jewish founder of the neoconservative movement, believed all of society around the world should be based on God's law as found in the Hebrew Bible, and the Muslim Osama bin Laden believed all of the world's societies should be based on what he believed was God's law as found in the Quran.

When we objectively look at the Quran, we see that basing society on the commands found in it, that are falsely claimed by Muslims to be from God, would make a miserable and very hellish world.

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Coexistence for the "revealed" religions is made impossible by the teachings in the "holy" scriptures of those man-made "revealed" religions. God gave us reason, not religion.

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How do you explain coexistence in Moorish Spain, India before British rule, most of the British Empire?

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Islam in India was largely spread by military conquest. And in all Islamic nations, including Moorish Spain, non-Muslim must pay the Jizya tax as protection and permission to be a non-Muslim in a Muslim nation. Coexistence is allowed if the tax is paid.


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The greatest cause of human suffering is not physical suffering, but attachment to beliefs, including whether or not there is a Big Boss which itself does not change while change itself is the most obvious phenomenon. So Bob correctly identifies the fallacies and mutual exclusivities revealed religions are burdened with, which only benefit those who control the narrative.

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"The greatest cause of human suffering is not physical suffering, but attachment to beliefs ..." is obviously believed by a man who did not experience 'physical suffering' enough.

Tell this to the "hungry of this world".

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Thanks for bringing up the important fact that exclusivity of the man-made "revealed" religions benefits the clergy who control the narrative of the religion.


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Deism won't solve all of the world's problems because the human animal will still contain mistakes in it's complex, highly evolved brain. There will always be "nuts" and murderers among us. Otherwise, great article and I do consider myself a Deist

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Thanks for your input. I agree 100% that Deism won't solve all of our problems, but it will help us to solve many of them, which will make a much better world. And thanks for your compliment, my fellow Deist!


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Deism is fine but it can be abused the same way any religion can, unfortunately.

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many books have been written about the evil religion does.As leading atheist have pointed out the bible is so confused in its writings you can find a passage to justify anything from good to outright evil.Our founding fathers were wise,at least most of them in wanting a seperation of church and state .they knew anytime a religion gains control of a country that many would suffer.Church and state were one in most of the world.Our first settlers came for religious freedom and then promptly persecuted those of the colony who didn't believe as they did.Anytime a religion gaines control of a society that society is in trouble and that is historical fact.

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Thanks for commenting. The Bible is truly very ambiguous. That's why in the US Civil War the Union used it to attack slavery while the Confederate states used it to promote slavery. The American Founder and Deist Thomas Paine did a great job of pointing out the ambiguity of the Bible when he wrote to a Christian friend who was critical of Paine's book The Age of Reason. Paine wrote, "In your letter of the twentieth of March, you give me several quotations from the Bible, which you call the Word of God, to show me that my opinions on religion are wrong, and I could give you as many, from the same book to show that yours are not right; consequently, then, the Bible decides nothing, because it decides any way, and every way, one chooses to make it." The letter, and all of Paine's writings and correspondence regarding God, Deism and religion are in The Age of Reason, The Complete Edition ( http://deism.com/the_age_of_reason_paine.htm ).


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Did the 'leading atheist' or you explain the evil the atheists do?

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Have you read my link? With two bits of response? Oh, yeah, you NEVER respond to serious questions. Sorry for asking.

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