According to the Bible, the universe began 6,000 years ago. God created the components of the universe a few bits at a time over the course of 6 days. Some people believe the universe is actually about 14 billion years old, and the 6 “days” God spent creating the universe are actually “eras.” If that’s true, then each era lasted about 2.3 billion years. Regardless, the components of the universe were created in the following order:
1. An empty universe and the Earth
3. Earth’s atmosphere
4. The oceans of the Earth
5. All land on Earth that is above sea level
7. The rest of the stars, galaxies and matter in the universe
8. The sun and the moon
11. Animals that live on land Genesis 1
As an afterthought, God created a sentient being out of the same inanimate matter the rest of the physical universe is made of and named his latest creation, Adam. Then as a second afterthought, God decided to create another human whose body was designed with reproductive organs compatible with Adam’s existing reproductive system.. But instead of creating the first female human out of dirt like He did Adam, God created her by removing one of Adam’s rips and then morphing it into her. Then He named her Eve.
God created a magic garden for Adam and Eve to live in. Then he placed a magic fruit tree in the middle of the magic garden and told Adam and Eve that the worst thing they could do in life was eat the magic fruit from the magic tree.
Adam and Eve obeyed God’s instructions, but one day when God wasn’t looking, a talking snake lied to Eve and told her it was okay to eat the magic fruit. Having no concept of lying, Eve believed the talking animal and ate the magic fruit.
When God found out his inventions had broken the most important rule in the universe and eaten one of the magic pieces of fruit, He got really angry and kicked Adam and Eve out of the magic garden He had given them. Then He left a flying, flaming sword to guard the garden. Historically, this was the first sword to ever exist.
Then God invented thorns and thistles to further annoy human, and He cursed all women to hurt when they give birth and ordained that men would have to spend their lives working themselves to death just to scrape by. God also cursed all mankind with original sin, which meant we would all be born destined to suffer for eternity after death unless we could make amends with our creator during the short time we have on Earth. Finally, God cursed the snake who caused all this trouble to have to crawl on its belly. Genesis 17:9-14
Then God started handing down rules for Adam and Eve’s incestuous decedents to follow. The first rule God established was to reverse His pre-existing rule that clothes were unnatural… except God never actually said that rule. Adam and Eve just sort of magically knew it. The rest of the rules were dictated by God to humans who wrote them with God’s full authority, and they were pretty interesting:
- You have to cut off the foreskin of men’s penises.
- If you find a dead body but can’t figure out who the killer is, you have to break a cow’s neck on top of the body.
- If you go to war and take women captive, you can marry them after shaving their head and living with them for a month. However, afterwards you can’t sell her into slavery or treat her like a slave.
- If a man has two wives and loves one more, he still has to give his first born son the majority of his inheritance even if he doesn’t love the child’s mother.
- If you have a rebellious son, you should take him to the center of town where all the towns’ men will stone him to death.
- If you execute a criminal and hang his body on a pole, you have to leave the body hanging over night.
- If you buy a wife and claim that she wasn’t a virgin when you bought her, but her parents prove she was a virgin then you have to pay her father 100 sheckles of silver and can never divorce her. However, if it turns out she wasn’t a virgin then the men of your town must stone her to death on her father’s front lawn.
- If a man has sex with another man’s wife, both the man and woman must be stoned to death.
- If a man rapes a women who is engaged, and the woman doesn’t cry out for help, then both the man and the woman must be stoned to death. If a man rapes an unmarried woman, and she cries out for help, then he must buy her from her father for 50 sheckles of silver and can never divorce her.
- Nobody whose testicles are crushed are allowed to go to church. Neither are people born from a forbidden marriage or any of their descendants.
- If two men are fighting, and one of their wives grabs the other man’s testicles, you must chop her hand off.
- You must kill witches.
- You’re not allowed to eat camels, rabbits, pigs, anything from the ocean that doesn’t have fins and scales, eagles, vultures, ravens, owls, hawks, ospreys, storks, herons, bats, all flying insects except for locusts, katydids, crickets and grasshoppers, weasels, rats and most lizards. If you eat any of these animals or touch their carcass you’ll be magically unclean for the rest of the day, and you have to wash your clothes because they’re magically unclean also.
- Don’t have sex with animals.
- Don’t plan different kinds of seeds in the same field.
- Don’t wear clothes made of more than one kind of fabric.
- If a man sleeps with a female slave who was promised to be sold to someone else, he must give a ram to the city priest.
- If you plant a fruit tree you’re not allowed to eat any of the fruit for the first three years. You have to give all the fruit from the fourth year to God. Then you can eat the fruit yourself.
- Don’t eat meat with the blood still in it.
- Don’t practice divination or seek omens.
- Don’t cut your sideburns or the edges of your beard.
If God’s children broke any of these rules, the only way they could make it up to Him was to slaughter and burn animals on an altar. This is of paramount importance in the Bible. God needed the blood of His creations to forgive his children for breaking His rules. Why did the blood of God’s creations please Him so much? There is no sane, reasonable explanation why. Leviticus 1:1-19
God got upset once since not enough people were following His rules. So he flooded the entire earth and killed all but one family, who then repopulated the Earth incestuously. After the flood God invented rainbows. Before that time water droplets did not refract light in a way that produced the optical illusion of a multicolored arch when viewed from a certain angle. Genesis 5-10:1
When the human population had recovered, God instructed mankind to build Him a literal home on Earth out of rocks. So men built God a house, and He lived there for a while. Once a year the high priest would visit Him, but if anyone else entered God’s bedroom they died instantly. The high priest would also die if God didn’t like him enough. 1 Kings 6
God only told the nation of Israel about how Adam and Eve made Him curse mankind and that you could be saved from your damnation by sacrificing animals to Him on His front lawn. To God, the rest of mankind was disposable. For several thousand years He helped the Israelis kill thousands upon thousands of other people and take their land. When the Israeli people weren’t obedient enough, God would do horrible things to them like burn their cities and sell them into slavery.
Since God, Himself was literally dropping burning rocks out of the sky onto the battlefield, the nation of Israel defeated many enemies and grew large and powerful. However, God was no match for the Roman army, which conquered Israel and would later tear down all but the western wall of His house.
After Rome conquered God, He decided to alter his arrangement with humanity. In His infinite wisdom, He decided people shouldn’t have to kill animals on his doorstep to woo Him into forgiving them for breaking His rules. The only problem was that it’s impossible for God to forgive His creations without them killing other things He created. He needed blood. And since the bigger living thing you killed, the more God forgave, that meant someone would have to kill the biggest thing in the universe in order to satisfy God enough that He would not feel the need to punish his creations with everlasting torture anymore. The only thing big enough and perfect enough to kill that would appease God was Himself, and humans can’t kill God. So God found a loop hole. He would come to earth and get Himself killed.
Instead of appearing on Earth instantly or building Himself a body like he did for Adam, He chose to impregnate Himself into an unmarried virgin even though He, Himself had commanded that all sexually active, unmarried women were either to be sold to their rapist or beaten to death with rocks in the street. Deuteronomy 22: 13-28
God grew up in human form kind of knowing He was God but kind of not. Eventually He remembered why He came to Earth in the first place, to kill himself to appease his own bloodlust so that all people, even the ones He used to think of as disposable, wouldn’t have to worry about Him torturing them for eternity. But first He got drunk. John 2:1-11
After that, He cryptically explained to his dim-witted groupies that they wouldn’t have to give Him anymore animal carcasses to buy his love. However, they would still have to know and believe that He came to Earth to kill Himself to satisfy His blood lust, and He would force anyone who didn’t know and believe the story about His trip to Earth to spend eternity in unbearable agony. John 3:16
He also took the time to approve of slavery. Luke 17:7-10
Then He went to His big, stone house and yelled at the people He had ordained as His spokesmen on Earth for setting extortionate exchange rates and charging too much for animals they sold to pilgrims to slaughter on His doorstep to satisfy His blood lust.
After being shamed and threatened by God, His spokesmen went to the Roman authorities and arranged to have God nailed to two planks of wood, which was a common punishment at the time for people convicted of treason and/or claiming to be a messiah. God allowed himself to be arrested by human police, tried in Roman court for trumped up charges, be tortured in the street and nailed to two pieces of wood. If God loves blood, He was not disappointed that day.
In the time it took for the Earth to make three complete rotations on its axis, God experienced the supernatural torture He had been subjecting humans too, but since He didn’t deserve it, He got to leave.
On His way back to Heaven he instantly appeared on Earth (without impregnating another unmarried virgin) and scolded one of His groupies for believing He was dead after watching Him die. John 20
Nobody ever saw Jesus again after that, but God still had a message He wanted to give to humanity. So God ordained some new spokesmen to pass out some revised rules that everyone had to live by:
- Women shouldn’t talk in church, and if they have theological questions, they should just ask their husband at home. 1 Corinthians 14:34-38
- Women should not have fancy haircuts or wear fancy clothes. Specifically, they shouldn’t wear gold or pearls. Women should also be quiet and submissive, and they’re not allowed to teach men or hold any job that puts them in a position of authority over a man. 1 Timothy 2:8-15
- Slavery should be legal, and slaves should obey their masters. This is reiterated at least four times:
After laying down a few new laws and reiterating a few of His old ones, God dictated one final message to mankind. He promised to wipe us all out in a grotesque apocalypse. Revelations 7-9
That was the last we ever heard from God.
Now, here’s the thing:
The above is basically what you must attempt to “believe” – if you attempt to take the Bible “literally”.
Of course, approximately the Geography of Religion is both necessary and sufficient to explain (and fairly reliably predict) which populations will be most likely to do so.
As I’ve covered elsewhere on the blog: the “Geography of religion” can be summed up neatly by means of this tongue-twister: Billy-Bob is a baptist because Billy-Bob was Born in the “Bible”-Belt.
Now, “Christianity” has been slowly collapsing since 1054 AD. Constantine had managed to “weaponize” Christianity during his reign as Roman Emperor, Europe had been at least semi-“Christianized” at sword-point. Unfortunately for them, the so-called “Body of Christ” was irreparably cloven in two in 1054, when the leaders of what later became the “Roman catholic” and “Eastern Orthodox” churches excommunicated one another (and their respective “flocks”).
This same sort of thing happened again in 1517, when martin Luther (a renegade/heretical Catholic priest) was allowed to get away with heresy (instead of being subjected to the sort of treatment the “Church” had inflicted on Giordano Bruno for daring to actually place real-world evidence above the scribblings of desert savages.
Long story short: the failure to put Luther (and his followers) down like rabid dogs led to an unchecked proliferation of heresies all over Europe – and subsequently, to an era of explicitly religious warfare.
As of 2017, “Protestantism” has fissioned into approximately 38,000 “Denominations” (heresies) – few of which actually regard one another as “true” Christians.
From a real-world perspective, an individual’s “religious beliefs” and the “practices” associated with them (if any) can be reliably predicted MERELY by means of a combination of GEOGRAPHY and ETHNICITY. Only about 1% of any given population “convert” from the specific religion foisted on them during childhood, and the vast majority of those who DO “convert” merely shift ever-so-slightly toward more “conservative” or “liberal” variants of their childhood “faith” — staying well within their particular “Overton window”):
At any rate, as of 2017, “organized” religion is rapidly collapsing in (at least) Western Europe, and the same thing is beginning to happen in most of the less-insane “denominations” of U.S. Christianity:
TL;DR: “Christianity” is no longer in a position to torture/slaughter its way to hegemony. Absent the ability to proselytize at “sword-point”, it has fissioned into thousands of Denominational “Shards”, and is now well on the way to collapse — EXCEPT in the third world (particularly Africa):
Predictably, this has turned Africa into a hotbed of homophobia and violence:
Of course, all f the above could merely be yet another “snare for the proud” 🙂