Last time, we talked about how far modern Christianity has drifted away from anything recognizable to a first century Jew, or an ancient Hebrew. These guys had way different ideas about how the world worked than your average Christians today, and yet, Christians nowadays will attempt to defend outlandish behavior from people that would probably crucify them anyway, if they saw the way the church is today. So without further ado, here are a few more examples.
Ancient Hebrews were polytheists.
Now, hear me out.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…” (Genesis 1:26)
“Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil…(Genesis 3:22)
Typically, apologists will offer up the argument that the plurality of these pronouns is in reference to the Trinity or Godhead, but that seems to fall flat. There is no indication that the ancient Hebrews (Jews) reading this would have understood or even agreed with the concept of the Godhead, especially considering that while modern Christians worship Jesus, he is not accepted by the Jewish community. This is another example of imposing a current understanding on past events.
Monotheism was the great idea, but it didn’t mean the Hebrews didn’t believe in other gods. Especially when considering the times and the polytheistic cultures whence they came, and the fact that power being morality was a value of ancient Hebrews, you begin to realize that unlike modern Christians, who are literally atheistic concerning gods other than Yahweh, the children of Israel believed in other gods – they just thought theirs was stronger.
Ancient Hebrews would’ve backed up that anti-LGBT rhetoric with ACTION
If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.” (Leviticus 20:13)
And I know that some apologist is going to come in and tell me that I’m pulling up arcane shit for no reason just to attack Christianity, but that’s exactly my point. All of that stuff in Leviticus really is some arcane nonsense, and there’s not been a single apologist that can explain to me in a coherent manner why you would follow one singular code and not the others given in the same context (like the rules for marriage, clothing, or women with periods), or why you would follow only one part of a given code and not the other.
So Christians will take a verse like this and use it to understand that being gay is wrong but they won’t take it to understand that you should therefore kill gay people as it explicitly states. Why not?
Ancient Hebrews don’t sound like very pleasant people, and neither was the God that they worshipped, but man, would they back their shit up with action. Verses like this also blow tolerant and loving Christians or gay Christians themselves out of the water, because you have to do mountains of mental gymnastics to wrap your head around the supremely subjective and selective way that you decide to apply these texts.
The process is fine – literally everyone does it. But don’t go making arguments about how you can’t delete parts of God’s Word, because you clearly do, and the ancient Hebrews would flip their desert dwelling shits if they saw you hugging and being friends with gay people, or even just NOT murdering them.
More on this series on Friday!
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Shout out to Jon Darby for providing excellent follow-up for last week’s blog, and giving some extra Biblical support for the idea a god that is in control of both good and bad (Amos 3:6, Psalms 75:7 & 68:20, Deuteronomy 32:39, and 1 Samuel 2:6-8.)