No True Scotsman: From ISIS to Westboro to Saturday Night Live

Moderates have funny logic. “ISIS and Westboro Baptist Church are not “real” christians or muslims.”…”Sure, just like Will Ferrell and Jimmy Fallon are not “real” SNL’ers; who am I? Just some Earthling who watched an episode once.”

 

It’s quite puzzling to me why so many people act like moderates have a more respectable opinion  than fundamentalists when it comes to understanding what the holy books say. Who is going to know more – fans or super fans? Isn’t that all ISIS is after all? They really love the Qu’ran and its teachings, and now they want to turn reality into their mythological world where women are to blame for all problems (similar to the Biblical world). The majority of people who are religious moderates have never read their holy book, at least not in its entirety. Moderates claim that fundamentalists are radicals, but what they really are saying is their religion is radical, when it is followed in a fundamental way. Moderates, why do fundamentalists and cult followers have such similar behavior patterns? In other words, why is it that the closer one follows your holy book, the more delirious one appears to become?

 

Let’s look at a few other examples to demonstrate how ridiculous it is that people believe moderates have a better understanding than fundamentalists.

 

If you wanted information about Saturday Night Live, would you ask someone who watches a couple episodes a year or would you ask Will Ferrell?
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Game of Thrones vs The Bible: Ramsay “The Bastard of Bolton” Snow vs. Yahweh

Ramsay Snow is a twisted and evil person who enjoys watching others suffer. Ramsay believes others should do everything he commands, and his favorite weapon of manipulation is fear. Ramsay is one of the most vile villains in the series. He commits countless atrocities against his kin, women, animals, and anyone who is near him, basically. His house sigill is the flayed man and that pretty much sums up this character. It makes one wonder how George R.R. Martin came up with such a character: violent, hate filled, enjoys torturing others, uses fear to get his way, treats women poorly (to put it mildly), and believes everyone should obey him. If I did not know any better, I would say that sounds a lot like the Yahweh from the Bible.

 

If you’re christian and upset by that comparison, who cares? Seriously though, odds are you have not read the whole Bible; keep dedicating yourself to a book which you have not even read. If Ramsay Snow was real, he would be diagnosed as suffering from antisocial and narcissistic personality disorder. Basically, he feels no remorse or guilt for harming others, and he believes he is more important than anyone else. Again, this seems to perfectly describe Yahweh of the Bible. How else can one explain hell and commandment number one of the Ten Commandments?

 

Hell was created to punish man forever for trying to become educated; seriously, what kind of messed up parent would do everything they could to keep their children ignorant and in fear? Then the “most important” commandment, the first one, is an order reminding everyone that Yahweh is the only god who should be worshipped.

 

“Only worship me!”
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Lucifer Dismantled: The Final Fall

The mere mention of Lucifer often strikes dread in the hearts of believers while arousing the scent of searing sulfur and eternal punishment. “He” is seemingly forever synonymous with Satan; although the two terms are not entirely equivalent to each other. Etymology is necessary to unravel the historicity of how the word “Lucifer” became adopted by early Christians.

 

Lucifer is derived from the Latin phrase “lucem ferre,” which means “bearer of light.” The 4th century Vulgate is a Latin translation of the Hebrew bible (its authorizer was Pope Damasus I) and there you will find that “Lucifer” translates literally to “son of the morning,” or “the planet Venus.” [1] The Hebrew word hêlêl—that the Vulgate deems as “Lucifer” in Isaiah 14:12—does not represent an all-pervading corporeal creature with cruel powers to possess and seduce souls. The Septuagint, a 2nd century BCE Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, also represents hêlêl as meaning “Day Star,” which is another fancy term for Venus. [2]

 

Ironically, modern versions of the Bible refer to Jesus with the infamous “morning star” title (New Living Translation, King James Bible, Jubilee Bible 2000, English Revised Version, etc.):

 

Revelation 22:16 – “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

 

Matthew 2:2 – “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him”

 

Revelation 2:28 – “I will also give him the morning star.”

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