Wednesday, 6 September 2006

How about them family values?

I'd just noticed that I haven't offended any religionists yet this week (yes, disgraceful, I know) when I spotted this incisive short post at 'Principles in Practice' (how's that for God working in a mysterious way):

"If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple." (Luke 14:26)

Offer this as "grace" at a dinner table full of Christians. It makes for interesting conversation.

Wouldn't it just? Just another illustration of why Bible reading is a good thing. (And if you don't believe me, then maybe you'll listen to Penn & Teller?)

LINKS: Jesus on family values and self love - Principles in Practice
The Skeptics' Annotated Bible
The Brick Testament
'The Bible: Fact or Fiction' - Penn & Teller's 'Bullshit'

RELATED: Religion, Humour


Blogger leelion said...

i found a rare copy of "the bible handbook" at a book-fair recently.

Written by freethinker G.W.Foote in 1888 (republished in 1930s) it is both eye opening and devastating, wrecking havoc through both testaments by simply quoting them and offering a brief commentary.

98% of folk - theists and non-theists - are clueless as to what the bible contains.

The most unread bestseller in history.

6 Sep 2006, 12:10:00  
Anonymous AngloAmerican said...

Mark Twain said, "It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand...."

7 Sep 2006, 06:04:00  
Blogger Richard said...

"And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death." (Matthew 10:21)

7 Sep 2006, 08:58:00  
Blogger Lucyna said...

This post would not be complete with out the context and an actual explanation of the meaning of the text you've highlighted, PC.

Context and Explanation

7 Sep 2006, 11:56:00  
Blogger Richard said...

"Jesus is using hyperbole, an overstatement in order to make a point with maximum impact."

Yeah right, Lucyna.

I suppose the same can be said about Mohammad's exhortations to kill infidels?

7 Sep 2006, 17:41:00  
Anonymous michael fasher said...

myou should check out the sceptics annotated quran

7 Sep 2006, 20:00:00  
Blogger Lucyna said...

Uh, Richard. Mohammad went out and killed infidels. He lead by example.

7 Sep 2006, 21:10:00  

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