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


  1. 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.

  2. 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...."

  3. "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)

  4. 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

  5. "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?

  6. michael fasher7 Sep 2006, 20:00:00

    myou should check out the sceptics annotated quran

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


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