7 ways the Bible will make you an immoral person

7. The Bible has immoral instructions.

The Bible says that women are property and should be silent in church and obey their husbands. The Bible says it’s okay to beat your slaves as long as you don’t kill them. The Bible says to kill your children if they talk back to you. The Bible orders you to kill witches.

If you follow every word of the Bible you’ll become a murderous villain. Period. The only way to be a “good” Christian by modern, Western cultural standards is to ignore these parts of the Bible or reverse engineer excuses for why you don’t have to follow them.

6. The Bible tells you that sinners are evil.

Some Christians say that God wants us to, “Love the sinner. Hate the sin,” but there’s a flaw in that logic. If God loves the sinner but hates the sin, then why is God going to punish the sinner with everlasting torture? That’s not unconditional love. That’s a sadistic ultimatum.

If God is going to treat sinners with such remorseless, self-righteous hatred, then how likely would it be for a fallible, human Christian to rationalize hating, mistreating and killing sinners? History shows that hurtful and murderous Christians aren’t a rare anomaly. They’re an inevitability produced by a wicked moral guide.

5. The Bible tells you to love everybody.

In and of itself this sounds great. In practice it’s not for two reasons. First, this moral lesson is vague to the point of being useless. What is love? Should you love an invading army?  Should you love a serial killer? Should you love Hitler? Should you love criminals? In what way? To what extent? It doesn’t say. It doesn’t offer any clear guidance.

If you follow an unclear moral code, your decision making process will be unclear. So you’ll have to rely on some other form of guidance, like instincts, reason, culture or other people’s advice. This raises the question, if we’re going to end up relying on other methods of guidance anyway then why not cut out the distraction and rely on the final source of guidance to begin with? Unfortunately, if you believe in a book that teaches you not to think critically you’re not going to question that book’s instructions even when they don’t offer clear guidance. You’re just going to waffle through life haphazardly.

The second reason this commandment is bad is because the Bible has already set us up to hate, hurt and kill sinners and infidels. These contradicting moral messages will paralyze your ethical decisions. It becomes exceptionally difficult to know which path to take.

4. The Bible says the highest virtue is faith.

If you know your Bible verses you should be arguing that 1 Corinthians 13 says, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

But John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son so that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life.”

So the way to get to Heaven and survive death is to have faith. That’s what life and death is judged by. That’s the test. That’s the measuring stick of of life.

If the most important thing is to have faith, then everything else is relatively irrelevant. You can beat and rape your children, lie, steal, and anything else. When it comes time to make those hard moral decisions, you know that if you backslide a little (or even a lot) you can always ask for forgiveness later.

Furthermore, when the emphasis of ethics is taken off of actions and focused on beliefs it cripples your ability to weigh the value of your actions. A real system of ethics, like the one the court of law uses, focuses where it should be, on actions that matter, actions that hurt/help people.

Another problem with faith is that it’s the opposite of reason. If you have unyielding faith in the “alpha and the omega” God, the creator and sustainer of the universe, and you have faith in God’s word, then what else is there? God is everything, and God’s word is everything. Logic would tell you that you don’t need anything else. But in reality you do need something else. You need a lot more. You need knowledge. You need introspection. You need growth. You need reason. You need money. You need to be selfish sometimes. You need comfort. You need to fulfill your wants. You need self-actualization.

Faith doesn’t fulfill everything. Faith eliminates everything. Faith yields an empty, ignorant shell of a human.

3. The Bible says “good” people are scum.

This is slightly different than the first point that says sinners are scum. While sinners are the worst scum, everybody is still scum. “All our righteousness is like filthy rags.” Isaiah 64:4.

The foundation of any reason-based moral code is the value of life. The United States Declaration of Independence doesn’t begin by saying, “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all humans are like filthy rags, that women should be silent in church and slaves should be obedient to their masters.” The Declaration of Independence said, “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

When the foundation of your moral guide says that every human is scum who deserves to burn for eternity, you’re setting yourself up to punish yourself and others. This moral code practically obligates you to hurt yourself and others. It certainly allows God’s spokesmen the authority and obligation to hurt sinful, heretical infidels.

Even if you cherry pick the parts of the Bible you follow and devote yourself to loving other people, you’re probably still going to end up feeling guilty and punishing yourself for being a unworthy human. A perfect example is Mother Theresa, who was quoted as saying, “Today the passion of Christ is being relived in the lives of those who suffer. Suffering is not a punishment. God does not punish,” and, “I was talking to our lepers and telling them that leprosy is a gift from God, that God can trust them so much that he gives them this terrible suffering.” 

These aren’t the words of a sane person. These are the words of a person whose mind has been warped.

2. The Bible tells you to give money to God.

Even dozens of passages saying to give money and goods to God, you were still created and saved by God. Therefore, you owe everything to God. Plus, the only way to survive death is to please God. So it stands to reason that the more you give to God the better off you are.

The problem with this is that you don’t get any return on your investment by donating to snake oil salesmen. You just get poorer and more confident that life will work out despite your poverty. But the poorer you are, the harder it is to live much less improve your life.

More importantly, donating to the church takes money from you that you could have invested in your children’s future. The more money the family you’re born into has, the more money they’ll be able to devote to your education and setting you up in life. The better you’re set up in life. Yet when a family has been devout Christians for generations upon generations the amount of money they’ll have given to the church that could have been spent building personal wealth will be compounded. Thus, their loss is compounded, and the chances of raising a miserable, ignorant desperate child who is likely to stay poor are increased.

To this you might argue that the church uses its money to help people. It does, but it keeps more than it gives. Look at the cathedrals and opulent churches all over the world that have been built instead of building schools and half-way homes. And the church spends a great deal of its time and money spreading the word of God: the word that makes people hate themselves and give up their financial security for a dream that’s never going to pay out.

If all the money the church swindled out of people over the past 2000 years had been spent solely on schools or technological research, then the world would be much closer to Utopia. As it stands, we’re on the brink of an apocalypse, not despite what religion has done for humanity but because of it.

1. The Bible doesn’t offer any clear moral guidance.

This has been the theme of this list. So this point pretty much goes without saying, but it’s important enough that it needs to be stated clearly.

At no point in the Bible is there a coherent, systematic break down of morality. The 10 Commandments is the closest it gets, and even those (on a whole) do more damage than good, and the rest of the commandments following those 10 are maniacal and contradict other commandments elsewhere in the Bible.

Using the Bible as a moral code will leave you confused, self-loathing, illogical and fanatical. There’s a reason the Bible isn’t used as the state code of law anymore. That was tried, and it led to over a thousand years of oppression and misery around the globe. That wasn’t an anomaly. That’s the path the Bible leads to.

To this you might argue, “I know lots of Christians who are the nicest people I’ve ever met.”

That’s because they’re not following the Bible. They’re following an idealized version of their culture’s values and projecting that into the Bible, not the other way around.

However you felt about this post, you’ll probably feel the same way about these:

The Bible is mythology

Christianity is bad for you and society

Churches and Christian Culture


20 responses to “7 ways the Bible will make you an immoral person

  • Stu

    I read your blog and I can appreciate where you are coming from. Yes, I am a Christian, but I wasn’t always. The first thing that you need to know is that the Bible is the progressive revelation of the character of God over time within human culture. He met men and women at what ever cultural juncture that they were at in order that they might relate to Him.

    First off, God never created men and women to do evil; they chose it contrary to His will, knowing full well of the consequences of their actions. God created humanity in order that it might have a relationship with Him. Humanity chose not to. Even still, the loving God and creator of the universe allowed humanity it’s freedom to rebel, intervening when necessary in order to keep us from destroying ourselves.

    If you notice, the passages relating to slavery, killing, and the subservience of women etc, were during those time of human development when those things were the cultural norm. God relieved Himself in like fashion as was the customs at that time. But then it is during this that we begin to see God begin to interject by say things like; ” Exodus 23:4 “If you come across your enemy’s ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to return it. 5 If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen down under its load, do not leave it there; be sure you help them with it.” and again Proverbs 25:”21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink”. On and on it goes with God addressing a ruthless wicked culture in like manner, putting limits on their wickedness, and pointing to a better way…Exodus 21:2
    “If you buy a Hebrew servant, he is to serve you for six years. But in the seventh year, he shall go free”. Remember also, these slaves were not pressed into slavery but willingly sold themselves in order to pay off debt. God began to introduce some pretty radical ideas for the times.

    God had His work cut out for Him….with proper scrutiny, you will find that God slowly began to turn human culture around. The grand finally was of course when He entered into humanity Himself, willingly putting aside His divinity, becoming one of us in the man Jesus.
    Now, the Creator of the universe taught us face to face as He had promised centuries before.
    As from Sinai, GOD taught us once again; the Sermon on the Mount….God finally got us to the point in history where He could address us in this way: Matthew 5…
    He said:
    3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    4 Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
    5 Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
    6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
    7 Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
    8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
    9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
    10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven……..
    21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder,[a] and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister[b][c] will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’[d] is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell………
    38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’[h] 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[i] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

    The crowning achievement was when the God of the universe took our punishment and died the death that we deserved….yes…”FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE…..”

    Romans 10:13for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.”

    Yes, God winked at a lot of things that from our perspective now in this epoch of human history would consider wicked, but from the perspective of those people to whom He first spoke; He was a revolutionary!

    If you got this far, thanks friend. I liked your blog and it was well thought out. I hope you were able to make some sense of mine
    Sorry for the filibusterer
    Peace.

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  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately, when people’s beliefs are grounded in how they want the universe to be rather than observing the universe for what it is, they are set in their ways and absorbed in themselves. They have thought a certain way for so long that they feel they will be without purpose if they stop to realize that they’re following fairies and unicorns. The problem is one of history, one that realizes the myths were created by illiterate men who once believed that the bible should only be in Latin and that you needed permission to read it, that magic and witchcraft were a real thing and that it’s okay to burn someone at the stake because they shared a different philosophy on the same thing.

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  • George Kanon

    What verses in the bible are the 4 things you talked about in #7 in?

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  • armani sim

    The damn bible is really immoral…. The whole conscept of having a god as a moral giver is just immoral. I mean, morality has to be thoroughly discussed, argued using logic and evidence. nothing is moral because god said so… smh..

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  • Nobe oddie

    The bible says women should be silent only because it is wiser then us, if u are a man u understand how easy it is to lust for a women, they made it this way so men would not lust after women and the church would not fall apart, the muslim have a similar idea where they cover there women so men will not lust.

    The bible does not teach to kill ur children, u are taking it out of context, this was the old testament when they did this, and it never orders anyone to kill there children, there were children picked to be kille because of tere wicked ways, it does not say kill ur children if they talk back, it does say discaplin with an iron rod, why not put some verses up if ur gonna talk about the bible so people can read the context themselves!

    Now on sin, the whole point of being obident to the bible is for your own good, it is a warning, it says the ones who are cast into hell are the ones who take the mark of the beast! Those are the ones who condemn themselves into eternal damnation! If u read the bible an stop trying to rip things out of co text, Gods love is his word. He may have control of all things but its karmatic as well, if u look harder u will see that it makes perfect sense and that its only those who have faith that will be saved this time around… Ur the one who is fighting it an condemning something, its not condemning u, but when u judge something ur really only judging urself

    Now about loving everybody! Yes u should love everybody, it is my love for u that has caused me to comment, yes u ahould love an invading army, and how do u love an in ading army? By turning the other cheek, that is how u create peace, if everyone did this the invading army would lose the will to fight, no one wants to kill the innocent, they may do it for a bit but after a little while they will stop, now why would someone stop if they are being attacked as well? They wont that is insanity!!!

    Faith is the highest virtue, by having faith u will see, it is by becomin blind that we see…
    Yes with faith u do become an empty shell, and that emptiness inside u is God! For he is holy! Untouching and the only thing that is untouching is nothing, for all things touch!

    Yes pur righteousness is like filthy rags! Because as i bet even u agree, everytime anyone does anything good is because they think they will be rewarded for it! This is human nature!!! Use ur brain stop going into deffense mode and go into acceptance mode! Ur defense is only building a wall between u and God.

    Now u really screwed urself by saying the bible not giving a clear moral guidance, that is what the whole bible is! The 10 commandments are not even all the laws! Levitcus is filled with 100s of commandments, and the whole reason they exist is for the whole!

    Now what do u think the new testament is? It teaches to love everyone and explains what love is! It teaches to not fight and that the fight is over, that means dont go to war! So all these wars we go holding up Yeshuas name like the crusades and pretty much every war, are blasphemous and sacreligious. It teaches to share which is complete the opposite of capitalism. It teaches that this world is not ur home. Like serious this is ur main point? This is the weakest main flpoint against the bible i have ever heard…

    Please give me a situation that i should act in that i dont know what do to cause the bible doesnt teach it? Like do u not realize all those books in the old testaments are examples of how we should go about our lives? By sayi g ur last and “main” point and making it that really destroys any credibility u may have had…

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  • Rosa

    and before you say what i know you will , which is some quote from the old testament that give the doctrine “an eye for an eye” and then say the bible contradicts itself, it actually doesn’t. If you read Mathew Jesus himself in Mathew quotes these laws and then eradicates them , making them no longer valid as they where said in the old testament.

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  • Rosa

    FLAW no.1 : your statement that ” the bible tells you that sinner are evil” is flawed , The bible tells you that because of Adam and Eve everyone is a sinner. In romans it says that everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard . Yet God has in no way condemned everyone and said everyone is evil , God loves all his children , but as a just father a child that willingly and knowingly sins and bathes in their sin without remorse will surely be judged. However as for us as people go this is no business of ours , That is between that person and God as the bible say’s “let him that cast the first stone be of no sin” and as noone is of no sin no man on earth has the right to hate any other sinner , no matter the sin , as they have sinned themselves , Only God can make that Judgement. So that statement is flawed and stupid . The bible in no way tells, christians to hate sinners.

    flaw no.2 :your paragraph on “love others” is extremely flawed. you ask many times to what extent thatt a person should love another , however that is very clear in the bible, it is even a commandment ! that “you should love thy neighbor as you love thyself” which it then goes on to say is the greatest commandment of them all , so how that escaped you , i do not know ! So yes you should love a serial killer , Hitler and those that are fighting against you. Love does not consist of agreeing with everything a person you love , says or does! it is the ability to forgive them and care for them regardless of their wrongdoing, holding a grudge and resentment is emotionally draining for the person doing it . so how you can say hatred is more moral than love is beyond me. people like Hitler or a serial killer or an army that is against you , often are very small minded, how can you hat the ignorant, you are lowering yourself to there standard by doing that..

    Flaw 3: this is the last flaw i’ll talk about because i cant be bothered to go on , but as you’ve asked to explain flaws i have. “the bible says the highest virtue is faith “… is absolutely wrong. In the oxford definition of faith it is to believe something to be true . this is not what it takes to go to heaven , to be close to God and is not the highest virtue.Anyone that worship the devil has to believe in God by default and vise versa for christian! The devil himself would never make the claim the God is not real , so this claim is also invalid . when God says all that believe in jesus will have everlasting life , he does not mean just believe that he exists or has faith that he is present, he means believe in what he stand for. Jesus is one with God and God is love …. which is were your verse in Corinthians and the verse in John are actually saying the same thing ! so those that do all the ungodly things that you mention late do not believe in jesus ! even if they believe that jesus was real, they do not believe or act out the doctrine in their live so ill not gain everlasting life .

    when you fully understand the bible , it will all make sense to you , read it again or something…. there are many more flaws in your essay but i cant be asked to go on.

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  • Labrecal

    I have absolutely no qualm with offering constructive criticism of any Scared text (or any other text for that matter) – I am a professor of religion who teaches critically engaged methodology. However, criticism that is grounded in absolute ignorance (or, in this case, as elementary an approach to the texts as it can get) is hardly insightful or novel for that matter. It is evidence of the age of google, where wikipedia has – laughably – become the “seat of wisdom.” This is a selective, noncontextual, unlearned, unbalanced “reading” (if any reading has been done here at all) that is common to those who are anti-whatever, but who refuse to engage with that “whatever” in any rigorous way. So, the “sloth” of the “wise sloth” nomenclature given to this account is spot on.
    PS. It always amuses me that those who delight in quoting a line or two from the Bible to prove some kind of point (be it negative or positive) are so far from any training in hermeneutics that the reflections are almost always useless. This is not elitist thinking on my part; proper study is a pre-requisite to sound critical work. So live smarter by studying harder.

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  • Charlene Estes

    After giving your blog several minutes of my reading time, my only response is: “You certainly have the right to be wrong.”

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  • Your ignorant

    WTH lol…..honestly…you know nothing of the Bible or it’s teachings but how you take things out of context. You are unlearned. You need to go take some in depth classes on theology, Greek and Aramaic. Then you need to devote yourself to understanding the Bible before you can make a judgement. For if you are not a learned scholar of the Bible, you are a poor imitation of the Ethiopian eunuch, for you have a closed mind.

    BTW the 10 commandments have to do with the Jews, not Christians. Christ paid with his life the ransom sacrifice and thus entered into a new covenant with the First century Christians and those that have held true until this very day…but you knew that simple fact didn’t you….?

    PS You have no English comprehension of “morality” and what it was derived from.

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  • God is Pretend

    Great post! I’ve always known the Bible was a ridiculous source of morals, but that’s because, unlike many Christians, I have actually read many parts of the Bible without an agenda. It’s amazing the blatant contradictions and deplorable behavior you will encounter in the book that so many people say they live their lives by.

    Unless atheists start breeding a lot more, we’re screwed as a nation.🙂

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