Written in Blood
The history of the Bible is written in blood
Mike Bull wrote,”God desired a world covered by blood.”
Mr. Bull’s latest book spells out the essence of the bible and Christianity: it’s a blood cult. Christians drink the blood of Christ during Mass, They are “covered in His blood”, “washed clean with His blood”, they praise the idea of blood sacrifice over and over again. The highest grossing religious film of all time, Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ”, was as Mike Bull wrote, “a new cinematic genre: the religious splatter film” and Christians all over the world got what they wanted in buckets… blood, blood and more blood.
As Mike writes in his blog, “The Old Testament is a bloody book.” It is. The god of the OT was perhaps the most prolific mass murderer of all of the fictional characters ever created by man. If you add up all of his children that the loving OT god murdered, cities, tribes, families, men, women, children and babies, it numbers over 25 million people.
The history of the Bible is written in blood and the history of man using the image of god is bathed in blood. From the toting of the ark of the covenant into battle to Hitler’s “Gott Mit Uns” to modern day Jihadists and American military snipers with bible verses inscribed on their rifle scopes, every despotic regime employs god to rally the faithful and justify the blood spilled.
As Howard Zinn wrote so eloquently, “If you can make people believe in absurdities, you can make them commit atrocities.” So very true.
I used to be a member of the Christian blood cult but I took pause when it came to teaching my children the atrocities of biblical history and the bizarre idea of “love” purported by it. I couldn’t infect their precious minds with it, so I turned away. I now teach them to be critical thinkers instead of telling them my hero is a god who puts a condition on his love: that he would banish his children to an eternity of torture if they choose not to love him “unconditionally”. This is no role model I aspire to as a father.
Unlike the Christian god, I love my children and would never ask them to drink my blood, eat my flesh, knife their own children for me or a thousand other horrid tales of murder and destruction that are codified in the “good” book.
Thanks for the review, Samiam. I think you have missed the point (and I do wonder if you actually read much of my book, seeing as you don’t actually deal with it much).
The first sentence you quote referred to the sacrificial system. Animals were slaughtered in a “model world” (the Tabernacle) in the place of humans. This was an act of mercy. It looks to me like you just skimmed through book looking for hot-button sentences to use in a review. It’s a pity you didn’t check the context because it makes you look a fool. My book was written to give people a better understanding of what’s actually going on in the Old Testament. Either I didn’t communicate it clearly enough or you didn’t actually read it. Or, you read it with prejudice.
The point is this: sin is atoned for in blood, but the world is now covered, that is, PROTECTED, by the blood of God’s only Son. The choice is this: it’s our blood and the blood of our children as a condemned race, or protection under the covering of Jesus as our “human shield.” Sounds like you have made your choice.
As Howard Zinn wrote so eloquently, ‘If you can make people believe in absurdities, you can make them commit atrocities.’ So very true.
If blood upsets you, perhaps you should consider the 100 million murdered by atheists in the 20th century, or the 30 million unborn children slaughtered by unbelievers in American alone over the past 4 decades? It’s time to open that other eye to the hypocritical sanctimony of atheism. It’s more bloody than any other religion.
The Bible is a bloody book because we are sinners. Pure and simple.
Blood sickens us, but our sin doesn’t. That’s what is at the heart of the modern hatred of the Bible. The shedding of blood pleased God because it atoned for sin and allowed a new beginning.
Wait till samiam reads God’s Kitchen.
And with the elect thou wilt be elect:
and with the perverse thou wilt be perverted.
(Psalm 18:26, Douay-Rheims Bible)