Hate and violence are essential parts of the various man-made “revealed” religions. Religious violence between Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus has been a reality for thousands of years.
Even religious violence between people in the same religion is too common. This is evident when we see people of one religious sect within the same religion killing other people from the same religion but belonging to a different sect within that religion. This is the case with Catholics and Protestants fighting and killing each other, and it’s seen in Shiite and Sunni Muslims fighting and killing each other.
We also see religious hate in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament which is filled with genocide and butchery of Gentile people by the Hebrews, Jews and Israel. That hate is not limited to Gentile people. It is also directed against Jewish people who are deemed to be a threat to Judaism. This is the case regarding Jesus.
The Talmud teaches that Jesus was a Jew who caused other Jews to commit the religious crime of apostasy, that is, to teach laws to the Jews that were not in the Torah/Hebrew Bible. According to the Talmud, this is why Jewish religious authorities killed Jesus.
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In the interesting book Jesus in the Talmud, which quotes extensively from the Babylonian Talmud, we learn that the contemporary Jewish leaders of Jesus’ time believed the Hebrew Bible at Deuteronomy 13:9 demanded that they execute Jesus. It quotes the Babylonian Talmud:
“Do you suppose that Jesus the Nazarene was one for whom a defense could be made? He was a mesit (someone who instigated Israel to idolatry), concerning whom the Merciful [God] says: Show him no compassion and do not shield him (Deut. 13:9).”
This hatred for Jesus, and for all people who are a threat to Judaism and Israel, extends into the afterlife. For example, the Talmud teaches that the Roman General Titus, who defeated the Jews in the First Jewish-Roman War (66-73 CE) and destroyed the Second Temple, is in hell being burned to ashes, reassembled and burned again continuously for eternity. (This is similar to the ungodly man-made Abrahamic religion of Islam which teaches in the Quran at 4:56 that non-Muslims will have this fate in the afterlife: “Those who disbelieve Our revelations, We shall expose them to the Fire. As often as their skins are consumed We shall exchange them for fresh skins that they may taste the torment.”)
According to the Talmud, the fate of Jesus in the afterlife is to sit in excrement for eternity. And not just any excrement, the excrement of his followers. As stated in Jesus in the Talmud, “Jesus is punished by forever sitting in hell in the excrement of his followers, who believe that through eating his flesh and drinking his blood, they will live forever.”
This ungodly belief in Judaism of Jesus being punished by God in hell by spending eternity in the excrement of Christians gave birth in the 17th century among many Jews that Jesus was traveling the latrines around the world and that if he heard the Torah being read, he would get a respite from his punishment.
This caused many religious Jews to stop reading from and studying the Torah on Christmas Eve, in order not to give Jesus a break from swimming in the latrines of the world, as this article points out.
These ungodly and repulsive ideas promoted by Judaism, along with the countless depictions of The Supreme Intelligence/God as a brutal, jealous and genocidal monster which is promoted by all of the man-made Abrahamic “revealed” religions which have sprung out of Judaism, make it clear that The Supreme Intelligence/God has nothing to do with Judaism nor any of the Abrahamic “revealed” religions.
The American founder and Deist Thomas Paine asked a very important question of us in The Age of Reason. Paine asked, “Is it because ye are sunk in the cruelty of superstition, or feel no interest in the honor of your Creator, that ye listen to the horrid tales of the Bible, or hear them with callous indifference?”
Thomas Paine also pointed out that no man-made book, whether the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, the Christian Bible or the Quran, could be the Word of God. Instead of looking to man-made books for the Word of God, we have the only possible Word of God all around us. It’s the Universe which we are all living parts of. Paine wrote, “I believe it is only in the CREATION that all our ideas and conceptions of a Word of God can unite.
The Creation speaks a universal language, independently of human speech or human language, multiplied and various as they may be. It is an ever existing original, which every man can read.
It cannot be forged; it cannot be counterfeited; it cannot be lost; it cannot be altered; it cannot be suppressed. It does not depend upon the will of man whether it shall be published or not; it publishes itself from one end of the earth to the other. It preaches to all nations and to all worlds; and this Word of God reveals to man all that is necessary for man to know of God.”
We need a revolution in religion based on our innate God-given reason and Deism. We owe it to The Supreme Intelligence/God, to our children and grandchildren and to ourselves to move beyond the ancient ungodly superstitions by valuing and embracing our gift from God of innate reason.
Bob Johnson is a freelance writer in the Tampa area of Florida. He was raised Roman Catholic, but after a stint in Marine Corps infantry and reading Thomas Paine’s The Age of Reason he became a Deist.
In 1993 he founded the World Union of Deists, and in 1996 he launched the first website devoted to Deism. He is the author of God Gave Us Reason, Not Religion, Deism: A Revolution in Religion, A Revolution in You and An Answer to C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity. He has also written the introduction to Thomas Paine’s The Age of Reason, The Complete Edition and Principles of Nature by Elihu Palmer.