“One death you can celebrate” – Outreach Media
YOU ARE THE ENEMY OF GOD! No not you atheists, I’m talking to you! The Christians, the believers, the theists and deists, the pious and the repentant, YOU are the enemy of GOD!
Just let me explain.
It’s Easter time boys and girls, time to celebrate the death and supposed reanimation of Jesus, the saviour of mankind! He died for your sins and was reborn so that you can be forgiven for… well… for being born at all. As can be expected, Outreach Media have released their latest billboard, and of course it is Easter themed. The billboard reads “One death you can celebrate” and then quotes from Romans 5:8 “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” It’s the idea that the whole of Christianity hinges on, and it is one of the strangest and most contrived ideas in the whole Christian faith.
The idea is simple enough. Humans are born corrupt, because of the original sin perpetrated by Adam and Eve (this was the eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which so angered God that he passed the curse of corruption on done to EVERY human being born afterward), and because of this sin he sent his only son, Jesus to Earth so that he could have him killed, so that we could then worship him, so that we could then be forgiven the sins of Adam and Eve, so that we could then, once WE die, live forever in heaven. Like I said, simple.
Right, makes perfect sense. It’s almost too easy to deconstruct this series of ad hoc inclusions to the story as being a solution to the social and psychological problems that each answer previous gave rise to. The whole series of ideas were designed for one purpose only, and that was to make the people of this religion feel inferior to the people who ran the religion. The guilt of being born, the shame of being human, being a woman, of lust and greed and revenge, these are all things that are the holy men are supposedly above, and these are the things that Christianity has preyed upon since the religion was fortified by the First Council of Nicea. The congruent message of the lessons of Christianity is not to bow down before the glory of God, but to be ashamed of just about every aspect of your life. It is with this shame, and the promise of and afterlife, that control is gained over the people. But this is not my point here.
I am looking particularly at this billboard, and the accompanying blurb and prayer that Outreach Media have appended to it. The basic message is that of the celebration of the death (and subsequent rebirth) of the son of God. But the subtext, especially in the Outreach Media page, is much more sinister. Not only are you imperfect, and not only are you a sinner, but you are THE ENEMY OF GOD. From the bottom of the page, the suggested prayer is this (bold highlighting by me):
“Dear God, the death of your Son Jesus was a horrific experience. I thank you that he was willing to go through this for me – your enemy. I thank you that because of his death we can be reconciled to you. Amen”
Not only are you to be ashamed of your existence, your poor pitiful body, your human urges and your want to have sex, you also have to be ashamed of being God’s enemy! You are expected not only to be so ashamed of your own natural urges and needs as to ask forgiveness, you are actually coming from the standpoint of being the most abhorrent thing in existence to a God you are supposed to love, and who is supposed to love you back unconditionally?
Wow, that’s some cross to bear! (Pun intended.)
But it’s all okay, God just asks that you praise him, and his son, and the holy ghost, and Mary, Jesus’ mother… Oh and praise the Pope, and the saints if you are Catholic, and be ashamed of your body, your urges and your human needs. Basically you are expected to live a life in which you mean nothing, because you owe it all to God. Once you mean nothing to yourself, you are much easier to manipulate by a more powerful and charismatic person. A human person. A living human person.
The celebration of the death of a martyr to a cause is a motif that appears throughout history. The martyrdom of Jesus was apparently the ultimate martyrdom, for it was designed by God to forgive you of something that he designed, he should have been able to foresee, he should have been able to prevent, and if he really thought about it, he probably shouldn’t have bothered with the whole human experiment in the first place. We are obviously far too bothersome for him anyhow.
So… we are God’s enemy. What does the Bible say about enemies?
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:17-21).
Maybe this will make you look twice at Christian charity, their vengeful and wrathful God, and what a charity is really doing when it is feeding and clothing the enemy of God.
Choose a secular charity if you feel the need to give this Easter. And again, I urge you to think about the information presented to you, and to not be afraid of your reasoning process and where it may lead you. There are plenty of people on this side of the fence, the side who are NOT enemies of God, for in order to be God’s enemy, God must first exist.