Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Merry Christma-WHAT THE HELL??????


Most Americans believe the virgin birth is literally true, a NEWSWEEK poll finds

Dec. 5 - Seventy-nine percent of Americans believe that, as the Bible says, Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary, without a human father, according to a new NEWSWEEK poll on beliefs about Jesus.

Sixty-seven percent say they believe that the entire story of Christmas—the Virgin Birth, the angelic proclamation to the shepherds, the Star of Bethlehem and the Wise Men from the East—is historically accurate. Twenty-four percent of Americans believe the story of Christmas is a theological invention written to affirm faith in Jesus Christ, the poll shows. In general, say 55 percent of those polled, every word of the Bible is literally accurate. Thirty-eight percent do not believe that about the Bible.

So, does that mean that 79% of Americans believe that Lot's wife was turned to a pillar of salt?
Genesis 19:26: "But Lot's wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt."

How about God being so pissed off at humans (which he supposedly created) that he not only decides to kill all of them, but also the "birds of the air and fish of the sea"?
Zephaniah 1:2:“I will sweep away humans and animals; I will sweep away the birds of the air and the fish of the sea. I will cut off humanity from the face of the earth.”

But hey, this god was one powerful dude, because apparently he could make plants grow before there was even a sun-
Genesis 1
"12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning-the third day.
14 And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so. 16 God made two great lights-the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars."

Don't even get me started on the whole Leviticus/God hates fags thingy, that whole bit is just too loopy even for me. Biblical interpretation is just that-interpretation. I have no problem with people using the bible as a moral compass, provided that a.) they don't take it too literally, and b.) they don't impose it on anyone else.

What IS a fact is that Christmas is a holiday that co-opted previous pagan celebrations so that the Romans could keep everyone under one roof. No one is debating this.

If you want to believe in the virgin birth, more power to you, but I do wonder if this "79% of Americans that do believe in the virgin birth" ends with Jesus. Do they also believe in the other absurdities in the bible? Where does it end?

I now direct my beloved readers to Jay Pinkerton's Back of The Bible Series for further analysis of the literal interpretation of the word of god.


"I will rebuke your offerings,
then spread dung on your faces."
(Malachi 2:3)

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