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Good evening Hell-bound Friends and foes alike! It’s time that I got back on here and wrote another blog about the Assembly of God Doctrine. For the last article in this series, click here: Unmasking Doctrine #6: Deity of Christ: The Cross. Tonight we will be talking about the resurrection of Christ.
The Assembly of god church like many other denominations believe in the bodily resurrection of christ, meaning they believe that Christ died upon the cross, laid dead for 3 days and then rose again. The scriptures used to support this doctrine according to the AoG Website are:
Now these scriptures all state that Christ rose from the dead. Once again as in the last article I have no problem with them using these verses, it does say in the bible that Christ rose from the dead and so I would say, fine, if you want to believe that he rose from the dead, whatever. However, why did he rise from the dead? Does a god rising from the dead mean anything at all?
This article is actually going to be fairly short because most of the argument has been made in my last article. The only reason that Christ supposedly rose from the dead is because he was killed for the sins of the world, due to his own plan that he came up with because he’s god, and it’s barbaric that a god would ever require blood in exchange for anything.
Tonight I do want to talk about the resurrection itself.
Why did he rise from the dead?
Ask an apologist and you’ll be told that Christ rose from the dead in order to prove that he won a victory over the grave and that he really was god. Supposedly the stuff written in the bible about witnesses is evidence to the truthfulness of the biblical narrative. However this proves no more than any other religious text in the history of humanity. It’s a story that was written, that’s basically all we know. Someone wrote it. Is Achilles real because Homer wrote about him? How about Hercules, Zeus, or Ra? The act of writing about some event does nothing to prove its veracity.
However the second point on this is why did god have to rise from the dead? He’s god…technically you cannot kill god and so was he ever actually dead? Didn’t he really just move from one form of god to another? God changed his clothes so that you might have salvation? Isn’t it a little funny that Jesus felt the need to prove he was god in the New Testament and yet we have no verifiable evidence of his supposed existence today? What happened to god’s personality? I mean in the old testament, you cum on the ground and the earth swallows you whole, but today unless you’re lucky enough to see Jesus in a dog butt you will find no evidence for him. Why was god once a god that proved himself when folks asked and then all of a sudden he’s completely absent. Isn’t that odd?
Does A God Rising From The Dead Mean Anything At All?
I sort of mentioned this earlier but what does it mean for god to die? Does it mean that he ceased to exist? No… how could god cease to exist? Well, does it mean that he faced judgement? No… Then what does it mean? If god has always existed then how can dying for 3 days mean absolutely anything at all. The bible states that a day for god is like a thousand years for us or 365,000 days. That means if god was dead for 3 human days. he was dead for far less that 1% of a single day for him.
I often hear people make the joke, God gave up the weekend for your sins. It’s funny but it’s not even close to true. God gave up less than the time for an average piss break for you. The time that Christ was supposedly dead is absolutely meaningless when it compares to the eternity that came before and after that 3 day period. You, me, and everyone else on this planet goes into a form of stasis that lasts usually around 8 hours a night, it’s called sleep. You and I give up far more of our day to pretend death than Christ ever did.
I’m a little surprised that the AoG does not use 1 Corinthians 15:14 to support their claims of a bodily resurrection. In this scripture it states that if Christ didn’t actually rise from the dead then all faith is in vain. This was one of the scriptures that led me to leave the faith. When I realized that I no longer believed in a bodily resurrection and my faith had liberalized to the point that I no longer believed 90% of what my church taught, I found this scripture. It seemed pretty obvious to me that my faith had been in vain and that I should give it up, and so I did.
I came to realize that belief in the resurrection is little more than an excuse for the crucifixion. It’s like a get out of jail free card for faith. Sure it’s barbaric that god required blood in order to save the world but see, Jesus came back to life so it’s not nearly as barbaric is it…
Yes…it’s still barbaric and disgusting, regardless of if god was only dead for about as long as it took me to type this period.
Good evening Heathens and Hell-Bound friends and foes alike! It’s been a great day so far and I am excited to get back into this series. The last time we were here we discussed the virgin birth, you can find that article here, Unmasking Doctrine #3: The Deity of Christ: Virgin Birth. Tonight we will be talking about the next portion of this Fundamental “truth” the sinless life of Christ.
So the scriptures given are as follows…
Now, this may come as a shock to you, the gospels never once say that Jesus lived a sinless life. Not one single time. So how is it that this has come to be such a crucial Christian belief. This is pretty simple…
- If Jesus sinned then how could he be god, god doesn’t sin.
- We like our godhead sin free.
That’s it…that is the reasoning for Jesus supposedly living a sin free life. The only scriptures that truly support the idea of a sinfree Jesus come from the scriptures mentioned above, that’s it.
So let’s look at those two books.
Hebrews and 1 Peter by conservative accounts were written somewhere between 60-70AD. That’s 30-40 years after the life of Christ, if he ever existed. I say if he existed because I don’t see there being much evidence that an actual Jesus figure existed. It’s more likely to me that the Jesus archetype is a conglomerate of numerous spiritual leaders around that time. Tonight is not the night to go into this subject.
Anyway 30-40 years after Jesus supposedly died we have two accounts that claim he lived a sinless life. This to me is at best simply an overblown myth or at worst a way to try to promote Christ as the figure in the godhead that most of Christianity believes him to be. Not only do I reject the idea that Christianity teaches of a sinless god, but that the idea of any human being living a sinless life is a complete and total impossibility.
Let me first explain how this might occur in the overblown fashion:
My great-grandmother has been dead for nearly 30 years. Here is what I know about her.
- She was married at the age of 14.
- She went to church her entire life.
- She gave birth to my grandmother and her three sisters.
- She lived in my hometown the majority of her life.
- She really liked Andes mints.
- She was a very sweet and gentle old lady.
That’s it…I can’t tell you much more about her. Am I capable of claiming that she lived a sinless life? Well, I never experienced anything from her that I could claim to be sinful and so sure, she lived a sinless life. I could claim that but I also know that she was human and there is no such thing as a human being that doesn’t have a bad day now and then.
I could have used my great-aunt as an example as well, she was perfect, sweet, loving, and just a plain good old lady. I remember she got very upset when I talked back to my mother once and made me apologize. Imagine a sweet elderly woman who gives you hard candy and pinches your cheeks, that was my great aunt.
Now imagine the shock when I found out that she was a prostitute for nearly 20 years of her life. My grandmother just mentioned it one day out of the blue and it completely warped my mind. My entire picture of this perfect and sweet old lady was dashed to pieces knowing that she blew guys for chicken and pork back in the day. Oh, and that’s not some euphemism, she literally was a prostitute so that she could feed her family and was at times paid in chicken and pork. I’m not bashing her, she did what she had to do, more power to her, but the image I had about her was completely wrong.
My idea of these two women are completely overblown, and if you were to ask me about them, I couldn’t honestly tell you about there lives in any truthful manner. I could only tell you what I had been told about these two women.
Now, like I said before, this could also be used as a means to promote Christ as a member of the godhead. God is all-good so god can’t sin. “Well, the gospels don’t mention that Christ lived a sinless life, and other books don’t mention this, so just to clear things up let’s make sure to get a reference in a couple of books to help cement Christ as also being god.”
I say that this could be the reason because the New Testament is filled with references to things being done so that some prophecy from the old testament could be fulfilled. This would be like me writing one book and then later writing another book and saying that the characters do something simply because the first book said they were going to do it. It’s called storytelling, and often times a sequel is made many years after the original and so the author or authors fit the new story to fit within the confines of the old story. Unless your name happens to be George Lucas, and if it is you just say, “Fuck it.”
So let’s talk about the books themselves.
We have no idea who wrote Hebrews, it’s been attributed to Paul even though there is almost no correlation or similarity to any of his other writings. Even the oldest sources that we have state that they have no clue who wrote the book. Origin, an early church father states;
“Whoever wrote the epistle, God only knows for sure.”
That basically means….”who the fuck knows. Somebody wrote it but really, who knows.”
1st Peter on the other hand is very clear that Peter the Apostle, first pope of Roman Catholicism, wrote the letter. Well, actually it’s not clear who wrote it, it’s in the exact same boat as Hebrews, no one really knows who wrote this book, they just know someone wrote it or it wouldn’t exist. Church tradition has held that it was written by Peter, but that’s all there is to it, tradition. There is no historical backing to the claim that the Apostle Peter wrote this book.
So the sources for this claim, that Christ was sinless, are questionable in authorship. I’ve given conservative dates for when they were written, it’s possible they were actually written at a much later date. Things just don’t add up here, if it was important that Christ be sinless, why wouldn’t it have been mentioned in the gospels at all?
I am an incredibly easy-going person. It takes a lot to get me upset. I can sit here and read posts from trolls all day long without my blood pressure raising even the slightest. However, I have bad days. I have days where I just say fuck it and go off on everyone that I come into contact with.
Now, you are trying to tell me that Jesus was a guy that never had an off day. He was always perfect, always good, never said anything hateful or disrespectful. He was a mayo sandwich wrapped in another mayo sandwich.
It makes no sense and even less sense when you think about the myth.
So Christ is supposed to be god in the form of man, who came to earth to live as one of us, go through all of our struggles, die for our sins, and grant us a means to salvation. Well, if he was perfect then it takes a whole lot away from this narrative. How does a perfect person know what it’s like to be me? How does a perfect person have any sense of struggle? The whole narrative of god becoming man to redeem us is destroyed if we are to believe that he was perfect. I mean, when he had a nail smashed through his hand we are to believe he didn’t say, “HOLY FUCK THAT REALLY FUCKING HURT YOU BASTARD!?!?!” Cause I smashed my hand on a pallet today and I sure as hell cussed up a fucking storm.
If god became man then he should have become man, he should have had all our faults, dealt with all of our sins, and got caught wanking off by his mother. If he lived the life of a normal human being and then still chose to go through the rest of it, maybe then he might be worthy of admiration of some sort….though human sacrifice to appease god is really fucking weird and gross. It would still at least be something…as it is we have nothing more than a bad fairy tale.
Good morning heathens and hell-bound friends and foes. It’s time for another edition of Unmasking Doctrine, where I take to task the “16 Fundamental Truths” of the Assemblies of God. If you’d like to read the first article in this series, click here: Unmasking Doctrine #1: The Inspired Scriptures. Today we will be dealing with the second “truth” which according to ag.org is as follows…
“The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent “I AM,” the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”
2.) Only One God Dude
So after this we are given a handful of scriptures.
We are then treated to a bunch of mumbo jumbo and scriptures that try to explain the Trinity and the godhead. I’m going to skip these since they do as good of a job at explaining the trinity as my following example.
So let’s say you are craving an ice cream cone, you go to a shop and order a waffle cone, with two scoops of vanilla and chocolate sprinkles. Well, God is the cone, Jesus is the vanilla, and the holy spirit is the chocolate sprinkles. Now that we have that out-of-the-way let’s move on to why this really makes no sense.
So the claims of the Christian church is that there is one true god, the Christian one. Yet many Christians also believe that both Jesus and the Holy Spirit are other forms of god which would seem to nullify the claim that Christianity is monotheistic. In order to justify their claims the Christian church came up with the doctrine of the trinity, something that when you try to think about it, just confuses things more.
Now I do want to point out that there are numerous denominations that reject the trinity altogether. So the belief in the triune god is not even agreed upon by all Christians. However we are dealing specifically with the AoG’s and they are decidedly trinitarian. I preached on the trinity many times during my time as a minister and even so the idea never did and never will make sense to me.
So anyway, let’s look at a passage of the Bible that seems to speak out against the belief in a three in one god.
“3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;”
God is jealous….I mean he’s the only one and it would seem that jealously would run counter to perfection but we see here that it states god’s a jealous guy. He’s driving past your place at night just to make sure there are no calves in your driveway and no incense smoke coming out your chimney.
Contrary to what trinitarians want you to believe, the old testament has absolutely no scriptures that specifically point towards a triune god. The AoG even mention this in their statement about the one true god…
“The terms “Trinity” and “persons” as related to the Godhead, while not found in the Scriptures,…”
it then makes the claim…
…”are words in harmony with Scripture, whereby we may convey to others our immediate understanding of the doctrine of Christ respecting the Being of God, as distinguished from “gods many and lords many.””
So basically we invented this concept so that we can distinguish our three-in-one god from those dirty polytheists that believe in many gods or many lords. You don’t want to be confused with Hindus or Islamics… So in order to easily convey the Bibles strange contradictions about having only one god and yet having three, we will talk about something that confuses the matter even more.
One of the things that I have found most hilarious about these beliefs is how adamant congregants and ministers in the assemblies will defend these beliefs against other faiths. I’ve heard people make fun of Islam, claiming that Islam has both God and Mohammad, while stating that there is only one true god. No this isn’t actually true with Islam but we’re not going into Islam but just think of how hypocritical those beliefs are. Two is ridiculous but three is completely rational. Makes total sense…
So let’s talk a little bit the members of the Trinity…
1.) God the Father
This is that wrathful, genocidal, manical god from the old testament. He’s the guy that can’t create anything without it eventually turning on him. I mean think about it, he created both the angels and man only to have them both revolt against his wishes…
This is the god that spends the entirety of the old testament killing anyone who even thinks about looking in the direction of another god. This god not only wants to send you to the fiery pits of hell, he will put a cigarette out on his skin and orgasm while he does it.
2.) God the Son
So god takes a sabbatical, tries yoga, and starts smoking pot. He then realizes that a lot of the things that he once advocated for are kinda batshit crazy. This god never kills anyone and especially doesn’t light people on fire for touching a box. Sure…he invents hell but with all the stuff he negates from the old testament, supposedly, it’s almost impossible to end up there. He has only one real rule….stop paying attention to all the worship laws from the old testament and instead believe in him. It’s going to get better because in order to save us from his dad, who is also him, he has to be killed as a sacrifice to appease himself in order that we can be forgiven for the stuff that he came up with to condemn us for. I think maybe he might have smoked a bit too much weed.
3.) God the Holy Spirit
Now this is the cool god that makes people speak gibberish, raises people from the dead, heals the sick, and cleans your windows. In some faiths he even allows you to hold poisonous snakes…This god takes front and center in the AoG and we will be speaking a lot more about him in later articles. In the assemblies without the help of this god you will not be able to do anything in the ministry at all. As it is taught, this god is the one that does all the work on earth now that wrathful god has taken a break and weed smoking god is taking his sweet ass time in returning.
So why three….why not 4? Couldn’t god’s wrath be a separate figure in the godhead? How about the god that does the dirty work, such as swallowing whole families and sending plagues? Why not make the devil a 5th figure in the godhead? I mean he did come from god and is allowed to do what he does with god’s authority…if you disagree with that check out a little book called Job.
Truth is, the reason for the Trinity in these beliefs is that it is a bad attempt at explaining an awful belief.
The last thing I want to mention here is that the Assemblies specifically refers to the godhead as “THE ADORABLE GODHEAD.” Isn’t he cute…I mean sure he killed millions, allowed rape and slavery, but gosh darn it he is just so darn adorable while doing it.
To continue on to part 3: click here:Unmasking Doctrine: The Deity of Christ: Virgin Birth
Welcome back to my blog heathens and hell-bound friends and foes alike. Tonight we are starting a series that’s going to be a bit different. Unmasking Doctrine will explore the “fundamental truths” that were taught in the Pentecostal church that I am most experienced with, The Assemblies of God. The Assemblies of God Church has 16 fundamental truths that all Assemblies of God Churches must adhere. Their statement of faith even says “these are non-negotiable” and so if you were born and raised in the Assembly of God church you will find these things to be almost second nature. To simplify things I will refer to the Assemblies of God as simply the AoG from here on out.
So a little background if you are unfamiliar with the AoG…
The AoG is the largest of Pentecostal denominations in the US, claiming to have over 3 million members in the U.S. and over 60 million members worldwide. Started in 1914, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the assemblies thank much of their beliefs to the Azuza street revivals, a revival occuring in 1906 Los Angeles. The Pentecostal movement itself owes their existence to these revivals. Anyway with over 13,000 churches in the US the AoG is pretty damn big. If you’d like to know more about this click here. I’ve also included this documentary if you’d like to know more about the Azusa Street revivals.
With that out-of-the-way, let’s get started…
According to ag.org the first fundamental truth is…
1.)The Scriptures Inspired
“The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct.”
It then lists several scriptures from which we can find this fundamental truth:
So basically what the AoG is trying to say is that if it is in the Bible, it’s inspired by god and so can be useful in learning how to live a good life and teach us how to be the best people we are meant to be. What many in the Assemblies fail to do though is actually read their bibles. If they did they would see that much of the Old Testament is absolutely atrocious, has no real moral value, and if someone did actually live their life according to its tenets they would most likely be a psychopath.
Another thing that the AoG doesn’t tend to teach its congregants is that the scriptures used to justify this “fundamental truth” are not speaking about the New Testament at all. The new testament wouldn’t even exist until long after these scriptures were written and were not commonly accepted by all Christians for another couple hundred years. These scriptures are not referring to the Christian bible at all but are actually referring to the Old Testament, because Christianity is an off-branch of the Jewish faith.
Now what makes this even more interesting is that most Pentecostals reject the Jewish faith almost entirely believing that the church has taken the place of the Jews as god’s chosen people. Sure they will praise Israel and do anything to see that Israel succeed but this is for an entirely separate reason that we won’t be getting into tonight. Even funnier is that the Jewish faith rejects almost the entirety of what the AoG teaches.
The Scriptures Are True?
So if these scriptures were referring to the old testament claiming that it is inspired, true, and good then we must accept a few things.
- The Earth is Young.
- Snakes used to walk and talk.
- The Earth is flat
- The stars are either angel eyes or lights glued to the firmament.
- The firmament exists…
- We owe all pain, suffering, hard work and death to eating a piece of god’s fruit.
- Millions of people took a two-week journey that lasted over 40 years.
- Millions of people traveled for over 40 years without leaving a trace of evidence.
- A donkey talked to its owner.
- The devil and god made a bet over just how bad they could make one mans life.
I could go on but for brevity I’ll just state that the Old Testament is absolutely chock full of bullshit, bullshit that owes much of itself to older faiths that existed centuries before the books of the Old Testament. Going through the Old Testament is a lot like reading a book of Mother Goose’s Fairy Tales with slightly more murder, rape, and other awfulness.
Probably the most damning evidence against the claims of divine inspiration is just how wrong much of the old testament was about the physical world that we live in. Either it wasn’t divinely inspired or god is incredibly stupid. He doesn’t understand how rain works, doesn’t understand that space exists, doesn’t understand how animals get stripes, doesn’t understand the wind, doesn’t understand the evolution of language, doesn’t understand chromosomes or genetics, germs, reproduction, or a plethora of other topics. If this being does exist you wouldn’t trust it to make ramen on your stovetop let alone worship it for how wise and awesome it is.
Scripture is Good?
The second of this “fundamental truth” is that the scriptures are all for our good. Maybe they aren’t all true but maybe the inspiration comes in the form of character building ideals. So lets look at the things you have to accept as good and inspiring.
- God takes no personal responsibility.
- Slavery is divinely ordained.
- Beating your slave as long as they don’t die is fine.
- Selling your daughter into slavery is economic.
- Murdering disobedient children is cool.
- Stoning homosexuals is great.
- Burning Witches builds character.
- Murdering folks in a neighboring town is amazing.
- Sacrificing your child is cool if god ordains it. (Before you say he didn’t let Abraham follow through with it, I’m not referring to Abraham or Isaac)
- Killing an entire city because someone touched a magic box is completely reasonable.
Once again I could go on but I think you can see by just these examples that not all scripture is good and it definitely won’t build our character. We have a place for people who adhere to these types of things, it’s called prison. If you knew anyone who actually followed any of these things you’d run the opposite direction, luckily enough this brings me to my last point.
The Bible is Divinely Inspired….except when it’s not
What makes this first “fundamental truth” so hilarious is just how much of the Bible the AoG actually doesn’t follow. Mixed cloth is fine even though prohibited, gluttony is practiced by almost every evangelist and yet it is also prohibited, tattoos and piercings are common among the youth and young adults even though these are abominations to god. Eating a rare steak is cool, eating pork is cool, shellfish is cool, rabbit is cool…if there is one thing that congregants in the Assemblies are good at, its cooking anything and everything that moves.
This isn’t really an issue with just the AoG, Cherry picking is rampant in the Christian tradition, it’s the only real way that you can continue saying that the scriptures are all true and all good. I also realize what the argument against me will be, they will claim that I am also cherry picking but here’s the difference. They are the ones claiming that it is all inspired and good, if I can find one example where it isn’t inspired or good then it nullifies their initial claim.
Think of it like this:
A man has 100 cows and he claims that all of the cows are black. If I can prove that even one of his cows is white he can no longer state that they are all black. He could still say that most of his cows were black but the claim that they were all black would be untrue. Well, the AoG is saying the opposite, that the entire bible is white and I’m saying, no…look at all of the shades of grey and all the truly dark scriptures that I have found. Your claim is untrue and this is why.
False information is harmful….but don’t take my word for it…
To continue on to part 2: click here:Unmasking Doctrine #2: One True God