When Jesus reportedly said, “Suffer little children…” (as in the King James very translation with its quaint but very archaic language), he did not mean to cause children to suffer.
But the cartoon is a perfect illustration of how conservative faux “Christians” approach the Bible. They claim to follow the Bible literally, but then cherry-pick the parts they like and literally ignore most of what is in the Bible, including numerous atrocities (supposedly commanded by god), direct internal contradictions and factual errors the cherry-pickers never seem to include in their Sunday School lessons.
These faux “Christians” especially cherry-pick to reject the teachings on love, compassion, social justice and other values so foreign to everything they teach or live by. They essentially reject the actual teachings of Jesus.
While there may be occasional flashes of inspiration and primitive wisdom in the Bible (as in any ancient book of myths and legends), the Bible as a whole is a compendium of ancient, primitive mythology.
Largely plagiarized from earlier Sumerian and Babylonian mythologies, the Bible is no better and certainly no more literally factual than the mythologies of the ancient Greeks, Romans, Vikings, Incas or Mayans, who were far more advanced in science, math and culture than the primitive tribal Hebrews, and whose religious mythologies evolved into modern sciences, unlike the anti-science postures of Bible literalists.
Here is my compilation of HUNDREDS of specific examples of atrocities supposedly commanded by god, direct internal contradictions, factual errors, and failed prophecies that they never teach in Sunday School, with each example fully documented with chapter-and-verse references that true believers can look up in their very own Bibles:
May 31, 2017