Lately, I've been somewhat addicted to debating with ultra-fundamentalist religious people on their blogs (and mine). There are just so many gaping holes in their positions that it's hard not to rip them open wider. Plus some of them are downright evil, and I can't keep my mouth shut when I see people writing such morally corrupt things.
It has led to some hilarious conversations, though. Here is one of my favourites. It started when I pointed out that the Bible says that rabbits chew their cud, when they really don't (showing that the Bible is not the infallible word of God). Then a fellow named Tyler brought up this quote:
"Lagomorphs are herbivores that practice coprophagy, the re-ingestion of fecal droppings. [...] These pellets, rich in protein and B vitamins, are re-ingested directly from the anus."
Then I replied with this harsh response:
"The passage said "cheweth his own cud"...even the most generous interpretation would not allow that to be meant as "sucketh up his own shit backeth into his ass". I don't chew with my ass. Do you chew with your ass?"
Because I thought "re-ingested directly from the anus" meant the rabbit sucked it up, directly, with its anus. It actually meant that it eats the poo directly from the anus, with its mouth. Silly me. Too bad, though, because sucking up poo back into its bum would be pretty hilarious. As Sarah said:
"...so wait, do rabbits take their poo after they pooed it and then chew it up in their bums, or what? I can't help but giggle at the image of a rabbit looking behind himself to sit back down on his own poo. What kind of twisted God do we have that would create such a thing?"
In any case, eating poo is different than chewing cud, and the Bible was wrong. Plus, that's just one example. The Bible clearly contradicts itself in several areas, proving that it is not the literal, infallible, word of God.
Here's just one example:
MAT 1:16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
LUK 3:23 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli.
So? Who begat Joseph? Jacob or Heli?
And that's just an internal inconsistency. There are also the things that are inconsistent with reality...one big one is the Bible saying the earth is flat (though it can't seem to decide on a shape), and that bats are birds. (more fun problems here)
Satan tempts Jesus (click the pic!)
I'm not bashing the Bible here. What I am bashing is people who take the Bible literally, thinking it is 100% true and using it to guide their entire lives. While the Bible may have some good lessons, it also has some very bad lessons, and some factual errors. Ultimately, we must all use our own brains to make our own decisions about what's good and true, and what's not. If a god created us, then s/he must have given us brains for a reason. Misusing them would be a sin.