>God here

>God here
>I'm going to need you to read this 5,000 page book I wrote and figure it out so you can make it to heaven
>Sorry I gave you 75 IQ and you are illiterate and it hasn't been translated into your language yet
>Good luck

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  1. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    nooooooooooooooooo

  2. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    The Bible maxes out at 3500 normally formatted pages (like you'd see in a typical book). Typically a Bible is 1200 pages.

    • 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      oh ok, consider the criticism withdrawn.

      • 6 months ago
        Anonymous

        >4 posters
        >5 posts
        Samegay

        • 6 months ago
          Anonymous

          I will post more than once in a thread.

  3. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    man it sucks that god created me for the purpose of burning in hell for eternity

    • 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      Cult leaders and their followers go to Hell.

  4. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    >But I can't heckin read how was I supposed to- AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  5. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    >hence the priestly class, throughout history, has been the literate class
    >morons will exist everywhere and somehow that’s a unique fault of religion (more specifically: Christianity, but that’s not because I have a personal grudge)

  6. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    The point wasn't for the common people to actually read it for themselves, that was a job for the literate clergy to read and preach the contents of the Bible to their flock. The goal is social cohesion.

    Religion exist to create a hierarchy and power structure that connects people together through a shared common belief to create a sense of community and belonging between them. Emperor Constantine didn't convene the Council of Nicaea because he was a true believer, it was convened to establish a common foundation for what is considered orthodoxy in Christianity in order to consolidate people behind a single power structure and prevent splintering. Constantine saw Christianity as a way to stabilize the Roman Empire socially by having people believe in a single monotheistic God, instead of having to deal with hundreds of communities all believing in their local gods or are cults to a single god among the Roman Pantheon.

    And contrary to atheist claims, it fricking worked, at least for ~700 years. Although the Western Roman Empire fell to corruption, invasion, and economic collapse, the Eastern Empire rallied and consolidated. The Byzantines emerged as a rich, stable, and united empire with Christianity as an idea to rally behind in contrast to their Islamic and Pagan adversaries.

    Christianity's cohesion was destroyed though through the Bishop of Rome's consolidation of power in Italy and Western Europe in the absence of Byzantine political control, with the Great Schism of 1054 creating an irreparable break in Christianity as a tool for social cohesion across the board, but Catholicism and Orthodoxy served the same purpose in their respective Holy Roman and Byzantine Empires.

    Once Martin Luther advocated for people reading the Bible for themselves and literacy rates increased, then the whole point of Christianity for social cohesion was shattered, with the Reformation creating hundreds of splinter groups emerging and weakening the Holy Roman Empire.

    • 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      >that was a job for the literate clergy to read and preach the contents of the Bible to their flock
      which means the literate clergy can hide the bad parts and invent new things to justify shit that never happened because yes. amazing book

      • 6 months ago
        Anonymous

        this is preferable to people interpreting it themselves and making up their own religion

        • 6 months ago
          Anonymous

          >Only I'm allowed to interpret the Bible because I said so. Also if you don't agree with my specific interpretation I will kill you.

    • 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      >And contrary to atheist claims, it fricking worked, at least for ~700 years.
      Who are the gnostics, arians, cathars, nestorians, hussites, bosnian church, etc?

      • 6 months ago
        Anonymous

        Arianism was discredited by the Council of Nicaea, they were the primary reason why the council was convened in the first place.

        And all the other splinter groups were either reabsorbed into the presiding state religion or fizzled out on their own. Inquisitions, state suppression, and social pressures by one's peers were tools wielded by the Church in order to stamp out splinter sects and maintain social cohesion.

        The Hussites were the first major crack in the dismantling of the state power of the Church but was defeated via military means in the Hussite Wars. Lutheranism however was the movement that broke it, opening the door for Calvinism, Baptism, Anglicanism, etc. to separate from the Catholic Church and stay separate.

        • 6 months ago
          Anonymous

          >Arianism was discredited by the Council of Nicaea
          Yet it still continued on for 300 more years

          >And all the other splinter groups were either reabsorbed into the presiding state religion or fizzled out on their own
          No they didn't. For example, Oriental Orthodox and Nestorianism carried on up until the present day. Your view of history that there was the Eastern Orthodox church from the start (where everyone believed the same thing), then big bad Rome split off, then muh 40000 denominations is moronic

  7. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    Only people with a 115+ IQ have souls

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