Judging Jesus (part 5): The Negligence of Jesus (script)
Welcome to WAR on ERROR: Judging Jesus edition, part 5. In this video, we’re judging Jesus’ Judgment Day. Who judges the Judgment Day? I do... And so should you. How else do we tell good gods from bad gods? Of all the voices in the entire Bible, Jesus was the most prolific advocate of eternal damnation... The doctrine is barely in the Old Testament (since they hadn’t borrowed the concept from another culture yet). It’s only mentioned or alluded to by others in the New Testament (except for the book of Revelation, which is also technically supposed to be an albeit acid trip of Jesus), but as I’ve said before Jesus in the canonical gospels was the one who continually brings it up and elaborates the most. So you can be anyone from the most well behaved 7 year old kid (who unrepentantly sins the smallest sin even once) ...to international war criminal Joseph Kony and without the Christian god working his salvation magic, you are headed for an eternity of torment of one sort or another, according to Jesus. The worms never stop eating at you and the damned will be salted with a fire that will never die down (Mark 9:48-49). Judgment has come, the doors are shut (Luke 13:25), and there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth on the outside of paradise (Matthew 13:42). Whatever you did in the drop in the ocean of the beginning of eternity dictates your fate forever (Luke 16:26). No appeals, no parole, no rehabilitation, just eternal overkill on what most Christians throughout their history have wanted to pretend is justice with a capital J. Some Christians rationalize that everlasting punishment is continually earned by sinners sinning in hell. First of all, this ignores the fact that canonical gospel Jesus thinks there are eternal sins (Mark 3:29). Secondly earning perpetual punishment is never mentioned as though it is not part of the justification scheme (and doesn’t need to be). And thirdly it violates other moral sensibilities that these same Christians (and most morally inclined people) probably hold. The damned (after being damned) no longer have any option of ever not sinning and hence they are trapped perpetually in such debt. When credit card companies and financial institutions do similar things to keep you stuck in debt you probably think that is evil. And so to be consistent you should probably think even this version of hell is just as evil as the version without this helper concept. Still other Christians, if you ever question Jesus’ Judgment Day in front of them, will immediately leap to the conclusion that you must be against Justice itself as though how Judgment Day is spelled out in the Bible is the Only Way(TM) it could possibly be. “Nope! It’s either THIS or NOTHING. And so you don’t believe in Justice.” In my world, there are just more options than that. There can be no justice. A little justice. Enough justice. And even *too much* justice. How can that be? As an easy example, consider a hug. What makes a good hug? *You just kind of, eh...? You know, Apathy. *Then there’s the spectrum of, you know, a nice warm embrace. Makes you feel good. Loved. *Then there’s being crushed mercilessly. Smothered, if you will. No one likes that, but it’s “just more of a perfectly good thing,” isn't it? More hug = More love. What could EVER be wrong with that equation? Anyway...for those of you out there who have heard of the space between “too much” and “not at all” I’ll continue. For example Moses apparently had heard of that concept when he said “eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth.” Remember he *didn’t* say “an infinity of eyes for an eye.” Maybe because he couldn’t count that high. I don’t know. Maybe Jesus invented bigger numbers, just so that he could inflict them on us. I don’t know about that either. So not only does Jesus believe that eternal punishment for finite earthly crimes is justified, but he even tells us that just about everyone will end up in hell. I laid out a comprehensive case in my previous video that in Matthew 7:14 and other places Jesus probably thought that when he said “few” would saved, he meant *very* few. Like a god who is okay with just 8 people on Noah’s ark out of the whole world drowned, few. So we can’t just be talking about Stalin and Pol Pot here going to hell, shrug our shoulders, and look the other way. Most Christians seem to think that only a few of the worst offenders will be damned, but again, as I showed, it’s basically the exact opposite ratio for Jesus (if you care about what he thinks). Only a few exceptional saints will make it. And so the body count of Jesus’ hell would statistically have to come from your neighbors, family, friends, co-workers, etc. (if not *you* personally) since it has to come from *somewhere.* Obviously you don’t have to know who exactly is on the roster of the Book of Life to feel that number must cut rather deep against what you think is morally fair. I dare say that if you are *completely* comfortable with that, you’re pretty evil. And I don’t really need you to comment. So just go away. For whatever reason, Christians often want to assume that I simply must think that the Christian god ought to think I’m a great guy personally. However I imagine Jesus’ Judgment day would be somewhat akin to being psychically morally analysed by the king of Saudi Arabia. Our values are vastly different and there's just no way I'd be someone he'd approve of *even if I were the exemplar of Western values.* Because he’s not into Western values. For the Christians out there, would you think otherwise for yourself? As in, how can you be *sure* your Protestant/Catholic/Eastern Orthodox/non-denominational Christian culture comports with Jesus' expectations given no modern Christian culture can be found *as is* lifted right from the pages of the Bible? There’s a lot of interpretation going on there and a lot of room for selfish, sinful errancy. The Bible routinely blows off entire nations as damned without exceptions for individuals, and false spiritual confidence is easy to come by in its pages as well. Whatever security you feel is simply much more likely generated by the very same mechanism that makes just about every human ever complacent in their given culture. *You’re used to it.* Anyone familiar with the nasty bits in the Bible would know the Christian god isn’t too keen on complacency. You may think you have the Holy Spirit on your side to get you to heaven, but A: How do you know that? Lots of different kinds of religious people claim to have some incompatible connection to the divine, and self-deception is quite prevalent in humanity. B: As I rigorously pointed out in my last video Jesus has already called the overall stats (in general proportion). Very few people are going to be saved and so probability is against your success regardless of which supernatural forces may want to help you out or not. It apparently doesn't matter much in the end, even if you routinely demonstrate supernatural powers (see: Matthew 7:21-23). Which you probably don’t. Sorry. Which brings us to Jesus’ Judgment Day itself. In Jesus' end of the world view there’s a final Judgment of humanity rather than say, ongoing moral course correction from an obviously existing, reasonably interactive, good god. If the king of Saudi Arabia wanted me to be acceptable in his sight on his hypothetical king of Saudi Arabia Judgment Day, then he probably should have done something about it throughout my life to properly and completely groom me for his version of Judgment Day. Dropping any kind of moral/spiritual expectations on all of humanity at the very end seems *incorrigibly negligent.* Why would that be any different for any kind of god with any kind of high expectations of any kind? I mean, the Christian god can’t be bothered to show up to at least declare sides in a Holy war even if he doesn’t intend to fight it for anyone. He can’t be counted on to send an angel to declare sides in a denominational split or a public debate between atheists and Christians, to clarify basic points of fact important to all. Maybe it’s too disruptive to personally answer every prayer, but apparently he also can’t be bothered to say, give a worldwide public address every decade or so just to remind everyone what his preferred religion is and that it isn’t just the product of the delusions of our ancestors. A friendly reminder of what the basic deal is and where any given human can go to get more information about what they need to do to work out their salvations, would seem to be prudent. Even if that’s just being sent to talk to ordinary humans (i.e. pastors or priests) who happen to be on the right spiritual track. Good communication is typically--if not always---the number *one* priority in any serious relationship. It’s apparently not very high on Jesus’ to-do list, prior to his version of Judgment Day. From a guy who gloats about his willingness to pay special attention to the intimate spiritual needs of any given lost sheep as has been advertised to us from the gospels (as in Matthew 18:12 and Luke 15:4) one wonders where that loving attention actually is for all of humanity. In another trio of videos, I’ll make my comprehensive case with various arguments from evil against the truth of mainstream Christian theism. Stay tuned. But, for now...what do you suppose happens when there are no divine updates in this life, no moral report cards, no achievement unlocks, or notices of officially leveling up in a spiritually correct sense according to the one true god? Assuming there’s just one true god. What happens when everything is just dumped on you at the end by some random, unknown hyper-judgmental moral authority? Hmmm...I wonder!? Maybe only a *few* would be saved! Surprise! Which is exactly the number you’d expect from a world where a negligent god just phoned that whole divine providence thing in throughout human history. In reality-land, moderate, progressive rewards and punishments that are firmly and lovingly administered along the path of life (rather than being saved up until the very end) probably bring out the best, most stable moral behavior in most people in the long run. If you are not saved (which is apparently almost everyone), what a cruel joke to have been so harshly tested over this short, ignorant life. It seems to me that there is *too little* divine moral guidance in this life (arguably none) ...juxtaposed to way too much Judgment in the next life (arguably infinite) in Jesus’ views. Jesus therefore approves of a morally senseless god who can’t seem to figure out how to reign in those two extremes for the full benefit of humanity that he supposedly loves so very much. And we actually happen to know Jesus' own inept excuse for this negligence, which is explained in his Parable of the Weeds. Or as I like to call it, the Parable of this God Smoking Weed. In Matthew 13:24-30 Jesus explains how a farmer "wisely" ignores the weeds growing in his crops until the harvest. The farmer blames the weeds being planted there by one of his nefarious enemies. If the farmer deals with the weeds now, it might hurt the crops, you understand. This is meant to explain why the Christian god ignores the problems of the world until the end of time. But just think of how ridiculous it would be if we ran our criminal justice system with a “Judgment Day” mentality. File all the charges you want against someone, but we’re not going to do anything about it until they’re 100 years old. Should Christian cops refuse to show up to 9-1-1 calls because it might interrupt our spiritual and moral progress in some way? I don’t think so. I’ll bet you agree. We would never *dream* of applying this level of stalwart negligence in our legal system or private lives since there’s *a lot* we can do to mitigate problems and make the world a better place in positive ways as we go along. And a god could certainly contribute *a lot* along those same lines. But Jesus attempts to pass the blame to the apparently unstoppable Satan in order to let his god almost entirely off the hook in the meantime. Yes, it’s sooo plausible. “Satan made me not do it.” The moral logic of Jesus’ Judgment Day comfortably fits the historical and moral confines that best suits a dead beat, and ultimately just fictional deity. The Christian god can’t engage in ongoing moral course correction for all his spiritual children because he doesn’t exist and so of course morally rectifying all the problems of the world has to wait until forever since Jesus’ Judgment Day will never arrive *either.* A looming sense of a Judgment Day might appeal to some kind of psychotic revenge fantasy from a disempowered 1st century Jewish cult who can’t practically do anything about an oppressive Roman empire or what it perceives as a corrupt Jewish elite. But Jesus’ Judgment Day probably doesn’t at all represent a mature and compassionate understanding of working with the human condition for the betterment of all. In the next video, I’m going to lay out the basic case that Jesus thought the world would end in his generation, how that constrains his moral teachings that Christians often want to pretend aren’t there, and what the implications are for the next 2,000 years of Christians who are still waiting. So subscribe! 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