Today my sunshines, we are going to compare the core tenets of Christianity, Islam and Satanism (specifically, the Satanic Temple). So, let’s dive right in.
Of the first two, I’m most familiar with Christianity, so we will start with that *plus it’s first alphabetically, so it doesn’t feel as weird*
The 10 commandments of Christianity:
I would like to make a note first that this drives me nuts, seeing as there are over 600 commandments in the Old Testament alone, but we’ll leave that be for now.
- You shall have no other gods before Me.
- You shall not make idols.
- You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
- Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
- Honor your father and your mother.
- You shall not murder.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- You shall not covet.
So, we have the first four commandments surrounding God and his need to be consistently praised in just the right way. I fail to see how this helps one understand and lead a moral life with other people, animals, and the planet in general.
Number 5 is cool enough, but should that seriously be a required tenet? What if your parents are abusive? Is there wiggle room there?
Number 6 is a pretty good thing to follow, but then, how do you reconcile that with the amount of times God told his people to murder the shit out of other people, up to and including total and complete genocide? Plus, seeing as another’s death through self defense is still murder, even if we find it justified, how does that work? Are you screwed if you defend yourself in such a way that you end up murdering someone? If you fight a holy war and murder the hell out of people’s faces, is that acceptable? If so, why aren’t there any specified caveats to this? It seems pretty straight forward to me.
Number 7 is generally a good rule of thumb when it comes to monogamy, but uh… what about the copious amounts of polyamorous sex in the Bible? How about the extensive amount of rape? Are those free passes? Would a harem technically count since one partner (always the female, surprise!) has no say, and it doesn’t matter if they like it? I mean, isn’t adultery the act of fucking someone else without the consent and/or knowledge of one’s partner?
Number 8, does this need to be singled out as a tenet in and of itself? Couldn’t it be part of a larger tenet of respect?
Number 9, it’s a pretty good idea in general, but, same as number 8, couldn’t it have been a part of a larger tenet of respect?
Number 10… *sigh* How can thought crimes be punished like this.
Now my overall questions for this are: why is there nothing about not owning other people? What about rape? Why is there a complete lacking of respect for others as a whole? These really don’t seem like a comprehensive course to live a wholesome and morally based life…
There are what is known as the 5 Pillars of Islam. Seeing as this is the religion of peace, I’m certain that they must be pretty comprehensive and very morally grounded. So, let’s check out how to lead a moral life:
- Declarations of faith
- Obligatory prayer
- Compulsory giving
- Fasting in the month of Ramadan
- Pilgrimage to Mecca
Uh… What the hell?
Number 1, why is compulsory declaration of faith even on here? What does that have to do with treating anyone morally?
Number 2, obligatory prayer? Once again, what does this have to do with treating others well and living an outwardly moral life? Allah is starting to sound as self righteous as God.
Number 3, Okay, giving is good, I can get behind this one.
Number 4… Starve yourself to live morally for others? Wouldn’t that make it more difficult. I mean, sooner or later hungry goes to hangry, and it’s hard to be moral, helpful and nice to others when your running on empty.
Finally, number 5. The Pilgrimage. Once again, what the hell does this have to do with treating others, or yourself for that matter, well? What does this have to do with living morally in your every day life?
Being the religion of peace, I expected much more out of the central tenets, but the majority of it comes down to, once again, a self absorbed god figure. *sigh*
Last but not least, we have Satanism. These are the 7 central tenets of The Satanic Temple that they abide by (There are various other forms of Satanism, just like any other religion/philosophy, each with their own beliefs, but there’s aren’t terribly far off from the others). Seeing as Satanism is a horrid, vile and evil religion and philosophy, we’ll expect that the tenets should also be disgusting right? Well, let’s see just what these terrible people abide by:
- One should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason.
- The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.
- One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.
- The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo your own.
- Beliefs should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world. We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs.
- People are fallible. If we make a mistake, we should do our best to rectify it and resolve any harm that may have been caused.
- Every tenet is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility in action and thought. The spirit of compassion, wisdom, and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word
Wait… What the fuck? Is it just me or do these tenets blow those of Christianity and Islam out of the water?
Perhaps we should learn more before we demonize something, or before we glorify something. It disturbs me that Christianity, with it’s “all loving God” and Islam the “religion of peace” have central tenets that are mostly worthless to leading a moral life.
What are your thoughts on this sunshines? Sound off below and have a beautiful day.