25 Painful Red Pill Questions Christians Need To Ask Themselves

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25 Painful Red Pill Questions Christians Need To Ask Themselves

Part I – Scientific Repression

1. Do I not disagree that the Roman Catholic Church played a major role in repressing all major scientific and technological innovation in Europe for the greater part of 1000 years after the fall of the Roman Empire? From approximately A.D. 400 to A.D. 1400? (Due to potentially fatal accusations of heresy, witchcraft, blasphemy, etc.)

2. Do I not disagree that the invention of the Gutenberg Press in 1450, and the fall of Constantinople in 1453 (resulting in an influx of more advanced Arabic & Turkish knowledge into Europe) finally began to end this Catholic stranglehold of scientific repression and knowledge enslavement?

3. Do I not disagree that the Dutch Golden Age of the 1600s was attributed to the Republic’s climate of intellectual and religious tolerance? And that this religious freedom (uncommon for the era) made Dutch science and technology the most acclaimed in the world during this time?

4. Do I not disagree that Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution in the 1800s was based upon tangible evidence and sound reasoning? And that the discoveries of Dinosaurs and other fossils which are millions of years old, proves that our Earth is far older than the mere 6,000 years that many Christians believe?

5. Do I not disagree that if Christianity never existed, we could very well be at a level of technology and cultural enlightenment so unfathomably advanced, beyond our wildest dreams, in the year 2014?

Part II – Bad Popes

6. Do I not disagree that the Cadaver Synod of 897 (the posthumous ecclesiastical trial of Catholic Pope Formosus) was one of the most bizarre, freaky, and disgusting scenarios in the history of humanity?

cadaver synod

GUILTY! That corpse is guilty!

7. Do I not disagree that Pope Stephen VI was a pitiful excuse to be leader of the Catholic Church, as his conduct towards the rotting remains of his predecessor, Pope Formosus, were extremely vile and depraved?

(The rotting corpse of Formosus was exhumed and put on trial in the so-called Cadaver Synod in January 897. With the corpse propped up on a throne, a deacon was appointed to answer for the deceased pontiff. The corpse was accordingly found guilty, stripped of its sacred vestments, and deprived of three fingers of its right hand.)

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Stephen VI

8. Do I not disagree that Pope Benedict IX was a pitiful excuse to be leader of the Catholic Church? Due to living an extremely dissolute life, having few qualifications for the papacy other than connections with a socially powerful family, being repeatedly accused of rape and murder, and for selling the papacy like it was nothing more than a commodity?

“a disgrace to the Chair of Peter” – The Catholic Encyclopedia

“a demon from hell in the disguise of a priest… occupied the chair of Peter and profaned the sacred mysteries of religion by his insolent courses” – Ferdinand Gregorovius, Papal Historian

“his rapes, murders and other unspeakable acts. His life as a pope was so vile, so foul, so execrable, that I shudder to think of it”- Pope Victor III

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Benedict IX

9. Do I not disagree that Pope Nicholas V (1397-1455) was a pitiful excuse to be leader of the Catholic Church, as he authorized the King of Portugal in 1452 to enslave any and all non-believers in perpetuity through the Dum Diversas?

The Papal Bull of Dum Diversas, 18th of June 1452

“We grant you [Kings of Spain and Portugal] by these present documents, with our Apostolic Authority, full and free permission to invade, search out, capture, and subjugate the Saracens and pagans and any other unbelievers and enemies of Christ wherever they may be, as well as their kingdoms, duchies, counties, principalities, and other property […] and to reduce their persons into perpetual slavery.”

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Nicholas V

10. Do I not disagree that Pope Urban VI was a pitiful excuse to be leader of the Catholic Church, due to his very violent temperament, and that he complained he did not hear enough screaming when Cardinals who had conspired against him were being tortured to death?

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Urban VI

Part III – Wars & Atrocities

11. Do I not disagree on the ridiculousness that after the World War I Christmas Truces of 1914, the soldiers of various nations across Europe (all following Christianity) resumed shooting at each other the following day by order of their political and military superiors? But this time against their new found friends?

christmas truce world war one

When Christmas is over, we’ll start shooting each other again. Agreed?

12. Do I not disagree that all of the 40,000-60,000 women in Europe and North America who were executed during the Witch Hunts that occurred between 1480-1750, were more than likely innocent of all accusations? And that these were instances of fundamentalist Christian mass hysteria and ignorance, and completely lacking in compassion or logic?

witch burning

13. Do I not disagree on the ridiculousness that Wehrmacht personnel in Nazi Germany were made to invade nations, loot property, murder and enslave various ‘Untermensch’ (Sub Humans), and commit other heinous crimes all while wearing a belt buckle inscribed with “Gott mit uns” (God with us)?

gott mit uns belt

14. Do I not disagree that the Spanish Conquistadors made an absolute mockery of the so called “peaceful” Christian religion which they claimed to follow? By raping, pillaging, enslaving, and decimating all major Native American civilizations they came in contact with during the Age of Discovery?

conquistadors

15. Do I not disagree that George W. Bush claimed he was ‘told by God’ to end the tyranny in Iraq? And that this conflict has directly or indirectly caused the death of at least 500,000 innocent Iraqis and many thousands of U.S. troops, based on a story of lies and deception?

george w bush faith religion

Part IV – Evil Bible Verses

16. Do I not disagree that Psalm 137:9Happy they shall be who take your little ones and dash them against the rock” is so morally repugnant that it’s making infanticide sound like a party?

“No moral justification can be offered for this notorious concluding line. All one can do is to recall the background of outraged feeling that triggers the conclusion.” – Robert Alter, Bible Scholar

17. Do I not disagree that Peter 2:18Slaves, accept the authority of your master with all deference, not only those who are gentle but also those who are harsh” has no place in a civil society where all human beings have the right to personal liberty, and to appropriately retaliate when they are being oppressed?

freedom

18. Do I not disagree that Kings 2:23-24 “”From there Elisha went up to Bethel. While he was on his way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him. “Go up baldhead,” they shouted, “go up baldhead!” The prophet turned and saw them, and he cursed them in the name of the Lord. Then two shebears came out of the woods and tore forty two of the children to pieces” is a bit of a harsh, bizarre, and exaggerated punishment for teasing a prophet of God for simply having a bald head? Especially when directed against such young children?

bible she bears

19. Do I not disagree that Samuel 15:2-3This is what the Lord of hosts has to say: ‘I will punish what Amalek did to Israel when he barred his way as he was coming up from Egypt. Go, now, attack Amalek, and deal with him and all that he has under the ban. Do not spare him, but kill men and women, children and infants, oxen and sheep, camels and asses” Is a passage of wanton and indiscriminate mass murder which is not suitable for this religion of ‘peace’?

20. Do I not disagree that Deuteronomy 22:28-29If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father. Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her” is sheer lunacy? What kind of God would mandate that a rape victim marry her attacker?

Part V – General Questions

21. Do I not disagree that countries such as Sweden, Norway, and the Netherlands are among the most prosperous, peaceful, and charitable societies on Earth? And that these traditionally Christian nations ironically have among the highest percentages of non-religious, agnostics, and atheists in the world?

22. Do I not disagree that the United States and Brazil, the two most populous countries on Earth where the vast majority of inhabitants claim Christianity as their religion, have far higher per capita rates of robbery, rape, and murder than largely non-religious Northern Europe?

23. Do I not disagree that the state of Mississippi is the most religious state in the USA, yet it bottoms out on many national social indicators which are not complimentary? Such as being the poorest and most obese? In addition to having the lowest life expectancy, lowest reading and math scores, lowest prevalence of STEM careers, and the highest infant mortality rate in the nation?

24. Do I not disagree it’s disheartening that God is supposed to be all-knowing and all-powerful, and capable of divine intervention, yet has never once intervened (with solid proof) to stop a good or righteous person from being tortured, mutilated, gravely injured or killed by wicked persons, animals, or the forces of nature?

25. Do I not disagree it’s a ridiculous concept that God is supposed to be all-powerful and capable of miracles, yet has no power and control over something as petty as money? And that we as flesh-and-blood humans are supposed to fill the void by constantly donating to charities, churches, and other religious organizations with our hard-earned fiat currency?

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What Gives?

Conclusion – The Red Pill Truth

“The Christian religion is a parody on the worship of the sun, in which they put a man called Christ in the place of the sun, and pay him the adoration originally payed to the sun.” – (Thomas Paine)

“Lighthouses are more useful than Churches.” – (Benjamin Franklin)

“Avoid gurus and religions. They’re bad for your mental health, and they want your money.” – (Richard Sutphen)

This article first appeared as a guest post on Return of Kings via a contributor of the Libertarian affiliated website, Ingenious Press. Check out some of our most prominent posts and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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  • Brigadon

    This post is so full of fail, lies, misrepresentations, and blue pill nonsense that it makes my testicles hurt just to imagine being the same species as this woman.

    Seriously, read the article at RoK and look at the comments where virtually every single poster dismantles this joke with logic, historical citations, and showing the unexpurgated versions of your quotes.

    • Megalodon

      testicles being metaphorically hurt is a part of discovering some painful truths after you’ve been lied to for so long. Deal with it.

      • Brigadon

        (Rofl) when you grow up and actually do your own analysis, you will reject this. I used to be this sort of ‘atheist’, with absolutely no clue, until I did my own research.

        I am still an atheist, I simply despise watching low-information writers lying and passing off long-disproved factoids as ‘red pill’. It is not ‘less than perfect’, it in fact merely strengthens the arguments FOR religion.

        it’s like watching Nambla trying to join the ACLU… some types of help you just don’t want.

    • Jim90

      Brigadon, sorry to hear you’re so butt-hurt over the truth.

      • Brigadon

        anyone’s butt would hurt after passing this fifty pounds of shit.

        • Jim90

          Well we live in a supposedly “free world” (if you still believe that) which means you can believe there’s an invisible man in the clouds that watches everything you do… if you want to believe that. congratulations. The important thing is that I happily accept that you believe such a thing and leave you alone. You can also help by not asking me to not believe the invisible man in the clouds story. And we both live happily ever after ….muah. 😉 You don’t have anything convincing to back up your story, I guarantee it.

          • Brigadon

            This has nothing to do with the validity or the inavilidity of religion, this has to do with an irrelevant article filled with double-negative braced buzzfeed points that have no value whatsoever to the question, cheap shots, and quotations out of context that have been passed around and spewed out of the lowest common denominator atheist rectii for the last four centuries.

            Frankly, if I didn’t know better, I would assume that the author was actually trying to support christianity by taking such transparently stupid bullet points.

            This is not ‘red pill’, this is firmly lodged in the vagina of populist blue-pill rhetoric and low-intelligence rabble-rousing.

          • Jim90

            Your statement doesn’t make any sense….. After attempting to decipher it I get this: [Doesn’t really matter if religion is a load of bollocks, I just don’t like it when people criticize it]

          • Brigadon

            In a way, but a shallow picture of the deeper underlying reasons. Especially considering that the criticism is mostly ridiculous.

            Try to think of the reasons WHY religion exists, what role it played in the development of culture and civilization, and it’s role in opposing static hierarchies.

            This criticism is absolutely blind, akin to claiming alexander the great was a terrible leader because he didn’t raise his daughter well.

            When you toss in the blatant fallacies (point 1 for example… the church was actually responsible for almost all of the scientific progress made during the dark ages of the human migration and indo-european plague depopulation, and WAS responsible for preserving what scientific discoveries were made) as well as the misstatements or peripherals (Yes, some pope sucked. They are human, get over it) You wind up with what amounts to a childish tantrum.

            Essentially it reeks of blatant self-congratulation for an accomplishment that is, at best, extremely mediocre. The Arrogant tone of the entire piece as well as the overuse of double negatives in a john normanesque fashion makes the piece practically a parody of itself… and a rather poor one at that.

          • Hubert Cumberdale

            Speaking of John Norman, I’m amazed those Gor books haven’t been featured in an RoK article yet.

          • Brigadon

            meh, the problem with Gor is not the psychology or the endless repetition, it’s the fact that they require the artificial influence of the priest-kings to exist.

            Frankly, the priest-king explanation was a stroke of brilliance to explain how such a state as Gor could remain stable.

            a lot of the ideas behind Gor actually make sense, but the constant overexplanation is A HUGE flaw.

  • Vlad

    Brigadon thinks this article of less-than-perfect but nonetheless truthful observations about Christianity is BLUE PILL? Nobody needs the Red Pill more than anybody who falsely believes something is Blue Pill when it is not.

    • Brigadon

      (repeat) When you grow up and actually do your own analysis, you will
      reject this. I used to be this sort of ‘atheist’, with absolutely no
      clue, until I did my own research.

      I am still an atheist, I
      simply despise watching low-information writers lying and passing off
      long-disproved factoids as ‘red pill’. It is not ‘less than perfect’, it is a web of fictions that in fact merely strengthens the arguments FOR religion.

      it’s like watching Nambla trying to join the ACLU… some types of help you just don’t want.

      • Hubert Cumberdale

        how’s life in West Jordan?

        • Brigadon

          I don’t live in West Jordan, although that is where my ISP indicates, I am actually about 30 miles north…

          The Utah Exchange for DSL is a little funky that way. Why do you ask?

          • Hubert Cumberdale

            Ehh, it doesn’t matter really. Just seeing if you would pull off a lie.

          • Brigadon

            What, oh, you mean the anonymous thing? Naww, i am only anonymous to avoid getting spammed. I give out my real information if someone really wants it, because I am not ashamed of my opinions, I am male, and I am always armed :) Heck, i have gotten into trouble on numerous occasions, because I will say exactly what I say here in inappropriate venues… like at the temple visitor’s center.

            Proud member of the CIA watch list of potential domestic terrorists, like the rest of us patriotic constitutionalists.

          • Hubert Cumberdale

            Good work. I’ve got a concealed carry myself, and Georgia has just passed one of the best gun laws in the nation so I can take it to even more places.

          • Brigadon

            yer lucky, I am waiting for carry laws for malls and theaters… it’s no secret that the worst gun crimes occur in ‘gun free zones’.

          • Hubert Cumberdale

            ‘A well armed society is a well behaved society’ indeed. Even Illinois is finally starting to smell the coffee.

          • Brigadon

            I just like the fact that Northern Ireland (carry legal) is making the rest of the UK look like idiots… and have for decades.

          • Hubert Cumberdale

            Or how about Switzerland? Every household is armed and that’s why Nazi Germany never considered an invasion. Similar situation with Spain. So many men were veterans of the Civil War in the 1930s and had guns galore so Iberia was left alone.

            Switzerland and Spain were not important for their strategic aims, but still.

          • Brigadon

            Switzerland has a long history of kicking the crap out of any invaders that try to take their mountains… They could have had nothing but a couple of shovels and a crossbow and still sent the panzer brigade packing if Rommel had tried.