This week’s blog comes from a self-proclaimed atheist and free-speaker, Jonas Pullman.
Take a look outside the window, that world you see is a different place to the one that birthed the Bible.
The purpose of this particular blog is not to savagely critique the parts of the Bible that might seem outdated, or particularly archaic, but rather to question whether our modern age has simply changed too much to accommodate the learnings of such an ancient text.
How old is too old?
Certain sections of the Bible have been dated as far back as 408 BC, and whilst it has proved to be an impossible challenge to source every single edit of this monumental work, we can all at least agree that the Bible is the oldest, widely read texts in the world. In the 21st Century we’re often taught to treat older sources differently to more recent ones. When we’re reading the news, we often take note of the date of its publication and take any older articles with a pinch of salt; should we be going the same thing with the Bible? There are many lessons the Bible teaches that are still valuable, but have other sections dated beyond practical use?
Does it have a place in our secular world?
For better or worse, our world is becoming increasing secular. Despite religion being a more talked about point than ever, is there a possibility that such an old, biased text is perhaps too religious for it? Before we have the whole community up in arms, we could undoubtedly say the same thing about every other major religion’s core text. There is no religious text on Earth that can be free from scrutiny, in fact with each passing year the Bible (and its brothers and sisters) only becomes more fallible – is it possible that we’ve put too much faith in these books? Should we instead be looking within for life’s great answers?
Can’t we write our own texts?
What stops us from rewriting the rules for our 21st Century post-modern society? The world has changed, we have changed – shouldn’t the codes and law that we live by change with them? I don’t believe that we should completely cast aside the religious books that have been guiding us for centuries now, but I do believe that we should apply our critical thinking minds to creating new texts that we can all agree with and live by. When a teacher takes over a new class they often run a exercise with their students that involves asking their students to come up with rules in relation to how they should be treated, and how they should treat their teacher. Surely we’re capable of doing the same?
21st Century Humanity: Impossible to Police
Unfortunately our society has officially grown to become far too sprawling in its behaviour and logic to be policed by either religion, politics or law. The internet has connected all of us together in such a way that defies the rules laid down in any holy book. Our actions, both offline and online, are sometimes impossible to distinguish from one another. The Bible makes no reference to the internet, there are no ground-rules in our Holy Books for how to amass an Instagram following whilst maintaining one’s moral integrity and we have no way of asking the Lord how to respond to haters on Twitter. So what is to be done?
As an atheist, it might be hard for you to understand my viewpoint, but it’s worth considering that our numbers are growing and that, in order to coincide peacefully with one another, we should be able to all live by a set of moral guidelines that aren’t based piecemeal on a text that is thousands of years old…