Why do atheists always take the Bible verses out of context?

The interpretation atheists gave to some of the Bible:

god asked for burnt offerings because god likes smoke therefore smoking is not a sin
every time you get something you want, it was because you were thinking about you therefore
man has to be selfish sometimes to survive.
god killed sodom and Gomorrah and other peoples of that time because he hates people

The real interpretation of that part of the Bible:

Selfishness does NOT mean caring about yourself. Selfishness means caring for yourself more than needed. And not caring enough for others
And God never loved burnt offerings, else He would not have forbidden them in the New testament.
God accepted burnt offerings as a proof that you sacrifice one of your possessions for Him so that you may become worthy to have your prayers heard.
God ordered that peoples of the Old Testament to be murdered because they were sacrificing the blood of their children to Moloch and to other false gods. And because they were living on the Holy Land of Palestine. The land of Palestine has always been God’s property and everyone that commited sins there was murdered.
Even children were being punished for the sins of their parents because God was 100% just and
0% forgiving before Jesus paid for our sins

Atheists take the Bible out of context and misinterpret it. ALWAYS!!!

And what makes you think Your interpretations are any more correct?

I’ve never heard an atheist claim that God endorses smoking because he accepted burnt offerings. Sounds like you are setting up strawmen.

&quot:Even children were being punished for the sins of their parents because God was 100% just&quot:
This is what religion does to you. It makes you stupid and immoral. How in the world do you find it just to punish children by drowning or burning them because they are ignorant? Where is the justice in that? Where is the justice in killing children for being possess (as you claim) by the devil? Couldn’t god just rid them of the possession? He enabled the possession in the first place by creating the devil.

&quot:God changed this law because it seemed an insane law even to Him&quot:
Are you freakin kidding me here? God is supposedly all knowing and yet he was too stupid to realize that some of his laws were insane?

Atheists don’t take the bible out of context. They simply point out how immoral and illogical it is which offends your dogmatic beliefs and in turn you have to come on to Yahoo Answers to try and explain and justify your silly bible.

Funny you should say that, because every single one of the so-called &quot:Messianic prophecies&quot: that Christians point to while claiming that Jesus fulfilled them is taken out of context.

Funny how in the Christian interpretation God is every bit as evil, but his victims supposedly deserved what they got. There’s nothing taken out of context there, just rationalization of evil.

Sodom and Gomorrah? I guess you haven’t actually read the Bible:

Eze 16:49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.

Preachers say you need to interpret the Bible and not just read it because that’s the only way it can be twisted to mean what they want it to mean. If it really were the word of God, why would there be hidden messages? It’s utterly ridiculous to claim that only those who believe the modern interpretation promoted by fundamentalist churches understand it properly. The text is meaningless if it is interpreted to mean whatever human preachers want it to mean.

I don’t know who your getting these ideas about atheists from (I’m assuming from a few atheists you know…that have annoyed you), but I think its unjustified to say that &quot:Atheists take the Bible out of context and misinterpret it. ALWAYS!!!&quot:
I Know plenty of &quot:new-born atheists&quot: a lot of whom used to be intensely religious and know the bible inside-out.

And surely if the bible is a scripture it is open for interpretation?? If this is the case then how can you justify your interpretation over the supposedly ignorant atheist ones?

And how can you even be sure that the bible’s meaning had been accurately translated from Hebrew to English in the first place? Like in the classic example of &quot:virgin&quot: and &quot:young woman&quot: mistranslation. &quot:almah&quot: was the word used in the Hebrew version of Isaiah meaning &quot:young woman&quot: not as is oft quoted &quot:virgin&quot: ( the word for virgin, for interests sake, is &quot:betulah&quot:)

Surely there are dozens more errors like this one, which lead to a mistranslation and therefore loss of meaning from the original Hebrew. But what do I know I’m a lowly atheist…

I have never seen any of these alleged &quot:atheists’ interpretations&quot: before. I think you made them up.

Also, you never addressed the cause of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The Canannites and Philistines, yes, Sodom and Gomorrah, no.

The people of Sodom and Gomorrah were cruel to strangers and did not extend traditional hospitality to strangers (Ezekiel 16: 49-50). Such inhospitality was one of the graves sins a person could commit back then, because inns hadn’t been invented yet and travelers were totally dependent on the kindness of strangers.

Christians often say other Christians do the same thing. Everyone interprets it in different ways and for their own purposes. Atheists do not have a purpose in general as they are not a group of like-minded people, but when an atheist looks at the Bible, it is often with the eye of a rationalist. And in that light, it certainly looks like a fable.

By the way, your examples are ridiculous, I have never heard an atheist say those things. Any links or examples? Evidence of any kind? No?

@Philip: Bravo, sir.

The words of the bible:
– Kids make fun of a prophet for being bald.
– Prophet curses children in the name of God.
– God sends bear to attack children, kills 42.

The atheist interpretation:
– Kids make fun of a prophet for being bald.
– Prophet curses children in the name of God.
– God sends bear to attack children, murders 42.
– God is batshit insane.

The christian interpretation:

wow…that top part seems fammiliar…

atheists actulay take the words from it, and take it at face value..
its funny, atheists have more faith in that the bible was translated correctly than the christians.

&quot:Even children were being punished for the sins of their parents because God was 100% just and
0% forgiving before Jesus paid for our sins&quot:

so, if your mother commits a sin, you get to be punished?
how is that just?

stop interpreting, just read it, and when it makes your head spin…we atheists will welcome you..

Because we acknowledge the bad parts of the bible that christians don’t. Christians also take the bible out of context a lot. It is not just atheist.

Jeremiah 31:31 Behold the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah: 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers, in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt: which my covenant they brake, although I was a husband unto them, saith the Lord: 33 But this SHALL be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel: after those days saith the Lord, I will put my law into their inward parts, and write it in their hearts: and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord, for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

You’ve done an excellent job of making Christianity look even more contradictory. And Hypocritical.

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