Now, Sir, it is impossible for serious men, to whom God has given the divine gift of reason, and who employs that reason to reverence and adore the God that gave it, it is I say, impossible for such a man to put confidence in a book that abounds with
It is not a God, just and good, but a devil, under the name of God, that the Bible describes.
There are matters in the Bible, said to be done by the express commandment of God, that are shocking to humanity and to every idea we have of moral justice.
If a God, he could not suffer death, for immortality cannot die, and as a man his death could be no more than the death of any other person
And no less preeminent a champion of American independence than Thomas Paine had the following words of reproach for the Good Book 'As to the book called the Bible, it is blasphemy to call it the Word of God. It is a book of lies and contradictions, and a history of bad times and bad men. There are but a few good characters in the whole book.'
Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we called it the word of a demon than the Word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind.
Every national church or religion has established itself by pretending some special mission from God - as if the way to God was not open to every man alike.
Of all the systems of religion that ever were invented, there is no more derogatory to the Almighty, more unedifying to man, more repugnant to reason, and more contradictory to itself than this thing called Christianity
The notion of the Trinity of Gods has enfeebled the belief in one God. A multiplication of beliefs acts as a division of belief and in proportion as anything is divided it is weakened.
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