Why racism is irrelevant


I think that most people already know that I am not racist. It should be obvious in my actions and writing. Since I believe that physical appearance is irrelevant, it follows automatically that I don’t care at all about the national origin, skin color, gender, or species of someone.

In talking specifically about the racism issue, my question is: “What is a race?”. I thought that a race was a contest to see who runs the fastest. Even in that context, I am still not racist since I believe that speed is irrelevant.

If I ever again write about racism, I do not think that I could say it better than my favorite bible verse:

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female:for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” – Galatians 3:28 King James Version

If you don’t understand why I like that verse, then read what I have translated into Chandler Klebs English.

“Racism, slavery, and sexism are irrelevant.” – Galatians 3:28 Chandler’s Irrelevant Version

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Why Jesus is relevant


I cannot verify whether Jesus existed or was God, but there are some useful things which the bible claims that Jesus said. Some of the best are in the book of Matthew. That book is at the beginning of the new testament, in case you can’t find it. I want you to read these verses yourself if possible.

Matthew 7:21-23: Jesus states that doing the will of his father is required to enter the kingdom of heaven. People can do good works in his name but unless it is the will of his father, they are called workers of lawlessness.

Matthew 25:34-46: Jesus clearly states that feeding the hungry, watering the thirsty, welcoming strangers, clothing the naked, visiting the sick, and visiting the prisoners, is the same as doing these things for him directly. At the same time, not doing them for others is the same as not doing it for Jesus. Those who have done these deeds for Jesus enter the kingdom prepared for them. The others, who did not, go to an eternal punishment.

Matthew 6:1-4 Jesus warns against doing good deeds only to be seen by people. Those who do so already have their reward. It is impossible to be rewarded for doing good deeds only to earn a good reputation.

These verses say a lot about the Jesus that many people believe in. If Jesus was this type of person who wanted his followers to do good things for other people, then it tells me what I should look for in those who claim to be following his teachings. It also helps me ask myself questions about my own life. What is the result of my actions? Am I doing something for the right reasons? Do I have any interest in the “kingdom of heaven”? Anything that causes people to ask honest questions or do good deeds is relevant to not only my life but everything else on the planet.

I think that Jesus is in some way relevant. I do not know exactly what the connection is. Maybe it has something to do with his unorthodox teaching and his criticism of hypocrites.

I do not want to be one of those hypocrites. I will not pretend to understand or agree with everything written in the stories of Jesus. I still am unsure of many things. I can’t help but wonder, if Jesus were here today and could write down his words in modern English, I might understand a lot of things better.

Why some of the bible is irrelevant


My problems with the bible do not stem only from the contradictions and atrocities. There are a few things that are just plain irrelevant! First of all, the bible is not one book but a whole group of books. To claim to know the authors of all these books or that all of them are relevant to each other is ignorance. To explain clearly what I mean, I just want to give some basic examples.

Matthew 1:1-17 describes the “genealogy of Jesus Christ”. It goes from Abraham to Joseph, the husband of Mary. The trouble is that the “Holy Spirit” is the father of Jesus and Joseph is not. The genealogy as given is irrelevant.

Song of Songs seems entirely irrelevant to everything else included in the bible. I made the mistake of reading it and assuming that I would learn something about God. What I found instead was about animals, fruit, and the belly, breasts, and neck of some woman who has been dead thousands of years before I was born. I am not interested.

Genesis 38:8-10 briefly tells that the LORD put Onan to death for not impregnating his dead brothers wife. It is rather irrelevant to me because I have no plans to do sex with my brother’s wife whether he is dead or alive. If that makes me evil then forgive me.

The problem is not determining whether these events are true or false. It is the fact that I cannot use them in my life. That makes them irrelevant.

Why morality is relevant


People don’t think enough about morality. If you’ve never heard the term, it is the system of what is “right” or “wrong” or “good” or “bad”. I think a great problem in this world is that people assume that their standard is the only standard of morality. No one can seem to agree on what morality is or where it comes from. This is something humans must work together to settle.

If there was a standard which made perfect sense, maybe everyone in the world could come to an agreement. All forms of violence could end. I highly doubt that people can consider the possibility of world peace. Yet is that not the goal many people have? To live in a world free from suffering?

My question is, why wouldn’t a “paradise” be possible? Many people have a concept of “heaven” yet seem to make no effort towards it. Even if we can’t achieve the ideal world, I think it can be much better than it is now.

For it to work, a standard of morality must be invented which does not change based on how a person feels or even how we assume God feels. People need a reason to stop the harmful things which are destroying this planet. For any action a human takes, there needs to be some logic. We need better reasons than “The bible said so.”, “God said so.”, “My great granddaddy told me once.”, or “It seemed like a good idea at the time.”.

Why abortion laws are irrelevant


If a law is passed which makes it illegal to kill babies, I know that it will not stop all people from doing it. If a law is passed stating that all babies must be killed, there will be people who will refuse to do it. That is one thing that I mean when I say that laws about abortion are irrelevant.

But I mean something else too. I do not look to the laws of any country to decide what is right or wrong. Humans made up all sorts of laws before I existed that I never did and never will agree with.

I also do not look to the bible as a standard of morality. If I did I would have to believe in a God who kills babies such as the child God killed in 2 Samuel chapter 12. Also, Exodus chapter 12 tells of the time when God killed the firstborn of Egypt. Life means very little to the biblical God.

I will spend my life trying to end abortion and all other forms of murder. This is not an easy task because it requires changing everything that people think about babies, pregnancy, sex, and the relevance of both human life and the life of other animals. Whether the laws of the United States or any other country change is not my concern. I obey a law higher than laws made by men or their gods that I think that the men invented.

Great Commission


Some Christians seem to have misunderstood what they are supposed to be doing. They think that their job is to make a social club(church) and hang around only Christian friends. They avoid “sinners” so that they will not be corrupted or tempted to sin. However this is far from what Jesus did or told us to do.

In Matthew chapter 9, Jesus was criticized by the pharisees for eating with tax collectors and sinners.

Matthew 9:9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax booth.  “Follow me,” he said to him. And he got up and followed him. 9:10 As Jesus was having a meal  in Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with Jesus and his disciples. 9:11 When the Pharisees saw this they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 9:12 When Jesus heard this he said, “Those who are healthy don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. 9:13 Go and learn what this saying means: ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice.’  For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

And Jesus told people to go out into the world and teach others about him and the things he taught.

Matthew 28:18 Then Jesus came up and said to them,  “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,28:20 teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember,I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the farthest parts  of the earth.”

Sadly, most people aren’t really teaching much of what Jesus taught. In fact, they are not even going to other nations. Their goal seems to be to invite people to church and then hope that somehow they’ll just magically discover that they need to be saved. It doesn’t really work because most people won’t survive the terrible worship music. Even if they did, the sermons are usually short and not filled with enough information for the average person to understand who God is and what it is they are to be saved from. Unbelievers who happen to come to a church are not taught much of anything nor do they make any true friends who will stay with them even if they decide that wasting time in a church building is not for them.

My suggestion to those in America who know very little about Christianity is to stay home and read the Bible yourself. You can learn a lot faster that way than you can listening to some preacher once a week. Now the different versions of the Bible are available not only in printed book form but also available as ebooks on all kinds of devices or even for free on many web sites for those who have internet access whether at home or maybe at a public library which also has the regular books.
A good link to start with would be
http://bible.cc/

But a word of warning, the Bible can be very dangerous. I know a preacher who said that the Bible is a love letter from God. This could really confuse people should they come across Psalms 137:9,Isaiah 13:16,Leviticus 25:44,Exodus 11:4-5,etc.

My view of the Bible is that it is like a Chinese buffet. Some things I like, some things I don’t, and most of the time, I have no clue what they are.

The old testament seems to make God sound rather cruel, but that is most likely because cruel humans were the ones who wrote it. A much better place to start would be the books of Matthew and Luke in the new testament. Matthew 5-7 and Luke 6 contain the bulk of what Jesus was teaching people. Even an atheist who doesn’t think there is a God or that Jesus ever existed may still agree with what he taught.

So right now my best suggestion is to read Matthew,Luke, and Acts. I tell people this because this is currently my own way of obeying the last instructions of Jesus. I’m still searching for the truth about God and I started this blog to help other people like me who are confused.

Defining All


Defining All

I was having a talk with my mom about exactly what parts of the Bible mean when they say the word “all”.

Take for example, this commonly used verse from Romans.

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Who exactly is all? Is it all humans? Is it all creatures on earth? The solar system? Universe? Does it include God himself? Even if you define what sin is, the all is a complete mystery.

The key is given in verse 9

3:9 What then? Are we better off? Certainly not, for we have already charged that Jews and Greeks alike are all under sin,

Since the context of the chapter is talking about two groups of people, the jews and the greeks, my mom had suggested that maybe the English word “both” would make more sense than “all”. For example, we would say that apples and oranges are both fruit.

Either way, someone could use these verses to say that both jews and greeks have sinned, but to say that all the jews or all the greeks have sinned is simply not true. Babies who have not been born yet can’t really do much of anything. They can’t do anything which would be considered good or bad by any standard. By this logic, it only makes sense that this “all” doesn’t include the unborn.

Another example two sources that say that God created all things.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. 1:2 The Word was with God in the beginning. 1:3 All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created.

Revelation 4:11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, since you created all things, and because of your will they existed and were created!”

When I think about it, I have a problem with God creating “all” things. Does this include Mosquitos, Cockroaches, Spiders, or Flies? I think not.

A year ago I decided that God can’t be all knowing or all powerful. I found a lack of support for that in the Bible and it contradicts free will. I don’t disagree that God has more power and knowledge than any human does. It’s the “all” part that I disagree with.