As we are all aware, alcohol comes with a health warning which warns you that excessive consumption can lead to liver and heart diseases and in the U.K. alcohol purchased from a shop has the drink responsibly message. Some foods are now being issued with a health warning as they contain high levels of sugar or salt, and they can lead to obesity or heart disease. And obviously the dangers of smoking has forced governments to cover the packets of cigarettes with horrific images in the hope it triggers people to stop.
So considering the effects that the Bible has on people with faith, be it delusional thoughts, lack of judgement or reason, brainwashing, inability to think for one’s self and accepting what’s written is the gospel truth, and lack of tolerance for anything considered a sin, ie: homosexuality, should the Bible come with a health warning? Anyone who takes the words of the Bible literally is not in touch with reality, and it’s influence is not only life changing, but at times can be extremely dangerous. Take American Right wing, white supremacist evangelicals as the perfect example of the destructive force that the Bible can have on individuals who’ve never known a life without god in it.
“The people of Samaria must bear their guilt, because they have rebelled against their God. They will fall by the sword; their little ones will be dashed to the ground, their pregnant women ripped open.” – Hosea 13:16
As well as having a health warning, should it also have an age restriction, as would any decent, honest adult want their child, who’s easily influenced, reading the Bible, especially the Old Testament. The Bible has attempted to justify slavery, rape, child murder, the destruction of the seven kingdoms of Canaan, misogyny, genocide, execution of people gathering wood on sabbath, and influenced people to kill in the name of god ie: the crusades, the inquisitions, and heavily influenced white supremacy, most notably with apartheid.
“Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.” – Isaiah 13:16
The Bible was written at a time when people were ignorant, superstitious, and unforgiving, and its primitive understanding of the world is completely out of touch with the reality of the modern world that we live in. It’s not relevant anymore, if it ever was, and it has no place in a civilised society. It’s inconsistent, contradictory, judgemental and promotes the oversizes ego of the narcissistic, vengeful, jealous god who’s prepared to strike anyone down with furious anger if they dare not not follow him, or worship alleged false idols. As well as needing a health warning, the Bible needs to be recognised as a work of fiction, and placed in a suitable area in a book shop, preferably in the trash.