Excerpt from AWAY WITH ALL GODS! Unchaining the Mind and Radically Changing the World by Bob Avakian
by Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA
May 13, 2017 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us
Editors' Note: The following is an excerpt from the book AWAY WITH ALL GODS! Unchaining the Mind and Radically Changing the World, by Bob Avakian (available from Insight Press). The book was published in 2008.
All this is why, with profound reason and justification, it must be said that the Bible, taken literally, is a horror. And the fundamental question demands to be posed: Is what the Bible portrays about people and their relations—how those relations ought to be, how, according to the decrees of God, they have to be—is that really the kind of world we want?
From what has been shown so far, and what will be gone into further in the course of this book, it becomes unmistakably clear that the following are some of the extremely oppressive relations and beliefs that are upheld—and not just upheld, but advocated, commanded and celebrated—in the Bible:
Slavery and other forms of ruthless exploitation.
The domination and degradation of women by men, including the so-called right of male conquerors to carry off women, especially virgins, as prizes of war, rape them, and make them concubines—sex slaves—of the conquerors.
The killing of women who are not virgins when they get married.
The execution of women alleged to be witches.
The condemnation of homosexuality as not just a sin, but an abomination deserving of death.
The right, and indeed the duty, as commanded by God, to plunder and slaughter people—including the babies and infants of people—following other religions.
The slaughter of people of the one true faith who displease that God.
Killing of children who rebel against their parents.
Belief in superstition and fear, and fear-inspiring ignorance, such as demon possession and exorcism.
The cruel notion that disease is caused by sinfulness.
The condemnation to eternal damnation and unbearable suffering in hell for all those who do not accept “the one true God”—and, in the case of Christianity, Jesus as the son of God who was crucified but then raised from the dead.All of this, along with many other atrocities and outrages, is upheld and promoted in the Bible. If you believe in the Bible—and especially if you believe and insist that it is the divinely-dictated, or divinely-inspired word of God and all of it must be taken literally—then all of these atrocities and outrages are things that you must say are right and good because the Bible says they are right and good. And that is precisely the case with the right-wing Christian fundamentalists who can be very accurately characterized as Christian Fascists.