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The entire religion cannot work if we aren't sold on the concept of the soul - a make-believe aspect of humanity that people mistakenly credit for our thoughts feelings and general existence. But bring up enough generations violently eliminating non-believers, and you'll have people willing to believe in souls enough that the killing can stop.
An unbiased read of the bible will conclude that this is definitely the intent behind its words (written by humans, and humans only). [link]
- It's all there - anybody who denies the book is filled with more lessons on how to hate one another than how to love one another, simply has NEVER read the bible outside of the "wholesome" snippets that the peddlers- er, preachers (same thing - 'dealers' more accurately) want you to read.
And those who have read it, and still justify it are reacting to some form of Stockholm syndrome (or insistent, fear-induced false-love for their abusive father syndrome), or are being genuinely dishonest for personal gain (usually the dealers themselves).
You really need to think about why they'd ever willingly justify a religion that encourages slavery, genocide, racism and homophobia - the "wholesome family values" - just because a couple rules were included about not killing and not stealing and doing unto others, just to sound good.
Couldn't you just have those last rules without all the evil rules?
And if you already
don't believe in the evil rules, then how can you claim membership to the religion of the book that gives the rules?
Which is a reason we atheists always highly recommend believers and non to actually read the bible, at least the first few chapters to see how "loving" and "honest" this god truly ever was.
So they can find the majority of verses that cause ministers to sweat in their gaudy expensive robes or suits, when they realize people are actually reading how horrible, silly, ridiculous and disgusting this book truly is. The dealer's only defense is then turning around and projecting all the problems of religion onto the non-believers, hoping to misdirect public anger from who's really peddling the "foolishness" that encourages ancient bigotries.
If the leaders laid their plans bare, no one would ever join their cult.
Well, who knows - Michael Jackson was practically a convicted pedophile, and people still insist on his music being in the public media - people are strange!