All our evils are acquired. It’s like the whole nature vs. nature controversy!
Michael Seewald, who is some relative by marriage to the Duggar family, comes up with some slimy excuses for Josh Duggar’s abuses. The appalling thing is how typical this is for Christians: they have a demeaning vision of human nature dunned into them from an early age, and they think this sort of behavior is normal, and you can only be rescued from it by Jesus Christ.
There are many who seem shocked that a child from a Christian family would do such things. While it is always alarming when we find out about our children’s sins, we should not be surprised. Christians (and many other reasonable people) believe that we are all born with a sinful nature. David, king of Israel spoke of his inborn sin like this when he was repenting of his adultery and murder by proxy: “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” Psalm 51:5. The prophet Isaiah concurs. “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” Isaiah 64:6. While not all of our sins find a way to manifest themselves externally we all know the corruption that is present in each of our hearts. It is a mercy of God that he restrains the evil of mankind otherwise we would have destroyed ourselves long ago. Many times it is simply lack of opportunity or fear of consequences that keep us from falling into grievous sin even though our fallen hearts would love to indulge the flesh. We should not be shocked that this occurred in the Duggar’s home, we should rather be thankful to God if we have been spared such, and pray that he would keep us and our children from falling.
I was raised in a relatively godless household — we went to church, but this whole notion of sinful human nature was most definitely not accepted. I was also the oldest of a large family of six kids, and surprise, I was never even tempted to molest my sisters. I did not have to pray to resist. I was not restrained by religious fears. They were my family, and I saw them as people, friends (sometimes, briefly, annoyances). This corruption that Seewald sees as an intrinsic part of our existence was simply not there.
Likewise, I am now part of a fiercely, loudly godless household, and we raised three kids who almost never went to church, had no interest in religion, and most certainly were not on Jesus’ leash. I can’t pretend to know what was in their heads, but I know how they behaved (one of the advantages of a smaller family is that every one of your kids can get your full attention for a significant amount of time), and there was no abuse going on, and they seem to genuinely like and respect each other as adults.
Why, it’s almost as if there is no correlation between adoration of Jesus and incest and sexual abuse…or even, possibly, a positive correlation.
That claim that it is
simply lack of opportunity or fear of consequences that keeps us from sexually abusing our families echoes the Christian belief that atheists are amoral and that people would be quick to rob, rape, and murder if they don’t have a fear of hell to constrain them. It’s not true. It seems to be important to have a sense of empathy and security in the love of others to motivate people to do good.
I’d also argue that if it is fear of consequences that keeps people in line, why do Christians work so hard to undermine those consequences? Most of Seewald’s babbling is about how the Duggar’s behavior is all OK, because Jesus. Jesus will forgive even child molestation if you ask him to. So where’s the threat? Apparently I can go on a murderous rampage, and still get rewarded with heaven if I profess a love for Jesus. I’ll also be rewarded here on Earth with the approval of the devout.
We can clearly see that fundamentalist/evangelical Protestantism poisons people’s minds with bad ideas. What’s the Catholic church been up to? It seems some people are unhappy about the Irish vote for marriage equality.
The outcome of the landmark referendum has been celebrated across the world as a resounding vote for equality. But Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, reportedly said he was “deeply saddened” by the result.
“I think that you cannot just talk of a defeat for Christian principles, but of a defeat for humanity,” he was quoted as saying by the Italian news agency ANSA. “The family remains at the centre and we have to do everything to defend it and promote it.”
The Catholic church sees equality and respect for others’ rights as a
defeat for humanity and as something in opposition to
I think the eventual disintegration of Catholicism and other humanity-hating religions will be a great victory for our species.