Below is linked an deconstruction of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount from the point of view of an atheist, a good read. Check it out along with the rest of their wiki Iron Chariots.

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Comment by Adam Kim on August 27, 2008 at 12:27pm
As a former "Bible-study leader" I can say that I was so confused when I was trying to teach the sermon on the mount because it seemed there were as many interpretations as there were people reading the Bible and there were so many blatant contradictions, not just within the sermon, but especially between the sermon and what is generally accepted Christian evangelical doctrine. I mean, it's taught all the time that people are saved by grace and faith and not by works, but no matter how many times I tried to read the sermon on the mount, it seemed Jesus was saying it's about works and what you do (Matthew 7:21-23 for example). And the most amazing thing to me is how people (I was included in this at one point) don't see these kind of contradictions or are so easily convinced by pastors or theologians that these problems aren't really there. I can't believe how brain-washed I was and how easily the Scriptures are rationalized or justified. I can just hear Christians giving arguments like, "Oh no, what Jesus is talking about is the work of believing in him." So even though this was a great deconstruction and closer to the truth of what the gospels really are, there's always a Christian justification for anything and I'm afraid even as Christians read this that it'll just fall on deaf and brain-washed ears. But, I guess in the end, someone like me became an atheist so I can't lose all hope.



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