Recently, a friend on Facebook made a brave break by positing that Christianity hangs about the necks of African Americans like a millstone and is responsible for much pain and suffering. Of course, his claim was immediately rejected and shot down with some even saying that "My Jesus would never do such a thing."

But lost in the cacophony is the realization that Jesus if his story is even true, is Jewish construct introduced in the New Testament. However, many are unaware that the stories of divine saviors such as Jesus can be found in numerous religions that existed before the Bible including crucifixions and rising from the dead.

Christianity did little for blacks during slavery except give their masters a rule book for the treatment and worth of slaves. It's there in the Bible. Two examples are featured in the picture that accompanies this piece. There are others. No, black churches did more for the American Negro than Christianity could ever do. Many forget or didn't know that many Africans captured and brought to this country already had religion and it wasn't Christianity. Some religions were indigenous to various tribes while others were Islamic.

For many slaves and even followers today, it is a psychological palliative that is very similar to meditation. Nevertheless, that reply to my friend's post particularly caught my eye because of its rank and uninformed arrogance by claiming the Bible is "so" because it is the word of God. In structured logic this is what is known as appeal to tradition or also known as an appeal to antiquity or appeal to common practice, meaning that is the way things have always been done so it must be true.

It can also be a logical fallacy known circular reasoning in which the person making the argument that starts when the reasoner begins with what he or she is trying to end up with. Sometimes it is also called assuming the conclusion. Or, ending at the same place they started, which as stated is also known as a circular argument.

Interestingly, African Americans are the most likely to have two Bibles in their home, but few could tell about the Councils of Nicea or the Council of Trent three of the most important events in compiling the Bible and its stories many of which were direct lifts from Kemetic and Babylonian sources.

Still, it was somewhat irritating to see a friend catch grief over their thoughts, especially in such an illogical and unreasoned fashion. Arguments don't work that way. Claims based on feelings, emotion and early life training are not sufficient. You may believe that Jesus is Lord and Savior to all, but that is not how the world works. In fact, there are a more than a billion people willing to argue the point and they would get snagged in the same traps of logic.

Avoid unsupported statements and don't judge another's beliefs. They may not be yours but surely they are theirs. Never use the original source as the basis for a positive argument. It's the same as saying, "Because I said so."

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Comment by Donald R Barbera on August 24, 2017 at 7:37pm
Roland--I hear it or read it all the time from my Christian friends who are give kudos to an all-powerful who can't seem to get it right. From putting flawed people in Eden or needing to kill everyone with a flood because of his incompetence anything that appears to be magic or coincidence probably is. I believe in preventive medicine not in garbage cleanup or not showing up at all. In fact, he hasn't returned any of my calls or memos. In fact, he's been MIA for millennia.
Comment by Roland Johnson on August 24, 2017 at 11:49am

Your comment that folk say "My Jesus would never do such a thing" raises two thoughts in my mind:

1) He would. He did. He did MUCH worse things, like promise a holocaust upon all Jews, Hindus, pagans, atheists that would leave them all suffering excruciating pain for eternity. Hitler? Ha, Jesus would go much further. and

2) "My" Jesus? "My"? Notice how so many Christians invent their own god without any new revelations. As bogus as the original. Where is their authority to create a nicer, kinder god? If something is intrinsically true, there can't be 'my' versions of it.

My full response: Age of Wisdumb 

Comment by Donald R Barbera on July 29, 2017 at 10:04pm
Yes, they were deemed unworthy which is strange because God makes no mistakes. Additionally, they were the incestuous children of Adam and Eve especially. Now, we have a Gypsy curse placed on them by a voodoo God.
Comment by Compelledunbeliever on July 29, 2017 at 7:51pm

 When African slaves were first brought to America there were two basic trains of thought. They were descendants of Ham/Cain and should be left to their religions as they were not worthy of God. I felt dirty writing that. The next sentence makes my feel dirtier.. The second train of thought was the bible teaches slaves to obey their masters so it should be taught to them . Interesting when I studied this a few years ago I found not one reference to the condition of these HUMANS souls. In other words these good Christians did not care.

About two days ago it was released that the Lebanese are 90 percent Canaanite. When I read that according to slave owners blacks were "cursed" canaanites I did not give it much thought as being old stupid history best left behind. Today I surfed youtube and found that there are still many in the African American community concerned about this. I thought it was no longer an issue. After all we all are BLACK AFRICANS. Some people's simply migrated and skin tones changed with the environment. It just goes to show that religions does poison everything when humans become incapable to looking at humans and seeing humans.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on July 24, 2017 at 10:39pm
Bertolucci--Most probably know the rules about cloven hoofs and shell fish. You to actually read the Bible and understand it to know.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 24, 2017 at 10:18pm

Comment by Donald R Barbera on July 24, 2017 at 10:05pm
Bertolucci--Oh I remember that. In the black church there piles of gays that stay in the closet and listen to preachers rant and rail about homosexuality. Even though at best there are only seven instances of anything about homosexuality in the Bible many have CHOSEN to focus on them even though few if any are clear and in one GOD makes it that way.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 24, 2017 at 9:48pm

I for one have never understood the motivation of queers who want to belong to religions that despise them. I guess it's a kind of inverse of Woody Allen's not wanting to be a member of a club whose standards are so low it would have him. 

Comment by Donald R Barbera on July 24, 2017 at 9:38pm
Although the Bible didn't target blacks specifically it laid a basis for the enslavement of human beings. In many ways it was a playbook for slavery. You mentioned something that has always been a conundrum for me and that is homosexuals in the Christian church when they are treated so shabbily. It is particularly bad among evangelical groups and especially present in the black church. But, that's another subject.
Comment by Donald R Barbera on July 24, 2017 at 9:30pm
Bertolucci--You nailed it. They have interest in thinking about anything that might cause them to be uncomfortable. Heaven forbid (I intended that word) anyone should think for themselves instead of relying on quaint tales, axioms or other bull.

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