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Christianity Thomas on 04 Dec 2009 12:53 am

“The Bible is a manual of bad morals” – Jose Saramago, Nobel Prize Winner

Simple Truth:

Nobel winner slams Bible as ‘handbook of bad morals’

At the launch event in the northern Portuguese town of Penafiel on Sunday, Saramago said he did not think the book would offend Catholics “because they do not read the Bible”.

“The Bible is a manual of bad morals (which) has a powerful influence on our culture and even our way of life. Without the Bible, we would be different, and probably better people,” he was quoted as saying by the news agency Lusa.

Saramago attacked “a cruel, jealous and unbearable God (who) exists only in our heads” and said he did not think his book would cause problems for the Catholic Church “because Catholics do not read the Bible.

These chapters are relevant:
Why does God love slavery?
Why does God love animal sacrifice?
Why is God so sexist?
Why does God massacre millions of children?
Why do so many children live in poverty?
Why does Jesus need your money?
Count all the people God wants to murder

9 Responses to ““The Bible is a manual of bad morals” – Jose Saramago, Nobel Prize Winner”

  1. on 04 Dec 2009 at 8:44 pm 1.chris said …

    Wow, If i didnt know better i would think this guy was the anti-christ lol. Better people huh, well thats like saying without law we would be more civil. Or we dont need cops cause we are all good people just some mess up but thats ok cause they learned thier lesson from doing wrong.oh heres one, kids should just leave home at 12 years old cause there smart enough to think for themselves. I dont know whos crazier this guy or the person who gave him an award. to all the other statements, most everybody thinks of thierself first. Never putting God first always 2nd, when asking for things even in a prayer not asking is it in Gods best interest even though it seems as people suffering or kids hurting, until everyones perfect which wont happen then these things will continue. Not because God wants it but because we need it.Example if you have everything you want in life are you happy nope, why cause we always want more and more. The richest man in the world could not be any happier than the poor man.

  2. on 05 Dec 2009 at 1:22 am 2.That Guy said …

    Yes Chris, many people do put god second. Know why? Because they either subscribe to a different faith or are rational people that know religion is a delusion. Also, good job on claiming that people will only be good with The Great Surveillance In The Sky watching them along with the fear of punishment. Funny how you campion the ultimate form of totalitarianism, but elsewhere, will say that only christian societies are free.

  3. on 05 Dec 2009 at 2:18 am 3.Steve Ahlquist said …

    I think it’s interesting Chris, that you start your comment out with “Wow, If I didn’t know any better…” because that seems to indicate that you do know better than to think Jose Saramajo is the anti-Christ. Which I agree with, because there is no such thing as an anti-Christ. Or Christ for that matter. It’s all made up a long time ago by people who actually “didn’t know any better.”

  4. on 05 Dec 2009 at 5:50 pm 4.Jynx said …

    Chris said:
    “The richest man in the world could not be any happier than the poor man.”

    Of all the statements you made, this one struck me as particularly ludicrous. Have you taken a comprehensive survey of every “rich” person and “poor” person in the world in order to support this statement?

    Here’s an idea: Take a short trip to see Bill Gates. He may not be the richest man in the world, but he will do for our purposes. When you get there, ask him how happy he is while he is commanding his voice-controlled regrigerator to generate a grocery list for him. You may be interupted while he writes out yet another check to an AIDS research foundation for millions of dollars.

    On your way back, stop your vehicle at the first homeless person you come across. If you can handle the stench emenating from his/her disease riddled body ask them how happy they are.

    Send us your results when you complete this study, I would be more than happy to view them.

  5. on 05 Dec 2009 at 7:04 pm 5.chris said …

    Hey Jynx….. This is why it is hard for a non-believer to understand the bible. Materialistic people can not even come close to the happiness of the poor for a few reasons 1) happiness isnt with money and objects, its with family and friends. 2)With money comes more problems then you or i could ever imangine. 3) If you would look in Luke 16:19-31. 4) and of course what nobody wants to here temptation, With money you could find your self further from God and closer to sin. I know a lot of poor and rich people but i would be here all day typing there life stories why i said the rich is no happier than the poor. With the exception few rich can be truely happy just like few poor can be truely miserable.

  6. on 05 Dec 2009 at 7:48 pm 6.chris said …

    Hello Steve, lets start this by saying thats sounds like Gods chosen ones the Jews. Whats wierd is alot of Jews knows Jesus is real but also think that he never has risen from the dead. Make no mistake about it God could prove to the world that hes real. He could blaze into the sky with a mighty army procliming his majesty. But if God showed himself to the world this way, it would rob us of our choice to love him. Picture it: with a blinding light and thousands of angels by his side,God,who is holy and awesome beyond our understanding,appears.He announces,”I am the great I AM-Jehovah himself! Youre a sinner and should die for your sin.But because i love you,ill spare your life and make you my child.All you have to do is accept this gift.” In the face of this awesome display,can you imagine anyone mulling it over, then saying,”Naaah. Thats okay. I appreciate the offer, but no thanks.” What an absurd thought. If God appeared like this, we would fall on our faces like Isaiah. We would come apart at the seems…

  7. on 05 Dec 2009 at 7:57 pm 7.chris said …

    Continued…. We would be so painfully aware of his holiness and our filthiness that we might even to die just to escape that stark truth. Heres the great part. God does appear to us, and he does make us this very offer. But he usually does it without the drama. God wants us to be drawn to him and to love him because of his great love for us. He doesnt want to impress us or enterain us. He doesnt need special effects. He simply wants to make us what he originally had in mind:people who bear his image and choose to love him out of gratitude for what hes done for us.

  8. on 07 Dec 2009 at 2:48 pm 8.Awake said …

    Look again the bible says thus, Let us create a man in our image. God is the giver of life Gen.1:26
    Proof? look in the mirror

    Look again the bible says thus And I am come down to deliver them from the Egyptians Exodus 3:7 God gives freedom Proof? walk outside

    It is nut-balls such as Jose’ that tell you what the bible represents from his deluded perspective.

    The bible is written about good and evil, your spirit/soul derives what you want from the bible good or evil, and thus proves your soul as good or evil. that is you choose by the predominance of your spirit whether you will attain to good or evil.

    What book of man is capable of doing this without your knowledge, without your permission? to pry into the depth of your soul and make you admit by your own actions what you follow. Jose’ is not God LOL

  9. on 12 Dec 2009 at 7:34 am 9.Anonymous said …

    No one can fully imagine all of gods true being. for gods glory is so great, holy, just, and all that is good in the world.
    not one man or women can fully imagine him in all of his glory.
    unless god chooses to reveal himself to that person in all of his glory. for god is so great just, holy. and all that is good in the world.
    that you would surly die if you saw him, unwillingly of god himself.
    there for he is a being of unimaginable proportion. for he is the “greatest conceivable existent” know to man.

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