Whether your like or not, sinful behaviors always bring destruction on those who are practicing it.
On the topic of destruction, I find it really odd that people describe our *sinful* behaviour destructive as non-believers and those of us who ignore the bible. Yet, all that has been done as a result of Christianity? That's constructive, right?The Spanish Inquisition
. Torturing people for God.The Crusades.
Invading countries and murdering its people in the holy land, for God.The Witch Hunts
. Many cruel and deadly methods of determining who's a witch and who isn't, followed by the death of said witches. In some countries, witches were even burned to death. What's even more disturbing about this is that this still goes on today. The bible instructs that witches be killed. Exorcisms.
People who could be diagnosed with a mental illness are treated as people who are possessed - this isn't healthy for them. And there's been several known cases where people have died because of an exorcism. It's not all throwing holy water and yelling "the power of Christ compels you!", they can get very physical.JW - Blood Transfusions are unethical.
Because of this sect, parents refuse their kids treatment where a Blood Transfusion would be necessary, which would save their life.Christians who preach that natural disasters are caused by sin.
Aid is given in terms of handing out bibles and scripture because they want to convert people who are in a disadvantaged situation, rather than offering them actual aid and support.Christians who refuse medical treatment for themselves or their kids or other family members.
Instead of calling the doctor they call a priest so they can be cured by prayer and not medicine. Because prayer doesn't work, this often leads to people's conditions getting worse and even dying.Christians who prefer to teach abstinence over safe sex.
People are immoral because they have sex before marriage, so they'd rather teach kids about NOT having sex, but finding they do it regardless. In some faith even contraception is *wrong* meaning people end up getting pregnant when they're too young or contracted an STD. Heck, because of lack of propr education, they don't know what 'safe' sex is as Christians are so opposed to teachings kids about 'sex'. The important lesson for them is: don't do it until you're married.Christians who are against women's health.
Because of their strong anti-abortion views. They base their understanding of a human on when they believe they get a "soul" brain activitiy or stages of development where they're just tissue doesn't matter. So if there's complications, which would damage women's health? That's right, they can't have an abortion legally. They might get one illegally, which can be dangerous.People who believe they are cured by prayer and thus don't get medical treatment.
There was even a thread on this not-so-long ago. People suffering from AIDs told by the Church they were cured.The view that non-believers are evil.
This results in discrimination, even on violent levels. There's atheists here who can relate a story to that. We even have the story of Goodkat, a non-believer who used to post here who stopped because of his violently aggressive and bigoted Christian father.The view that homosexuals are an abomination.
Plenty of discrimination against gays. Still. Violence towards them too, plenty of that. Parents who so adamently believe their son or daughter is an abomination they force their religious guilt trips on to them, leading them into hating themselves, into depression and even suicide. The Curse of Ham.
Before slavery was abolished, what did Christians used to say? It's okay to enslave black people because they have been marked with the Curse of Ham, hence their skin is black. Slavery is also supported by the bible. Killing Abortion Doctors because life is sacred.
Related to, life begins at conception, thanks to Christians believing the soul is formed then, so in their mind all they're doing is killing murderers and defending innocents.
These are all things that are off of the top of my head and the worrying thing is, there's a lot of things I am missing. Bear in mind I am NOT listing bad things Christians have done/still do (otherwise I would have included Hitler & Nazism) but bad things Christians have done/still do BECAUSE of their religion. You wouldn't believe the amout of bible quotes people use to support the above.
And YET you want to convince us that OUR sins are destructive? What, me, the atheist who never hurts anybody and leads a happy life? Astreja the bisexual who had a fantastic relationship with an old same-sex partner? Or the many other atheists and homosexuals/bisexuals out there who do people no harm (who probably do more good than harm to others), who try to lead positive lives and do good things, even through no selfish pursuit of their own. Sinners who manage to find happiness and lead good lives. I know a Satanist volunteering in Japan helping people get back on their feet after the earthquake, there are many here who have done charity work (and still do) and things to help others.
But because your bible says we're sinners, therefore evil and bound to a life of destruction you assume authority as a Christian and yet, Christianity has done so much harm (and still does) that it's laughable to assume that us *sinners* are destructive. This is the problem when you only trust the bible, you ignore the real world.
It bugs me more that Christians are SO concerned about people's sexuality because in their eyes it's an abomination, yet there's FAR worse things going on, heck, within their OWN religion. Instead, they just brush them off as, "oh, but they're not true Christian", even though that doesn't really matter.
Also, I feel I should mention the gay atheist, Alan Turing. The only thing that was 'destructive' about his life was the prejudice made against him for being a homosexual. For a brief summary of his life: http://www.whof.net/2012alanturingyear.htm
. Yeah, hooray for sinners I guess?