Ella= Queen of scat.
My last post made me think of something else: Can a person learn the true version of Christianity from a false Christian?
This is important because many people who are Christians today became so because their ancestors were colonized and enslaved by evil Christian bastards. Part of the slavery deal during the past 500 years was conversion to whatever type of Christianity the slave owner practiced (or Islam if you were captured and sold into that region).
We are told by theists here that no true Christian
would ever colonize, oppress or enslave anyone, so all evil bastard slave owners must have been false Christians
False Christians who nonetheless did everything one would expect true Christians to do: built churches, set up missions, printed and distributed bibles, kept the Sabbath holy, did not spare the rod, said that idle hands were the devil's playground, named their kids and their cities after biblical figures-- and stomped out non-Christian beliefs at every turn. The evil bastards--false but highly convincing-- were the only Christian game in town, so to speak. They must have even convinced themselves.....
So, that means that nearly all the Christians in Africa, Asia and Latin America-- and parts of Europe like Scandinavia and Ireland-- learned the faith from false Christians
, evil bastard slave masters and such. The same lessons have been passed down, with slight variations, to their theist descendants today.
Can anyone today be a real Christian, if it was false Christians
who spread the faith? The correct choice for the native peoples--assuming they even wanted to give up their own religions and learn true Christianity-- would have been to fight tooth and nail against conversion by these false Christians
, and hold out for the real deal, but who, and based on what? The Christian people who were too poor to own any slaves, but too humble and powerless to do anything to fight against slavery?
I doubt that the Belgic confession, translated into all the native languages, was widely available. Besides, I don't think the Belgic confession condemned slavery, did it? In fact, the Belgic confession was the basis of the Dutch Reformed Church, which was the major institution that supported and upheld apartheid in South Africa for all those years. Also false Christians, I suppose.
All the major Christian groups, both Catholic and Protestant, were engaged in oppression and slavery and were using the bible to justify it; nobody's hands were clean.
So, who were the true Christians?