Romans 13 proves Christianity is either false or EVIL

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I feel I am a witness to the “Cognitive Dissonance Apocalypse“. I have seen so many people recently who are so desperate to excuse what the US government has become that they are turning their backs on a lifetime of values.

One person I know has said she sees nothing wrong with the TSA’s porno-scan machines or their groping gauntlet, and wouldn’t object to being subjected to either procedure to be allowed to travel, even though she has spent a lifetime opposing this sort of thing when done by freelance molesters. To her it is apparently OK when done by those who have a government job that includes molestation and producing and viewing child pornography as a condition of employment.

I find this absolutely disgusting and vile, and hypocritical in the extreme. But, I know where it comes from.

At the heart of a lot of this support for the US police state is Romans 13. I, being an atheist, have no dog in this fight other than the fact that I am opposed to the use of coercion and theft no matter who is doing it, and no matter what excuse they grasp for. Making it “legal” doesn’t make it right.

Romans 13 (read it for yourself, in your choice of 16 translations) is said to justify government, but does it really? A lot of Christian liberty-lovers try to claim it doesn’t, while Christian government-lovers say it does.

Some of their arguments center around the belief that since it says “the good” have nothing to fear from “authority”, and yet this is quite obviously not the situation we find ourselves in, the apparent “authorities” are not “ordained by god” and therefore not really “the authorities”.  You have no obligation to obey or respect them.

Maybe, but I think this is stretching what is written waaaaay past the breaking point. The truth is much simpler, and much more disturbing to delusionoids who might feel a hint of the reality.

Because if Romans 13 actually does justify government, even evil government, as it certainly seems to do, then that is just another strike against Christianity being based in reality and morality. Government is evil– some is worse than others. Excusing it can’t be good. Not ever. Anyone or anything that justifies support of government is wrong. The Bible is saying that since Hitler was the “authority” in (and before) WWII Germany, he was ordained by God for “the good” of those he murdered. What a disgusting claim from an utterly disgusting book. If you use Romans 13 to justify your support of evil, then spending an eternity with you would be hell, regardless of where it happened.

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