I Am Heretic #15: Wrath (Seven Deadly Sins #1)

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To love our enemies and not feel anger about them is not just impossible, it is wrong. Hate isn’t, per definition, bad; some monsters deserve our hate.

WRATH is one of seven deadly sins that are supposedly so wicked they're one-way tickets straight to hell. If you commit these sins, you deserve to be tormented for all eternity. Well, that's what God thinks, at least.

Wrath is about anger and hatred. If you hate Hitler, you've committed this sin. So unless you're a Nazi, you deserve to burn in hell, for you are a sinner. I've heard a Christian make the argument that God indeed exists, because otherwise Hitler has not been punished for his crimes. I know, it's a silly argument, as wishing wicked monsters were punished for their crimes doesn't make something the least bit true, but let's put the stupidity of the argument aside. Why I bring it up is because the Christian who said this obviously hates Hitler, wishing God exists so Hitler can burn in hell, like he should. So the theist was a sinner, not in my eyes, but in the eyes of his god. God wants us to love our enemies, and this applies physically to rape victims. To love our enemies and not feel anger about them is not just impossible, it is wrong. Hate isn't, per definition, bad; some monsters deserve our hate. Or should rape victims truly love the aggressor? No.

SEVEN DEADLY SINS: WRATH: This is a short comic strip. It was written and designed by Patrick Hall on June 16, 2014. Copyright © 2014 by Patrick Hall. All rights reserved. Feel free to download it and spread it around, as long as you credit the source and don't charge people for it.

Most sins are about feelings that cannot be helped, not actions we choose to do.

Why are the sins we find in various religions so silly, like the Ten Commandments. Either these laws by God are so utterly dumb, anyone who isn't brainwashed sees through them: worship God, and do not question him. Hmm. Where else do you hear that? Oh, right, dictators like to tell their subjects this and brainwash them from childhood to make sure every last bit of individuality is gone when they've grown up. The other laws are simply too obvious, like thou shalt not kill. Do we need religion to tell us we shouldn't murder each other? That is not to mention religion is the number one cause of killings and bigotry.

But the biggest issue I have with "sin" is what makes the deadly sin of wrath laughable: Most sins are about feelings that cannot be helped, not actions we choose to do. How can we not hate Hitler? How can we not hate intolerant persons who desire to subjugate women and destroy "fags"? How can we not hate in a world with so much prejudice, injustice, and needless bloodshed? If I am mad at someone for a trivial issue and murder said person, that's a sin, because I have actually altered the world in a negative way; I have affected someone with a negative effect. But just having a feeling, or even acting on the feeling if the person truly deserves it, that is no sin. Do you really think the men who fought the Nazis burn in hell, for having hated and killed monsters that murdered millions? Most Germans were guilty only of fighting for their nation, as any soldier is, regardless of nationality, but war is war. The hard part is determining who is deserving of death, which shouldn’t be up to normal people, nor should it be up to an inexistent god hiding behind bigotry and brainwashing.

The hard part is determining who is deserving of death, which shouldn’t be up to normal people, nor should it be up to an inexistent god hiding behind bigotry and brainwashing.

Religion has never had a big problem with hypocrisy, but does have a huge one with logic. What I refer to in this specific case is what was brought up in the comic strip. Why is wrath a sin for humans, but not for God? According to that story, when Adam and Eve "brought" sin into the world, which is silly, as sins are actions, so not something that can be created by actions, God was super mad at them. At this point, disease, pain, death, and all the bad things were brought into this world, BY GOD, but humans are still blamed for it, by Christians. Don't they see that God sinned? The fall of God was the horrific sin of wrath. Except, in God's case, it truly was horrific, as he embarked upon a bad journey of torture; testing faith; drowning men, women, and children; and basically just being a dick.

Of all who have ever lived, nobody has murdered as many innocents as God; nobody has caused this much death and destruction. Fortunately, it's just a story.