The Fallacies with Romans 13: Is God really this stupid?
Everyone has their commandments, their proofs, their justifications as to why us humans owe allegiance to another human being, and why we must bow down to their orders. People will say it is because this guy was “voted in,” this other guy is the king, he can take your house because the law says so,” and on and on we go down the spiralling path of mis-logic, confusion, he said she said, the law, good vs evil, twisting definitions of language to benefit him vs her, and of course the always uttered, “because God says!”
What kind of real bible would it really be if there was not a bit part in it that talks about who we should “submit” to and why. God and all his little followers have been talking the whole book about why we must bow down to this invisible guy or he will smite and smote us, so why not have a whole paragraph or two telling us what actual flesh and blood people we should blindly follow as well. And not just follow, but that we should give our money to, and why must we do this? BECAUSE GOD SAYS!
Most churches nowadays, I have read, in the midst of unemployment, hopelessness, out of control governmental spending, and any real lack of moral responsibility, have taken to using the passage from Romans 13 to instill not only fear in its membership, but to also justify that those placed in positions of leadership, no matter how morally vacant they are, how much they lie, twist language on its head, murder or steal, really know what they are doing because God has placed them in positions of authority because, I guess, he thinks they will do alright?
Here is the passage:
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.
6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
I am going to break this utterly moronic document down to its basics, and show how it cannot have any possible use in todays age, and really in the last 2100 years, and I am going to show why, if god really did put those leaders in authority, then he is a useless moron, and heaven must be a giant disaster!
First off, when this passage says: ” Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which god has established,” this only has meaning to a time before the bible was written. No other leaders or authorities would have had this document for their justification for their being in power, so there is the POSSIBILITY, that yes, god may have put them in a position of authority and that yes people should be subject to their authority. But after the bible became well-read and well-known, then for people to say that “everyone be subject to governing authority,” it is almost a self-fulfilling prophecy. Any tyrannical ruler could just point to this passage and be like, “come on man, see, you have to be my slave and kill other people because god made me ruler and I am just following his wishes, and you don’t want to disappoint big cool god do you?” How can there possibly be a passage in the bible that says this? This means also that every government, no matter their philosophy, has been brought to power by god, and that no matter how they treat the people or all the creatures “god created”, that the government people are in the right. From a spiritual point of view, those in the government can do no wrong in the eyes of god and the bible. It does not take a genius to go through history and to see those who have been put in power and look back on all the crimes they have committed against not only humanity, but the world in general. And for those who say that the ten commandments would take precedence over Romans 13, well if that is the case, then why put it in there at all? But I would not even see any logic in that argument, as Romans 13 says: “They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer,” and the difficulty again with this passage is it is made up of words, and those in power will twist those words to mean what they want them to mean to justify their tyranny. I can be made to have “done wrong,” by not having a flag in my yard, by speaking to a neighbor about my dislike for Obama’s economic policies, for hating niggers, for not setting out recycling, for eating meat, for anything those in government wish to vilify. Hence anyone can become a “wrongdoer,” meant to have the wrath brought down upon his being. And how does that make sense? I guess ask anyone who lived in the soviet union or in Hiroshima during ww2 what they thought about the whims of governments and how they were only acting as god’s servants meant to bring the wrath on them!
As for “taxes,” I am not real convinced that the bible was set forth as an economic document based upon the responsible action of individuals. Again, the bible is a way of life, a path for some, a lifestyle that says if you do A, B, and C, then you will either be rewarded with X, or punished by Y. I do know that the bible shuns usury, that it does not like theft or murder or lying, so if all that is the case, then why oh why would it condone taxes, which all taxes are is the summation of lying, theft, usury, with a result of non-compliance possibly murder. Yet, for the non-thinking masses who need to be told what to think, rather than how to actually think, they will never put this rhetorical puzzle together to figure out how they are being jobbed. These masses live in a world where not only should they follow the stupid ten commandments, but that they also should pay money that they earn to others who are sanctioned by god to break the ten commandments in order to prove their power to the other governments who themselves are breaking the ten commandments? These poor people who go to church looking for a bit of direction, a few answers, and all they come away with is a philosophical system of contradictions and confusion that can be picked apart by a home-schooled six year old.
This passage comes across, well, like most of the bible comes across: Some rulers, or governments added this shit in here about loving your father (no matter what), following governments, paying taxes, submission, submission, etc, in order to create the illusion that god cares so much he actually is a part of the political process, and at heart prefers democracies too! Come on!!!!!!
Its cool to have a need for spiritual development people, but there should never be any book that one believes just because it is in a book (or on the internet!) The only systems that develop spirituality properly are going to be the ones that call into question each individual’s actions, and the hows and whys of those actions, and how to achieve new reactions with new actions. There will never be a moral philosophical achievement just by blindly doing what someone else says, because he says it, even if it is some guy who calls himself god. Take a deep breath people and examine, use your reason, and see if it makes sense!! If you need to follow others then I can tell you this right now, you are not alive and you should pull the trigger right now.
As far as I am concerned, the bible should have stuck to being a philosophical document on treating others with respect and how it is responsible to just mind one’s business and be thankful for being alive on this wonderful planet, rather than trying to dictate to us who and what we should do with our lives, and who we should follow.