Jesus Christ and the impending genocide

Jesus Christ and the impending genocide

A dear friend and a learned author Kalavai Venkat who
is a "Silicon Valley-based writer, an atheist, a practicing orthodox Hindu, and author of the book "What Every Hindu should know about Christianity."
 has written an article in the following blog:

I really appreciate his efforts to write this blog. Since he requested me to write a rebuttal, I obliged him in a spirit of humility, not considering me as a scholar of the Christian Scriptures but as a layman who is still learning by way of simple truths of this life.

The views of the author

Christian propagandists claim that Jesus Christ is a symbol of love and compassion. However, The Bible tells a different story. In Drunk with Blood – God’s Killings in the Bible (pp. 271-274), Steve Wells admirably summarizes the biblical verses that portray Jesus as a bloodthirsty genocidal maniac. Wells is the creator of the famed Skeptic’s Annotated Bible website and funnily informs that he has “spent way too much time analyzing the three worst books (The Bible, The Quran, and The Book of Mormon) ever written.”

Let us now turn to Wells’ analysis of genocide that The Bible warns Jesus is going to unleash upon us. According to The Bible, Jesus would return to the earth holding a sickle in his hand (Revelation 14:14). An angel would tell him that it is time to start a bloody genocide. Another sickle-wielding angel would join Jesus and the duo would start a violent carnage. The blood they spill would cover the ground up to the horses’ bridles in a space of 1,600 furlongs (Revelation 14:15-20).

Now, 1,600 furlongs is about 320 kilometres, and a horse’s bridle is 1.5 meters high or so. If we take the bloodbath to be circular with a diameter of 320 kilometres, then the total volume is 1.2 x 1014 liters. Since an adult has about 5 liters of blood, that gives us 2.4 x 1013 (24 trillion) people. That is 4,000 times more people than what inhabit the earth now. Perhaps Jesus would wait till the population explodes to 24 trillion before unleashing this genocide. My Lord, thy mercy is limitless!

Wells points out that there is another way to estimate the number of dead on the doomsday. This revised estimate might appeal to those who abhor population explosion. According to this contradictory biblical prophecy, Jesus would unleash the might of the sword and hunger to annihilate a fourth of the population (Revelation 6:8). Assuming that the much awaited Second Coming of Jesus happens today, a fourth of the seven billion human beings (i.e., 1.75 billion) would be slaughtered.

My comments:

The learned author, to my great surprise, talks about a western author whom the former, I believe, had never met or had ever attempted to know about the personal life of the western author concerned. It is very important to know the personal life of integrity of a writer in the literary world to commend on a particular author.  The personal integrity of an author is very essential in this era of great deception.  I do appreciate the writings of a great writer who was my boss two decades ago because I can vouchsafe for his integrity.  I can safely give my commendation on his writing even if his writing is flawed in any manner.  Just browsing the internet, one can borrow the ideas of another author. But being acquainted with the author concerned would help the inquirer to know more about the vision and mission of the author concerned. Acquisition of mere literary knowledge which is not mingled with the knowledge on the personal integrity of the author concerned is ominous.

Kalavai comes to a strange conclusion that Steve Wells “admirably” summarizes the biblical verses that portray Jesus as a bloodthirsty genocidal maniac. How can he come to this conclusion when he himself had apparently not attempted to understand the last book of the Bible in his own wisdom? If the learned author considers the Bible including the last book of Revelation as fake, how can he rely on the book of Revelation to prove a historical figure as a bloodthirsty genocidal maniac. What is the basis on which he comes to this conclusion? If not the Bible, what is the source of his knowledge? 

The author has quoted the following passages from the book of Revelation:

"When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth". (Rev.6:7-8)

We need to interpret the above passage not in a literal sense but in an allegorical manner. The earth in which we live does experience genocide by weapons of mass destruction, famine and plague and by men likened to wild beasts of the earth.

Let me now interpret the following passages in chapter No.14 regarding repeating the earth's harvest.

"Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. And another angel (Rev. 16:17) came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud,( Joel 3:13; Mark 4:29; Rev. 14:18)“Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest Jer. 51:33; (Matt. 13:39–41)of the earth is ripe.” So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped".

The above passage shows the divine judgment on the people of this earth right from the first century in AD. God executes His judgment on the people who have hardened their hearts by acts of unrighteousness. This is not one day event. How can we literally interpret this to say that Jesus killed the millions through the sickle? Would it be humanly possible for a single individual to destroy the millions through a sickle?

This is the law of divine retribution in force since the beginning of the world which finds its roots in all the religious Scriptures. The law of retribution in the law books of the world also derives its strength from the divine law of retribution by which the ungodly, the unrighteous, are punished. In Hindu mythology, there is Kali, a goddess of retribution. 

John saw a vision which needs to be interpreted in an allegorical manner.  This is to create a moral fear in the minds of the ungodly, the unrighteous, who unleash havoc on the innocent peace loving people in this peaceful world where God wants righteousness and peace to reign. The book of Revelation reveals the wrath of God against the ungodly, the unrighteous whereas the gospel of Jesus propagates the unfathomable love of God towards the fallen human race which the Christian preachers preach. With this view in mind, let me proceed to deal with the specific scriptures quoted by the learned author from the book of Revelation.  

Let me quote the following passage from the same chapter regarding reaping the grapes of wrath.

"Then another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
And another angel came out from the altar, (Rev. 16:8) who had power over fire, and he cried with a loud cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, (Joel 3:13; Mark 4:29; Rev. 14:15) “Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe.” So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into (Is. 63:2; Rev. 19:15) the great winepress of the wrath of God. And (Is. 63:3; Lam. 1:15; Rev. 19:15) the winepress was trampled (Heb. 13:12; Rev. 11:8) outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, (Is. 34:3) up to the horses’ bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs. (Rev.14:14 to 19).

The wrath of God continues to destroy the unrighteous by weapons of destruction. God uses the weapons of destruction made by the human race themselves against them. How can the author argue that the blood spilled from the human bodies flowed like a river? The distance in furlongs should not be interpreted in a literal sense.  Is it humanly possible for the blood to flow in a stream over a distance of 1600 furlongs?  It is the large quantity of the human blood being spilled since the first century which cannot be quantified. The number is a quantitative description about the blood spilled. 

Scientifically speaking, the blood spilled cannot run like a stream. 

The Bible is a very simple book to be understood by lay people without any theological qualification. If Kalavai had used the internet to google any article on the book of Revelation, he would have got a semblance of some knowledge on the book of Revelation. But, unfortunately, he relied completely on a distorted version of the Revelation as presented by Steve Wells. Even the children in the Sunday class understand the book of Revelation with their puerile mind. However, the learned author apparently did not take pains to verify the contents of Steve Wells with the plethora of articles published in the web if he did not want to spend time analyzing the book of Revelation in his own style for want of time in his busy schedule.

The book of Revelation is full of visions which are to be interpreted allegorically and not in a literal sense. In the second chapter, the seven stars are allegorically the angels (ministers) of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands seen in the vision are allegorically the seven churches which existed in the first century. Please read chapter 1:21.

In chapter 13:15, the beast or the dragon that comes out of the sea is not a multi-headed dragon. It is the spirit of the Antichrist that comes out of the nations which are likened to the sea. All
these signs and figures are allegorical. The learned author lives in Alice Wonderland along with Steve Wells. They relied on their figment of imagination rather than on realities. They might have been influenced by the Harry Potter films.

About the timing of the historical events as mentioned in this book of visions, let us read the first verse of this wonderful book which reads:

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John.

The above verse shows that the historical incidents as portrayed in this last book of the Bible would take place “shortly” which probably means the time of the first century. The opening of the seals means the unfolding of the events (which were hidden earlier) during the course of the human history after AD. It is not the seal of a bottle in a literal sense. The horses are not the horses in flesh and blood but the carriers in the divine time line of the various kinds of incidents affecting the ecology, the political system and the economy of the world, The first seal opened shows the conqueror who wins the territory of the nations in wars. The second seal opened shows the conflict on the earth. The third seal opens the scarcity on the earth. The fourth seal opened shows the widespread death in the world. The fifth seal opened shows the cry of martyrs. The sixth seal opened shows the cosmic disturbances.

The views of the author

Jesus would then let loose four angels, who would massacre one-third of the remaining population (i.e., 1.75 billion). Jesus won’t take the chill pill yet. He would instead command 200 million fire-breathing horsemen to massacre a third of the survivors. In all, 4.7 billion humans would be killed when Jesus returns.

No matter whether one subscribes to the lower limit of 4.7 billion or the upper limit of the incredible 24 trillion, Jesus would be winning the Olympic gold for committing genocides if there were one. Other genocidal maniacs pale in comparison: Hitler killed six million, Mao Tse-tung killed 45 million, and Stalin deliberately killed an estimated six million civilians. But remember, these 20th century monsters used modern weaponry and an industry-grade killing apparatus. Jesus, on the other hand, simply relies upon a Bronze Age weapon – a sickle, and yet beats these 20th century wimps hands down.

Hail Jesus! You are my superstar!

My comments

In chapter 7, there were four angels standing at the four corners of the earth. Can we think that a group of four angels can stand in a literal sense around the four corners of the earth and killing millions of the people in a literal sense and that too at one time or over a period of time? If we study the history since the first century, millions of the people are being killed everywhere. Can we just imagine that this genocide would take place in a single day or in a single hour or over a particular period of time? However, the first verse of this book says it would take place shortly.

If Jesus had to kill these millions, then it should be over a period of long time. The Bible does not tell us that Jesus came into the world to kill but to save the lost. If Hitler, Stalin, etc killed millions in the words of the learned author, then Jesus was not responsible. But the Bible says that the thief comes but to kill and destroy (John 10:10). The author claims that these monsters who killed the millions were of the 20th century. According to the author, Jesus killed these millions through the angels. If the angels killed them, then Hitler or Stalin had no hand in the said genocide. But the first verse of the book of Revelation written in the first century tells us that these incidents would take place "shortly".

If the four angels can stand at the four corners of the earth, what would be their heights? Whether all the inhabitants of the earth can witness these killings? If so, when or at what point of time? The author has no answer. 

The views of the author:

Now imagine a Hindu scripture endorsing such genocides by a Hindu God or Goddess. Christian propagandists and their leftist minions would’ve taken Hinduism to task. But then Christianity, which actually sanctifies genocides, is portrayed as the ‘religion of love.’ The shameless pseudo-intellectual Amartya Sen even infamously proclaimed that indoctrinating children in the violent teachings of Christianity in schools is “perfectly acceptable“ whereas teaching them the wisdom of Hinduism and its harmonious teachings is not. Sen also perversely claimed that Christian indoctrination creates a “tolerant atmosphere.”

Perhaps, Sen hopes that he wouldn’t be among the 4.7 billion victims of Jesus. Alas, I have bad news for the shameless Sen. The Bible says that only 144,000 male Jewish virgins would survive the slaughter (Revelation 14:3-4). Unless Sen is a Jewish virgin male, I am sorry to say that his hopes are misplaced.

My views:

The so-called Christian propagandists would never justify the genocide during the war in the Mahabharata to justify the genocide of the millions as mentioned in the allegorical book of the Revelation. There is no need for the Christian preachers to speak about the genocide while presenting the glorious gospel that liberates the sinners from the sin. The gospel of Jesus does not justify any means of violence or force to advance the Kingdom of God which is a spiritual Kingdom based on righteousness, peace and joy.

The learned author leans heavily on the writings of authors who write such articles with a prejudiced mind. It seems the author is highly prejudiced against Amartya Sen just because he is a Christian opposed to the Hindutva.

By Job Anbalagan