Who Does the Bible Hate?


Catholic school does a number on a child,

He never knows what to believe.

Dear God, that woman in the habit she rapped my fingers time and time again when I’d take the Lord’s name in vain,

But on that winter Tuesday I listened outside of her office with those salmon-colored lunch slips in my hands and listened to her cuss God fourteen times for God-knows-what reason.

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain."

The priest in Friday morning masses preached that God forgave no matter what.

Mark 10:2-9 teaches, “God's plan was seen from the beginning of creation, for He made them male and female.”

But the tattered binding and yellowed pages scream that is not true.

Who is to exile a section of the community when the Christians who preceded us fought for the end of just that type of discriminatory behavior?

In Sunday school, Mrs. Callahan reads from the scripture through her rose-colored readers:

Chapter Seven from the First Corinthians—“A wife must not separate from her husband. But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband.”

But my parents who live in separate homes teach me that God hates none, that all shall be forgiven for their sins.

The books teach me that God reconciles all men in their relationships with him as our Lord.

And my teachers preach to me that unless I want to be exiled I must follow in the ways of the Lord and his extensively crude teachings from books that are powdered in ages of dust. 


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