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Atheist Bible Study: God’s A Cruel Bastard

(Reblogged from The A-Word)

Well, folks, it’s time for another edition of Atheist Bible Study. Take a seat. This is going to be a long one.

One thing that always confused me when I was a believer was God’s rampant personality changes throughout the Bible. One minute he was caring and loving, the next he was ordering massacres and wars and turning women into pillars of salt and such things. It still puzzles me to NO END that Christians will go on and on about God’s love and kindness despite clear evidence to the contrary in the Bible. Today, we’ll examine that evidence.

Christian God sure liked to kill people – en masse. Call me crazy, but I always felt really bad for the Egyptian firstborn sons who were killed in Exodus.

 Exodus 11:4-5: Moses then said to the king, “The Lord says, ‘At about midnight I will go through Egypt, and every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the king’s son, who is heir to the throne, to the son of the slave woman who grinds corn. The firstborn of all the cattle will die also.’” 

And you know what the WORST part is? The king’s refusal to let the Israelites go was all cleverly planned by God.

Exodus 10:27: But the Lord made the king stubborn, and he would not let them go.

Looks to me like the Lord was just itching for some bloodshed.

Let’s backtrack a little to Genesis, when God asks Abraham to kill his son. But wait! God had another plan in mind.

Genesis 22:10-12: Then he picked up the knife to kill him. But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” He answered, “Yes, here I am.” “Don’t hurt the boy or do anything to him,” he said. “Now I know you honour and obey God, because you have not kept back your only son from him.”

God was basically just bullshitting Abraham for kicks and giggles. What fun! “Oh but Isaac wasn’t killed,” I hear you say. True. But Christian God has a thing for putting people to the test. It’s pretty sick, as in the case of poor Job, who was rewarded for his faithfulness and loyalty by a series of loss and disease. All his children and servants were killed in Job 1 (more massacre!), but that was only the beginning of his suffering. Christian God rewards his servants in a most… unorthodox manner.

But while Christian God can be cruel, he can also defend the hell out of his servants. His loyalty is unbelievable! Take the time when his prophet Elisha was taunted by little children about his hair – or lack of it.

2 Kings 2: 23-24: Elisha left Jericho to go to Bethel, and on the way some boys came out of a town and made fun of him. “Get out of here, baldy!” they shouted. Elisha turned round, glared at them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. Then two she-bears came out of the woods and tore 42 of the boys to pieces.

Wowza. She-bears. That’s drastic. And this from the same God who said, “Let the little children come to me” (although of course this was much later when God was in the form of his son who was still inherently himself). I don’t know about you, but when/if I get kids, they’re not going anywhere near Christian God.

Quick question: if there was a poll that went, “Is slavery alright? Yay or nay?” which side would Christian God vote on? Those of you who said “yay” are correct! Exodus 21 is all about the treatment of slaves. Here’s a sample:

Exodus 21:7: If a man sells his daughter as a slave, she is not to be set free, as male slaves are.

Christian daughters, still feeling secure in God’s love for you? I have just the remedy. Take a trip with me to the book of Judges, where we meet the charming Jephthah who made a deal with the Lord, and whose daughter was sadly caught in the middle.

Judges 11:30-31: Jephthah promised the Lord, “If you give me victory over the Ammonites, I will burn as an offering the first person that comes out of my house to meet me, when I come back from the victory. I will offer that person to you as a sacrifice.”

God, being omniscient, must have known that the first person out of the house would be none other than Jephthah’s very own daughter. But being as bloodthirsty as he always is, he must have grinned, sat back and waited patiently for…

Judges 12:34, 39: When Jephthah went back home to Mizpah, there was his daughter coming out to meet him, dancing and playing the tambourine. She was his only child. […] After two months she came back to her father. He did what he had promised the Lord, and she died still a virgin.

God loves you, Christian girls. He loves you very much. Not. But don’t worry, I’ll keep your mind off all that by asking you a question. Riddle me this: does God love babies? Apparently not Samarian ones.

Hosea 13:16: Samaria must be punished for rebelling against me. Her people will die in war; babies will be dashed to the ground, and pregnant women will be ripped open.

This is the same God who you dedicate your new-born child to. The same God in whose name you baptize your infants. It’s sickening. And then Christians will go on and on about how abortion is murder.

What’s that? Old Testament invalid? As always, I’m two steps ahead of you. :-) Let’s not forget that according 2Timothy 3:16: All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living. That includes the Old Testament. But for your reading pleasure, here‘s a list of cruelty in the New Testament from the Skeptic’s Annotated Bible. Find other examples of Christian God’s cruelty here and here. The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible website also covers the Qur’an and the Book of Mormon.

You want to believe in Christian God? Go right ahead. Just know that he’s a cruel bastard. How long until he screws you over? (Although of course he won’t screw you over, because he doesn’t exist, but then you’ll be screwed over anyway because you’ll have spent your life worshipping a non-existent diety.)


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