A sensible and rational analysis of the God of Abraham
I’ve gotten myself into the habit of arguing with religious people over all sorts of things. I do it not because I think they will ever see reason and change their minds, but more so because it brings me some sort of joy to witness full grown educated adults defend a belief in the existence of a magical man in the sky who takes a personal interest in my masturbation habits.
“No, no Jake. Don’t do that.”
Meanwhile there are people in the world hungry, thirsty, cold, diseased, tortured, and on the edge of death praying and praying for God to help them. Yet they are being ignored.
This article started out as one thing, turned into another, and now has morphed its way back into an extended rant on the Christian bible, the God of Abraham, and morality.
Topic: The bible alone
It does not make sense to believe anything that was written by ancient primitive man, closer related to the neanderthal in his understanding of the world than to our modern understanding, or to believe the words of highly religious people’s interpretation of life. Much less to narrow ones belief to only the writings of one particular religion. If I were to consider the existence of a god, I would analyze all writings as early as the Egyptians and Sumerians all the way up to L. Ron Hubbard and Joseph Smith. To pick only one small section of history and compile a book with the bias writings of one cultures views on god and make that my ultimate authority would be astoundingly naive. If I were to seek knowledge of God I would study all texts, all religions, and look for their commonalities. Before the bible, before the hebrew, aramaic, and greek languages had developed, back when we wrote in hieroglyphics, those people had just as much right to claim an understanding of god as we do today or at any other point in history. So why would we not take into account their writings as well?
I’m going to skip going into how the bible was discovered, compiled, and rewritten a million time into this simple statement: The kings and government of the time carefully crafted it in such as was as to control and herd the people into obedience, submission, and compliance with national law. Playing on the ignorance, fear, and malleability of the people of that time. Moving on…
Ok, to wrap that all up: I cannot believe the christian bible alone, set smack-dab in the middle of human history, unknown to those who came before, would be the absolute ultimate answer for all. We have to broaden our scope, not narrow it.
Some argue that I cannot disprove god. This is an appeal to ignorance rather than one’s intelligence. Richard Dawkins says it well, “We cannot, of course, disprove God, just as we can’t disprove Thor, fairies, leprechauns and the Flying Spaghetti Monster.”
Topic: The Abrahamic God
Subtitle: Yahweh: The god of rage
I make this statement all the time to people: If god does exists, I would want nothing to do with him. He is a horrible, terrible, egotistical, selfish god. He’s a childish, immoral, maniacal god. Deserving no respect whatsoever, much less anyone's worship.
The Abrahamic god allows, commands, or teaches the following:
- Raping women (and the murder/mutilation of the body): Gen 19:5–8, 19:31–36; Judges 19:29
- Murdering ones own family: Abraham commanded to murder his son; Gen 22. Direct violation of god’s own commandment “Thou shalt not kill” (Ex 20:13).
Option 1: Obey god, kill his son, break gods commandment to not murder
Option 2: Disobey god, save son (morally right), keep gods commandment
We see here God behaving manipulative and conniving. Presenting Abraham with only two options, both of which are wrong. Either disobey god, or break gods commandment.
- Murdering young girls: Judges 11; Jephthah keeps his agreement with god, burns his only daughter at the stake, but only after allowing her to roam around for two months having sex as much as possible.
- God is jealous to the point of madness and mass genocide: Exodus 32; The golden calf. God has Moses melt the calf, turn it into powder, force the people to drink it, then delegates the priestly tribe of Levi to to slaughter as many of the people as possible which amounted to about 3,000 people. But this wasn’t even enough to calm the rage of god, who then sends a plague upon the people all “because they made a calf.”
- God’s jealously leads to fierce anger, murder, and sadistic methods of guidance: Numbers 25; Some people were worshipping the rival god named Baal. God commands Moses to decapitate them, bring their heads in front of all the people, hand their heads facing the sun, that the fierce anger of the Lord may turn away.
Ethnic cleansing, bloodthirsty massacres, and total annihilation:
Joshua 6:21; God has his people do the following, “they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.”
Numbers 20:16–17; Total annihilation, “In the cities of the nations the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes. Completely destroy them — the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites — as the Lord your God has commanded you.”
Punishment by death:
- Leviticus 20; God’s commandments require punishment by death for the following: cursing your parents, committing adultery, making love with stepmother or daughter-in-law, homosexuality, marrying a woman and her daughter, bestiality, or working on the sabbath.
- Numbers 15: a man was gathering firewood on the sabbath, the people took him and asked God what they should do, God told them to put him to death.
- Jesus said, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26)
This is a very short list of examples from a very large list I’ve continue to compile. I could go on with more examples all day.
God is insane. He is prone to fits of rage, jealousy, anger, violence, abuse, manipulation, and rape…
…But he loves you.
Topic: He is the same terrible god today
The god christians worship today is the same god who did all those terrible things, and Jesus and this god are one and the same.
God does not change: Malachi 3:6, Revelation 1:8, James 1:17, Hebrews 13:8. Multiple authors go to great lengths to express that God today is the same as God in earlier texts.
Jesus is God: John 13:13, John 1:1 (referred to as the “word”), John 1:14, John 10:30. John had the most, the other gospels have their similar verses.
The point here is that even if god has changed his ways, and the god worshipped today is a changed man from the god he was ages ago… that is not acceptable. If a man murders someone, then 50 years later irrefutable evidence proves that he did the murder, that man is going to stand trial and face life in prison or death. So if the god of the OT is the same as the god of the NT, then this god should be questioned for all that he’s done.
Topic: God is a hypocrite
Referencing above we see God commanding his followers to murder, genocide, and rape. We see God numerous times grow jealous, angry, and annihilate entire races.
- Yet, he also commands us to not murder (Exodus 20:13)
- God is frequently jealous, yet we are taught that jealousy, coveting, and envy are wrong: Solomon 8:6, 1 Cor 13:4, Phil 2:3, James 3:14–15, Psalm 37:1–3, James 3:16, Proverbs 14:30, Gal 5:26.
- Galatians 5:22–23 and 1 Corinthians 13 both describe exactly what is good and how we are to behave, yet throughout the bible god behaves in the precise opposite way.
Topic: Death and bloodshed
Old testament god requires the sacrifice of animals to appease him… why?
New testament god requires the human death of Jesus to appease him… why?
When I ask a Christian this question the response is usually something like this, “Because of the covenant and promise god made with Abraham.” To which I respond… why?
Why on earth did god make such a deal with Abraham in the first place that it would require death? Especially the murder of ones own son?
Why does no one question the morality of such a god? Why does no one take a good long hard look at this god and think, “What the actual fuck?” This god is undoubtably, unequivocally, entirely evil.
The most frightening aspect is that Christians turn to the bible as their complete authority on morality. Praying to an invisible, unseen, unheard God to govern their choices, actions, and behavior in this world. Many psychopaths, serial killers, and maniacs have said the reason they did what they did was because God told them to. If this is the same god who did all the horrid things previously mentioned then why are Christians not gathering at the courthouses to protest these men being locked up or receiving the death penalty? They were only obeying god.
The flip side of this are the people I see all the time on Facebook posting “Thank you God!” and going to on tell their story about how god gave them a new pair of Adidas shoes. I kid you not, thats a real post. Among many such outrageous posts. And if god gave that person those shoes, why does god allow the hundreds of Adidas employees oversees to go without shoes, medicine, clean food and water? (Watch Behind the Swoosh documentary.)
What kind of god provides privileged americans with new shoes, or giving them the job they wanted, or helping them find their wife/husband, yet ignored the diseased ridden, plagued, poverty stricken, malnourished, suffering of other nations?
(Side note: Another lovely contradiction to think of: Some believe HIV and AIDs are God’s punishment for homosexuality. What they fail to research is that HIV/AIDs may only be transmitted sexually from a male. Meaning lesbian partners are free from God’s wrath.)
Topic: God is immoral
Is God immoral? Undoubtedly.
God’s morality cannot even compare to our own. We have far superior morality. I’ll give you just one, one ultimate example:
Take a moment and think completely honestly to yourself. If you were god, and you had created humans in your image exactly the same way. You wrote your own rules and guidelines for them such as not to murder, steal, etc.. Then the day come when the people you created die and appear before you. Again, please be completely honest with yourself; in this situation, you being god, would you send a single one of those people to burn for eternity in the pits of hell simply because they did not believe in you? Simply because they did not pray to you?
Sit back and think about that for a long time. I don’t know of a single person who would answer yes to that question.
Therefore, I am inclined to believe that we are morally superior to God. Or at least the morals written on our hearts are that of another god’s and not of the christian god.
Some more examples:
- Would you murder a family member for turning to another religion?
- Would you drop a bomb on another nation for having a different religion than yours?
- Would you slaughter your own child if a voice in your head told you to?
- I’m fairly sure most fathers would fight to the death before sending his daughters out to be raped by a bunch of men (Gen 19:5–8)
I hear many Christians say “his ways are not our ways” and “God works in mysterious ways” and “we cannot always see or understand his ways, we must have faith it is right.” To these statements I say, “bullshit.”
I know for a fact it is not ok to murder a woman for sleeping with a man out of marriage. I know human sacrifice is not ok. I know that ethnic cleansing, genocide, and chemical warfare (our closest equivalent to god punishing via plagues) is not ok.
If I am able to know these things are wrong, and if you agree with me that they are wrong, and if close to 100% of us agree it is wrong; why then should we worship a god who does what we all know to be wrong?
(Side note: People! Common sense please! Can we all please use a bit of ‘god damn’ common sense, some logic, some rational thinking here. The Abrahamic god is a menacing lunatic!)
Topic: Unconditional love
I hear this bullshit phrase of unconditional love tossed around all the time, yet any read through the bible is packed full of one condition after the other. Along with their subsequent punishments. The ultimate condition is one must believe in this god or suffer eternal torment. How can this be called unconditional?
If we use the measure of what love is according to the scriptures (1 Corinthians 4:18, Galatians 5:22–23) we see that God has nothing in common. Jesus might have a few things in common, but then again so did Buddha, Ghandi, Mohammed, Osho, etc.
God’s love has the ULTIMATE CONDITION: Your eternal soul.
Conclusions and afterthoughts
This has been a lot of writing. I’m sure I’ll work on it and revise it another time. I did my best to break everything down one at a time and cover the most popular and prominent topics.
I’ll wrap this up simply by saying: If god exists, he is a terrible god and I would never worship him. There is zero evidence that he does exist which to me is a huge relief. I don’t believe in any god or higher power whatsoever. Although I do admit there are spiritual, mystical, and fantastic aspects of this universe that cannot be explained, I would never for a moment leap to an assumption that it must be attributed to a god.
I hope you find this read worthwhile. I encourage all religious people to aggressively analyze their own holy books for similar contradictions and signs of hypocrisy, tyranny, and immorality from their gods.
“It’s a doctrine of despair to say we are stuck with religion for all eternity. The religions of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome and the Vikings are all dead. No one believes in Jupiter or Thor anymore. I have great hopes that the same is going to be true of the God of Abraham.”
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Doubt everything, believe nothing;
Everything is maybe.