This was originally posted a few months ago…
Ever since my early days of “debating” atheists on a website called biblebabble.com a decade or a so ago I have been getting comments like these, nearly every day.
Oh, you must understand that I don’t really think your god is a monster, James; simply because I have no belief in gods and all that stuff in the Pentateuch is pure, unadulterated fiction.
A mini horror story to scare the kiddies and try to impress credulous half-wits who just haven’t got the balls to exercise even a modicum of common sense or integrity and admit it didn’t really happen.
The only sad and potentially cruel and dangerous aspect of this entire corpus of despicable blood and guts fairy-tale is there are morons out there who do believe it is true and teach it to kids and justify it including rank Apologist Dickheads like William Lane Craig and his tawdry ilk who are obliged (apparently) to sign contracts of employment that insist they acknowledges that the original bible texts are the inerrant inspired word of your god.
I wouldn’t let a prick like Craig babysit my hamster for a weekend.
I truly believe you suffer from some sort of remedial comprehension/learning disability
And this simply demonstrate the point.
Perhaps I should feel sympathy?
Either that or you are simply a complete Dickhead.
No normal person can behave in the manner you do.
So which is it?
*To be clear, I’m not offended by stuff like this in the least. I do however, think it’s sad, pointless, tedious, and beneath the behavior of rational adults.
Anyway, Christian “occupational hazard” as it were. I get it.
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
– 1 Corinthians 1:18
So is the Bible, in fact, a mini horror story to scare kids or a blood and guts fairy tale full of horrible atrocities committed by and in the name of an evil and immoral God?
God commanded the rape, murder and sacrifice of the Midianites, God ordered the destruction of the Amalekites as an act of revenge, God approved of the destruction of Laish, a “peaceful and unsuspecting city”, God sent bears to maul youths who teased Elisha, God commanded human sacrifice…
The list goes on.
Truth is, it’s easy to make the God of the Old Testament out to be an evil tyrant who is not worthy of worship, I won’t lie and say that it isn’t.
The problem is that most (like the commenter quoted above) of the people who make the God of the OT out to be an evil tyrant don’t do so because He is but instead to prop-up preconceived notions they have about a God they don’t want to worship anyway.
Think about it for a second.
If you have ever said, “I can’t worship the God of the Old Testament because He condones slavery”, are you saying it because you honestly believe it’s true?
Or are you really saying that you have a problem understanding an objectively difficult part of the OT?
Or are you saying it because you, as many people do, hate God and because you want to discourage faith in believers?
When the Bible says…
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
– Matthew 22:36-40
…do you honestly, in your heart of hearts, believe He condones slavery or is guilty of any of the other horrors you may be accusing Him of?
Do you honestly believe He is not a God of love when the second half of the greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself?
It’s not up to me, or any other Christian blogger for that matter, to change your mind, or answer all your objections to God to your satisfaction, or to provide you with evidence you have no choice but to believe.
Christians are God’s witnesses, not God’s lawyers.
What you decide to believe about God, you decide on your own. So if you want to pick bits out of the OT and interpret them to reinforce what you already believe, fine, that’s your choice.
But before you do that, or take the words of an atheist blogger at face value, believe something you saw on TV, read in a magazine, or heard a coworker tell you, you should also know that the Old Testament speaks a great deal about LOVE.
Though the Israelites repeatedly rejected God and did wrong, God continued to love them (and continues to love ALL people to this day).
“The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. “
– Exodus 34:6-7
“Is not Ephraim my dear son, the child in whom I delight? Though I often speak against him, I still remember him. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I have great compassion for him,” declares the LORD.”
– Jeremiah 31:20
“I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me. I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul.”
– Jeremiah 32:40-41
“The LORD said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”
– Hosea 3:1
The LORD upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time.
You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
The LORD is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made.
– Psalm 145:14-17
He upholds the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets prisoners free,
the LORD gives sight to the blind,
the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down,
the LORD loves the righteous.
The LORD watches over the alien
and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
– Psalm 146:7-9
“In particular, God’s love and concern for people who are disadvantaged is frequently mentioned throughout the OT. The law contained several rules for treating orphans, widows and foreigners fairly and providing for their needs.”
– Deuteronomy 24:10-22
But you, O God, do see trouble and grief;
you consider it to take it in hand.
The victim commits himself to you;
you are the helper of the fatherless…
You hear, O LORD , the desire of the afflicted;
you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more.
– Psalm 10:14,17-18
Fact is, God is an absolute truth who is, was, and will always be about LOVE, regardless of what anyone thinks of Him.
Therefore, your concerns should be less about rejecting a God you wrongfully believe sent bears to eat kids, condones rape, baby killing, slavery…
And more about where YOU want to spend eternity.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
– John 3:16