God is Cruel, Perverted, Insane and a Mass Murderer April 7, 2007
God is Cruel, Perverted, Insane and a Mass Murderer
(The God of the Fundamentals, that is.)
God is Cruel? Surely not!
Oohhh…wait a minute! Now that I think about it…. there was that incident with Abraham and Issaac…..talk about playing head games! God gives Abraham this kid he’s wanted all his life and THEN he tells Abraham to take the kid out to a rock and make a sacrifice of him! So poor, gullible Abraham, an obedient lamb, takes his terrified child out to where God sent him, and just as old Abe raises the knife, God says, “JUST kidding! Now go find a goat and slit its throat and we’ll call it even.”
Which, of course, brings me to another obvious point. (One PETA would have a field day with, I’m sure.) What IS it with the enjoyment God seems to get from witnessing the dismembering and killing of animals? Like that that deal with Noah. God gets pissed off at his creation because they’re not playing the game by His rules, drowns everything not on the ark, (including animals who, I assume, aren’t capable of sin) and then takes his ball and goes home. Of course, he did save two of each species, but then, he had to have enough left over to kill next time he started feeling antsy.
Don’t take my word for it—hell, that’s my point! Look up the passages yourself. And in the interest of saving bandwidth these are just a few of the mentions of animal sacrifice.
Genesis 8:20. Numbers 7:88. Deuteronomy 16:2. 2 Chronicles 29:33. Psalm 66:15.
Psychologists have known for years now that cruelty to animals is one indicator of future tendencies toward seriously twisted behavior. Many serial killers tortured and killed animals when they were young because it made them feel good.
Since it’s Easter, and we’re talking about cruelty, think for a minute about God’s treatment of his own son. Well! Would YOU allow your kid to be tortured to death if there was anything you could do to stop it? Even if you knew the kid was guilty of heinous crimes? (Which Christ was not according to Pilate.) And especially if you knew you had the power to stop your child from committing any further harm upon anyone in the future?
“Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” (My God, my God, why have you forsaken me!?)
Cruelty. Without a doubt.
God is Perverted.
No, didn’t even bother to put a question mark after the subtitle. Sorry. No need.
When we go to Judges 21:20-23, we see the issue of rape (or at least sexual liberty taken with a woman without her choice in the matter.)
They told the men of Benjamin who still needed wives, “Go and hide in the vineyards. When the women of Shiloh come out for their dances, rush out from the vineyards, and each of you can take one of them home to be your wife! And when their fathers and brothers come to us in protest, we will tell them, ‘Please be understanding. Let them have your daughters, for we didn’t find enough wives for them when we destroyed Jabesh-gilead. And you are not guilty of breaking the vow since you did not give your daughters in marriage to them.’” So the men of Benjamin did as they were told. They kidnapped the women who took part in the celebration and carried them off to the land of their own inheritance. Then they rebuilt their towns and lived in them. So the assembly of Israel departed by tribes and families, and they returned to their own homes.
Now check out this one found in Deuteronomy 20:10-14
As you approach a town to attack it, first offer its people terms for peace. If they accept your terms and open the gates to you, then all the people inside will serve you in forced labor. But if they refuse to make peace and prepare to fight, you must attack the town. When the LORD your God hands it over to you, kill every man in the town. But you may keep for yourselves all the women, children, livestock, and other plunder. You may enjoy the spoils of your enemies that the LORD your God has given you.
Yes, yes, I know….”but GOD didn’t order those actions—those were the actions of human beings,” saith the faithful disciple sitting in the pews.
Whoa! Hold on folks–you can’t have it both ways. Either the Bible is the inerrant word of God (inspired word-for-word by God) or it’s not. I didn’t happen to notice in those passages that God so much as chastised any of those fine, upstanding gentlemen for their behavior. In fact, check out this little portion of 2 Samuel 12:11-14 where GOD says, “’I will bring evil upon you out of your own house. I will take your wives while you live to see it, and will give them to your neighbor. He shall lie with your wives in broad daylight. You have done this deed in secret, but I will bring it about in the presence of all Israel, and with the sun looking down.’
Rape. Kidnapping. Intercourse without the female’s consent. Call it what you want—it’s perverted. And your God sanctioned it.
God is a Mass Murderer
More murders have been committed in the holy name of God than for any other reason. (Well, children do tend to emulate their parents, so I guess that’s not too surprising.) God has variously commanded death to those who believe differently, (Exodus 22:19) those who have sex outside of marriage, (Leviticus 20:10/Leviticus 21:9) those who work on the Sabbath, (Exodus 31:12-15) homosexuals, (Romans 1:24-32) people who curse their parents, (Leviticus 20:9) and children who make fun of men who require Rogaine. (2 Kings 2:23-24) And that’s just for starters.
In Deuteronomy 13:12-18 we find, “Suppose you hear in one of the towns the LORD your God is giving you that some worthless rabble among you have led their fellow citizens astray by encouraging them to worship foreign gods. In such cases, you must examine the facts carefully. If you find it is true and can prove that such a detestable act has occurred among you, you must attack that town and completely destroy all its inhabitants, as well as all the livestock. Then you must pile all the plunder in the middle of the street and burn it. Put the entire town to the torch as a burnt offering to the LORD your God. That town must remain a ruin forever; it may never be rebuilt. Keep none of the plunder that has been set apart for destruction. Then the LORD will turn from his fierce anger and be merciful to you. He will have compassion on you and make you a great nation, just as he solemnly promised your ancestors. “The LORD your God will be merciful only if you obey him and keep all the commands I am giving you today, doing what is pleasing to him.”
And in 2 Chronicles 15: 12-13 it is written: They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.
The bible is replete with histories of holy wars—some of which continue till today.
And though I’ve no doubt many who might read this are already well aware of the following chilling scenario, I’ve met too many who simply are not. Thus, I feel it necessary to make my point absolutely clear. “Armageddon” is closer today than ever before.
In our age, we have Fundamental Christians, (lead in the US by President Bush the Pious,) who firmly believe that before the end of the world occurs, they will be raptured up into the clouds to be reunited with Jesus in heaven and thus, spared the discomfort of torture, ravenous locusts, plagues and the incineration of large portions of the earth. On the other hand, you have certain right-wing, fundamental Islamics who are brought up believing that those who die while defending God’s edicts will be rewarded with an indescribable paradise which includes more willing virgins than currently live upon our planet. And both these groups are more than willing to bring doom down on the rest of us poor suckers just so they can enjoy their promised rewards!
Hell yeah! Bring it on!!
God is InsaneFinally, God believes he talks with president Bush. Any psychiatrist worth his fee will tell you that hearing voices is a sign of psychosis.
“President Bush said to all of us: ‘I’m driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, “George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan.” And I did, and then God would tell me, “George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq …” And I did. And now, again, I feel God’s words coming to me, “Go get the Palestinians their state and get the Israelis their security, and get peace in the Middle East.” And by God I’m gonna do it.’”
Bush believes he was called by God to lead the nation at this time, says Commerce Secretary Don Evans, a close friend who talks with Bush every day.
Ohhhhhh…..WHOOPS!…sorry, God—guess I got a bit carried away. That wasn’t your psychosis. That was Dubbayas.
In closing for the week, I’d like to remind you that the subtitle of this essay specified that it’s the God of the Fundamentals who’s a freak, OK? I do not personally believe that God-and I am a believer—is perverted, twisted, cruel or otherwise less than perfect in any way. For those of you who somehow haven’t yet caught on, the point I’m making is that the Bible (and many other “religious” texts,) cannot be relied on to reveal what or who God is or how God wishes for us to conduct ourselves if we take its words at literal face value. If value is to be found within those writings—and I personally believe that there is—one must step back and begin to think anew on the subject. (And no, sorry….trying to explain to me that most of my references are found within the Old Testament and that Jesus changed all of that isn’t going to work either. Check back next time for the Easter Sunday sermon entitled: Jesus was a Liar!
Peace, understanding and truth,