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Alternatively titled: God Is like Immortan Joe from Mad Max Fury Road

One element that is crucial to modern Christianity is the doctrine of God’s mercy and grace being almost limitless. In fact there are numerous verses of scripture about just how kind and forgiving God is. Thanks to Jesus’ brutal ritualistic death and supernatural Resurrection God can forgive just about anything.

However as I hope I have shown on this blog God’s mercy is actually extremely limited. In fact any reasonably moral human being who behaved like God does would be labeled a serial murderer, psychopath, and be thrown in prison for life. When judged by human standards God is a supernatural maniac who kills at the slightest offense and often for things that no sane person would consider offensive. Yahweh is a dangerous war criminal, a spreader of plague and famine. The Bible paints a portrait of a terrifyingly tyrannical celestial dictator bumbling about with some illiterate people in the desert before carving out a swath of land for them via conquest and slaughter.

The Bible also makes sure that we are aware that God’s mercy is not infinite, not only by depicting God as a short-tempered wrath-bringer but by specifically mentioning sins and misdeeds that simply cannot be forgiven.

Take, for example, a story in Deuteronomy 29. God is reminding the Israelites of their escape from and captivity in Egypt when he mentions the detestable religious practices of that land. See God, for superstitious woo woo reasons, doesn’t like idols or depictions of things. God doesn’t like graven images of anything on Heaven or Earth and get’s jealous that people might like the creation more than they like the creator.

He cautions the Israelites not to let idol worship or the worship of other gods enter into their communities and announces that he will never forgive and has no mercy for those who commit this violation of the Covenant.

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Not only does this passage mention this as an unforgivable sin but also further indicates the superstitious nonsense we’re dealing with by invoking the “curses in this book”. Spooky huh? And yet Christians are always bragging about how different their religion is, how it can be reconciled with reason and logic and how it is compatible with science. Does a warning about curses set to befall people for building idols REALLY sound enlightened or spiritually deep? Because to me it sounds like primitive Iron Age horseshit.

Of course most believers will be very familiar with the supposed Unpardonable sin talked about by Jesus as the Blaspheming of the Holy Spirit. On what exactly the unforgivable sin entails it’s hard to find two Christians that agree but they all seem in agreement that it is the only unforgivable sin, at least in the so-called New Covenant. But we don’t even need to bring that up to show how merciless God can be…

Meanwhile back in Deuteronomy, which is a great book to read if you’d like to become an atheist, God sends out the Israelites against their enemies and tells them to have no mercy or pity, to spare no one, and to utterly destroy every trace of them.

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Before this God is telling the Israelites all the blessings he is willing to give them if they do follow after him. Much like a dictator God repeatedly cautions the Israelites that he will revoke the blessings if they trip up or don’t follow orders. In fact given that all of this is taking place in the desert Yahweh is very reminiscent of the Mad Max villain Immortan Joe, only Yahweh is more evil.

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In the book of Jeremiah the prophet talks about the Babylonian captivity of the Hebrew people. Jeremiah is believed to have multiple authors, one reason for this is because it often switches between narrative and poetic verse on very short notice. Jeremiah 13 contains a pretty awesome, but merciless, poem where God plans on bringing down darkness on top of Israel but before this there is an even more outright statement of God’s less than benevolent intentions.

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So is God merciful? Obviously only up to a point and, as the Bible indicates, that point is a razor’s edge easy to cross. Many far-right Christians here in America talk about how our nation is going to be punished for allowing things like abortion and gay marriage and yet they fail to recognize one of the biggest reasons God would punish us – religious plurality.

The God of the Bible, if it existed, would be vehemently anti-American, after all our nation allows people of all faiths, not just Christianity or Judaism, but those who worship other gods as well. And it is that act that constantly get’s the nations surrounding the promised land into trouble in the Bible. In fact their cultures and gods are seen as so abhorrent to Yahweh that he wants those nations wiped away and every man, woman and child slaughtered without mercy or pity.

In Deuteronomy chapter 7 God directly warns that letting even the children live and be adopted might lead Israel astray.

So when completely insane terrorist groups like Isis threaten America with their fundamentalist version of Islam they are thinking in much the same terms, that Infidels and unbelievers must either be converted or killed. And remember that to them Yahweh and Allah are basically equivalent beings because, hey, they have the same brutally evil personality traits and dictatorial insanity.

In truth the unforgivable sin would be to allow bullshit like the Bible (and Koran) continue to weigh down society and drag us backward. It offers no true redemption, not with blood-soaked pages full of wrath and magic. We’re better off saying fuck the Bible.

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Alternatively titled: Liam Neeson finds Yahweh and Kills him Faster than an Unnamed Vaguely European Bad Guy, to Save his Daughter

Ordinarily the barbarism of ancient times frightens modern people of today. Tales of Vikings or other war-like cultures pillaging and plundering and raping everywhere they went sound scary. The idea that just a few centuries ago we were still so obtuse and cruel as a species as to carry out such horrific acts is indeed a frightening mirror to hold up, as is the fact that we still have a long way to go because such acts still happen even in our modern world (though with far less frequency given our population).

We live in a world where the underground human trafficking trade, the sex slave trade, is an illegal and shady business that most people want stopped. Although it receives far too little media attention egregious human rights violations occur all over the world and end with people, often children, being sold into slavery. Most decent folk understand that owning another human being, whether you’re planning to derive pleasure or labor out of them, is an absolutely sickening and evil thing to do. We know this because we ourselves would never want to be taken as slaves and because the injustice of such slavery has been burned into our unconscious by images and tales of slavery in the not-too-distant past.

So where are we going with this? Well the Bible of course.

Along with explicitly supporting owning other people as property and being able to beat them severely (EXODUS 21) the Bible, on numerous occasions, permits the Israelites to take sex slaves as spoils of war. It is bad enough and would be enough for one post, just to talk about slavery by itself, how silly it is that people think a perfect God with perfect morals who had just delivered his chosen people out of slavery would turn around and tell Moses that the Israelites were allowed to purchase, keep, beat, and inherit slaves.

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Disturbingly though these rules are grossly disproportionate when they come to female slaves. The Bible is easily one of the most anti-human collection of documents ever compiled but it is particularly cruel to women. And we would expect it to be, I suppose, given that it was written by ancient people ignorant of the benefits of a society where women were equals, not property or chattle.

A Father was allowed to sell his daughter into slavery and if she didn’t ‘please’ her Master there were consequences – this proposed direct from the Mouth of God in Exodus 21. This isn’t even as pleasant as something like an arranged marriage, its an actual form of servitude with the sexual part heavily implied.

But of course the implications of Exodus 21 are not the only instance of sex slavery in the Bible. We talked, in the last post, about a Concubine, a subservient mistress brow beaten into following after her master only to be betrayed by him when he has her raped and later cuts her up into tiny pieces. In Deuteronomy 20 Yahweh, the jealous and warlike storm god of the Israelites, sets up some rules for going to war.

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Of particular cruelty in the prior verses is not just the seizure of women and children to be used as slaves but the latter rule that other civilizations, others cultures, were simply to be wiped out. And of course we have the perverse equivalence of PEACE and SLAVERY offered at the beginning, that if anyone surrendered to the Israelites they were to be taken as slaves and live in peace with them. I don’t see anyway that a modern Christian, without compromising their morality rather horribly and showing themselves to be the very thing they revile (moral relativists) could defend this. It is an indefensibly cruel doctrine to role up to the gate of some city you want to conquer and if they resist to murder them all and take their children and women as slaves. And even more wicked to slaughter everyone, children included, as was often the case in the Old Testament, full and complete genocide complete with the dehumanization that comes with notions of absolute superiority – calling the others wicked, inhuman, evil, etc, to excuse your own wicked and inexcusably evil solution (extermination).

It makes my stomach churn to think of this stuff buried at the center of the Bible, all of it condoned by the Biblical God, lurking in the spaces that pastors, preachers and Sunday school teachers avoid at all costs. Many adult Christians know this stuff is in there and choose to ignore it, when its brought up they change the subject or say “it was a different time, the Israelites had to defend themselves.”

Defend themselves? Fuck right off. When the Israelites “defended” themselves against the Amalekites they killed everyone down to the last INFANT and slaughtered the animals as well.

In Deuteronomy 21 further rules for war are set up. In this chapter it is explained that when you go in and slaughter all the men and win the day any woman who strikes your fancy can be your wife. There is no consent involved as already explained in Deuteronomy 20 women and children taken in this way are spoils of war, God has given them over to you to do with as you wish. The context is quite clear, you can take a female sex slave from any nation or city you conquer.

In Numbers 31 the great and righteous leader Moses, one of the most famous men in the Bible, shows that he adheres to Deuteronomy 20 and 21. After a battle with the Midianites his soldiers have managed to show some restraint for they return home with women and children. Moses scolds them telling them they should have killed the women for they were among those tempting the children of God away from the way of Yahweh. He then instructs the soldiers to kill all the young boys but to check the women to see if any of them are virgins, they are then to murder the non-virgins and keep as sex slaves all the virgins.

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This is Biblical morality folks, please don’t take my word for it, go and actually sit down and read your Bibles. This fucking book wasn’t written under the inspiration of a real actual perfect God. Don’t kid yourselves, stop being deceived by apologists, preachers and your own absurd mental gymnastics and actually judge the text. The Bible is the work of ancient people who didn’t have a good grasp on ethics or morality, who didn’t have a good grasp on how the world works or the Universe. Why are you holding up this book filled with immoral horseshit like this as if it is the most morally righteous book on the planet?

And if your idea of righteousness is as evil as the Biblical one than I happily condemn you as being evil. Anyone who thinks slavery, sex slavery and conquest in which every last civilian child is brutally killed, is EVER okay can go fuck themselves. Anyone who defends this horseshit deserves scorn.

To those who actually read these passages and find themselves having a dilemma, as I once did reading the Bible, who find doubts swirling in their minds, I say this: You don’t need this book and you are better than the Bible ever gives you credit for. Do not fear, for any God who would punish doubters is not worth worship and almost certainly an invention of twisted human minds. Be free to doubt for doubt is the first step toward the truth and without doubt you are locked into whatever you currently believe with no freedom to think.

Except for being told by someone else, or being misled about the content of the Bible, why would you believe it had anything to do with a God:

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