"You Worship an Evil God"
Well, I finally finished up the rough draft of my pamphlet, "You Worship an Evil God," which I announced in another thread. For those of you who don't know, this is a brief, six-sided pamphlet looking at the god of the bible, to be stashed at churches, in bibles, song books, etc. I'm not completely satisfied with it yet, so I'd love some constructive criticism. One of the problems is that there is simply so much cruelty and injustice in the bible that it was hard to decide what goes in. Because of this and a lack of space, the pamphlet is somewhat limited in the amount of material it can cover, so several topics have been left out, and heavy alterations will probably be avoided. Here it is, have at it.
You Worship an Evil God
A brief examination of the god of the Bible
Quotes taken from the New Revised Standard Version
You probably consider yourself an intelligent, moral person, and you are probably right. When fanatical Muslim terrorists carry out Holy War on western civilization, or when African tribes attempt all-out genocide on neighboring tribes, you don’t make up excuses for them, or hope that they have a good reason for their actions. When children are abused or murdered, when girls are raped, when injustice appears in the judicial system - you don’t jump to the defense of the offender. You know the difference between right and wrong.
Here’s a list of things you would probably agree are horrible, evil things, regardless of the situation:
Murder of children and babies
Cruelty towards animals
The problem is, if you believe what’s written in the Old Testament, you have to come up with excuses for these kinds of things, or hope that there was a good reason for them, because they are all contained within the Old Testament, and they were all encouraged, endorsed, or carried out by your God. If Christianity is true, then Judaism was true at one point. But you don’t worship an evil god, do you?
No one in their right mind would try to justify Hitler’s slaughter of the Jews, nor would anyone claim that his plans for the future were good. Looking at the methods he used, anyone can see his ideology was horribly flawed.
Looking back now on the Old Testament, we find that the Jews were anything but innocent, and in fact carried out genocide and mass slaughter on several occasions, with orders from God. When at war, God seems to delight in destroying everything that breaths, including children.
“…in each town we utterly destroyed men, women, and children. We left not a single survivor.”
“Then they devoted to destruction by the edge of the sword all in the city, both men and women, young and old, oxen, sheep, and donkeys.”
JS 6:21 (Well, they spared the whores)
“So Joshua defeated the whole land, the hill country and the Negeb and the lowland and the slopes, and all their kings; he left no one remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the Lord God of Israel commanded.”
Is the murder of children ever justifiable? Little children would not remember their slain societies sufficiently to rise up in vengeance years later, as some have suggested. And what did the animals do wrong? Were the societies around Israel back then really so wicked? How evil would they have to be? Are the societies of today any better? Anyone doing these things today would be decried as a monster, no matter how much divine support they claimed. Our critical eye should not go blind when looking at our own beliefs.
As we look further, we find that God did occasionally spare a few people in times of war: young virgin girls. Why? You know why, and it’s disgusting.
“This is what you shall do; every male and every woman that has lain with a male you shall devote to destruction.’ And they found among the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead four hundred young virgins who had never slept with a man and brought them to the camp at Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan.”
“Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known a man by sleeping with him. But all the young girls who have not known a man by sleeping with him, keep alive for yourselves.”
“The booty remaining from the spoil that the troops had taken totaled six hundred seventy-five thousand sheep, seventy-two thousand oxen, sixty-one thousand donkeys, and thirty-two thousand persons in all, women who had not known a man by sleeping with him.”
32,000 virgins? What could the Israelites want with so many? And how was it determined who had “lain with a male?” Women in the Bible are counted as property alongside sheep, oxen, and donkeys. If the idea of hundreds of sweaty men running throughout a city, slashing little boys, slaughtering the elderly and the handicapped, and forcibly looking up the skirts of all the women does not disgust and horrify you, you probably worship and praise the evil god that ordered these atrocities. There is no excuse for such malevolence, no situation that could possibly demand the merciless slaughter of little children, or the murder of helpless people.
Overwhelmingly, the god of the Old Testament is a god of war, not of peace:
“The Lord is a warrior; the Lord is his name.”
He is jealous,
“For the Lord your God is a devouring fire, a jealous God.” DT 4:24
“For the Lord has a day of vengeance,
a year of vindication by Zion’s cause.” IS 34:8
“He let loose on them his fierce anger, wrath, indignation, and distress, a company of destroying angels.” PS 78:49
He is the source of suffering,
“I form light and create darkness, I make weal and create woe; I the Lord do all these things.”
And deceives people in order to destroy them:
“For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion, leading them to believe what is false, so that all who have not believed the truth but took pleasure in unrighteousness will be condemned.”
“If a prophet is deceived and speaks a word, I, the Lord, have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand against him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.” EZ 14:9
These are not characteristics to be praised, nor is such a character worthy of worship. Any person behaving this way would be outcast, hated, and probably in jail.
If a child were to be murdered for being disobedient today, you would not say to yourself, “ah, justice has been done.” Anyone that would think such a thing shouldn’t have kids. But under the Law of the Old Testament, people could be put to death for almost anything.
Disobedient children: EX.21:15, 17, Lev.20:9
People of other religions: EX.22:20, DT 13:6-10
People who work on Saturday: EX.31:14-15, EX.35:2
Rape victims who aren’t loud enough: DT.22:23-24
And many others.
Even at the very beginning of the Bible we find a horrible injustice: The entire human race is damned because of two people’s ignorance. Yes, ignorance; Before eating of the “Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil,” the couple could not have known that it was wrong to disobey God, nor to obey the serpent. Not only that, the prohibition against the tree was given to Adam before Eve was created. After they eat from this tree, they are cast out of Eden so that they cannot eat from the “Tree of Life,” and God puts a guard up to keep them from it, which he just as easily could have done with the first tree, and prevented the pain and suffering of mankind, the need for salvation, and the crucifixion of Jesus. This is the first and most blatant example of God punishing descendants for the actions of their ancestors, and the next is not far off:
“And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. …When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him, he said, ‘Cursed be Canaan; lowest of slaves shall he be to his brothers.”
GE 9:22, 24-25
Why would an intelligent, loving god create males with a foreskin, and then require them to chop it off? What kind of sick mind would come up with such a disgusting practice? Abram is even told to cut off his own: GE 17:11. Only a sadistic, evil god would demand such a thing, and no, there is not a shred of evidence to suggest that circumcision has any health benefits whatsoever. There is, however, plenty to the contrary.
How could an all-loving god demand the needless killing and burning of animals? Apparently this barbaric practice was important to God, as he devotes, in disgusting detail, the first nine chapters of Leviticus to the subject.
Seeing how much God values human life, it’s not surprising to see that he also endorses human sacrifice:
“And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord, and said, “If you will give the Ammonites into my hand, then whoever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return victorious from the Ammonites, shall be the Lord’s, to be offered up by me as a burnt offering.” JG 11:30-31
Reading further, we find that his daughter was the first to come out, and he sacrificed her as he had promised to God. Remember those 32,000 virgins? Thirty-two of them were given as “tribute to the Lord” in NU 31:25-40, and in LE 27:28-29, we find instructions for animal and human sacrifice.
What kind of sense does the sacrifice of Jesus make? How can God sacrifice himself to himself? And how can an almighty, eternal god sacrifice something at all? The whole concept is nonsense, and only makes God into a sadomasochist, if nothing else. The Bible is full of brutality and injustice. If you believe what it says, it is safe to say you worship an evil god.
There it is. Please tear apart.