My main issue with the Bible is the Christian viewpoint that it denotes a God of love. Every day, I hear Christians go on and on about their God of love. Where is he in this book? For one thing, he apparently cannot think of any way in which to express his love for his creations, except to take a teenage girl and rape her, then abandon her to a very unforgiving society which wasn't exactly known for its kindness towards unwed mothers. She was lucky she wasn't stoned to death. Yet somehow he's not a perverted paedophile. When his son is born he arranges matters so that he will die an agonising death. And, somehow, Christians figure out this means he loves us? I think a fruit basket might have sufficed to give the message. Not to mention the fact that Jesus begs God to forgive his creations for killing him - when God manipulated them into doing it, just to prove a bizarre point. Then there's his penchant for playing cruel and vicious practical jokes. Like demanding one of his followers prove his devotion by brutally slitting his son's throat. Then telling him at the last minute 'Only kidding!'. Never mind that the child - and father - were probably traumatised by that point. They were apparently expected to weep with love and devotion at this last minute reprieve. And, again, somehow, this is twisted into something moral and good on God's part. The Bible is littered with such incidents. What about the man who was told by God to hand over his daughters to a baying mob so that they could rape them and so be distracted into not attacking the men who were his guests? And what about God sending those who don't believe in him to hell? He gives us free will, then bitches when we use it to decide he doesn't exist? That's pretty Machiavellian. God of love? Sorry, not seeing it. And baffled by those who do.
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