It never ceases to amaze me how quick religious people are to offend and how quickly they are offended. The first when they damn/stone/hang/fatwah unbelievers (“It’s God’s Word”, “It’s God’s will”) and the second when you call out the falsities of their faith. They tell you “It’s my faith” and they have a right to believe all they want to even if injurious to others. BUT when you as a non-believing truth seeker proclaim your own rights (pro-gay, pro-abortion, pro-tolerance etc) oooh they get all apoplectic. (“What about the foetus!”, “Don’t touch our traditional values!” etc etc). Has anyone told these people that Christianity and Islam were tyrannical impositions that usurped traditional pagan values?
“Oh, but that’s OK because our founders instituted God’s will”
“And how do you know that?”
“It say’s so in the Book”
“Maybe the book is wrong?”
“No way, it is God’s Book”
“But how do you know that?”
“It says so in the Book!”
Oh dear. Yes it’s all a matter of [misplaced] faith. There comes a time when one realises that arguing with religion is like playing with snakes. We, the ones with functioning brains, must act like Perseus against Medusa. Reason and the scientific method will be our adamantine sword to cut off the Gorgon’s head. In due course.
In the beginning, God created the world
“And God saw everything that He had made, and, behold, it was very good.”
It wasn’t long before heavenly beings decided sex wasn’t just for humans!
“Some of their daughters were so beautiful that supernatural beings[a] came down and married the ones they wanted.”
But this vexed the Lord so much so that
“The Lord saw how bad the people on earth were and that everything they thought and planned was evil. 6 He was very sorry that he had made them, 7 and he said, “I’ll destroy every living creature on earth! I’ll wipe out people, animals, birds, and reptiles. I’m sorry I ever made them.”
And we know how much the Lord hates evil. So much so that He will, in holy rage, destroy even the things that deviseth no evil (e.g. butterflies). He wiped them all out with a terrible flood except for Noah and his family, safe in the ark, along with two of every kind of living thing (obviously not bacteria or viruses or mosquitoes or … I wonder what they all ate). Noah was then an incredible 600 years old.
Anyhow, still the Lord was dissatisfied especially when he found out that the new people were starting to cooperate with each other and work together in perfect harmony as the old song says
“But when the Lord came down to look at the city and the tower, 6 He said:
These people are working together because they all speak the same language. This is just the beginning. Soon they will be able to do anything they want. 7 Come on! Let’s go down and confuse them by making them speak different languages—then they won’t be able to understand each other.”
So the Lord God sowed discord among men but this ingenious act did not stop Him from pronouncing:
“These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”
It’s OK of course if The Lord sows discord. He can hardly hate Himself can He? Soon He was killing the first born of all Egypt (including all the innocents that had nothing to do with their parents’ crime of enslaving His chosen Jews), and helping His people seize the land of milk and honey that didn’t belong to them (come to think of it, how can land belong to a somebody), destroying towns where people were having fun (Sodom & Gomorrah) and generally causing mischief just to prove to His people that He was the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. So, it is true what they say about power absolute corrupting absolutely.
Yet like something out of Zamyatin’e We or Huxley’s Brave New World or Orwell’s 1984, it is said of this purveyor of iniquity
“… thou hatest all workers of iniquity.”
Lord, how wicked is thy goodness! In God’s defence, the bible does not define iniquity so it can be whatever He says it is. Fast forward to today and we learn that:
and even that
And He used to look at all that He had made and see that it was very good. Talk about a wasted purpose.