Thought of the day

Excusing the god of the Old Testament comes with three distinct problems. First, he still did those awful things. I say this because the most common excuse is that all the laws and prohibitions and commands of the Old Testament were really only meant for the people of the time – specifically, the Jews. But so what? That doesn’t mean God didn’t commit genocide or destroy innocent families for nothing but his own sinful pride. Second, this common excuse (in fact, it seems to be the only excuse) makes God a moral relativist. This is in contradiction with the beliefs of most Christians that morality is absolute and objective. (These people aren’t even coherent.) Third, if the Old Testament or significant portions of the Old Testament are only relevant to an ancient culture, then why bother with it? Or why not at least exclude the parts that are irrelevant? I mean, I know Facebooking Christians do love to exclude the evil of Deuteronomy and Leviticus from their cherry-picked status updates, but why not just throw it away?

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  1. I saw a movie clip if John Huston playing Abraham on CBN. It was a moving episode of Abraham about to obey God’s order with dagger lifted high in the air to slit his own sons throat open. And the poor boy was in tears as he helped his father tie knots around his hands in preparation and acceptance of his own sacrifice.

    The christian audience must have been relieved by God’s booming voice from the clouds ordering Abraham to stop and must have thanked God for the mercy he showed to Abraham and Issac,

    All the while this atheist sat there and wondered what the hell these bible thumping idiots were thinking about a God who would order someone to kill their own son in order to prove his loyalty to a vindictive god!? What kind of sadomasochist megalomaniac do they worship?

    If God is real and perfect, and if this sacrafice pertained only as a lesson to an ancient culture,
    than God has either changed (therefore not perfect) or he is an asshole! For god believers its a lose lose situation.

  2. Third, if the Old Testament or significant portions of the Old Testament are only relevant to an ancient culture, then why bother with it? Or why not at least exclude the parts that are irrelevant? I mean, I know Facebooking Christians do love to exclude the evil of Deuteronomy and Leviticus from their cherry-picked status updates, but why not just throw it away?

    Silly Michael. You ask questions of people who are not rational. You can not expect rational answers.

  3. To this day it puzzles me why self-professed “Christians” carry around a Bible that includes the Old Testament.

    I keep asking them, “Why are you keeping the outdated crap that doesn’t apply to you? Why not just the NEW Testament, which you sincerely believe superseded and replaced everything in the Old one? I mean, that IS what you believe, right? You’re a Christian, aren’t you?”

    Most of them seem confused by this. I guess their pastor never properly explained to them WHAT they believe.

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