Famed evolutionary biologist and author Richard Dawkins, a member of the ‘Four Horsemen’ of the New Atheist Movement, once described the Christian God as the ‘most unpleasant character in all fiction’.
This description was in the groundbreaking book ‘The God Delusion’, and the following passage after that intro took most criticism from the faithful after its publication.
Dawkins wrote of Yahweh….
The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
But God just isn’t the most unpleasant character in all of fiction, he is the most unpleasant character ever. Period. There have been some awful mass murderers in the history of the world, sociopaths and psychopaths who bathed the world in blood, and are rightly condemned to the dustbin of history. Having said that, it’s no hyperbole to state that none of them came even close to wreaking the level of destruction on humanity God is alleged to have wrought in the Bible.
Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, Mao Zedong, Pol Pot and all the crazy mass murderers we’ve seen are reviled and absolutely disgusted, yet God, who has committed atrocities to shame either one of these abominable characters, continues to be hailed and praised.
Take Noah’s flood, for example, which killed every man, woman and child on the planet in one fell swoop! The gas chambers in Nazi Germany was used to systematically wipe out Jews, herded into a room which is then flooded with lethal gas, and Hitler is rightly condemned for it. God does something similar – pours water on man until everyone he doesn’t like is killed – and yet nobody bats an eye about that.
God purposely murdered EVERYBODY on this planet, which is something none of these bozos cannot even dream of doing. With just the flood God has a greater kill list than every mass murder in history combined.
And the flood is just number one on a long list which includes genocide, infanticide, and many other horrible things done by the ‘Christian’ God but ignored by Christians so they can blissfully worship him and pretend he’s the greatest guy ever. Attributed to Hitler, Mao or Pol Pot, no Christian would hesitate to condemn these actions.
Flip through the pages to find out five atrocities committed by Yahweh in the bible which Hitler and his pals would be proud, even jealous, of.
THE FLOOD (NOAH’S ARK)
This has to be God’s greatest hit because in one fell swoop, he murdered everyone on the planet except 7 people. Now that’s messed up.
GENESIS 6:11-17, 7:11-24
KILLING OF THE EGYPTIAN FIRSTBORN SONS
Imagine this, if you will. Hitler was so pissed off at the Jews that to punish them, he killed the firstborn son of every Jewish household in Berlin. Now that’s horrifying right?
But God did exactly that, except his was far worse. Yahweh ordered his angel to kill every firstborn son in the entire country of Egypt! Every family lost their firstborn child – even the goddamned animals were not spared. Mao would be proud of that level of brutality. (EXODUS 12)
GENOCIDE/ETHNIC CLEANSING (TAKE YOUR PICK)
Great command there
God was doing all this sh*t way before the Hitler’s and Pol Pots of this world. Way before the Rwandan genocide of 1994, Yahweh had committed unconscionable acts of genocide on the indigenous peoples the Israelites met in Canaan upon their return from Egypt.
All is fair in love and war, that’s understandable, but God led his people to commit needlessly egregious atrocities such as killing every man, woman and child in Shilon and Og and many other cities. Sometimes they were allowed to spare the virgin women to take for themselves, sometimes livestock. By the time God was done, numerous tribes and races (Amalekites, Jebusites, Hitiites etc) had been systematically wiped off the face of the earth, the textbook definition of genocide.
The infidels categorise some of the genocidal actions below…not forgetting Joshua in the ‘walls of Jericho’.
Tell me if you read this about Genghis Khan you would still think he was a swell guy who should tell anyone how to live their lives!
INFANTICIDE – KILLING 42 CHILDREN WITH A BEAR. KILLING SOLOMON’S BROTHER
In this here story God displays the emotional maturity of a three year old, or a really immature adult – lashing out at children, no less, for the very grievous crime of making fun of a man of God.
In 2 Kings, Elisha met a group of children one day, who laughed at him for being bald. That’s it! He prayed to God for a Bear to come out and maul the kids, and promptly the murderous Yahweh sent
Now imagine one of those was your kids – you think they really deserve death for mockery? Even mockery of a man of God? It’s only insecure people who cannot stand being laughed at, like Kim Jong-un, and God, apparently. (2 KINGS 2:23-24)
You think Mao wouldn’t have loved having his own personal bear to unleash on children who laughed at him?
Also, God killed a lot of Children in the flood, during the Jewish genocides and of course, Solomon and Bathsheba’s first child – for the simple crime of being born under adulterous conditions (2 SAMUEL 12)
There is a huge irony (or perhaps contradiciton0 lying at the heart of Christianity which as usual, adherents are totally oblivious to.
Point to any ancient or contemporary religion which celebrates human sacrifice and no one would hesitate to call it barbaric and outmoded. Traditional authorities which still practice human sacrifice are looked down on – yet the central message of Christianity is celebration of a human sacrifice to appease for ‘sins’.
God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac to him to prove his devotion, even though he knew Abraham’s heart already. God let Jephtah sacrifice his beloved daughter to him, allowed Satan to kill all of Job’s family in pursuant of a bet whose outcome he knew already. God plays with the lives of his subjects like a mob boss, exacting insane tests to measure devotion. And of course the ultimate, worship me or else you burn forever….
Every single murderer I mentioned on this list is reviled by any sane person on this planet, except Yahweh. That’s because religious people don’t apply the same rules they apply to anything else when it comes to their God. Any honest person would admit that if they read some of the actions attributed to God in the bible to Hitler or Stalin, they would curse at them for being so heartless. But God, huh, he’s aight.
I know some Christians think God created us and thus has the right to do everything he likes with us. But murder is murder, and killing children is killing children. No being which commits all these atrocities can be described as ‘good’ – and it is on the basis of God’s non-existent ‘goodness’ that we’re supposed to worship him, or else….