Be Careful What You Wish For

So the God of the Bible calls Moses aside and says “Now these are the judgments which thou shalt set before them.” Twenty bloody verses later he says…

And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely punished. Notwithstanding, if he continue a day or two, he shall not be punished: for he is his money. Exodus 21:20-21

Do you believe or at least hope that this passage was inspired by your God about your God? Which side of the rod do you think you’d be on? Read the rest of Exodus 21 for more on this benevolent deity.

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6 thoughts on “Be Careful What You Wish For

  1. Ali says:

    I think the image of the God that people used to believe is a brutal bastard, who loves to punish sinners –almost everyone– and destroy everything. Beside these horror scenes all described in holy books, I think God should be something else… at least, more intelligent, tolerant, and spreading the power of love, rather than ordering the love of power.

    Peace :)

  2. john says:

    interesting post.

    ali, if god was someone “you think” should exist in a certain way you’d like then there would be no reason for a god who claimed to be absolute or supreme…

    it makes little sense to be god if you mold to whatever some small human mind wants you to be… if god is real, he is who he is because he’s simply god.

    probably the more realistic picture of why we hate god is that he’s impossible to fully understand and because we can’t get his image entirely we’re left with unanswered questions. and who the heck likes to be in the damn dark?

    that’s a legit gripe.

    i also respect a person for not believing or adhering to any god because they don’t dig his rules/laws/manner within history. that’s to say that if i don’t like all of him, i don’t want any part of him.

    you’re pissed at this god they follow… do a blog… hence this post. i respect that some.
    but to say he’s got to fit your small finite mind… is like saying to your employer, police officer, president, best friend, etc. they have to fit your freeking image or he’s not real…

    just a bit too shallow for me.

    • There is no value in hating a fictitious god that people attempt to conjure up with emotional waves of credulity and impassioned affirmations. It would be better to direct our disdain on the actual beings who promote this notion of “faith” rather than promoting the use and limits of reason to inform our beliefs. What is not warranted by reasoned evidence is not worthy of belief, and that includes alleged deities.

  3. john says:

    respect your comment, phil and actually agree with you. my only issue is this: who doesn’t actually create emotional waves or impassioned affirmations based on their own presuppositions and philosophy to anything they somehow have reasoned? most laws are reasoned but nothing is done out of pure evidence. a law that protects another human being from murder does not mean that all murder is wrong… but we passionately reason that laws are important based on our own sense of right and wrong. rights are subjective yet we fight for them. guess i’m not at that stage where i dismiss something entirely because of a few who obviously don’t know how to balance faith in something vs. reality in something. but that’s just the way i see it.

    • Agreed John as long as it is understood that objectivity is indeed something that can be approximated (even if the drive is subjective) and may be actually given subjective value considering the stability such proximity to objectivity generally gives us.

  4. john says:

    absolutely agree with you…

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