#christianity #evil_god #god #religion #the_bible, "The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name. If our children do not turn out how we wished, then, we can follow the example of the perfectly just Christian God, and destroy them. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth. Answer: The web site evilbible.com endeavors to do two things: (1) demonstrate that the Bible is not the Word of God, but instead is only a book written by “evil” men, and (2) disprove the God of Christianity. MORGOTH - God Is Evil (Single). Psalms 139:12, 1 Chronicles 21:1-2 and 2 Samuel 24:1-2, and Job 1:8-12, 42:11 all confuse good and evil, God and Satan into one single creative force, with God being described as not only the source of evil, but as its actual instigator. The entire escapade seems to be an irrational story copied from pre-Christian myths. The Problem of Evil: Why Would a Good God Create Suffering? “Here you have tricking people into circumcision; you have the slaughtering of animals. This is the fourth woe. The Bible (NIV). But this is a clear-cut path to chaos and anarchy, and would immediately undermine all religion. But I think I'm a better Jew in one sense. Victims have been anyone who disagreed even on confusing technical points of Christian doctrine, members of other religions such as Muslims and Jews, "witches", homosexuals, and finally, a small number who have genuinely plotted against the Church. Revelation 21:1-27 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful. Armstrong, Karen(1986) The Gospel According to Woman: Christianity's Creation of the Sex War in the West. Human Beings are limited. These messages are of course not actually aimed at children. Other translations such as Young's Literal Translation phrase it in the same way. All of God’s creation is good, evil is a lack of being and goodness. As is stated above, there are many aspects to this issue of allowing evil, including free will, the degree of evil, the definition of evil, how much evil ought God stop, etc. Then he is not omnipotent. Atheists, skeptics and other critics of Christianity often argue against God on the basis of the reality of evil and suffering. He instead says that instead of his family, his fans were his brethren and mother. This heartless response stems from the fact that all non-followers of Jesus might as well already be dead, and, that in the Bible, it is said that "the end" was so nigh that there was no more time to wait. And in Luke 14:25-26 and 18:29, Jesus says "If any man comes to me without hating his father, mother, wife, children, brothers and sisters, yes and his own life too, he cannot be my disciple". One final verse seals this idea. For this reason, the "fear God" parts of the Bible are probably best considered to be a human construct, rather than the demands of a good god. The Book of Lamentations confirms that free will cannot stop evil, when evil comes from God, nor can man stop goodness, when goodness comes from God: “Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.”, “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”. This question is posed to Christians often, and rightfully so. We can deliver group punishments in accordance with the worst offenders amongst them, and, the less bad amongst them are simply unlucky to have been around at the wrong time. Because we're given this book which is not obviously a guide to morality and the guide to a loving God. Therefore God does not exist, is not all-powerful or is not benevolent (good)17. The author of Good Book talks to The Daily Beast about what his Biblical journey begat. It is God itself: “[Job's friends and family] comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him.”. Another example is 1 Timothy 1:20, where God mentions "Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme". They affirm that God is not just, not moral, and is actively evil and arbitrary. It did not aid its understanding of Humanity, as God is omniscient. And then, in Chapter 2, he creates it all again, and he creates man again, and he does it in a completely different way. I think it has to top the list if you're living the United Sates or the West. [...] If there be no other remedy for saving its people it can and must put these wicked men to death.”. Luke 14:23 says "Compel people to come in!" The most evil of them has to be Hera, the queen of gods. His family "found out" through rumour and gossip, and presuming that he had lost his mind, set out to retrieve him back to their home to recover12. The answer depends on your notion of God's personality. An e-book. 12:13, Ecclesiasticus 1:8,11, 7:29,31. Support us for unlimited access. It is never the will of our good God for us to sin: “God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone” (James 1:13). "The anger of the Lord" is Satan. It encapsulates one of the worlds oldest and toughest thoughts, that if there is a God, He must be evil or unable to do anything about evil. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.”, “If any man comes to me without hating his father, mother, wife, children, brothers and sisters, yes and his own life too, he cannot be my disciple.”. His attitude toward women is like “Norman Mailer on a bad day.”. In other words, the evil done by God on Job was not the result of Job's free will. In the Christian Bible, Satan is God. It is not a creation of mankind, nor of fallen beings or Satan. Amazon Kindle digital edition produced by Carrie Lorenz and John B. Hare. Atheists, skeptics and other critics of Christianity often argue against God on the basis of the reality of evil and suffering. Stanton, Elizabeth C.. (1815-1902)(1898) The Woman's Bible. Then the magic tricks make sense, as Lance Sievert has said, as the successful attempts of an evil god to impress us simple mortals. That those who lived before the time of Jesus' crucifixion are also judged fairly by (perfect) God means that there was no actual point to it all except as a needless public relations exercise. Then he is malevolent. It is not a creation of mankind, nor of fallen beings or Satan. Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Since we are not on Jupiter, we can infer that God is not morally evil. I liken it to The Odyssey or Dostoyevsky. Monotheistic religions Christianity God did in fact not make evil things. Satan in the Old Testament is merely the face that God puts on when it is testing its people. Its influence on direct political action at the moment, in the sense that there are so many people who are guided by this book that if you don't understand what's motivating them then you can't possibly engage with them as fellow citizens. Published in the Evangelical Review of Theology (2016) 40:3, 247-263. All those evil effects of sin continue to work in the world and will be with us as long as sin is. #determinism #evil #god #life #philosophy #religion #suffering #theodicy #theology. The crucifixion did not aid us, as "knowing Jesus" was not the point of the crucifixion unless God has arbitrarily condemned everyone to hell who happened to live before the founding of Christianity. Is there an underlying reason? The people of Amalekite were indigenous to Canaan and are now identified with Palestinian arabs. #christianity #evil_god #god #religion #religion_fear #the_bible. Religious texts have strongly veered towards the lesser of the two approaches, reflecting human values at the time of their writing. The story of Abraham and Isaac in Genesis chapter 22 has Abraham obey the voices in his head which tell him to murder his only son Isaac on an altar as a sacrifice to God. Jacob is a family name in [my wife] Hanna’s family. Is God Evil. Even in the twentieth century, Pope Leo XII argued for violence and murder, based on religion: “The death sentence is a necessary and efficacious means for the Church to attain its end when rebels act against it and disturbers of the ecclesiastical unity, especially obstinate heretics and heresiarchs, cannot be restrained by any other penalty. Here you have tricking people into circumcision; you have the slaughtering of animals—it’s appalling. One resolution to the problem of evil is that God is not good. But we can stick to wisdom and do good all by ourselves. What had happened is that God had a rule: That David was not allowed to 'number' Israel. Published by Prometheus Books, New York, USA. A theodicy is an attempt to explain why a good god would have created evil and suffering. He wanted to know who truly cared for Him. God made Lucifer a good angel, but with the power to change himself through pride into the one we now know as Satan. Rather, what we call evil is nothing more than the absence of good. Because of His goodness, God abhors sin and will judge it some day (Romans 2:5). 5:22. He talks to The Daily Beast about what his Biblical journey begat. “Everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself, do not lay a finger. The crucifixion of Jesus did not improve God's judgement of us, as God's judgement was perfect both before and after the crucifixion. If I were a biblical literalist—and thank God I’m not—I would have no idea how I would make sense of this because there are two creations. They also killed the cattle, sheep and donkeys. 2. Before you started this project, on a scale from 1 to 10—10 being a rabbi and 1 being someone who is vaguely aware he is Jewish—where did you fall? They are correct; it was written in much more enlightened times. And, imagine, if the parents told their children to do immoral things, or instructed them in (god forbid!) The existence of such large quantities of suffering, despair, pain, of natural disasters such as earthquakes, of the death of the unborn and the immense suffering of lovers & kind-hearted people means that god is evil and intentionally creates life in order to create suffering. While they’re recovering from the surgery, in pain and incapacitated, Jacob’s sons show up and slaughter them. As Marcion believed that the Good News of the New Testament was the plan of salvation from a good God, he believed that through Jesus the evil god the Old Testament had been defeated. We now know simply to disregard Numbers 12:6. That’s very weird. Luke 2:41-49 tells a story of a 12-year-old Jesus; he wonders off for three days and his parents search for him, before finding him in a temple. God creates the universe twice. It would create heaven and make it hard to get to in order to tease and torture people into making their own lives hell. Jesus and his own immediate relatives, especially his mother: “Jesus in Mark 3:31-35 leaves his "brethren and his mother" outside after they call for him; giving no reason at all for shunning them. #christianity #genocide #murder #religion #religious_violence #the_bible #violence. You had to follow Jesus now or never. A force working in opposition to an equal and contradictory force of good. 12:14, Job 28:28, Psalms 19:9, 33:8, 111:10, Proverbs 1:7, Ecc. Likewise, Hinduism cannot be true because too many people have had visions of a monotheistic God. I believe that all evil comes from GOD and good. After all, no one can resist God. Its influence on our language, on our ideas of what stories are. In religion, ethics, philosophy, and psychology "good and evil" is a very common dichotomy.In cultures with Manichaean and Abrahamic religious influence, evil is usually perceived as the dualistic antagonistic opposite of good, in which good should prevail and evil should be defeated. But the NT still endorses violence and murder. But this is simply not so. Surely [an unfeared God] is neither your Father, towards whom your love for duty's sake should be consistent with fear because of His power; nor your proper Lord, whom you should love for His humanity and fear as your teacher.”, The Adam and Eve story shows god as an immoral bad parent, not as a loving God (2006). God is the author of good, but we make moral choices that result in evil. Genesis furnishes us with some additional horror in the stories of Lot and his family who lived in Sodom, and, of Abraham and his precious first son Isaac. None of this is good, yet we have 81 percent of white evangelicals who have supported and called out what is evil as being good. Yet many doubt that God is real, despite the reality of both good and evil. How can a god that knows everything, and is never wrong, repent? Some of the foremost Christians in history have taught that there is no free will, including St. Augustine15 (one of the founders of Western Christianity), Martin Luther (founder of Protestantism) and John Calvin (founder of Calvinism).”, "Biblical Christianity Denies Free Will" by Vexen Crabtree (2005). If God, as understood by Christian mythology, exists, then it it patently clear that he/she/it is undeniably cruel. It is so daft that the Qur'an makes fun of it in Sura 31:19 - "indeed, the most disagreeable of sounds is the voice of donkeys". Aside from the New Testament's endorsement of killing in the name of religion, God itself leads by example. Where does the Bible go on the list? 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