of the old testament, if you will.
In his post, Brian Ingalls, has set out to convince us atheists are wrong in thinking his beloved god is guilty of genocide among other crimes.
He gives the following excuses
- any God who can create such a vast and complex reality as this universe, certainly may also behave in ways that human beings might occasionally struggle to comprehend.
- it is all hyperbole in the part of the bible authors
- the claims that wholesale slaughter of people took place in Canaan is incorrect. These were just night raids, over a long period
- god had warned the people of Canaan for centuries and their response was fuck off
- god is just, live with it
- it’s god’s way of fucking us
- the people of Israel were just following orders
Is there anyone of you with some sense in their heads who doesn’t think these excuses are absurd, inexcusable and are blasphemous?
a. our concepts of justice, and these are the only meaningful ways of which we can talk about justice expects us to protect those we have created and are vulnerable. It is not an argument in god’s favour that having created sentient beings, he can do with them as he pleases.
b. if the apologist wants to use this line of hyperbole, we must ask why a good god would want to deceive its followers.
c. who was the god of the Canaanites? Why would the same god who made them, command another group of people it made to forcefully occupy their land? Was it impossible for a god so powerful to settle them elsewhere without bloodshed?
d. why, even after issuing warnings would god command bloodshed. I can think of many non violent ways a good meet its ends and to tell us an all loving, powerful and knowing god would only think of bloodshed reeks of a lack of imagination
e. the claim that whatever god does is just is abhorrent to any thinking being.
f. why would an apologist argue with a straight face that the only means available to their god is bloodshed?
g. why have the blood on their hands? Why make the people of Israel be inhumane towards others who have done them no harm? What justice is there? Where is the kindness? Where is the love?
I think any theist who justifies these repine in the name of god is worse than a monster. To believe it’s a show of love, kindness and great knowledge to fill the earth with the blood of innocents is to me the worst form of psychopathy and such persons ought to be checked into an institution.