The god of the Bible is not pro-life; he's pro-death

One of the most important arguments that skeptics can make against the Bible is, as I mentioned in my previous post, the fact that there is no independent criteria for how one should properly interpret the Bible. Every sect and denomination has different ideas about what scriptures mean. Some are to be taken literally, others allegorically; some are to be taken as rules, some are to be taken as guidelines; some are to be taken as contemporarily  relevant, others are only relevant to the culture at the time. The problem is – and it is really so obvious that it should not even need mentioning – that without any independent criteria for interpreting the Bible properly, any interpretation is necessarily both circular and arbitrary.

It follows logically then that any position that claims to be "Biblically based" can be dismissed as nonsense, because there is no such thing as a position based on the Bible – only positions based on a wholly arbitrary interpretation of the Bible. And modern conservatives love to throw out random scriptures that appear to show that God values human life even in the womb, thus making abortion immoral. God, they claim, is pro-life. Others, most famously Catholics, use the Bible as a justification for opposing the death penalty.

But is the Christian god really pro-life? Before I even start listing scriptures, consider that the entire Christian theology is based on death. In Genesis (as interpreted by Christians), God cursed humanity with sin for their disobedience. Then God decided that the only price that could redeem this sin was death, and required his followers to slaughter animals as offerings. But nothing we imperfect humans had was enough, so God sent his son... who is also himself... to sacrifice himself to himself so that he could pay on our behalf the price he mandated for the curse he put on us. Does your head hurt yet? Yes, and I mean this in the nicest possible way: Christian theology is fucking stupid. The degree of willing credulity required to believe this nonsense defies imagination, and I am sincerely baffled at how many otherwise highly intelligent people don't bat an eye at this kind of stuff. Maybe it's because so few Christians actually read the Bible.

But I digress. I don't know that any of what follows even requires commentary; simply listing the scriptures is enough. Think the god of the Bible is pro-life? Think again:

God loves ritual human sacrifice

  • At the LORD's command, a man of God from Judah went to Bethel, and he arrived there just as Jeroboam was approaching the altar to offer a sacrifice.  Then at the LORD's command, he shouted, "O altar, altar!  This is what the LORD says: A child named Josiah will be born into the dynasty of David.  On you he will sacrifice the priests from the pagan shrines who come here to burn incense, and human bones will be burned on you."  (1 Kings 13:1-2)
  • [Josiah] executed the priests of the pagan shrines on their own altars, and he burned human bones on the altars to desecrate them. (2 Kings 23:20)
  • "Suppose you hear in one of the towns the LORD your God is giving you that some worthless rabble among you have led their fellow citizens astray by encouraging them to worship foreign gods.  In such cases, you must examine the facts carefully.  If you find it is true and can prove that such a detestable act has occurred among you, you must attack that town and completely destroy all its inhabitants, as well as all the livestock.  Then you must pile all the plunder in the middle of the street and burn it.  Put the entire town to the torch as a burnt offering to the LORD your God. (Deuteronomy 13:13-16)


God loves killing children, infants and the unborn
  • The people of Samaria must bear their guilt, because they have rebelled against their God. They will fall by the sword; their little ones will be dashed to the ground, their pregnant women ripped open." (Hosea 13:16)
  • “0 daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.  Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.(Psalm 137:8-9)
  • Samuel said to Saul, "I am the one the LORD sent to anoint you king over his people Israel; so listen now to the message from the LORD. This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.' "  (1 Samuel 15:34)
  • If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.  And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.” (Deuteronomy 21: 18-21)

The story of Jephthah

In Judges 11:30-40, which I will not repeat here as you can simply read it for yourself, God grants favor to Jephthah in battle after Jephthah promises that in return, upon his arrival home he will offer the first thing to come out of his house as a burnt offering to the Lord. Darn the luck, it happens to be his daughter, and God poses no objection to Jephthah murdering his unfortunate daughter as a human sacrifice. And why would he? The god of the Bible is obsessed with death. It should be painfully obvious to anyone who actually reads the Bible that this is the god of primitive, ignorant, superstitious tribal people. Thankfully, there's not a shred of evidence that this perverse god actually exists.

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