reply to post by dgtempe
I have actually started reading through the bible, figured I should read it before 2012 comes around, because I was hoping it might have some answers.
I started at Genesis and quickly realized that God seems really evil. I had problems with a few things he has done so far:
In the story of Cain and Abel, I kind of understand how Cain felt when God gave praise to Abel for his offering, and ignored Cain when he presented
God with his offering. I thought God was supposed to love all of his children? Granted, murdering Abel was a bad thing, but if God loved Cain it could
have been avoided.
The biggest thing so far was when God asked Abraham to kill his own son. Why would God ever ask one of his children to kill one of their children? I
was amazed Abraham didn't tell God to go screw himself. Granted, it may have been a test of faith, but by refusing he would have also demonstrated
morality and compassion, both of which are traits I believe are more important than blind faith.
Also in Genesis is a reference to the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha, (I know I mispelled them, sorry) it said God rained fire down on the cities and
destroyed them, stating a vague reference to the people there being evil as the reason for it. I hope its explained better further in the Bible? You
shouldn't destroy entire cities of people unless they are really, REALLY evil. I can't help but wonder if they just had different culture and
customs from the Christians.
There is also a section where Abraham allows a pharoah to take his wife as a concubine. Abraham tells the pharoah that she's his sister, so to the
pharoah, it seems ok. He presents Abraham with gold and jewels as a dowry? I think its called. Anyways, God hits the pharoah with some plagues and he
eventually gives Abraham his wife back, as he realizes he's been cursed or something. Abraham takes his wife, his gold,and his jewels and uses the
wealth to build his own kingdom. To me, it seems more like God is assisting Abraham in his lying, cheating, and deceit in this story. The just thing
to do would have been for Abraham to refuse the pharoah his wife, and ask God for help if he became violent. But then, how would have Abraham become
rich enough to found a kingdom? This whole passage just reeks.
I have talked about this with some other people, I guess these are far from the worst too. I hear theres a section about Job and how God allowed his
entire family to die, and then Job contracts a plague, and being a good, devout follower of God, he is sitting there trying to figure out what he did
to deserve it all. From what I understand, God presents him with a new family, which I don't understand - people aren't replaceable. It kind of
sucks, I will have to read through it and see how I feel about it.
Anyways, yeah the Bible is a little screwed up. I can't believe how many people find insight and guidance from this book. Granted, I haven't got
that far, but I'm not sure if I want to finish it, if it keeps up like this. Maybe I should just skip to Jesus, remembering all the bible stories I
heard growing up, he always seemed nice.