Christianity Johnson on 18 Dec 2008 12:33 am
How badly can religion bend a person’s brain? There is no better way to see how far the bending can go than to have a religious person expound on “God’s love.” Here Billy Graham tries his hand at it:
A reader writes to Billy with this question:
DEAR DR. GRAHAM: A friend of mine claims the Bible says that God is violent and angry, and He takes pleasure in punishing people when they get out of line. Is this true? I’m not sure I want to believe in God if He is like that. — K.R.
Billy opens his answer this way:
No, this is not what the Bible teaches about God. Instead, it tells us that God is merciful and loving, and He is far more patient with us than we’ll ever deserve. The Bible says, “You are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love” (Nehemiah 9:17).
The book of Nehemiah is in the old testament. This is the same testament where God (according to the Bible, but not in reality) kills nearly every human and animal on the planet with a gigantic, violent flood. The same testament that tells us to kill our fellow man for the slightest offenses. The same testament that promotes slavery and turns women into property. Some choice quotes from God in the Old Testament:
So the LORD said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earthâ€”men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the airâ€”for I am grieved that I have made them.”
Isaiah chapter 13:
Anyone who is captured will be run through with a sword. Their little children will be dashed to death right before their eyes. Their homes will be sacked and their wives raped by the attacking hordes.
If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall pay the girl’s father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the girl, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.
Exodus Chapter 21:
If a man beats his male or female slave with a rod and the slave dies as a direct result, he must be punished, but he is not to be punished if the slave gets up after a day or two, since the slave is his property.
For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a Sabbath of rest to the LORD. Whoever does any work on it must be put to death.
If a man commits adultery with the wife of his neighbour, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall be put to death.
Where might anyone get the impression that “God is violent and angry, and He takes pleasure in punishing people when they get out of line???” Perhaps from reading the Bible.
Then Billy turns to the New Testament:
But God loves us despite our sins! He made us, and He knows that when we live apart from Him, we’ll always be empty and unfulfilled inside. Our greatest need is to know God — and God wants us to know Him! And He has done everything that was necessary to make this possible. He did this by sending His only Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to become the final and complete sacrifice for our sins.
Jesus is a “complete sacrifice for our sins” unless we choose not to believe in Jesus. In that case, we get sentenced to eternal torture in the fires of Hell. How loving! Jesus also offers loving advice like this in Matthew 5:
If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.
To believe that God is love, someone has to somehow redefine love as “eternal torture for billions of people”. Only the delusion of religion would allow someone to redefine love in this way.
To every rational person, it is obvious that K.R. is absolutely right: God is violent and angry, and He takes pleasure in punishing people. Anyone who reads the Bible can see that. Anyone with common sense can see that God is hate, not love.
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