I know this is a tough thing to speak to, but it tears at the heart of some of the problems with God. On this forum, and even in real life, I have asked Christians if they would kill their own child on Gods command. Most are taken aback by the thought, not of killing their child, but of God commanding them to do so. Of course, most will immediately tell you that God would never do this. And even when we mention Abraham, they simply cannot fathom such a command.
Yet, there are plenty of cases where parents were told by God, to kill their children, and they carried out the command. They killed their own children, and claimed that God ordered them to. So we have a problem. On the surface, it is so simple to say that God would never do such a thing. But underneath, these people are either completely nuts, or God spoke to them, and commanded them to kill their own children.
But how do we know the difference? Is it really that simple to shrug your shoulders and claim that when something so horrible happens, that the killers are lunatics and murderers, and that there is no way that God would make such a command?
Here's the rub though...when pushed, Christians on this forum, and some in real life, have told me that they would have no choice but to carry out Gods command! And at a the same time, when it is someone else, there is literally no way that God would ever make such a command. Do you see the problem?
You see, from where the atheist stands, there is literally one answer. God is imaginary. Some people hear voices in their heads, well documented, and kill their children. There will NEVER be a case where anyone would ever agree that God actually commanded someone to kill their own children. The difference is that Christians cling to the idea that God would never do such a thing, and atheists are most certain that there is no God in the first place. There can't be.
Throughout the Bible, God commands and by extension, executes more killing than 50 hitlers combined. Read Joshua. The first half of Joshua is nothing but slaughtering all men, women and children, and even animals in communities. There are newborns, and young baby girls and boys among these communities. And if you are one of Joshua's soldiers, you are commanded to kill these babies. Picture yourself wielding your sword above these tiny infants, and slicing them to death.
These images, and images of the entire population of humans being drowned by the God character in the Old Testament, are enough to make me sick, and make my cry at the thought of such horror. I used to call it barbaric, but I know that it was how things we're back then. Armies rolled over cities, and killed, and took the spoils. God or no gods. The difference is that today, people should not be so proud to worship such a character, and grant this character some form of innocence if they truly believe this god is real. If it is real, people should step away form this god, and never look back.