The world and the universe, and life, and everything else, takes my breath away too. But I don't kneel before anything as monstrous as a god that thinks it is necessary to command blood sacrifice for sins, and to wipe out all of the humans, and kill children with bears. The list goes on and on and on...
How do I manage to not get killed by this god?
I think Jetson poses a very fair and salient question here. How is it that he, as well as myself and most other atheists here, who spend so much time and effort in laying waste to the concept of God, are not punished for our actions? In this discussion, we see God react immediately to punish those who do so. In fact, God's punishment as shown in the Bible typically come in the form of sudden, immediate, and lethal violence. Given that you previous stated this:
if it totally happened...then it appears God has the ability and propensity to punish those who dis-honour His name. And laughing about Him, abusing Him and generally calling Him a monster might be all fun and ha ha ha for many years, but it might go a bit sour on you one day"
You might say that we have just not received our punishment yet. I don't buy into that at all. As I have just pointed out to you, God's punishment is typically swift and decisive. He also dishes out long term punishment in the form of cursing people for generations, but that is often in addition to, and not a replacement for, immediate violence. Even if we allow for God punishing people "eventually" in some situations, I think it is safe to say that quite a few of us should have been eaten by bears by now, yet we haven't. Has God lost his touch? Or why is he so lazy in enforcing rules of which infractions used to be immediately punished by death? You do remember that, in this here story, we are talking about children
being mauled by bears
right? For calling a guy "bald head", remember? How is it just for God to punish those who, having not yet a fully developed brain, and having learned much of their behavior from others, all through no fault of their own, for behaving exactly as God "designed" children to behave?
So, why haven't I been eaten by bears? And since when are there bears in the Middle East?
There is not a large bear population precisely where I live, but black bears do wander through, and probably have a larger presence than we know, seeing as they are damn clever. Why doesn't God send any of them after me? I am a frequent visitor of Presque Isle State Park. A few years back, a black bear was confirmed as being there. I spent hours there looking for it, hoping to get some pictures. God had a perfect opportunity to have me be torn to shreds by one of his lesser creations. Why would God pass up such a Golden opportunity?