Most religions these days try to convey that their god is a loving god. Christians, in fact, are vehement about how theirs is the most loving god. After all, he loved the world so much that he tortured and murdered his own son.
And we all take it on face value that this is love. Why? Because “the Bible tells me so.”
The most stressful thing for me as a Christian was the mental acrobats I had to perform to convince myself that god did love me, or anyone else, like the Bible claims. To help lessen the agony caused by this illogical thought process I attended a church for a while where it was taught that actually god hates you. You are worthless and useless. And if he hadn’t condescended to choose you over the rest of banal humanity, you’d burn in hell for all eternity with them. Consider yourself lucky.
Hey, really, it makes more sense than the idea that a god who murders children and allows people to be raped and grants no one justice, is showing his love to us by making us suffer.
In the beginning God created death.
I grew up in the 70s so if you’re younger you might never have heard the old fatherhood proverbial wisdom: I brought you into this world, I can take you out of it.
Translation: Do what I say or I’ll kill you.
Essentially this is exactly what God did in the story of Adam and Eve. He created two people then told them to obey or he’d kill them.
And, believe it, or not, the abusiveness of this situation isn’t the only problem.
We are taught from childhood that death entered through Adam’s sin: In Adam’s fall sinned we all. But this should raise the question of “if Adam and Eve were innocent of sin, and death was the after effect of sin, how did they know what god was talking about?”
If I came up to you and said, “if you don’t obey me I’m going to lafcate you,” you’d have the right to think I was talking nonsense. And you’d be right. What the hell is lafcate? It’s not a word to you because it’s undefined.
To define death god would have had to do something to explain himself.
Old earth Christians can jump around this part of the issue easily enough by the usual religious distortion methods. When th Bible says death entered by Adam, it actually meant death for man. Of course, animals died before them.
And, of course, that’s in direct contradiction to scripture. But, well, what does that matter? We are talking about a religion with so many factions that you can pretty much keep looking until you find one that makes you feel the way you want to feel. And if you don’t, well, just start a new one. The government’s got a great tax deal for you if you do.
On this side there is no Adam and Eve. There are no hoops you have to jump through and, while I’m sure Atheists lie, we at least don’t have to lie about a god who claims he loves people but kills them whenever they make him angry.