12/31/2012 | Share this article: View CommentsBy Brian Kellogg ~
"23 From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. “Get out of here, baldy!” they said. “Get out of here, baldy!” 24 He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the Lord. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys.25 And he went on to Mount Carmel and from there returned to Samaria." (2 Kings 2)
The above is from a book whose proponents and followers say qualifies them for moral superiority. Note that the prophet did this "in the name of the Lord" all because the poor prophet was being picked on. In other words his god stood behind and fulfilled this curse. If you are going to say, "well this is the old testament". Then please explain your unchanging god to me again. This reminds me of so many xians who find comfort, amusement, and soul satisfying vengeance in thinking their opponents are going to hell for an eternity of torture.
Simply more evidence that the bible is not a moral book nor is it a book inspired by a god, but is simply a work of men's vain imaginings. I emphasis men as it is also a book that when followed subverts women's rights and aspirations as well.
So the next time xians raise their baseless and simple minded charge that morally despicable things now take place in schools because token acts of piety are no longer forced upon our kids, I hope they will take an introspective look at their book's often vapid moral landscape. Is that all their god requires for appeasement, an insincere meaningless outward show? It seems that is what they are demanding. What of the shootings in churches, in prayer services for their god's sake? What of the other horrid acts that take place in their midst like molestation and ... ? Did these occur because they did not have enough god in their church? I know the vast majority didn't sanction these acts, but yet they still happened despite the faithful believing majority.
At the end of the day if their god is omnipotent then their god holds responsibility for the evil that is visited upon innocents. Just as I would be rightly judged as guilty standing by drinking my tea watching a child die from a cause I could easily prevent simply because I thought their parents brought this upon themselves and their children, likewise is their god equally guilty for doing the same. Their god is full of holes. Their god is no more than the adult version of an imaginary friend. We can do better morally and we have.
Is this post offensive, I hope it is. I hope the offense forces you to think about what you truly believe and why. I hope it precipitates some serious life introspection. Someone mortally offending my beliefs was the greatest intellectual gift ever given me. Don't cower under faith as your only excuse for belief. Why is it when it comes to religion serious critical thinking is so often frowned upon but yet when not employed in life's other endeavors that person is looked upon as foolish?