In November, I posted about El and the Abrahamic god, and the relation between the two, as well as my concept of God. But now I’m here to talk about my problem with the Biblical and Abrahamic concept of God. The Canaanite El wasn’t so bad, but the Biblical evolution of that god attained new characteristics. Some derived from other gods, others new and more suited to his role as the monotheistic supreme deity ruling over humanity. And that’s just one part of why the god of the Abrahamic religions is a god I have always had a problem with.
Why? Because he makes pretty much no sense.
In the Bible he is apparently a loving, benevolent, merciful, and compassionate god, while simultaneously a jealous god that forbids you from worshiping other gods, a genocidal god attributed to a kill count in the hundreds and thousands, a god who, in opposition to his supposedly all-loving nature, sends everyone who disagrees with him, doesn’t believe in him, or doesn’t worship him to a place of eternal hellfire, torture, and gnashing of teeth, apparently hates women, is an immense control freak and tyrant, and in the end, is simply using humans as ignorant fodder for his goals. Anyone arguing that God’s support for free will can easily be demolished by not just that, but also the notion, in the Bible, that he has some kind of plan for humanity. That would lend him to be called a hypocrite, in my eyes.
But wait, that’s in the Bible, and its tales. Thinking about it, can you really trust the Bible, let alone on God? For all we know, the Bible is just a propagandizing collection of books, merely embellishing the nature of their god, mythologizing it, along with their religion and its values. If the Biblical god were really all-powerful, why does he need us, let alone why does he need to control him? Why does he need us to worship him? Why does he care what we do if he’s beyond human? Why would he penalize humans for following their instincts which he instilled in them? If his moral laws were absolute, then it should be impossible to go against them, so why can we? And if he was really as were encouraged to believe, an all-loving god, then consider this: that god would have the power to decide people’s lives and their fate, and that means he could put anyone in a life that is utterly one sack of crap for them. Now why would a supposedly loving god do that?
There you have it, the Biblical god is just a god that makes no sense, that contradicts itself, and is ultimately heavily mythological, which is often the source of his flawed nature, and his unworthiness for the status of an absolute one that is commonly ascribed to him.
Here’s a video from someone that I think describes things well:
If you want to see the posts mentioned above, here’s some links.
Why I think El is the Biblical God: https://mythoughtsbornfromfire.wordpress.com/2012/11/23/why-i-think-the-biblical-god-is-el/