proof of a man-made religion, part 1
A good Biblical reading on this is in the book of Job. Job didn’t understand why so much destruction had come to his life. God replied with a question: “Where were you when I established the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.” (Job 38:4) The entire chapter of Job 38 is interesting regarding the topic of not understanding seemingly unjust destruction.
I’m having an interesting discussion with a Christian about one of the usual subjects – morality. I’ve had to clarify that I only use the term ‘morality’ as the commonly understood label for the evolving instincts we hold regarding generally acceptable or unacceptable behaviour, because for Christians, it comes loaded with bizarre notions of absolute, unchanging law.
As part of the discussion, the Christian referred me to Job 38 to help me understand the (to my view, as a logical creature) inconsistent stand the god in the Bible is depicted to have on many subjects, such as murder and rape. To my delight, he had referred me to yet another part of the Bible that clearly demonstrates this ‘holy’ book was conceived of in the minds of ignorant men from thousands of years ago. For those of you who may have forgotten, or are unfamiliar with the contents of this chapter, let’s have a look together.
- “Who shut up the sea behind doors..?” Did someone forget to tell the god God that the earth he is reported to have made isn’t flat with all the extra sea carefully shut off behind doors? Or did an ignorant barbarian who didn’t know the earth is round create the story of Job?
- “Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place ..?” No. And neither did any creator deity. But I can see how the ignorant barbarian who created the story of Job might think that’s how sunrise works.
- “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail …?” Em, this is getting embarrassing. But if I didn’t have access to modern information that told me otherwise, I’m sure I’d consider it was possible that a deity had warehouses full of snow and hail that it dispensed at will.
- “Does the rain have a father? Who fathers the drops of dew? From whose womb comes the ice?” No, no-one and no-one. Can someone buy this all-powerful god a children’s ‘how the world works’ book?
I’m used to Christians defending the slaughters, rape and genocide promoted in the Bible with a ‘God knows best’ and ‘God moves in mysterious ways’ and ‘we have to look at the cultural context’ line. But really, deep down, they know it’s impossible to believe in benevolent absolute morality and accept these depictions of their deity. The Bible was obviously created by men. and it reflects nothing more than the morality of the culture it was written in.
If an all-powerful creator deity existed, it would know that raping and killing children is never morally acceptable, it would know that snow and hail aren’t kept in storehouses, and that the rest of the sea isn’t shut behind a door at the end of the flat planet Earth. If an all-power creator deity existed, it would inspire a better book than the Bible.
(Part 1 – because I’m sure there’s lots more to come.)