what is a god hater?

haters of God will always make sport of the truth because they love darkness rather than the light. God’s Word exposes their lifestyle of sin and they hate that so what do they do attack the God of the Bible (Spaniard VIII)

The Bible has a tendency to caricature ‘evil’ in a manner that leaves some Christians confused about real-life humans. Many atheists are concerned about ‘rights’ and ‘wrongs’ because we are interested in improving human society.

Maybe we’re concerned that we live in societies that provide the most comfortable lives for ourselves and our children, or maybe we don’t enjoy seeing other people suffering, or maybe we just like the idea that life could and should be better for everyone experiencing it.

Maybe, because we don’t believe that ‘evil’ exists as an entity, we have hope that through the search for knowledge and education, humans can eventually learn to treat each other and rest of our world with a lot more respect. We know there is no evil spirit tricking us to be ‘bad’ and we are not born innately ‘bad’. We are sentient creatures born with a capacity for love and concern, and we are capable of building strong and peaceful, mutually supportive societies.

We are also capable of turning in fear from one another and building up resentments and hatred that can spiral into violent conflicts, killing and causing the suffering of millions of our fellow humans. But hopefully we can continue to learn from the circumstances that lead to these situations, which are beneficial to no-one, and one day be in the position to avoid them completely.

When I ‘attack’ the god depicted in the Bible, I am criticising immoral behaviour. I am disgusted that people today still think homosexuality is evil, because it’s condemned in an old book. I am disgusted that women are told to be submissive in their adult partnerships, allowing men to make all the decisions, because it’s encouraged in an old book. I’m disgusted that parents are physically violent towards their children, because it’s encouraged in an old book.

I don’t ‘hate’ this Old Testament god, who clearly doesn’t exist. But I do hate some of the behaviour that is inspired by the words written about him.

However, when it comes to much of the story of Jesus, I’d have to remove myself from the hate list altogether. I’m quite taken with the story of the unlikely saviour of a suppressed people. He spread examples of co-operative societies, of abandonment of material possessions, and of all people being essentially equal. He encouraged us all to show respect, love and forgiveness to our fellow human beings.

So if Christians have to continue with their misguided, archaic supersitious beliefs, if they truly need that reassurance from the invisible beyond to make sensible and empathetic decisions about the way they live, I just hope that within the vast realm of possibilities that Christianity offers, they’ll choose to concentrate their efforts on the story of their man god on Earth. Because in my atheist life of alleged ‘sin and hate’, this example of love is one I quite appreciate.

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