Religion, Philosophy, Deep Thoughts
A take on Faith
by TheEtruscan at 21:19 March 12, 2014
Living in the USA of today, should I have an absolute and unquestionable belief in YHWH the God of the Hebrew Bible?
- If I lived in Egypt in 1500 BCE, I would have had an absolute and unquestionable belief in Amun-Re.
- If I lived in Persia in 1400 BCE, I would have had an absolute and unquestionable belief in Zoroaster.
- If I lived in Babylon in 597 BCE, I would have had an absolute and unquestionable belief in Marduk (but I would have liked Ishtar better!).
- If I lived in Greece in 435 BCE, I would have had an absolute and unquestionable belief in Zeus (but I would have liked Pallas Athena or Aphrodite better!).
- If I lived in Scandinavia in 700 CE, I would have had an absolute and unquestionable belief in Odin (but I would have liked Thor better!).
So much for the faith and tradition of our Forefathers. A faith that started around 100 CE for Westerners. Legitimacy came around 313 CE with Constantine’s Edict of Milan. Broke up into Roman Catholic and Protestant main sects with the advent of the printing press (1400’s) and is almost ignored in Europe now. Leaving the US as the true believers on par with the fanatical Muslims.
72% of Americans believe in creation and in 1905 it is said only 5 people understood relativity. What does that tell you about the quality and knowledge of the masses?
Why believe in a vain and false god? To wit:
These are the ramblings of a vengeful, spiteful, self-conceited and not too bright god who has to compete for love, devotion and attention with other more established gods.
- Ex:20:3: Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
- Ex:20:4: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
- Ex:20:5: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
- Ex:20:6: And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
- Ex:20:7: Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
- Ex:20:8: Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
- Ex:20:9: Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
- Ex:20:10: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
Besides, believing in this YHWH false god elevates an oriental and miniscule tribe, the Israelites, above others more successful tribes less prone to flights of fancy!
Sheer nonsense but a nice try. Moreover this god is clearly misogynistic:
Why did the angel Gabriel visit Miriam (=Mary) to announce her immaculate conception and not God himself? After all God had already revealed himself to that desert wanderer Moses in the form of a confabulating burning bush besides Noah and Abraham. YHWH got quite chatty with Jacob almost to the point of becoming a nuisance (Genesis 32:1-35:9). Are we to think that Mary the mother of Jesus Christ, the incarnate godhead, is less worthy of God's attention than Moses a mere rabble-rouser?
Just think how much more advanced we would be if instead of all that wasted time and energy studying the Bible, believers applied themselves to science and mathematics! Go to sleep thinking on how to vitrify a metal (aluminum?) not a divine revelation that wasn't.
The sane and proper thing to do with all the Hebrew Bibles is to recycle them into toilet paper thereby saving many trees for a greener environment.
In my humble opinion only weak and unimaginative minds can believe the crap of the Hebrew Bible. Goodness is inside all of us not found in stinking lies about self-serving divine revelations and even non-believers have ethics. Probably more so because not coerced by fear of a supposedly eternal punishment.
Only the truth shall make us free.
I do not vilipend or vituperate "faith" or people of faith. On the contrary, I admire them. What I mind is where this faith is placed.
Embrace Humanism instead.