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The Christian Delusion 7: What We’ve Got Here is a Failure to Communicate

01/10/2011

This is a fairly straightforward argument from either divine hiddenness or divine confusion. Or you could call it an argument to best explanation, with God being a terrible explanation for the confusion that the Bible inspires. I don’t know how one could defend that God was clear in his communication, or that he is not responsible for the misunderstandings, especially given his all knowing nature. It sort of reminds me of that lame movie, Bruce Almighty, where Bruce is asking for a sign from God, and all these street signs are telling him to turn certain ways. If God is all-knowing, you’d think he’d tell Bruce in a way that is guaranteed to get the point across. Instead, the movie makes the lame mistake of blaming Bruce for his stupidity and lack of awareness. Such is the Bible as well. If there are miscommunications, it’s partially or wholly from total lack of clarity, and God is certainly responsible for that.

Kindle Notes:

what are we to make of the way God communicated, given the final canonical Bible? My claim is that God did a woefully inadequate job, especially since he’s supposedly omniscient and knows how “sinful” people such as us could misunderstand his words (2305).

“Every [Christian] sect is a certificate that God has not plainly revealed His will to man (2311).

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND SPEECH IS CONDEMNED BT DEATH. Anyone who accepts a different religion and/or seeks to convert others is to be put to death (Deuteronomy 12:1-13:16). Anyone who curses God is to be put to death (Leviticus 24:11-16). Witches are also condemned to death (Exodus 22:18, Deuteronomy 18:10). This is very significant when it comes to democratic, free-loving people, and it was the impetus for a great many killings and wars, as we shall see when it comes to the Thirty Years’ War. What would have been so wrong for God to have said, “Thou shalt not kill anyone under any circumstances simply because of what he or she believes”? (2367).

Note: What a great argument. To be a consistent Christian, you would need to argue that it is right, or used to be right, to kill people like me for my beliefs.

“I WILL MAKE THEM EAT THE FLESH OE THEIR CHILDREN.” JEREMIAH 19.3-9 (2402).

Note: I thought atheists were the source of baby eating, but no, God is too.

What God does is a mystery. We are not in a position to question his actions God’s ways are above our ways. But if we cannot understand his ways, when his ways of communicating have caused so much bloodshed, then why should we believe that his ways are perfectly good (2514)?

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