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Agnostic Testimony 13
Dan’s Religious Manifesto (page 7)

by Daniel Hendricks

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At any rate, neither John, nor Paul, the authors of the majority of the New Testament books had any direct contact with Jesus, and Paul barely even had any contact with the Apostles.  So “Christianity” ended up being based as much, or more so, on the writings of people who never even knew Christ as it was the gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke, who were at least around somewhat closer to Jesus’s time.

Tying it All Together

The Bible describes an unbalanced, petty, fickle, and possibly insane God who doesn’t know what his creations are doing, torments them for unknown reasons, and generally seems to have no personal concern for them.  He makes them curious, sets them up to fail, and then punishes them for hundreds of generations for that failure.  Anyone who fails to worship this madman is sent to an eternity of torment.  All the while, he attempts to tell you that he loves you.  A parent who “loved” their children in this manner would have their children taken from them. 

Though humans can write instruction manuals that will guide them through the complexities of building Ikea furniture, this God cannot write a book clear enough to keep over 30,000 different interpretations of it from forming their own religions, when the core message is a simple “be nice to each other”.  While the Bible is full of references of large, and wondrous miracles performed before all, now that we have the tools and skills to measure and record these miracles, they no longer occur.  Which, of course, makes one wonder if the initial ones ever occurred either.  Additionally, the god depicted in the Bible is a cruel and evil god.  If you do not follow his rules, you are doomed to an eternity of torment. According to most Christian churches, this automatically includes the soul of every miscarried infant (if life begins at conception), or child who is born anywhere in the world and dies prior to baptism and joining Christianity.  So, for instance, every child killed in the recent SouthEast Asian Tsunami is now being tortured in Hell for all eternity because they happened to be born as non-Christians.  So these children are being tortured for all eternity by a “kind and loving” god.  Any otherwise good person who wavered in their obedience just once and died before being forgiven is likewise in Hell.  Again, miscarriages, aborted fetuses, any soldier who has killed an innocent (or depending on your translation, anyone at all) all are being tortured for eternity.  Avoiding this torment led to the Inquisition, who’s guiding principal was that since Hell in an infinite torture, it is far better to torture an unbeliever here in life if you have any chance at all of converting them and saving them the worse, and eternal torments of hell.  As they are going to spend eternity being tormented, you might as well start now, and maybe, possibly save them the eternal fire.  Thankfully, the Inquisition is gone.  However, you often still see remnants of this mentality in the “love the sinner, hate the sin” philosophy still around today.  The concept that it is better to make the life of a homosexual miserable, telling any gay friends or family members that they are unwelcome, hoping to make them miserable so they will repent and be saved later misery.  This applies not just to homosexuals, of course, but anyone who is tormented or cast out by loved ones in an attempt to “bring them around”.  You may, or may not consider physical torture done by the Inquisition worse than the emotional torture done today. 

So if all of this is the creation of a god, an important question must be asked.  Are these the actions of a being you would like to emulate?  Is someone who does this worthy of respect?  Worship?  Personally, I think not.     

However, I believe this is a moot point.  It seems far more likely that the Christian god does not exist.  Certainly there is no real support for his existence.  This then, calls into question the existence of other Gods.  Surely a god that does exist and desired worship from humans would be able to convert people away from a god that does not exist.  Of course, there could be all kinds of gods wandering around who have no interest in being worshiped, performing signs, etc.  And maybe some day one of them will show up.  But today, there is no sign of such a god.

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