The Judeo Christian God Enslaves, Slaughters and Treats Unfairly
I will argue that the Judeo Christian God slaughters humans, promotes slavery and deals unfairly.
Unfair: BoP is on me.
First Round - Acceptance
Secound Round - Argument / Rebuttal
Third Round - Closing statements / Rebuttal (No new arguments)
Thanks and best of luck to Con!
Unfair Punishment -
Argument 1: Hell
The punishment for sin is eternity in Hell, this punishment is irreversible 
What is Hell like?
> You will not be allowed to sleep 
5) "Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. (Ephesians 6:5 NLT)
Elijah, prophet of God was mocked by 42 young men - he had them mauled to death by bears by the power of God - 2Kings 2:24
Conclusion - God is guilty of slaughter, injustice (unfair) and encourages slavery.
God has done everything He possibly can to keep you out of Hell and still leave you as a person with free will and not just a robot. That's the way He made us--after His image, after His likeness, the power to say "yes" or the power to say "no" the power to reject our own Creator, and of course to take the consequences.
(John 15:13) Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.
This man you mention Gandhi. If he was a godly man and believed in God then obviously he would go to heaven. Let's say he raped hundreds of women and did this sacrifice. It is not up to us to decide if he goes to heaven or not, it's up to God. Same goes for pushing someone out of the way of the bus.
(Mark 7:14-23) When He had called all multitude to Himself, He said to them, "Hear Me, everyone, and understand: There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!" When He had entered a house away from the crowd, His disciples asked Him concerning the the parable. So He said to them, "Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him, because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods?" And he said, "What comes out of a man that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man." (So basically Jesus declared all foods clean.)
You might be thinking. The Bible says in Leviticus 19:28, "Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the Lord." How much clearer can that be? It's important, however, to look at the verse in context. This passage in Leviticus, including the surrounding text, is specifically dealing with the pagan religious rituals of the people living around the Israelites. God"s desire is to set his people apart from other cultures. The focus here is prohibiting worldly, heathen worship and witchcraft. God forbids his holy people to engage in idolatrous, pagan worship and sorcery which imitates the heathens. He does this out of protection, because he knows this will lead them away from the one true God.
Fabric blend? In addition to His eternal spiritual commandments, God gave Israel various statutes and judgments as part of its civil code or national law. Most aren't binding laws for Christians today, but Christians should consider and learn from the principles contained in all of them. Is there any principle in these laws or in their intended purpose that can guide Christians in everyday life?
In its introductory notes on Leviticus, Expositor's Bible Dictionary points out: "The weaving of two kinds of material (wool and linen in Deuteronomy:22:11) may be a rule that would prevent loss by unequal shrinkage." There is no apparent application today for two reasons: 1.) Most Christians do not make their own fabric or clothing today, and 2.) clothing manufacturers do not mix these materials.
However, the broader principle of the several statutes that forbid "mixing" in various ways is that God wanted His people to pursue purity and quality. Similarly, Christians are to pursue pure and godly character. The Jamieson, Fausset and Brown Commentary offers the following explanation for Leviticus:19:19:
(1 Peter 3:3) "Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel""
(1 Timothy 2:9) "In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array""
What exactly are Peter and Paul teaching in these verses? They are simply teaching that Christians should be more concerned with beautifying the inward man than beautifying the outward man. They are teaching that as Christians, we should not be overly concerned with outward beauty. Jewelry, like every other good thing from God, can and has been abused by carnal man.
It is important not to take one or two passages in isolation and make a doctrine out of them without first considering the entire weight of scriptural teachings. Doing so will inevitably lead to errant teachings and inaccurate assumptions about God"s word. These verses that deal with outward modesty are certainly no exception. A careful and honest evaluation of all relevant scriptures reveals that Paul is not forbidding the use of jewelry; he is merely instructing us to use it in moderation and to place the greater emphasis on inward adorning.
2.) Jesus' Death
From the beginning, Satan wanted to ruin mankind, the highest and best of God"s creation. So he entered a serpent and tempted Eve to disobey God. Then she convinced her husband to join her. At that moment, Adam and all his children through the ages became slaves to sin and were condemned to separation from God.
But God promised to settle that account with the devil. God told the serpent, "I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel" (Gen. 3:15 NIV).
You will notice that God referred to the woman"s offspring, not the man"s. Jesus was born of a virgin. When He died on the cross, He defeated the devil and the power of sin by offering Himself as the perfect and final blood sacrifice. His shed blood atoned for the sins of the whole world and satisfied the justice of God, once and for all.
No longer would people be powerless against sin and the devil"s schemes. No longer would they have to be separated from God. As a physical reminder of that, at the moment when Jesus died on the cross, an earthquake shook Jerusalem. In the holiest part of the temple the huge, thick curtain separating people from the presence of God tore in two from top to bottom. It was as though God was saying to us, "Now you may come to Me, because my Son has opened the way."
When Jesus hung on that cross dying, He suffered for your sins, not because He had to, but because He wanted to.
"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13 NIV).
God did indeed often use warfare as an instrument of justice. In the Old Testament era, the people that God commanded Israel to fight against had often committed extremely wicked acts.
It"s important to recognize that God did not randomly "pick on" innocent people. Rather, he often used Israel to execute justice upon offenders who had committed acts that even modern people would call evil. This kind of justice values the lives of victims by acting on their behalf, and it values the lives of offenders by taking their actions seriously and dealing with them in the context of their place in human society.
However, though God sometimes used warfare to bring justice upon entire societies and political structures, this does not mean he judged every specific person who was part of that group. The societal values that produced these detestable acts were the target of God"s actions. Unfortunately, some "innocent" people faced the consequences, but such, regrettably, are the ramifications of living in a world entirely corrupted by human evil.
The law that God gave to Moses also instructed the Israelites to offer peace before attacking a city. God even told Abraham that he would not destroy the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah if there were as few as ten righteous people living there. When Jesus came to make God"s character and message most fully known, he preached about love and forgiveness, then demonstrated those values toward his own enemies. I can't really finish what I am trying to say, maybe next round. Thanks again for the challenge.
Thanks to Con for proving a motivated opponent!
Rebuttal 1: Free Will Justifies?
My opponent seems to argue that because God gave us free will to choose Hell (believe in the man alleging to be his son or not) he is justified for sending us there to be eternally eaten alive by demon worms while burning in a lake of fire. I argue that slim to no punishment is worth an eternity in such a horrendous torture facility allowed to exist by God himself.
It boils down to fairness:
1) Is it fair for a modern human to be damned to horrific eternal torture for not believing in a millenia old book which as my opponent points out, contradicts itself (shell fish, etc) and has many alternatives (different religions and religious texts claiming the same things) as well as contradicts scientific evidences (carbon dating, big bang, fossil record, etc)?
2) Is it fair that God couldn't make up his mind so those before Jesus must burn in hell for the two things Con managed to rebutt (shellfish / multiple fabrics)?
3) Is it fair that humans during the time of Jesus got to see amazing miracles and therefore believed but we in modern times do not and must be eternally damned for not believing?
4) Is it fair that anyone really suffer eternally for sinful actions done over less than a century long lifetime? The answer is painfully clear, none of it is justice.
Rebuttal 2: Shellfish
As Con pointed out, Jesus did refute his father and revoked the ban on shellfish. This proves God both willing to send people to Hell for things he isn't even sure about himself... Making him unfair and hypocritical.
Argument 1: Extending
I extend all of the verses that Con did not recognize in his rebuttal, here's one of my favorite examples: "Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. “Get out of here, baldy!” they said. “Get out of here, baldy!” He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the Lord. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys." 2 Kings 2:23-25 NIV
Argument 2: More Verses for Consideration
Judges 11:29-40 Jephthah sacrifices his virgin daughter to the God without a mention of any displeasure from God, so it has become a custom in Israel for young Israelite women to go away for four days each year to lament the fate of Jephthah's daughter.
1 Kings 13:1-2 NLT Pagan priests offered as brunt sacrifice to God - the Josiah the perpetrator - was praised in the Bible for this (2 Kings 23:20-25 NLT).
Ezekiel 21:33-37 NAB God promises to slaughter us and make us fuel for fire if we don't do what he wants us to.
Deuteronomy 13:13-19 NLT - God commands that if any town worship foreign gods the entire town should become a burtn offering.
God's Justice System:
Leviticus 20:13 NAB Homosexuals must be put to death.
Leviticus 20:27 NAB Fortunetellers must be put to death.
Exodus 21:15 NAB If you hit your dad, you must die. (just let your dad beat your mother to death)
Leviticus 21:9 NAB Commit adultery? You must die.
2 Chronicles 15:12-13 NAB Don't believe in the right version of God? You must die.
Zechariah 13:3 NAB Nobody beleives you're a 'real' prophet? Your parents must kill you.
Deuteronomy 22:20-21 NAB Did you find out your wife wasn't a virgin on her wedding night? Bring her in front of her father's home and stone her to death.
Deuteronomy 13:7-12 NAB If a friend or family member try to convert you to a different religion, you must kill him.
Deuteronomy 17:2-5 NLT Did anyone near you worship a God other than that depicted in the Bible, Kill em'.
Numbers 1:48-51 NLT Ever approach a Tabernacle? You gotta die.
Exodus 31:12-15 NLT Ever work on the Sabbath, you must die. (Jesus did contradict his father and excuse us from doing good deeds on the Sabbath but not from working.
1 Kings 20:35-36 NLT A guy refused to strike the prophet so he was mauled to death by a lion by the power of God.
2 Samuel 6:3-7 NAB The famous ark of God was saved from tipping by one of it's carriers and God killed him for touching it.
Lovely Verses on Children
Kill Sons of Sinners
Make ready to slaughter his sons for the guilt of their fathers; Lest they rise and posses the earth, and fill the breadth of the world with tyrants. (Isaiah 14:21 NAB)
God Will Kill Children
The glory of Israel will fly away like a bird, for your children will die at birth or perish in the womb or never even be conceived. Even if your children do survive to grow up, I will take them from you. It will be a terrible day when I turn away and leave you alone. I have watched Israel become as beautiful and pleasant as Tyre. But now Israel will bring out her children to be slaughtered." O LORD, what should I request for your people? I will ask for wombs that don't give birth and breasts that give no milk. The LORD says, "All their wickedness began at Gilgal; there I began to hate them. I will drive them from my land because of their evil actions. I will love them no more because all their leaders are rebels. The people of Israel are stricken. Their roots are dried up; they will bear no more fruit. And if they give birth, I will slaughter their beloved children." (Hosea 9:11-16 NLT)
Kill Men, Women, and Children
"Then I heard the LORD say to the other men, "Follow him through the city and kill everyone whose forehead is not marked. Show no mercy; have no pity! Kill them all – old and young, girls and women and little children. But do not touch anyone with the mark. Begin your task right here at the Temple." So they began by killing the seventy leaders. "Defile the Temple!" the LORD commanded. "Fill its courtyards with the bodies of those you kill! Go!" So they went throughout the city and did as they were told." (Ezekiel 9:5-7 NLT)
God Kills all the First Born of Egypt
And at midnight the LORD killed all the firstborn sons in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn son of the captive in the dungeon. Even the firstborn of their livestock were killed. Pharaoh and his officials and all the people of Egypt woke up during the night, and loud wailing was heard throughout the land of Egypt. There was not a single house where someone had not died. (Exodus 12:29-30 NLT)
Kill Old Men and Young Women
"You are my battle-ax and sword," says the LORD. "With you I will shatter nations and destroy many kingdoms. With you I will shatter armies, destroying the horse and rider, the chariot and charioteer. With you I will shatter men and women, old people and children, young men and maidens. With you I will shatter shepherds and flocks, farmers and oxen, captains and rulers. "As you watch, I will repay Babylon and the people of Babylonia for all the wrong they have done to my people in Jerusalem," says the LORD. "Look, O mighty mountain, destroyer of the earth! I am your enemy," says the LORD. "I will raise my fist against you, to roll you down from the heights. When I am finished, you will be nothing but a heap of rubble. You will be desolate forever. Even your stones will never again be used for building. You will be completely wiped out," says the LORD. (Jeremiah 51:20-26)
(Note that after God promises the Israelites a victory against Babylon, the Israelites actually get their butts kicked by them in the next chapter. So much for an all-knowing and all-powerful God.)
More Rape and Baby Killing
Anyone who is captured will be run through with a sword. Their little children will be dashed to death right before their eyes. Their homes will be sacked and their wives raped by the attacking hordes. For I will stir up the Medes against Babylon, and no amount of silver or gold will buy them off. The attacking armies will shoot down the young people with arrows. They will have no mercy on helpless babies and will show no compassion for the children. (Isaiah 13:15-18 NLT)
Conclusion: God is guilty of slaughter, injustice (unfair) and encourages slavery.
The realities of eternal damnation, eternal hell, and eternal punishment are frightening and disturbing. But it is good that we might, indeed, be terrified. While this may sound grim, there is good news. God loves us (John 3:16) and wants us to be saved from hell (2 Peter 3:9). But because God is also just and righteous, He cannot allow our sin to go unpunished. Someone has to pay for it. In His great mercy and love, God provided His own payment for our sin. He sent His Son Jesus Christ to pay the penalty for our sins by dying on the cross for us. Jesus" death was an infinite death because He is the infinite God/man, paying our infinite sin debt, so that we would not have to pay it in hell for eternity (2 Corinthians 5:21). If we confess our sin and place our faith in Christ, asking for God"s forgiveness based on Christ"s sacrifice, we are saved, forgiven, cleansed, and promised an eternal home in heaven. God loved us so much that He provided the means for our salvation, but if we reject His gift of eternal life, we will face the eternal consequences of that decision.
Why did God give such a command? Israel was God"s instrument of judgment against the Canaanites, who were evil, almost beyond what we can imagine today: "Every abomination to the LORD which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods" (Deuteronomy 12:31). Their utter annihilation was commanded to prevent Israel from following their ways: "Lest they teach you to do according to all their abominations which they have done for their gods, and you sin against the LORD your God" (Deuteronomy 20:18; also Deuteronomy 12:29-30).
Even in the dire judgments of the Old Testament, God offered mercy. For example, when God was about to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, God promised Abraham that He would spare the whole city in order to save ten righteous people there. Though God did destroy those cities (ten righteous people could not be found), He saved "righteous Lot" and his family (Genesis 18:32; Genesis 19:15; 2 Peter 2:7). Later, God destroyed Jericho, but He saved Rahab the harlot and her family in response to Rahab"s faith (Joshua 6:25; Hebrews 11:31). Until the final judgment, there is always mercy to be found.
Every person dies in God"s own time (Hebrews 9:27; Genesis 3:19). Jesus holds the keys of death (Revelation 1:18). Does the fact that everyone experiences physical death make God a "killer"? In the sense that He could prevent all death, yes. He allows us to die. But He is no murderer. Death is part of the human experience because we brought it into the world ourselves (Romans 5:12). One day, as John Donne put it, "Death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die." God, in His grace, has conquered death for those who are in Christ, and one day that truth will be fully realized: "The last enemy to be subdued and abolished is death" (1 Corinthians 15:26).
God is faithful to His word. He will destroy the wicked, and He holds "the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment" (2 Peter 2:9). But He has also promised that "the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23b).
We do not have to suffer in hell. God will forgive us if we truly repent for our sins. Anyways it is kind of hard to explain to you the nature of God, the nature of man, and the nature of sin. Thanks again to my opponent for the challenge.