Obey your parents. Just ignore the time I ran away from Mary and Joseph to preach when I could've just told them before they made it halfway home and got scared to death. Remember the Sabbath. Never mind that I'm always at work. Do not kill others. It didn't count that I throw people that I "love" in an eternal fire, Even if they've never heard of me. They deserve it.
Owning slaves is fine, killing is okay only if they aren't Christians/liars/not following God's dogma, You HAVE to be a Christian other wise your whole town will be burned...
The Hebrews were slaves, but now that they're free they can do the same? You shall not kill...Unless (What I places above insert here), it was believed you have to be a Jew first then Christian, so everyone should be killed immediately.
-Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. Ephesians 6:5
So god was mad about the Hebrews being made slaves but now that they're free, they can do the same to others?
-When a woman has a discharge, if her discharge in her body is blood, she shall continue in her menstrual impurity for seven days; and whoever touches her shall be unclean until evening. Everything also on which she lies during her menstrual impurity shall be unclean, and everything on which she sits shall be unclean. Leviticus 15: 19-20
Sexism since before Jesus was born. Men really haven't changed.
-Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered. Matthew 21:18-22
I'm pretty sure a "perfect image of the Lord" isn't supposed to throw temper tantrums like a kid in Walmart who wants candy. Jesus Christ, learn some self control.
-He [Josiah] executed the priests of the pagan shrines on their own altars, and he burned human bones on the altars to desecrate them…. He did this in obedience to all the laws written in the scroll that Hilkiah the priest had found in the LORD’s Temple. Never before had there been a king like Josiah, who turned to the LORD with all his heart and soul and strength, obeying all the laws of Moses. 2 Kings 23:20-25
My parents were teaching me wrong all these years, kill someone for having different beliefs instead of enlightening them.
-No one whose testicles are crushed or whose penis is cut off shall be admitted to the assembly of the LORD. Deuteronomy 23:1
What if you tried saving someone in a accident and your lower body or just scrotum got smashed? You can't worship god if you have disfigured genitalia? Who's the dumdum that comes up with this?
Despite the temptation of the fruit, Adam and Eve never partook. God had to introduce "the snake" into the garden as a catalyst because Adam and Eve were following God's will. Then after eating the fruit God condemns and holds Adam and Eve accountable for introducing death into the world. I would like to think humanity is more than glory fodder.
Read the bible's different translations,
Explore the history of the abrahamic religions and their holy books,
Examine the people who spread the god's word,
Take a look and examine, explore the your self, your life, the present, the past, the future, then the world around you and it's past, present, future.
Then realize that the god is an ever changing and expanding mixture of fictional stories and explanations that come from the stone age, people's hopes, dreams, fears, wishes, their ego and imagination, nature's: earth, astronomical, human biological and psychological cycles, events, phenomena,
And find that there's only this life, existence that is a complex of huge bunch of ever changing appearing and disappearing interacting things around you and inside of you and you're the element of this system, this nature, this world, this universe, this existance,
Then come back to the religious systems, beliefs and the people that promoting it - and you will see the reality.
I wish you inner and outer peace, love, freedom.
Be compassionate, understanding and free.
Help those who in need, care about yourself, Live a Life.
God allows calamity in our lives to the point that when we lose faith, the claim is, "Well, you didn't have enough faith". AS IF, any amount of faith was going to change His will to begin with. If God wants to fuck you over, there is NO amount of faith on this planet or any other that can prevent Him from fucking you over. God is racist, a hypocrite, and just as evil and more evil than Satan Himself.
That's a saying that's throughout the bible, and churches. Yet we're told to pray for forgiveness of our sins and god would automatically forgive. However death still exists, so forgiveness hasn't been forgiven. If I tell my child to do something to avoid the punishment and they do it, the punishment is cancelled. And it's stupid too say "God gave us freewill" because he really didn't, no matter what a person does good or evil death is a guaranteed. And it's very unfair that a "just" god would give the same ending to people that do good and bring no harm to anyone the same ending as a murderer, rapist, child molester etc. Hell even children, babies die what wrong did they do. Plus people say because of Adam and Eve disobedience death exist, yet god knew they were going to do it, forget freewill it was already predestined too happen, just like "the devil" was created too wreak havoc and chaos on the world. If Satan had power to make people do anything and can create evil then god isn't the creator of all things which would then make him or whoever invented him a liar.
The Bible God is a blind hypocrite who sees our sins but who cannot see sin in His own behavior. He cannot even keep His own commandment, "Thou shalt not kill." He has a Jekyll and Hyde personality. He also created a cruel natural world filled with violence and killing.
He broke his own commandments in order to eradicate sin that he created the commandments against and broke in order to do so. There are various passages that support this and the Bible was written by man, not God, so more evidence to this side being the truth, regardless or not if others want to not be able to handle the truth...
Please correct me if I am wrong. God created mankind in His own image, right? Would this not make God the divine hypocrite (the original sinner).
If god wants to holds all of us accountable! I believe that god only needs to look no further than in a mirror. Wake up, “God was created in our own image”.
God is far from a hypocrite. The words of God are very clear and God seems to stick by them. What is hypocritical is how people interpret or follow what God says or instructs individuals to do. Interpretation seems to make people change their minds on how to react to the words of God.
People want to see God as hypocritical only because they wish to have the power GOD himself has. Since they cannot have that authority, they want to cry hypocrisy. People interpret the scriptures to suit themselves. Take a hard look at what the Bible says, and ignore what others perceive GOD to be. FIND HIM YOURSELF! He is waiting....
The question is, does the circumstance change in a morally relevant way when God is the subject in view? To kind of clarify that, I could ask a question: What is your most prized possession? Say it's a mountain bike. Okay, if you owned your mountain bike is it okay if you disassemble it and spread it around? If it's yours it would be okay. I can do what I want with my own things. But what if someone else did that to your bike? Well, that would be wrong because someone else doesn't have the liberty to do that with something that is not their own. Yet, you being the owner of that thing do have the liberty to do whatever you want with what is yours.
I think that is the same principle that informs this question about God. God tells us that we should not kill other human beings. Why shouldn't we? You see a clear picture of the rationale against murder in Genesis 9 right after the flood. We see God prohibiting the shedding of man's blood. There is the metaphor for murder. The way God puts it is this: "When man sheds man's blood, by man his blood shall be shed for [here is the rationale] in the image of God, God created man." God is saying, You kill another human being and other human beings can kill you because when you kill another human being you are killing someone who is made in my image. There is a factor that is morally relevant to the circumstance: the factor of ownership. This factor is a morally relevant distinction that makes a different moral rule applies there.
Why is murder wrong? According to Genesis 9 the reason that murder is wrong is you are destroying something of God's, something that bears His nameplate - His image. You destroy another human being and you will be punished for destroying God's property.
The simple answer is, no, God does not have to keep all the Ten Commandments. In fact, it is hard to imagine how many of them even apply to Him. Does God have to keep the Sabbath? Does God have to dedicate a portion of His week to the Lord? No, that's for His subjects, not for the King. Should God not have any other Gods before Him? That's kind of ludicrous. It doesn't apply. He doesn't have to honor His parents. He doesn't have parents. What about coveting? Thou shall not covet. What is coveting? Isn't it desiring something that is not your own? Is it possible for God to covet? What is there that is not properly His? Nothing, therefore God can't covet. The Ten Commandments are an expression of God's desire and in many ways an expression of His character, but they are expressions of His character that have a certain application to human beings who are His subjects and the rules do not apply to Him in the same way.
Many have used an inaccurate quote of the 10 commandments. 'Thou shall not kill' unfortunately this 15 century interpretation is not what is said at all.
The command is 'Do no murder' - murder is the unlawful, premeditated killing of a person.
God throughout the Bible DOES permit and at time even orders the killing of people. Murderers are to be killed. Rapists are to be treated as murderers (i.E killed), Witchcraft is punishable by death etc
The problem is people dont read the Biblical accounts properly. The flood account; all were wicked, God was upset and troubled, he saved the only good people he could find etc. Read it Gen 6-7
Sodom is the same story Gen 18. God gets the facts by visiting. He is moved to act initially by the 'cry' from the oppressed people being effected by people from the city. There is a long dialogue with Abraham to establish that God does NOT 'judge the righteous along with the wicked'. The clear point being that God would not destroy the city if good people lived there. This is confirmed yet again as angels are sent to the city to retrieve the only good people (Lot and his family). The account even depicts the men of the city trying to gang rape the angels.... Its not a good situation. Only when the righteous are out of harms way does God destroy the city.
In all these examples righteous people are not perfect that is also clear in the Bible. What is clear about righteous people is that they try to live rightly and in worship of God.
Anyway more could be said but the point it that God is clear of his standard. He is also clear that he made people, that he has the their eternity in his thinking. Thus he will alway be acting in a omnipresent way to try and ensure as many people as possible choose to live a life in community with him.
God is not a big human being in the sky. God is the name we give to a transcendent reality that at the same time permeates our world. This reality is the energy from which things spring and is love itself. However, God does not make the decisions about what happens in this world.
God is not exactly a sentient being, but rather a free spirit whom renders divine judgment upon this planet. The Bible, like any other mythology, is up for interpretation to the reader. God still follows what is said in the Bible; his worshipers do not necessarily. As the two posters below me have stated, God is not a hypocrite, but those followers are. I mean, isn't it hypocritical to sit for an hour in a Sunday mass to talk about the good of humanity and what we can do with our lives, then to go out in the parking lot and honk and shout expletives at the guy in front of you because he's taking too long to get his car onto the road? There's no way that God can be the hypocrite here. God isn't everyone. Sure, God is important to the function of this planet, whether you like it or not, but if you follow him and don't stick true to his word, then you are the hypocrite. This begs the question... does God have a Twitter account?
As stated below, the interpretations are what make the word of God hypocritical, particularly the "I'll ignore the parts I don't like and relentlessly quote the parts I do" people. The religion itself has become comically hypocritical because of the loudest voices representing it, but it didn't start as the mess we've made it.