The story of Abraham and Isaac is one of the most beloved stories to believers. And yet it’s one of the most-used stories by non-believers to validate that God isn’t as great as he’s told us he is.
I wrote in the post below about Billy Graham that a God who can be offended renders Him childish. I didn’t include that it renders the concept of free will as not free will. But that’s a complicated discussion. I can come back to it later.
The reason believers seem to love that Isaac, Abraham’s only son, would be murdered out of faith is to exemplify the idea that God sacrificing his only son Jesus is a great idea.
Something smells rotten when the only guys who want child sacrifice have motivations beyond that of normal, everyday human affairs.
Sacrificing children has NEVER been something any loving mother and father would do. Sure, our armies are built of sons and daughters who have risked their lives or died for the betterment of this country. I get that.
But they are their sons or daughters. We can claim them as ours, but they that’s figurative. Not literal.
My mom would have lost her marbles if I signed up for the military. She made it clear to us boys.
Why? Because love is.
It just is.
It should be telling to all of us that humans who love the gospel say, “Listen to my words and not my actions. We have all failed.” And yet, god’s voice is surprisingly quiet. It’s surprisingly quiet throughout the last two millennia.
If you consider storms, hurricanes and earthquakes — as well as sunsets, clouds, mountains and sunflowers — as the voice of god, get your ears checked.
Get them checked asap.
About the video below the fold:
Published on Sep 13, 2012 by NonStampCollector
I think it’s very important to remember that a god can do whatever it wants – a god could even come up with a better thing to be impressed by than a human’s willingness to stab and burn their own child. A god could, instead, choose to give rewards for doing… you know, …. things that improve the world.
I’m trying to think of what, about this story, would impress a modern-day courtroom that Abraham was a stable, balanced member of society that deserved rewards for his actions. Obviously – none in the civilized world ever would. Does that mean that “civilization” is completely immoral? We would put anybody who fully obeyed the god of the bible in prison. What. Does. That. Tell. You?
As I ask in the video – if agreeing to stab and burn your own child is a test of righteousness, then WTF would a test of psychopathy look like?
Why do people look to the bible for righteousness?
IT’S GOT THE WHOLE THING COMPLETELY FUCKING BACKWARDS!
This idea popped up suddenly, wrote itself across the course of only about three days, and I whipped up the pictures and put it in iMovie in the space of about another three. Even last week, whilst on the DPRJones MSF charity event, I had no idea that i would have a video out within 6 days.