But, it is very telling when we examine the preceding verse: Who inspired David to count Israel's fighting men? Given the state of the natural world, it is impossible that a good god exists. But this is a clear-cut path to chaos and anarchy, and would immediately undermine all religion. Psalm 104:27-30 notes that God sometimes makes animals happy and sometimes "terrifies them" as part of the daily rhythm of life as described in general by Psalm 104, although the King James Version nicely tones this down to "troubles" them. Question: "Is God evil? I think so because evil is a creation and all creation comes from GOD, when I say GOD I'm talking about the one and only GOD(forget religion). Our topics include Conspiracy Theory, Secret Societies, UFOs and more! As a huge mythology fan, I have been constantly angry at the way medea treat Hades. It would create heaven and make it hard to get to in order to tease and torture people into making their own lives hell. Well, I was circumcised, I was bar mitzvahed, and I had married an Israeli woman, so I definitely knew that I was Jewish. According to the Gospel of Mathew, a man wanted to follow Jesus, but he had duties at home looking after his old and sick father. Very few would read such a sentence and decide to completely abandon childhood in favour of becoming an automaton. There is one occasion when David took a census of his men in order to count how many could fight in the armies of Israel. He’s a con artist; he’s a total trickster. ©2020 Vexen Crabtree all rights reserved.This site uses the HTF Disclaimer (as linked here), "And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people. All that divine immorality is all Old Testament stuff, isn't it? God did not need to become Human to experience Human suffering: God already knew. God is able to bring judgment on an evil group of people in order to spare those who are devoted to Him. 5:7, Jer. 6The Lord said, "If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. He promotes genocide. God did not create evil, but He does allow evil. Published by Routledge, London, UK. The Evil God Challenge thought experiment explores whether the hypothesis that God might be evil has symmetrical consequences to a good God, and whether it is more likely that God is good, evil, or non-existent. Jesus only speaks to his mother three times in the Bible. The first time is the story above, where he reprimands her for not guessing where he was (when he was 12). The author of Good Book talks to The Daily Beast about what his Biblical journey begat. That all life exists in a food chain means that life is completely tied to death, and such a barbaric biological cycle could only have been made by an evil god. He wanted to take care of his father until he died, and then follow Jesus. The best route to improving people's behaviour is to educate them on the effects of their actions, so they want to do good. At first the donkey merely resists because God sends an invisible angel to stand in their way, that only the donkey can see. See Also: God and Satan Are Both Jerks , Devil, but No God , Neglectful Precursors , Jerkass Gods for when the deities are not really evil but just neglectful, Abusive Precursors for when this so called creator is beyond just guilty. God's Methods of Communication: Universal Truth Versus Hebrew and ArabicCriticism of the Christian BibleGod Must Be Evil (If It Exists), “If we knew the truth, our existential crises, mental angst and warring world religions would have no grounds to vex. We also have to remember that while our Earth was initially created good, it was later corrupted by evil. What if God wants us to have different beliefs and religions at different times and in different places? But I also believe that GOD disapproves of evil. The people of Amalekite were indigenous to Canaan and are now identified with Palestinian arabs. God reverts to his Old Testament ways. God does not create evil since it is not a thing to be created. If the God a person speaks of is the God of the Bible, one will find much revealed about His greatness, love for people, and His concern for all creation. It is strange to hear Christians promote Christian family values as if they were a good thing, when the feelings of relatives are of such little concern to Jesus. Want more? Amazon Kindle digital edition produced by Carrie Lorenz and John B. Hare. The Hebrew word here that is translated as "disaster" could also mean "wickedness", "hurt", "affliction" or "adversity". An evil God, indeed, would do this, and this is exactly the state the world is in. That all life exists in a food chain means that life is completely tied to death, and such a barbaric biological cycle could only have been made by an evil god. God did not create evil (Habakkuk 1:13; 1 John 1:5). Exodus 15:3 states that God loves war, but it is not just enemy combatants that are the target. They go from “There is no God” to “Is God evil then?” But, what do they base these claims on? We know that God uses evil to discipline people (Prov. In a materialistic world without God, saying something is evil by nature means that it is evil everywhere, all the time. The women are very manipulative and vicious and the treatment of them is incredibly derogatory. Rather, evil is the absence of goodness; it is whatever God is not. Subtitled: "Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad". Both of these ac Genesis, Chapter 1 has this famous beginning: God created the earth. Book Review. God is the supreme value in the universe, and therefore, evil is defined with reference to this ultimate reality, ultimate value, ultimate treasure. The crucifixion did not empower God as God is omnipotent. “Genesis 6:7 says "And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them". It is more likely that an evil god exists, but, it is sensible to assume that there is no god of either type. Ellerbe, Helen(1995) The Dark Side of Christian History. God did not have to create evil, but rather only allow for the absence of good. #christianity #evil_god #god #religion #the_bible, "The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name. And we don't doubt that good is real, possible, and desirable, too. God creates these things directly. In Numbers 31:17 they are told to murder all the children amongst the enemies and any woman who might be pregnant. 2014 Jan 25: Added comments on the story of Job. "”, “So the king said to Joab and the army commanders with him, "Go throughout the tribes of Israel from Dan to Beersheba and enroll the fighting men, so that I may know how many there are."”. Sometimes we … Revelation 9:15 (the 6th seal) "And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind". Good Book is a mercilessly funny one; imagine Sunday school taught by Jackie Mason. Almost all major Greek divinities are bad or have done bad things, save for Athena and Hestia (aka the only good and sane ones). When you start it, it’s very forbidding because the language is so different, the rhythms are different, the stories don’t follow progressions—things double back on each other in ways that don’t make sense. Read on to learn about five evil gods with spine-chilling backstories that might just keep you up at night. A similar confusion of roles happens in the Book of Job. But I think I'm a better Jew in one sense. It cannot be the case, therefore, that people need the Bible nor that people have to know the right things, or have the right beliefs, in order to fulfil God's plan. It say him call man fool in bible so i just need to know if god evil thanks Once I recognized and accepted this state of affairs and adequately called myself a Satanist, I could concentrate my life on happiness, love, stability and peace. It is God itself: “[Job's friends and family] comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him.”. And your interest in the Hebrew Bible was piqued when you read about Dinah being raped? We often use the adjective good to describe people. Everybody Hates Hades, God of Evil, God Is Inept, God Is Flawed, Order Is Not Good. Likewise, Hinduism cannot be true because too many people have had visions of a monotheistic God. Evil is an imperfection, lack or void in God's creation. You encountered all these mistakes in the Bible, like the fact that God creates insects twice. If that’s there, what else have they never bothered to teach me? If God had not allowed for the possibility of evil, both mankind and angels would be serving God out of obligation, not choice. Recognizing Satan as the personified meta-figure of reality is self-affirming, life-affirming, positive, honest and clarifying.”, "God Must Be Evil (If It Exists): 5. Jesus and his own immediate relatives, especially his mother: “Jesus in Mark 3:31-35 leaves his "brethren and his mother" outside after they call for him; giving no reason at all for shunning them. Rather, evil is the absence of goodness; it is whatever God is not. Colossians 3:20 says "children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord" and this is backed up by Deuteronomy 21:18-21 which says that stubborn and rebellious sons are to be stoned by the community (and you might as well accuse them of being drunkards too, because that'll make the elders more likely to comply with the stoning). But Eden can be bliss, and Plotz’s determined innocence informs Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible. All of God’s creation is good, evil is a lack of being and goodness. So my view is that if you can get through five or ten chapters of Genesis, then you can get through the whole book. No, these messages are not really aimed at children but at adults, telling us to obey God, the ultimate father-figure, else we suffer the consequences. Yet many doubt that God is real, despite the reality of both good and evil. Evidence from Scripture and Nature, God Creates Evil Regardless of Human Free Will, Adam and Eve and Original Sin: The Immoral Schemes of God, Violence and Murder Endorsed in the Old Testament, The New Testament Tells us that the Old Testament God is Evil, The New Testament God is Also Evil: More Genocides and Divine Incitements of Murder, Sowing Seeds of Confusion - Not the Antics of a Good God, Religious texts have strongly veered towards the lesser of the two approaches, reflecting human values at the time of their writing, Adam and Eve were punished with death, pain, suffering and caused the evil of all mankind, 1.5. When David Plotz read every word of the Old Testament, he discovered lots of smitings, misogyny, and a God who’s like Donald Trump. God is certainly sovereign over evil. ", : 7.2. They also killed the cattle, sheep and donkeys. You see, its poor communication is only a problem if you happen to think that God wants us to know the truth and to believe the right things. Group solidarity comes into effect: when you have enemies, you keep a closer grip on your friends and also reinforce your own group identity. These verses are written to appeal to the selfish, who are looking out for their own self-interest. The New Testament makes more sense if its schemes are the plan of an evil god, rather than a good one. But, for some reason, David went ahead and did so. Isaiah 45:7 affirms that God creates darkness and disaster. The NIV is the best translation for accuracy whilst maintaining readability. We must obey God and turn away from the evil we have embraced. Revelation 21:1-27 ESV / 3 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful. All those evil effects of sin continue to work in the world and will be with us as long as sin is. He put TEMPTATION on the earth to see how far His children would stray from Him. Gibbon, Edward(1776) Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. In the sense that I am now on high alert and in a fight with the Bible and in a fight with God and struggling with questions that it raises. As is stated above, there are many aspects to this issue of allowing evil, including free will, the degree of evil, the definition of evil, how much evil ought God stop, etc. Those who advance this challenge assert that, unless there is a satisfactory answer to the challenge, there is no reason to accept God is good or … But this is simply not so. Examples include Lev. The worry is that this gives justification for anyone who hears voices in their head telling them to murder for their religion that actually they should do so, and indeed, historically many have used the Bible to justify murder. Sometimes (such as with Balaam) God seems to be an incompetent communicator. It would therefore create maximum confusion, and maximum suffering, through war and intolerance. Not all the slaughter is on God's chosen land: In Esther 9:12-16 the Israelites slaughter over 75,000 enemies in an internal strife in the Persian empire. The tradition in Judaism, and I think Good Book is distinctly part of this, because everything is so difficult and morally confusing, we just spend a lot of time arguing about it. God did not create evil (Habakkuk 1:13; 1 John 1:5). There are persons who gloss over evil deeds and evil habits by fair-sounding names, who call cowardice caution, and rashness courage, stinginess thrift, and wasteful profusion generosity. 2As people moved eastward* they found a plain in Shinar [Babylonia] and settled there. They affirm that God is not just, not moral, and is actively evil and arbitrary. It makes no sense to say that this is the behaviour of a good god. But if you don't have time to read the Bible, then you can just read Good Book because it will give you all the good stuff of the Bible but it's much shorter. Biblical morality so stunted ethical thinking that "the third century Church Father, Tertullian, could not imagine how God could not demand fear"3: “But how are you going to love, without some fear that you do not love? My view is that I was an average Job. Karen Armstrong says that in today's terms, Jesus' answer could be understood as "put him in a geriatric home and come and follow me"13. He tried to protect 3 male guests who had arrived at his house, from a mob outside who wanted to rape them. He has this wonderful brother Esau, who goes down in history as a villain. Aside from the New Testament's endorsement of killing in the name of religion, God itself leads by example. "The anger of the Lord" is Satan. Religious texts have strongly veered towards the lesser of the two approaches, reflecting human values at the time of their writing. The suffering and pain described in the apocalypse is something that a good god could never let happen. 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