Brother Ron Barnes
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Is God a Sadist?


Dear Brother Ron

Is God a sadist? There are countless examples of god's fury and wrath in the bible. Just because people make mistakes and stray from him, is this really a reason to kill or torture them? Lot's wife was turned to a pillar of salt just because she was curious. Job was swallowed by a Whale for 3 days as a test of his faith. Another man was instructed to kill his son as a test of his faith. Soddam and Ghomorah were incinerated because the sinned a great sin. God destroyed the whole world with a flood except for the chosen pairs of animals and one family. Pretty sadistic if you ask me.

God's commandments state "Thou shalt not kill" Why is god not held up to the same standards as he commands his people to be? Is this a do as I say, not as I do situation?

Warren


Dear Warren

You have to remember that the ancient Hebrew society was a theocracy, very similar to the Taliban and other societies governed by a religious institution. Everything was seen in reli- gious terms. If there was a great flood, God sent it. If a city was destroyed by a fire, earth- quake or other natural disaster, it was God's wrath.

This is a great marketing tool for the governing organization. Do as we tell you or God will send His wrath upon you and not only will you be killed, you will spend eternity in torment for your disobedience. This dogma makes a pretty strong argument for subservience.

God does not delight in the death of his children. God is not a mass murderer. I am constantly amazed at those who try to make God their personal hit man who will do their bidding to eliminate those whom the religious professionals find unworthy.

To me, this is an insult to God and causes many like you to reject Him.

Best always
Brother Ron