The God of Christianity is not merciful
Epiphanist, a regular commenter on this blog, has the following statement on his blog:
“God is good to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”
Here is Webster’s definition of mercy:
1 a : compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one’s power; also : lenient or compassionate treatment <begged for mercy> b : imprisonment rather than death imposed as penalty for first-degree murder
2 a : a blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion b : a fortunate circumstance <it was a mercy they found her before she froze>
3 : compassionate treatment of those in distress <works of mercy among the poor>
As a former fundamentalist Christian, we were taught that the God we served is merciful. The more I think about this, I’m beginning to believe that this “God” is really not merciful.
In the Old Testament, there are tons of commands that goes like this – if you obey you’ll receive these blessings, if you don’t you’ll be cursed. Where’s the mercy there? People are being rewarded for obedience and punished for disobedience. Please note that these curses are not a walk in the park. Here’s a sample from Leviticus 26:
- God will bring upon you sudden terror
- God will bring upon you wasting diseases and fever
- The diseases and fever will destroy your sight and drain away your life
- Your enemies to eat your crop
- God will set his face against you so that you will be defeated by your enemies
- Those who hate you to rule over you
- You will flee even when no one is pursuing you
- Your soil will not yield its crop nor your trees yield its fruits
- God will multiply affliction seven times over
- God will send wild animals to kill your children, cattle, and to make you few in number
- God himself will be hostile towards you and afflict you
- God will bring the sword against you
- God will send a plague against you
- God will give you into your enemies hand
- God will cut off your supply of bread
- You will eat and not be satisfied.
- You will eat the flesh of your sons and the flesh of your daughters.
- God will destroy your high places
- God will cut down your incense altars
- God will pile your dead bodies on the lifeless forms of your idols
- God will abhor you.
- God will turn your cities into ruins and lay waste your sanctuaries
- God will take no delight in the pleasing aroma of your offerings
- God will lay waste the land, so that your enemies who live there will be appalled.
- God will scatter you among the nations and will draw out my sword and pursue you.
- Your land will be laid waste, and your cities will lie in ruins.
- God will make their hearts so fearful in the lands of their enemies that the sound of a windblown leaf will put them to flight.
- They will run as though fleeing from the sword, and they will fall, even though no one is pursuing them.
- They will stumble over one another as though fleeing from the sword, even though no one is pursuing them. So you will not be able to stand before your enemies.
- You will perish among the nations
- The land of your enemies will devour you.
- Those of you who are left will waste away in the lands of their enemies because of their sins; also because of their fathers’ sins they will waste away.
A man was stoned for gathering wood on the Sabbath. Another and his family were stoned and burned because he took loot from a conquest for himself. Thousands were killed for complaining. A couple was killed for lying about how much money they made on a property. We are to stone to death our rebellious teenagers, or those who engage in pre-marital sex, or even those who work on the Sabbath. The judgment of God of the Bible is clear.
I could list these judgments all day long (see this link for a sample). Where is the mercy here? If one is rewarded for obedience and cursed for disobedience, isn’t that simply getting what one deserves? Mercy would be there if there were no curses, stonings, killings, and eternal punishment in hell.
My recommendation to you is this: Please, do not be merciful as God is merciful. Please really be merciful.
- The de-Convert
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