|Yahweh by Michelangelo|
Recently I stumbled upon a quote from Robert G Ingersoll’s book, Some Mistakes of Moses. The quote which puts the Jewish God on a dissection table is reproduced below:
It is impossible to conceive of a more thoroughly despicable, hateful, and arrogant being, than the Jewish god. He is without a redeeming feature. In the mythology of the world he has no parallel. He, only, is never touched by agony and tears. He delights only in blood and pain. Human affections are naught to him. He cares neither for love nor music, beauty nor joy. A false friend, an unjust judge, a braggart, hypocrite, and tyrant, sincere in hatred, jealous, vain, and revengeful, false in promise, honest in curse, suspicious, ignorant, and changeable, infamous and hideous:—such is the God of the Pentateuch.
There are people who believe in such a heartless, mirthless, starkly absurd God too. It is then that I fell on the contemplation whether most gods aren’t similar one way or another. They make inhuman demands. They do things which many of us human beings will find atrocious and brutal, absurd and hilarious, or plainly stupid.
One challenge which I am tempted to hurl at believers is this: how many of them have actually studied their religion and its god(s) - both scriptures and history - systematically? I’m sure there won’t be very many who will raise the hand. If they really study their religion systematically, most of them won’t find the god(s) worthy of devotion. And all religious terror will come to an end.