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God’s lies

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Nowadays, the more liberal sort of Christians and Jews tend to look tolerantly upon biblical improbabilities as mythological fables drawn from the nursery age of humankind, or even as obscure allegories. The original writers, however, had no such ideas. They obviously intended all their words to be taken as literal truth, directly provided by God, who couldn’t lie.

Believers tend to disparage the confirmed existence of the same fables in other, older, heathen mythologies that the biblical writers plagiarized. Scholars know that the Old Testament patriarchs were mythical figures, with counterparts in Egypt, Babylon, Sumer, Greece and India, and that the ancient Middle East had literally dozens of god-begotten, virgin-born, dying-and-resurrecting messiahs and saviors. Traditional believers try to keep this information suppressed. They would like to maintain that all the other gods were mistakes, and only Yahweh still lives — somewhere, if not in the sky anymore.

And a surprising number of Christians still insist on the literal truth of biblical fables, even today when science has made it abundantly clear that there is no heaven in the sky or any hell underground; that the universe was not created 6,000 years ago; that there could never have been an Edenic garden or a Noah’s ark or a flat Earth, as the bible claims. Neither could green plants exist before the sun nor could days and nights consisting of mornings and evenings — and so on and so forth through hundreds of God’s egregiously unscientific statements. Mythology taken as literal, historical truth is neither a fairy tale nor an allegory; it is a lie. And almost the entire content of the Judeo-Christian bible is a tissue of such lies.

Why are these products of primitive ignorance still being maintained in a civilization with knowledge that easily disproves them? The answer has always been clear: for money. Rich, powerful institutions like churches have an insatiable desire for ever more of their tax-free money, and disproof of biblical lies may threaten their endless income. Thus, churches have been traditionally hostile to almost every scientific advance of the past three centuries. Many continue, against all reason, to deny rock-solid facts of geology, paleontology, physiology, cosmology and evolution. To such people, remaining determinedly unenlightened is the definition of faith. And from their authorities’ point of view, that kind of faith is required for their own continuing influx of money. Hence, congregations are deliberately trained to remain aggressively ignorant.

And what is the product that the faithful buy, with all their tithes, offerings, donations and widows’ mites? Simply: hot air. Early Christians, referring to their god as the Logos (the Word), spoke more truly than they knew — because every god is made of nothing but words. Furthermore, most of the words are lies.

A god like the biblical one, telling crude, unsophisticated lies, is not really very credible. Therefore, believers have come up with many excuses for him. Putting the fear of God into their flocks, God’s shepherds insist that no one can dare to judge him. God’s ways are inscrutable; no mere mortal can know the mind of God; even to presume an inkling thereof is a sin. But then they turn around and claim to know exactly what God wants (always more money) and tell the sheep exactly how God wants them to behave, along with the shearing. It seems that God’s inscrutability depends largely on who is doing the scrutinizing.

Many people deliberately ignore all questions about the authenticity of God or his cruder mistakes, fearful of offending their more pious neighbors, or of probing too deeply into their own doubts. They prefer to call themselves agnostic (by derivation, “no knowledge”) rather than atheist (“no God”). They may even attend a church for social reasons, but seek to know little or nothing of their own sect’s history or theological tenets.

Sometimes, modern agnostics feel that, in the absence of hard evidence, the existence of God can’t be clearly proved or disproved. Therefore, they withhold judgment. But this is not as rational as it sounds. Lack of evidence is proof of nothing. One cannot disprove the existence of vampires, ghosts, elves, dragons, fairies, demons or the Flying Spaghetti Monster but that’s no reason to believe in them. Gods are just as imaginary as any other allegedly supernatural being, and the burden of proof of their existence rests on the believer. To claim anything as a truth, when it is supported only by lies, is the very negation of logic.

Is it necessary, as is often claimed, to believe biblical lies in order to be a good person? Well, hardly. It has been demonstrated over and over that nonbelievers are usually generous, kind people, and the criminal population contains a greater percentage of believers. Perhaps the defining virtue of nonbelievers may be honesty. They don’t like lies. They don’t want to be told lies. And they don’t tell lies — which makes them more admirable than the traditional God.

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2 Responses

  1. You mean the Flying Spaghetti Monster isn’t real? But… but… I’ve been touched by His Noodly Appendage! Granted, I had a pretty sizable quantity of Italian wine that night, so I can’t be sure it wasn’t just that big bowl of linguini. But I want to believe!

  2. BW1: Mythology taken as literal, historical truth is neither a fairy tale nor an allegory; it is a lie. And almost the entire content of the Judeo-Christian bible is a tissue of such lies.

    GW1: I disagree. You are failing to realize that when people present falsehoods as truths, they are not always lying. They are often delusional. They don’t know or believe what they say is false; they believe or claim to know it is true. I think that almost the entire content of the Bible consists of expressed delusions.

    BW1: A god like the biblical one, telling crude, unsophisticated lies, is not really very credible.

    GW1: These gods don’t exist, and so they can’t tell lies. The Bible authors express their delusions through the mouths of invented gods.

    BW1: They prefer to call themselves agnostic (by derivation, “no knowledge”) rather than atheist (“no God”).

    GW1: I think agnostics are just a type of atheist.

    BW1: One cannot disprove the existence of vampires, ghosts, elves, dragons, fairies, demons or the Flying Spaghetti Monster but that’s no reason to believe in them. Gods are just as imaginary as any other allegedly supernatural being, and the burden of proof of their existence rests on the believer.

    GW1: However, one can disprove the existence of some gods, God in particular. Some of us atheists do claim that God does not exist, and if we do, then we have a burden or proof. Furthermore, some of us have met that burden.

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