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The Vague Higher Power

Almost anyone who reads the Bible cover-to-cover from an objective perspective will be able to notice that the story is ridiculous. It is almost certain that the character of God as portrayed in the Bible is as fictional as the evil Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter series. And yet there are still billions (with a b) of people who claim to be believers in the Abrahamic religions.

The thing is that most mainstream believers have no idea what the character of God in the Bible is like. Instead, in order to keep the character of God believable, many believers have stripped the character of almost all of his characteristics and have left him as a one-dimensional vague higher power rather than the fully developed three-dimensional character that is described in the Bible.

I don’t really blame them, the God of the Bible is a real asshole and it would take a really cold-hearted person to worship such a tyrannical prick. Instead, most believers have created their own vague idea of what God ought to be like and then they worship that false ideal. It really isn’t hard to do. Just imagine a being to which no greater being can be imagined and according to Anselm that is God.

However, Anselm’s God is a lot different that the character of God as portrayed in the Bible. I can imagine a character quite a bit greater that that deity. In fact, I would have a much harder time imagining a being more despicable then the God of the Bible.

So when some atheists (like myself), claim that the character of God as portrayed in the Bible is an evil tyrant, many believers get all angry. Surprisingly, it is the mainstream believers who especially get angry for some strange reason. But I think that is because they believe that atheists are calling their vague higher power concept an evil tyrant.

The fact is that I just think that mainstream believers made-up the vague higher power and that such a make-believe character is little different then Santa Claus. But that character is not the one that I am calling evil. That character is just imaginary, but the character that is portrayed in the Bible is both evil and imaginary… like Voldemort.

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  • http://myspace.com/scott888 Scott

    The God the people believe in is not a the one from the bible but rather their own version of God. Diana has a myspace blog where she is dissecting the bible piece by piece and it is becoming very very clear that the book is utterly ridicules, even more ridicules than I remember it.

    I paid attention to some vague details such as the mention of giant people who are half breeds of fallen angels and humans and were regarded among humans as heroes (this seems to be the bible’s attempt at countering old myths about heroes in polytheistic religions). Then we have lines that contradict each other, usually in terms of order of events or numbers. Apparently God made animals twice and Noah built the ark for two of every animal and several lines later, God increased the number of clean animals up to seven.

    Then looking at Genesis more closely, it is never mentioned that the snake is Satan. Nope, snake simply plays the role the owl does in stories we have today and that is to give advice and wisdom. The snake never did anything wrong. Clearly the bible wanted to show us wisdom was evil and that blind faith was the only way within the very first chapters of the bible.

  • Kate

    Absolutely spot on – this is exactly what is going on. Most Christians do not really worship the God described in their bible. Their notions of a God of light and love really aren’t that harmful either. I’d be content to leave them alone with their notions of the divine if they would just admit that the bible God is a monster and give up that whole Book of Bullshit. But then they face the problem of feeling like they don’t have a real reason to believe in God at all. I wonder, COULD mainstream Christians exist without the bible to back them, even though the bible doesn’t REALLY back them now? And if they could, would they be so problematic or dangerous?

  • Jasyn

    Really…

    Whenever I call the christian god an asshole, I get called an angry, cry baby, racist atheist. Seems to me like christians imitate their god more than they realize, which isn’t good.