Killing in the name of God – part 2

With the Jewish Passover and the Christian Passion Week now behind us, I think it is only fitting to address both of them through the eye of Reason.  It puzzles me that these events are so hallowed and revered because when considers their origins, they are both atrocities of the worst kind.  The Passover and the Crucifixion of Jesus, if they occurred as portrayed in the Bible, are brutal murders of innocent people.

The Passover – Divine Genocide

After the Plague of Darkness that occurs in Exodus 10, Pharoah still refused to let the people of Israel go out and worship their God.  Then Exodus 11:4-10 states “So Moses said, “This is what the LORD says: ‘About midnight I will go throughout Egypt. Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the female slave, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well.  There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt—worse than there has ever been or ever will be again. But among the Israelites not a dog will bark at any person or animal.’ Then you will know that the LORD makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel. All these officials of yours will come to me, bowing down before me and saying, ‘Go, you and all the people who follow you!’ After that I will leave.” Then Moses, hot with anger, left Pharaoh. The LORD had said to Moses, “Pharaoh will refuse to listen to you—so that my wonders may be multiplied in Egypt.”  Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders before Pharaoh, but the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let the Israelites go out of his country.” 

Now before I go any further does this sound like an all-loving God?

Then it happens, according to Exodus 12:29 -30 “At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well. Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead. “

So God slaughtered the firstborn of every living thing in Egypt except the Israelites.

Why? 

Was it because the people of Egypt were evil? 

Was it because Pharoah was oppressing the Jews?

All one has to do is read the Bible itself and it is crystal clear why Pharoah wouldn’t let the Israelites go after the ten horrible plagues –  God hardened his heart.  Now think about this for just a minute.  God hardens Pharoah’s heart so that he enslaves and forbids God’s chosen people from leaving and God then punishes Pharoah for having the hard heart that God gave him by killing every firstborn living creature that was not protected by the lamb’s blood in the doorway.

Crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth – A Human Sacrifice

Christianity holds the belief that Jesus was sent to earth to be crucified for everyone’s sins. According to John 3:16-18 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”   Eventually the church then traced this whole need for a sacrifice back to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and the doctrine of Original Sin appeared.  Ask any Jew you know if they believe in Original Sin or that the messiah is supposed to come down to earth and be slaughtered like a lamb and you will be surprised at what you hear.  To most Jews the Adam and Eve story is completely an allegorical story and it only takes an ounce of common sense to know that snakes don’t talk to people (unless of course you are a Harry Potter character).  OK, circling back now.  Jesus was crucified so that God would forgive our sins because without this sacrifice God will not forgive our sins and condemn us to eternal suffering.

So with the Passover we see God slaughter every firstborn child and animal because Pharoah with the hardened heart God gave him would not let the Israelites go.  With the crucifixion of Jesus we see God not giving us forgiveness without the torture and sacrifice of his “one an only son.”

With all this brutality on the part of God is there any wonder what drove the Holy Wars, Inquisitions, and witch hunts? 

Is there any credibility when the Jews and Christians claim their beliefs are on a higher moral ground then that of the Muslims or any other religion of the world and that they have the True Word of God and all other holy books are imposters?

The true infallible word of our Creator is not a book written by men.  For anything to be infallible it must have an origin that is infallible and man is just a part of the creation and not the origin of it.  The true revelation of our Creator was not handed to a prophet in the desert by  an angel or communicated to a man in a mountain of smoke.  All of creation bears testimony to the benevolence of our Creator for even the most vile of creatures and detestable characters are still given air to breathe. 

Is it reasonable to believe that the same Creator that so perfectly designed the universe and majesty of this planet and all the celestial bodies would be so tyrannical as to destroy that same creation in any way?

Is it reasonable to consider that man is just not capable of knowing the true nature of our Creator and uses pretended revelations to justify their own lust for blood and power?

© Nelson Rose, The Quest for Light (All Bible quotations were taken from the NIV)