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If God is Love, He Has a Funny Way of Showing It

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God is a lot like Gumby. He can be twisted and shaped into virtually any form a person wishes.

Take the God is Love crowd.

They stop by, read my writing, and are horrified to find that I think God is a God of judgment, wrath, hatred, and violence.Where did I e-v-e-r get such an idea?  Perish the thought, Bruce. God is a God of love. God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. God would n-e-v-e-r do anything to hurt you, Bruce.  He has your best interest in mind. Look at how much God loves you…he sent his son Jesus to die on the cross for your sins. Isn’t that awesome?

No, it is not awesome. Blood atonement is quite violent and revolting and I see no love in the act. What I see is a righteous, holy God who hates sin and those who do it. I see a God quite willing to destroy the human race because they don’t keep his commands. I see a God who, for some perverse reason, sent himself to die on a cross, so his hatred of sin and those who do it could be assuaged.

You see, I have read the Bible. ALL OF IT. I take what the Bible says at face value. Yes, the Bible presents God as a God of love. However, the Bible also presents God as a righteous,holy, vengeful, hateful God who doesn’t think twice about using violence to get his point across. God is the meanest son-of-a-bitch on the block. Cross him and you are dead, right Uzzah? (2 Samuel 6)

As I look at the world today, I see no evidence of this God of love. Look at his supposed followers. Do they evidence love to the world? Hardly. They fuss and fight amongst themselves. They split and divide over the silliest of things. Where is the love Christians? If you can’t get it right, how can you expect worldlings like myself to embrace the God is love notion?

I much prefer a world where God is Dead. I don’t have to look for surreal, existential answers to the issues facing the human race. I don’t have to manipulate a religious text to get a satisfactory explanation for what I see and read with my eyes. Humans are the problem and humans are the solution; no God needed.

I don’t need God to experience and know love. I have a wife, six children, 3 daughter-in-laws, and ten grandchildren. Through them I experience and know love. As a Christian would say of God, they are ALL I need.

It is enough to live and die, knowing that I have been loved by others.

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    Becky Wiren

    Well, love is the real deal.

    The Jehovah of the Bible IS mean. I could never really “get” why Jesus had to die. I mean, if God loved us, and he’s in charge, why couldn’t he just forgive us? I think most people who read the Bible interpret it to suit their fancies.

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    przxqgl

    i recently got a new t-shirt. on the front it says:

    GOD LOVES YOU SO MUCH…

    and on the back, it says:

    THAT HE CREATED HELL JUST IN CASE YOU DON’T LOVE HIM BACK

    }8-)

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    April G

    I’ve read the bible too Bruce. Way more than most – and that’s why i cannot believe for one minute that the Bible is any word of any “good god”.

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    Brian

    What a brilliant, clever fellow you are…. you seem to be able to see the simple, unadulterated biped truth about things! God is a construct that is an important one throughout history. The letters, G, O and D have become most handy to replace the human, H U H? Do you know why the sun comes up? God or Huh? God is the easy way out, rather than dealing with all that spinning earth and space stuff. Praise his holy simplistic word….

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    David

    Good post Bruce. I often wonder how much of the Bible the “God is love” crowd, as you put it, has read or perhaps how much they have read but choose to ignore. I’m with the _Love is god_ crowd so maybe we’re not 100% on the same page but I’ve never understood how someone who has read the OT of the Bible can reconcile the cruel and terrible acts of Yahweh and his “chosen” with the idea of a just and loving God. Maybe I’m way off in left field here but I think that the quandary arises from the fact that one of the main actors in the big story book called the Bible, namely Jesus, talks a big talk about love and forgiveness but you have to go through several chapters of bloody rape, murder and genocide before you get to that part. There is no question in my mind that the core teachings of Jesus represent a massive shift in consciousness from the predominant cultural paradigms of his time. But somehow this paradigm shift was never really able to come full circle historically due to social and cultural pressures so that today we are left with two very different, and often conflicting, conceptions of divinity existing within the same religion. The Bible was compiled over centuries by _men_ of vastly different cultural backgrounds each with their own ideas and agendas that are often at odds with the central message of love as taught by Jesus. I suppose that is one of the reasons why I’m not a Christian and I see Jesus _the man_ as a moral philosopher and radical social reformer rather than the only begotten son of God.

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