Thursday, January 15, 2015

My God's Better Than Your God

Naturally after the massacre in Paris it's been all over the media again that Islam is a religion of hate, that Allah commands the murder of infidels, that the enemies of Islam must be put to death, etc. etc. etc.

But I think that Allah is a piker when it comes to this stuff. He's like a junior high basketball player trying out for the NBA. The God of the Old Testament (i.e., "our" God) is, to paraphrase General William Boykin, way more badass than any other god.

For example:

Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death.  Such evil must be purged from Israel.  (Deuteronomy 17:12)
If a man lies with a male as with a women, both of them shall be put to death for their abominable deed; they have forfeited their lives.  (Leviticus 20:13)
If a man commits adultery with another man's wife, both the man and the woman must be put to death.  (Leviticus 20:10)
But any prophet who claims to give a message from another god or who falsely claims to speak for me must die.'  You may wonder, 'How will we know whether the prophecy is from the LORD or not?'  If the prophet predicts something in the LORD's name and it does not happen, the LORD did not give the message.  That prophet has spoken on his own and need not be feared.  (Deuteronomy 18:20-22)
Anyone who is captured will be run through with a sword.  Their little children will be dashed to death right before their eyes.  Their homes will be sacked and their wives raped by the attacking hordes.  For I will stir up the Medes against Babylon, and no amount of silver or gold will buy them off.  The attacking armies will shoot down the young people with arrows.  They will have no mercy on helpless babies and will show no compassion for the children.  (Isaiah 13:15-18)
This is just a small sampling of the many, many times "our" god has acted like a murderous sociopath. Read more about this in Murder in the Bible on the Evil Bible website.

And don't get me started on the Book of Job. You remember Job. God, in one of the biggest dick moves of all time, tortures him for years and kills all of his children, just to win a fucking bet with Satan!

So Christians, before you start telling me about how evil Islam is, take a look at your own house. As your Great Prophet, Yeshua bar Yosef said, don't worry about a mote in your neighbor's eye when there is a two-by-four in your own.

That's good advice. Too bad more "Christians" don't follow it.


Nan said...

Isn't the Koran kind of like a Reader's Digest condensed version of the Christian Bible? I've never done a verse by verse by comparison, but my (admittedly superficial) knowledge of history of religions includes a vague recollection of the Prophet taking big chunks of the Bible, summarizing, and paraphrasing.

Katy Anders said...

The Old Testament guy has some issues. I think he might have some sort of Napoleonic thing going on, with his constant need for validation.

Frankly, I'm surprised that the New Testament guy doesn't express a little more embarrassment than he does about the behavior of his dad.