God-believers and their prayer

Arguably, God-believers have an imagination that can be labeled as nothing short of being phantasmagoric. They would say or insist that God is “all-loving and all-powerful,” without any hesitation or self-evaluation, and without realizing there is simply no empirical basis or support for holding such a view and that it is nothing more than ungrounded belief or self-deception, in the context of their day-to-day activities or actions.

Some God-believers pray to God at meal times, to thank and praise him for the meal they are about to eat and, presumably, for everything else positive in their lives and as a sign of his goodness and lovingness. But are these God-believers so ignorant or so naive that they are not aware of the things that have happened or are still happening around the world? Turn the pages of the newspapers, any day, and we can read of all sorts of mayhem taking place all over the world; natural disasters destroying lives and property, terrorism resulting in the loss of innocent lives, diseases taking their toll on human and animal lives, etc. The  news concerning the loss of 11 human lives and the injury of 76 people in New Delhi on 7 Sep 2011 may be old hat by now to some people.  It appears there was no whispering by God in the ear of the attacker to caution about the evil of killing/wounding innocent people. Why? And what empirical evidence do you have for God? According to a news report [Xinhua, Agence-France-Presse, reprinted in The Straits Times, 9 Sep 2011, Page A14], there is one suicide every 2 minutes [or about 260,000 suicides pa] in China. According to Agence-France-Presse, Xinhua, reprinted in The Straits Times, 21 Sep 2011, Page A20, “Heavy rain and floods across China have left 70 people dead, dozens of others missing and hundreds injured, while more than 1.66 million residents have been evacuated from their homes, the government said.”

Belief in divine Providence has no logical basis, in the face of empirical facts or real life happenings. Please stop dreaming or imagining.

If God is believed by you to be all-loving and all-powerful, with no question of anything being impossible to him, why do you pray just for yourself and family members and close friends? Why not pray for the entire world, for everyone, for the eradication of hunger, poverty and all kinds of suffering? It would be easier than a walk in the park [or the Garden of Eden?] for God to eradicate, overnight, hunger, poverty and all kinds of suffering; remember the story in Genesis? Wherein God allegedly says: Let there be light, and, behold, there is light. Why don’t you give this a try: on your next praying occasion, pray to God to work a miracle [the Bible is saturated with stories of all sorts of miracles], like causing heavy rain to come down hard on the entire Sahara Desert for, say, one month non-stop? Then evaluate the effectiveness of your praying; make a note of the day you made this supplication to God and monitor the  situation; what sort of time-frame would you assign to God for working this miracle: one hour, one week, one month? Remember, he is believed by you to be  all-powerful? And you believe in the power of prayer.

Please reflect on your past; have you consulted a doctor, taken medication for some ailment you have been suffering? Why the bother with doc consultation and/or medication if you have been fervent in your belief in prayer and the power of your God?

If you are not ignorant of other parts of the Bible, you may recall that God was very dependent on his human minions to execute many things for him; like cutting two new stone slabs, building his so-called earthly sanctuary, sacrificing and burning of animals and splashing of their blood around his so-called altar to satisfy his empty nostrils and his barbaric appetite.

God allegedly even told Moses how the Jews should follow the procedures for testing a wife suspected by her husband of being unfaithful, and God allegedly, meticulously spelt out these procedures, step by step, viz [Numbers, New International Version]:

•         5.11. Then the LORD said to Moses,

•         5.12. “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘If a man’s wife goes astray and is unfaithful to him

•         5.13. by sleeping with another man, and this is hidden from her husband and her impurity is undetected (since there is no witness against her and she has not been caught in the act),

•         5.14. and if feelings of jealousy come over her husband and he suspects his wife and she is impure—or if he is jealous and suspects her even though she is not impure-

•         5.15. then he is to take his wife to the priest. He must also take an offering of a tenth of an ephah of barley flour on her behalf. He must not pour oil on it or put incense on it, because it is a grain offering for jealousy, a reminder offering to draw attention to guilt.

•         5.16. ” ‘The priest shall bring her and have her stand before the LORD.

•         5.17. Then he shall take some holy water in a clay jar and put some dust from the tabernacle floor into the water.

•         5.18. After the priest has had the woman stand before the LORD, he shall loosen her hair and place in her hands the reminder offering, the grain offering for jealousy, while he himself holds the bitter water that brings a curse.

•         5.19. Then the priest shall put the woman under oath and say to her, “If no other man has slept with you and you have not gone astray and become impure while married to your husband, may this bitter water that brings a curse not harm you.

•         5.20. But if you have gone astray while married to your husband and you have defiled yourself by sleeping with a man other than your husband”-

•         5.21. here the priest is to put the woman under this curse of the oath-“may the LORD cause your people to curse and denounce you when he causes your thigh to waste away and your abdomen to swell.

•         5.22. May this water that brings a curse enter your body so that your abdomen swells and your thigh wastes away.”  ” ‘Then the woman is to say, “Amen. So be it.”

•         5.23. ” ‘The priest is to write these curses on a scroll and then wash them off into the bitter water.

•         5.24. He shall have the woman drink the bitter water that brings a curse, and this water will enter her and cause bitter suffering.

•         5.25. The priest is to take from her hands the grain offering for jealousy, wave it before the LORD and bring it to the altar.

•        5. 26. The priest is then to take a handful of the grain offering as a memorial offering and burn it on the altar; after that, he is to have the woman drink the water.

•         5.27. If she has defiled herself and been unfaithful to her husband, then when she is made to drink the water that brings a curse, it will go into her and cause bitter suffering; her abdomen will swell and her thigh waste away, [f] and she will become accursed among her people.

•         5.28. If, however, the woman has not defiled herself and is free from impurity, she will be cleared of guilt and will be able to have children.

•         5.29. ” ‘This, then, is the law of jealousy when a woman goes astray and defiles herself while married to her husband,

•         5.30. or when feelings of jealousy come over a man because he suspects his wife. The priest is to have her stand before the LORD and is to apply this entire law to her.

•         5.31. The husband will be innocent of any wrongdoing, but the woman will bear the consequences of her sin.’ “

So we have here a sign of an ignorant, asinine, barbaric god imparting bizarre ideas, or further ignorance or imbecility, to his already barbaric, ignorant or gullible followers.

And in these passages, also from Numbers, God [or Yahweh, if you like] can be observed to be exhibiting his thirst for revenge:

 •         25.4. The LORD said to Moses, “Take all the leaders of these people, kill them and expose them in broad daylight before the LORD, so that the LORD’s fierce anger may turn away from Israel.”

•         25.5. So Moses said to Israel’s judges, “Each of you must put to death those of your men who have joined in worshiping the Baal of Peor.”

•         25.16. The LORD said to Moses,

•         25.17. “Treat the Midianites as enemies and kill them, because they treated you as enemies when they deceived you in the affair of Peor and their sister Cozbi, the daughter of a Midianite leader, the woman who was killed when the plague came as a result of Peor.”

•         31.1. The LORD said to Moses,

•        31.2. “Take vengeance on the Midianites for the Israelites. After that, you will be gathered to your people.”

•         31.7. [Moses said] Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man.

Whether you care to admit it or not, Yahweh is a moronic, unstable, cruel, freakish god with a zest for killing or genocide and, unfortunately for humanity, so many people are afflicted with the Yahweh/God-virus -a memetic disease. People who are so afflicted are not in the least bit aware of it. They can no longer see the fault-lines, the irrationality or ridiculousness in their beliefs. And this Yahweh is none other than the god Jesus referred to in the New Testament as his “god/father.”

The Bible is saturated with speeches allegedly emanating from the God of Jesus, or Yahweh if you like, calling for the eradication or destruction of nations and/or individuals, for no reason other than being non-Jewish and for minor infringement of his so-called edicts [immorality masquerading as morality] .

Do you know who can be labeled as the barbaric ones in the story of Abraham? God, Abraham and Sarah! Read the story.

There is no question that it is far more onerous to tell people to use reason or logic than to appeal to their prejudices. However, we have to be cognizant that it is not reasonable to reason someone out of something for which they have not been reasoned into.

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