Memo number 6 to the Bible God aka the Hebrew God

Gawd, I am going to discuss, briefly, something called ‘wealth’ in this memo, ok? You agree? Good. Can we say that wealth is usually taken to mean financial ownership, for example, possession of money, landed property, chattels and various items of luxury that only money can buy? You are agreeable, you say? Good. Some people consider good health as wealth, too. I have no quarrel with that. Do you? No. Good.

Somehow, I felt incomplete without making reference to the Bible – the so-called book written with your inspiration – whenever I discussed issues, or the majority of them, raised in this forum. The subject of wealth is not an exception in this respect. So let’s turn to the Bible.

Despite his ouster from Heaven, Satan can be said to be still immensely powerful, being able to offer all the wealth in the world to you if you were to fall down and worship him. But what sort of wealth could Satan have possibly offered apart from the wealth created by humanity? The natural environment allegedly created by you? Mud tracks, caves, rivers, streams, valleys, mountains, hills, trees and open sky? I agree, one must not forget the hidden, underground treasures of minerals, black gold [fossil oil] and precious stones that humans have since discovered, and the land and oceans teeming with living organisms. So Satan can be seen as having power to offer you the wealth of all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. But if one is familiar with the account of Genesis, of the heavens and the Earth being wholly your creation, ex-nihilo, Satan can be seen as attempting an offer of wealth you created. Bizarre! But which scenario is more bizarre – an allegedly all-powerful gawd being tempted by an entity he created, or making an offering to this gawd of wealth this gawd allegedly created?

You reportedly said:

[Exodus 30.12]: When you take a census of the Israelites to count them, each one must pay the LORD a ransom for his life at the time he is counted. Then no plague will come on them when you number them, and

[Exodus 34.20]: Redeem the firstborn donkey with a lamb, but if you do not redeem it, break its neck. Redeem all your firstborn sons. No-one is to appear before me empty-handed

 In Deuteronomy 16.17 we see this instruction being given to the Hebrews: Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the LORD your God has blessed you.

 A gawd who allegedly created the Earth ex nihilo is now seen as a desperado trying to amass wealth by making it compulsory for the people to contribute to his coffers.

 Gawd, it seems you were collecting wealth from the people rather than giving it to them. Would it be right to say that despite such clear notification from the Bible people are still praying to you for money-wealth?

 Gawd, are you listening? You are? Good. So, do you agree that you are a nincompoop? Think it over.

Let’s review further biblical passages:-

 Exodus 24.9/10:

Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of sapphire, clear as the sky itself.

 Revelation:

21.18. The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass.

21.19. The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald,

21.20. The fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.

21.21. The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass.

 Gawd, don’t you think this is all nonsense? With such wealth why would you want peanut-sized wealth from humans? Presumably, who wrote the Exodus or Deuteronomy passages cited above was/were not savvy about the creation account contained in Genesis – that you created the universe and the earth ex-nihilo. What seems a rational explanation, and I don’t think you have any rational grounds for objecting to this, is that much of the Bible is myth. However, if the Bible is all about truths, in the views of some people, then a truth that sticks out like a sore thumb is that you are a barbaric, bellicose, capricious, chauvinistic, cruel, despotic, destructive, egoistic, freakish, intolerant, malevolent, manipulative, racist, revengeful, genocidal maniac. Agree? Good. So please consider updating your curriculum vitae, if you have not already done so. You have? Good. Let’s adjourn for now and resume our discussions afterward.

PS: This was a piece posted in another forum [Atheism v Theism] some years ago.

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