Francis Collins’ conversion to Christianity

I received an email recently from a friend with a link to an article about Francis Collins, an American physician-geneticist who had apparently converted to Christianity after being an atheist; FC’s conversion story is not new to me; I have read about how FC in an outing in his car chanced upon a frozen 3-tier waterfall and the sight of this waterfall allegedly led to his conversion to Christianity; he considered the sight of the waterfall as a revelation to him of the reality of the Trinity – the “three-in-one” doctrine of Christianity.

Well, as I have mentioned somewhere before, gullibility is a common trait of humanity. And some people are more gullible than others, and there are billions of gullible people in the world. There is no doubt that ignorance can be the underlying reason for gullibility; but of course ignorance and gullibility can be non-complementary to each other.

So, how did I respond to the email mentioned above? This is what I wrote [15 Nov 2016]:

I know the story [or at least part of it] about Francis Collins’ conversion to theism [Christianity].

I would view him as an imaginative guy whose reasoning capability could do with some fine-tuning.

Christians [Catholics included of course] have zero or very little reasoning ability when it is about the God of the Bible.

How on Earth can Christians make the claim or hold on to the claim of the Bible God [aka Yahweh] being all-loving, omnipotent and omniscient, let alone the question of his existence or non-existence? Mind-boggling where I am concerned.

They label the Judeo-Christian Bible as “holy” for example: Holy Bible; but many have not read the Bible or know little or next to nothing about biblical stories or passages.

These passages are just the tip of the iceberg [all extracted from New International Version]. There are umpteen passages of similar ilk and I would be glad to quote further for anyone interested in reading them. How can anyone deemed intelligent believe in the Bible God? Mind-boggling!

God’s killing or genocidal instinct [or insanity?]

Exodus

12.29. At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn.

19.12. [God speaking to Moses] Put limits for the people around the mountain [Mount Sinai] and tell them, ‘Be careful that you do not go up the mountain or touch the foot of it. Whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death.

19.13. He shall surely be stoned or shot with arrows; not a hand is to be laid on him. Whether man or animal, he shall not be permitted to live.’

23.23. My angel will go ahead of you and bring you into the land of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and Jebusites, and I will wipe them out.

34.7. He punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.

Deuteronomy

7.2. and when the LORD your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy.

7.16. You must destroy all the peoples the LORD your God gives over to you. Do not look on them with pity and do not serve their gods, for that will be a snare to you.

20.16. However, in the cities of the nations the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes.

20.17. Completely destroy them—the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—as the LORD your God has commanded you.

Book of Joshua

3.7. And the LORD said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses.

6.21. They devoted the city to the LORD and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it—men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.

6.24. Then they burned the whole city and everything in it, but they put the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron into the treasury of the LORD’s house.

8.24. When Israel had finished killing all the men of Ai in the fields and in the desert where they had chased them, and when every one of them had been put to the sword, all the Israelites returned to Ai and killed those who were in it.

8.25. Twelve thousand men and women fell that day—all the people of Ai.

8.26. For Joshua did not draw back the hand that held out his javelin until he had destroyed all who lived in Ai.

10.28. That day Joshua took Makkedah. He put the city and its king to the sword and totally destroyed everyone in it. He left no survivors. And he did to the king of Makkedah as he had done to the king of Jericho.

10.29 Then Joshua and all Israel with him moved on from Makkedah to Libnah and attacked it.

10.30. The LORD also gave that city and its king into Israel’s hand. The city and everyone in it Joshua put to the sword. He left no survivors there. And he did to its king as he had done to the king of Jericho.

10.31 Then Joshua and all Israel with him moved on from Libnah to Lachish; he took up positions against it and attacked it.

10.32. The LORD gave Lachish into Israel’s hands, and Joshua took it on the second day. The city and everyone in it he put to the sword, just as he had done to Libnah.

11.6. The LORD said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them, because by this time tomorrow I will hand all of them, slain, over to Israel. You are to hamstring their horses and burn their chariots.”

11.12. Joshua took all these royal cities and their kings and put them to the sword. He totally destroyed them, as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded.

11.21. At that time Joshua went and destroyed the Anakites from the hill country: from Hebron,

Debir and Anab, from all the hill country of Judah, and from all the hill country of Israel. Joshua totally destroyed them and their towns

Judges

3.29. At that time they struck down about ten thousand Moabites, all vigorous and strong; not a man escaped.

4.15. At Barak’s advance, the LORD routed Sisera and all his chariots and army by the sword, and Sisera abandoned his chariot and fled on foot.

4.16. But Barak pursued the chariots and army as far as Harosheth Haggoyim. All the troops of Sisera fell by the sword; not a man was left.

8.17. He also pulled down the tower of Peniel and killed the men of the town.

11.29. Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah. He crossed Gilead and Manasseh, passed through Mizpah of Gilead, and from there he advanced against the Ammonites.

Numbers

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.

Look at the stupidity of these passages:

Numbers

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 thig[ 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.

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. The words are clear, and there is no way one can say Yahweh was telling Moses to instruct the husband to take his wife to the disco or to the perfume shop for a bottle of Chanel perfume.

God’s barbaric, freakish desire for animal meat and blood

Exodus

29.1. This is what you are to do to consecrate them, so they may serve me as priests: Take a young bull and two rams without defect.

29.2. And from fine wheat flour, without yeast, make bread, and cakes mixed with oil, and wafers spread with oil.

29.15. Take one of the rams, and Aaron and his sons shall lay their hands on its head.

29.16. Slaughter it and take the blood and sprinkle it against the altar on all sides.

29.38 This is what you are to offer on the altar regularly each day: two lambs a year old.

29.39. Offer one in the morning and the other at twilight.

What’s so good about the New Testament? The New Testament advocates the worshipping of the God of the Old Testament.

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