An essay donated by Jim Ashby
God is flawed
"God tells Adam and Eve not to eat of the
fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. If this was the
only way they could understand the difference between good and evil,
how could they have known that it was wrong to disobey God and eat
the fruit?" Laurie Lynn
"God is flawed:"
Have you ever born false witness? Stolen something? Coveted your
neighbor's spouse? Indulged in adultery? Defrauded somebody?
Some other bona fide sin? Well, if so, how does that compare to
eating a fruit from the "Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil"?
Isn't any of these sins just as great, or greater, than eating
an apple? If all sins are the same to God and all sin is disobedience
to God, then eating the apple was, by God's own terms, a pedestrian
Yet God condemned all of us to death because of a single
sin by a pair of humans who had zero experience with life. Are you
guilty of Eve's sin? Of course not! No more so than for Hillary
Clinton's sins or for mine. Right off the bat, common sense
tells us that the Bible, in Genesis, is preaching a twisted
It puts us in opposition to ourselves by claiming our nature is
sinful. Biblical sin is a tool to manipulate and control us via fear
and guilt. I reject that neurosis: I believe our nature is basically
good but we sometimes make mistakes. If we live life believing we're
no good, then we probably won't be.
Do you know somebody
who has led an exemplary life? If not, I hope you know at least a few
ethical, moral, people. This is not to say that they haven't
made mistakes: only that they set a better example than most. On the
scales of justice, most people are basically good. If there's
an afterlife, many people deserve free admission. And many people
But that's definitely not what the Bible
preaches, is it? We're ALL unworthy sinners.
The Bible says God created the universe, including Adam and Eve. He did this
in 6 days; executing his perfect plan on schedule and without a
hitch. Adam and Eve were pure and sinless: they had all eternity, in
Eden, to bask in God's glory.
Unless they pissed him off, of course.
And it doesn't take much to piss off
God. No sir! And second chances? Forget about it. One mistake and
you're history. By the way, all of your offspring, forever,
will also be cursed with death. How do you like them apples?
of Adam and Eve, we're all born guilty of "Original Sin".
So much for God's perfect plan (let's call it, "plan
A"). In fact, Original Sin made the human condition so
intractably degenerate that God had to wipe out all life (human or
not) with a catastrophic flood so that Noah's family could
start humanity anew, from scratch. This was God's idea of plan
Well guess what? God's plan B was all for naught. A
few thousand years later, humanity had repopulated itself from Noah's
incestuous Ark and – surprise, surprise – was no better
than before. I guess that's what inbreeding gets you. You'd
think God would know that.
Time for plan C.
instead of genocide, God chose suicide. He came to Earth personally,
as Jesus, to act out a script he divinely inspired, in biblical
prophesy, that ended with his own trial, crucifixion,
and ascension back home to heaven.
Why did God do this?
Original Sin. Because of Original Sin, we can never be innocent
enough for eternal life. We must be forgiven before heaven's
gates will open for us. If you know your dogma, you know Jesus
sacrificed himself on the cross so that we may be redeemed from sin
(and have everlasting life). Because God cursed Adam and Eve AND all
their descendants – in perpetuity – with death, he had to
provide some means for our redemption. The alternative was to abandon
us. Quite a conundrum God put himself in, no?
had to "save" us from the curse he imputed upon us to
begin with. I'm amazed that so many people don't see
through this preposterous charade. Perhaps the pretzel logic is too
tangled for most to unravel. The Bible would have us believe –
and doctrine upholds – that we are all miserable wretches who
will be granted eternal life only if we love Jesus. Of course, this
assumes we can trust God not to resort to a plan D or E or whatever.
After all, God is all-powerful and a perfectionist: who's going
to stop him from tossing out plan C if he decides, yet again, that he
still hasn't gotten creation right?
God must regret
cursing mankind with death. If God is perfect, we can't say he
makes mistakes; so I prefer to say he has regrets. Anyway, I suppose
God was hot-headed in his youth; the Old Testament clearly depicts
him with a short fuse. So once he imputed death upon us, he couldn't
"un-impute" it. I mean, he's God! Right? His word
is law and immutable. What kind of self-respecting God would change
his mind? If God is love, then I guess it's true that, "love
means never having to say you're sorry".
God found a loophole in his own immutable law: leave mankind cursed
but offer individuals an exemption by redemption. Yeah, that's
the ticket! For Christ's sake – why didn't God
think of plan C before plan B? After all, if redemption is a
workable plan, God flooded the Earth and wiped-out humanity for
nothing. I hate when that happens!
You know, the more I think about it, the more I think that the Supreme Being
should be an elected position. Surely we can put somebody with more foresight
onto the throne of the Ruler of the Universe. At least, if we elect poorly, we
can vote for a replacement next time.
Copyright by Jim Ashby of AtheistExile.com
Originally posted: 2008-SEP-08
Latest update: 2008-SEP-08
Author: Jim Ashby