“I totally disbelieve th…
“I totally disbelieve that the Almighty ever did communicate any thing to man by any mode of speech, in any langauge,or by any kind of vision, or apearance, or by any means which our senses are capable of receiving, ortherwise than the Universal display of himself in the works of creation, and by that repugnance we feel in ourselves to bad actions, and disposition to good ones. The most detestable wickedness, the most horid cruelties, and the greatest misteries that have afflicted the human race have had their origin in the thing called revelation, or revealed religion. It has been the most dishonorable belief against the character of dvinity, the most distructive to morality and the peace and happiness of man, that was ever propagated since man began to exist. It is better, far better, that we admitted, if it were possible, a thousand devils if there were any such than that we permitted one such imposter and monster as Moses, Joshua, Samuel and the Bible prophets to come with the pretended word of God in his mouth and have credit aong us. Whence arose all the horrid assasinationns of whole nations of men, women and infants, with which the Bible is filled…It is incumbent on every man who reverences the character of the Creator, and who wishes to lesen the catalogue of artificial miseries, and remove the cause that has sown persecuations thick among mankind, to expel all ideas of revealed religion as a dangerous heresy, and an impious fraud. What is that we have learned from this pretended thing called revealed religion? Nothing that is useful to man and eveything that is dishonourable to his Maker. What is it the Bible teaches us?- rapine, cruelity, and murder. What is it the Testament teaches us?- to believe that the Almighty committed debauchery with a woman engaged to be married and the belief of this debauchery is called faith.”
Thomas Paine, Age of Reason
If there is a God and Heaven, I think he would disapprove of all the things done in his name: things done by those claiming to have received revelation from God.
The Biblical prophets committed horrible crimes against humanity. Not only did Joshua kill the men of the lands he conquered, he killed their women and children. Samuel instructed to Saul to “utterly destroy” a people leaving nothing alive.
We speak of ethnic cleansers with disgust and rightly so. But somehow some Christians can justify some of the worst acts of ethnic cleansing in the History of the World by saying God commanded it. That’s messed up!