Am I the only one whose inner voice for Old Testament God is Ultimate Warrior? It sounds so much better that way.
Since you have refused to obey my laws and regulations and have behaved even worse than your neighbors, I myself, the Sovereign LORD, am now your enemy. I will punish you publicly while all the nations watch. Because of your detestable idols, I will punish you more severely than I have punished anyone before or ever will again. Parents will eat their own children, and children will eat their parents. And I will punish you by scattering the few who survive to the far reaches of the earth.
sounds good to me!
I look at Yahweh as an omnipotent, cruel, selfish little princeling. He viewed humans with the same lack of compassion that a little boy might look at his ant farm. He experimented on humans, tortured them, played with them, without regard to human emotion. Yahweh was a spoiled as the child of a king, with no conscience, no morals, no ethics, no feelings other than his own petty jealousies and selfishness. Kind of the "1%" of his species. How the ancient hebrews came up with such a character, I don't know. They had yet to develop a sophisticated sense of ethics themselves. Also, life can be a bitch, and life in ancient Palestine was more so - invasions bu powerful enemies, slavery, subjugation, famines, who knows what. Only a nasty pissypants god would treat his pet that way.
Religions are fun to study. It's like reading science fiction stories, only instead of aliens it's humans and their gods. I would love to take an evolution-of-religions course. Only no time for that.
Maybe these legends speak to a type of human archetype - Samson, Rambo, Hercules, Conan, Hulk Hogan, The Incredible Hulk....
That reading the bible thing can get you in trouble. Made me into an atheist.
Love the scapegoat line.
it'd be funnier if God's voice was Mike Tyson (especially for your chosen quote):