Rob Bricken has combed through the Bible and come up with a list (yes, another listicle!) with the ten worst things that the Judeo-Christian god has done, things that seem to have been driven mostly by sheer spite unbecoming of a supposedly all-powerful deity. As Bricken begins, “Before Jesus arrived and his divine father chilled out, the Old Testament God was, ironically, kind of a hellraiser. He was not a nice guy. He really liked killing people. And he may have actually been insane.”
I guess Yahweh is the ultimate example of the saying that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely
What makes this particular list worth reading is the context and commentary the Bricken provides for each item. Most of the items will be familiar to readers of this blog but there were some that were new to me.
For example, item #3 where we learn that god hates ugly people and since I fit into one of those categories that god specifies that he dislikes, it looks like the piety of my early days was totally wasted. I was toast from the beginning.
Also #4 where it appears that old Yahweh wanted to bump off Moses (or maybe, being omniscient and all, he looked into the future and did not like Charlton Heston).
And #9, where Samson murders people over a bet.
And #11, where Yahweh got into a snit (it seems like he was always getting into a snit about every trivial thing) and kills off a bunch of Israelites during the exodus.
It is a fun read.