Christians constantly tell us that their God is a loving and forgiving God, however the bible paints a completely different picture. There are countless stories in the bible that paint God as a vengeful, hateful, and extremely unloving God, but let’s just look at some of the more prominent examples.
The story of Adam and Eve
This is the very first story in the bible that paints the Christian God in a dim light. We all know the story. Adam was the first man created by God, and then God took a rib from Adam to construct a female partner for him. They lived in the Garden of Eden free from sin. They were given only one rule: Do not eat the apple. So what does Eve do? That’s right; she eats the apple, and upon doing so condemns all mankind for eternity to something called original sin.
Original sin is the idea that no matter what kind of life we live, we are born as sinners, simply because of the actions of one woman many years ago. What kind of loving God would consider you a sinner simply because of the actions of someone else, someone in fact that you have never met, and to be honest, cannot even prove existed. Science and biology alone disprove the existence of both Adam and Eve, but that’s not the point here. The point is, the Christian God considers every human being a sinner by default, just because some woman disobeyed him and ate an apple.
This story comes almost immediately after the story of Adam and Eve, and tells the tale of a 600-year-old man who was chosen to be one of the only human survivors after God floods the entire Earth, killing every living thing as punishment for their sins. Let’s just ignore the obvious holes in this story, such as a 600-year-old man and a global flood that reached heights over the tallest mountains on the planet. The point here is simply this: What kind of loving God brutally murders an entire planet of his creations, which were supposedly created in his image, just because he did not agree with their actions?
The story of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion
Jesus Christ was supposedly the Son of God himself, and sent to Earth to die for our sins, bringing forgiveness to the world. Apparently the man died for nothing, as even after his death we are still told that we are born with original sin. I don’t know about you, but it sounds to me like this loving God lied, and lying is not a trait I normally associate with love.
Free will, Hell, and an all knowing God
These three go together in my opinion. Christians will often tell us that God is an all-knowing God. He knows what we are going to do before we do it. He knows everything that’s going to happen before it happens; oh yea, and he gave us free will. Knowing all this, they also tell us that he demands our faith and worship in return for eternal salvation in Heaven. If we fail to believe in him and worship him, we are eternally damned to Hell to suffer our punishment for our lack of faith.
So, what I’m taking away from this is that God created us each uniquely and knows what we are going to do before he even created us. He knew before I was even born that I would become an atheist and deny his existence, yet I am condemned to Hell simply because I am following the plan he laid out for me. To me, I can’t find any proof of free will in those statements, nor can I find any proof of a loving God, let alone a rational and intelligent one.
Like I said, if you read the bible and study the Christian faith, you will find many examples that contradict the existence of a loving God, let alone a forgiving one. If this God truly does exist, I submit that not only is he not a loving and forgiving God, he is an evil and a jealous God. Hey, if you actually read the bible, he does in fact refer to himself as a jealous God, and a God that is capable of such emotions as jealousy is not a supreme being in my opinion, as it honestly makes him no better than us mere mortals.