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5.0 out of 5 stars God's obsessive-compulsive disorder to kill., 3 May 2012
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This review is from: Drunk With Blood: God's killings in the Bible (Kindle Edition)
According to Jesus (or whoever wrote his script), we must love God with all our heart and mind and always be like him, who is perfect (Matthew 22:37-38, 5:48). Well, this is utter nonsense, for as this book convincingly demonstrates, the God of the Bible is impossible to love or admire, and to be like or to copy his behaviour, would be sheer madness.

It was in his blog, Dwindling in Unbelief, that Steve Wells began documenting God's killings in the Bible. There he wrote a post for each killing event and kept a running count of the number of victims as he went along. This shockingly informative book is the end result. Wells thinks such a record of God's killings has not been done before, and says (in his introduction) it ''is a shame since God is so proud of his killings,'' and quotes Deuteronomy 32: 39-42 to make his point: ''I kill... I wound... I will make my arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh'' (NRSV). Such satire by the author is used throughout and is a welcome light relief considering the book's dark subject matter.

In revealing God's killings, or this deity's appalling crimes, the author is doing a profoundly honest service indeed. This is in sharp contrast to the strategy of Christian apologists, who continue to con us into believing God's an wonderfully loving, merciful, and just being. Contrary to what they would have us believe, and what this book does so well, the Bible is in fact God's worst enemy. It's betrayal of God can only be described as horrible. As the late C. Dennis McKinsey points out: ''The God of the Bible is one of the most disreputable beings to have ever emerged from the pages of literature. The dossier of his bad acts would put any criminal to shame'' (p170, The Encyclopedia of Biblical Errancy (Prometheus Books, 1995). How true!

The bible's real villain is certainly not Satan. He has been wrongly castigated by believers and made into the bible's scapegoat. It wasn't Satan who killed everything ''on the face of the earth'' except for Noah and his family, eight people (Genesis 6-8; 1 Peter 3:20). It wasn't Satan who killed every Egyptian's firstborn child (Exodus 12: 29-30). It wasn't Satan who turned Lot's wife into ''a pillar of salt'' (Genesis 19: 26) because she looked back at the place she had lived all her life. It wasn't Satan who had a blasphemer stoned to death (Leviticus 24:10-11,23) and another for gathering sticks on the Sabbath day (Numbers 15:33-36). It wasn't Satan who told his followers to, ''Go and attack the Amalekites! Destroy them and all their possessions. Don't have any pity. Kill their men, women, children, and even their babies. Slaughter their cattle, sheep, camels, and donkeys''(1 Samuel 15:1-3). It wasn't Satan who burned people to death for complaining (Numbers 11:1-2). It wasn's Satan who killed Israelites with a plague (Numbers 11:33). Nor is it Satan who has Jesus coming back to kill the millions of non Christians, as the book of Revelation has it, and then having them tormented forever in Hell, etc. No, Satan's not the bad guy that we've been lead to believe.

Wells says at the start of Drunk With Blood,''If the killings described in this book actually happened, then the God of the Bible is not the kind of God that believers pretend him to be.'' I couldn't agree more! Those who worship this God do so out of indoctrination and wilful ignorance and downright fear. Certainly no one in their 'right mind' would want anything to do with such a loathsome, hypocritical bully. Why worship a child killer? And if Jesus is the God of the Bible, as most Christians believe, it's him who's the moral monster with a 'obsessive-compulsive disorder' to kill. Yes, Jesus! Those who would doubt that the biblical God is such a nasty character, should read Drunk With Blood. It's a real eye-opener for those who have the courage to think.
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