Yahweh was thoroughly disreputable and had nearly all the most unattractive features of primitive uncivilised man. He was violent, sexist, racist, easily angered, power hungry, egotistical, inconsistent, jealous, homophobic and quite obviously not particularly bright. He allowed and even encouraged rape, even of children. He sanctioned war, murders, slavery and the unnecessary killing of animals. He passed judgement on people over the most trivial of issues and demanded the Jewish people worship him. He was a right old bastard.
Yahweh was similar to Islam’s god, Allah, was also jealous, violent, sexist and obsessed with snuffing out any competition. Yahweh and Allah were, in fact, the same hypothetical character. The ancient Jews had their prophets who were allegedly inspired to write the Old Testament, Islamists had Mohamed who was allegedly inspired to write the Koran, and they were both writing about the same god.
Yahweh was not all bad. Different authors portrayed him differently. There are some places where he was merciful or gracious or forgiving or loving or kind. If he had consistently behaved this well an argument could be made that belief in him was just a harmless delusion, but he didn’t. God showed his true colours too often.
Most Christians don’t read the Old Testament, or if they do, read only selected parts of it, so have no idea “their” God was so evil. Yet he has always been there, quietly lurking in the background, insidiously poisoning the Christian’s attitude to his fellow men, women and children.
One of the difficult problems that clergy and laity face today is the question of how the Old Testament can be best used in decision-making. They should just ignore it.
I don’t believe Yahweh ever existed. The authors of Scripture made it very clear he experienced emotions. Men experience emotions primarily as a result of new knowledge; for example the reader may have felt some emotion reading some of the previous sections. An omniscient Yahweh, however, never experienced new knowledge because nothing was hidden from him, nothing new could be revealed to him and he knew the future. We mere mortals experience anger and frustration when something is wrong, particularly if we can’t change it for the better. An omnipotent Yahweh could fix anything, so he would never have been angry, frustrated or annoyed. Men long for things they lack, but Yahweh lacked nothing. So how could Yahweh get happy, angry, sad, aggressive and jealous? It was impossible for a perfect God to experience these emotions! The truth about this is obvious. Man created God in his own likeness.
People engage in activities because they are pursuing perfection, because they want to be or do better. Yahweh, on the other hand, was supposed to be perfect. If god was perfect, he needed nothing from anyone, he was not lonely, there was nothing he desired, and nothing he wanted to do. He would have just existed in his own perfect world. Yet he allegedly created things and people, and those creations were less than perfect. A perfect god who did this makes no sense, another reason confirming the fact that men invented god.
Why then, did man create god? God handed men power over their subordinates. He kept wives subservient to their husbands, common men bowed down to priests and kings, and wayward adolescents obedient to their parents. Things haven’t changed, as Christians in governments, churches, schools and families are still using God to control others.
We should not be surprised by an expose of Yahweh. It is common sense that he was just a figment of ancient man’s imagination. We should however, be very concerned that some people today still think he is real.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtEsQT5M2IQ (highly recommended viewing)