Imagine If There Was A God (And How This Shows There Isn’t One)

Imagine if there was a God. Now for some you, this is not asking anything much if you already believe in God, but for others it’s a stretch. Either way, hear me out. Imagine there was an all-powerful, all-loving God, who knew everything, created everything and could do anything. A God who spoke to humans, wanted us to prosper and wanted us to worship him. Imagine if everything they say in church is true, that you can achieve anything imaginable through faith and God. What would that look like? Continue reading “Imagine If There Was A God (And How This Shows There Isn’t One)”

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An Atheist Reads The 2nd Book of Samuel: The Bizarre Justice Of God

The 2nd book of Samuel picks up where the 1st one finished, with David hearing of the defeat and death of Saul and Jonathan. Upon hearing this, he and all his men tear off their clothes and start weeping. He is told this by an Amalekite, who for unexplained reasons was wandering through the battlefield when he started chatting to Saul (why? Shouldn’t they be enemies?), who asked him to kill him (despite the Bible just saying that Saul killed himself). So the Amalekite mercy kills the wounded Saul brings his crown to David. Why? Out of all the people in the land, why did the Amalekite choose David? Why not sell it or return to his own king? David thanks the stranger who gave him this crucial news and the crown by having him executed. Continue reading “An Atheist Reads The 2nd Book of Samuel: The Bizarre Justice Of God”

An Atheist Reads The 1st Book Of Samuel: The Fall Of Saul And The Rise Of David

While the first half of the 1st Book of Samuel was about the rise of Samuel and how Saul became king, the second half is about Saul’s decline and fall, and the rise of David. However, this doesn’t happen in a straight forward way, instead the way is littered with massacres, murder and betrayal. The main characters act more like mafia dons than divinely blessed heroes. Continue reading “An Atheist Reads The 1st Book Of Samuel: The Fall Of Saul And The Rise Of David”

An Atheist Reads The 1st Book Of Samuel: How Do You Make A King?

So the Book of Samuel begins with the origin story of Samuel (of course, he can’t be just an ordinary guy, no, even his birth must be something of a miracle). There was a man with two wives (an issue that God is completely silent on and presumably has no problem with) and he deeply loves one despite the fact that “the Lord had closed her womb”. This is revealing for two reasons, firstly that the Bible thinks that loving your wife despite the fact she can’t have children is unusual enough to merit mention. Evidently, the role of a woman was to have children and if they couldn’t this was seen as a failure. Continue reading “An Atheist Reads The 1st Book Of Samuel: How Do You Make A King?”

An Atheist Reads The Book Of Ruth: The Least Biblical Book In The Bible

The Book of Ruth is an unusual book and completely unlike the rest of the Bible. For a start its named after a woman, which is incredible considering as most other women in the Bible aren’t even given names. Two of the three main characters are women and it also has the first scene where two women are talking to each other. By the abysmally low standards of the Bible, this is practically feminism. It is also the first book in which God is not a character and plays no role at all. Finally, unlike the rest of the Bible it is mercifully short and to the point. Continue reading “An Atheist Reads The Book Of Ruth: The Least Biblical Book In The Bible”

An Atheist Reads The Book Of Judges: Rape, Massacre & Chaos

If you think about it, Judges is a misleading title for this book as none of the characters are judges or do any judging. Instead they are warriors and rebels, who spend their time fighting other nations, but the Bible is silent on how (if) they governed or how Israelite society was at the time. That would have been more interesting than endless repetition of the same story. Instead of judgement, with get constant war, the massacre of innocents and brutal rape. The chaos of the book was probably exaggerated to provide legitimacy for the later kings and it contains some of the most horrible stories of the Bible, especially towards women. Continue reading “An Atheist Reads The Book Of Judges: Rape, Massacre & Chaos”

An Atheist Reads The Book Of Judges: God’s Glory If You Win, Your Sins If You Lose

The best way to imagine the Book of Judges is to compare it to some bad movie sequels, where the writers have run out of ideas and so just keep repeating themselves. Because that’s essentially what the Book of Judges is, the same story told again and again. Every single story begins with the Israelites abandoning God, God sending a foreign oppressor as punishment, the Israelites beg forgiveness and so God rescues them. Every good thing that happens is due to God and every bad thing is the Israelites fault, which makes me doubt the objectivity of the author. Continue reading “An Atheist Reads The Book Of Judges: God’s Glory If You Win, Your Sins If You Lose”