Yahweh is Evil - Cannibalism

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Introduction

Across cultures there are a few behaviors that human beings view as almost universally abhorrent or evil. Cannibalism, the act of eating human flesh, is considered one of those beliefs as it tends to exist only in remote and isolated cultures. Cannibalism is also one of the accusations that was leveled at other cultures or groups to dehumanize them and make them seem even more deserving of destruction.

Even in cultures where such behavior is considered acceptable there are usually strict cultural boundaries.

To most of us the idea of cannibalism is grotesque and vile or at the very least off-putting in the extreme. So it may some as a surprise to some that there are numerous instances in the Bible where cannibalism is part of Yahweh's plan. In this hub I'm going to talk about those instances and how they paint us a clear picture of just how evil Yahweh is.

The Curse of Disobedience

Compared to the way New Testament authors portray God the God spoken of in the Old Testament keeps his followers on a much shorter leash often lapsing into anger and on several occasions having to be talked out of slaughtering people by Moses. Disobedience to the commandments of the Lord was to be dealt with severely and in Deuteronomy 28 God lays out some of the horrible punishments he's willing to engage in.

After a laundry list of horrible things, including having their women raped, their children sold off as slaves and their towns sacked God manages to make himself out to be even more despicable by including this lovely passage.

A Merciful God?

Yes God will make sure to beat into submission the disobedient to the point that they must devour the flesh of their own children to survive and even the gentlest and kindest among them will not escape this fate. This, of course, after God has promised to send horrible diseases, famine, and all manner of other misfortune and horror down on the disobedient.

Does this sound like a merciful God who wants to set his people back on the straight and narrow? What sins could the children of Israel have possibly committed to deserve such torture? I hesitate to even term such evil as a punishment since under these consequences so many would die and others would suffer for the rest of their lives (boils that never heal). Rather than a God of mercy or goodness this sounds like one of the most evil beings ever conceived of, this sounds like the sort of demonic entity someone would cry out to be rescued FROM.

Sadly however this is not the only time in the Bible that God's “righteous” fury involves having family members forced to devour their own loved ones.

The Sights you see will drive you Mad

They Shall Eat the Flesh of their Sons and Daughters

In Jeremiah 19 Yahweh is at it again sending a prophet to deliver another dire warning of what is to come. Yahweh sends his prophet to the Valley of Ben Hinnom because here they have built altars to Baal a false (rival) storm god. Apparently the prophets of Baal have been sacrificing children as burnt offerings to Baal to earn his blessing. So you might expect a God of mercy, goodness, and righteousness to plan to rescue the children from this hellhole where they are in danger of human sacrifice and to punish the wicked men who were sacrificing them... Yahweh's actual plan, however, is to slaughter everyone in the valley so that it is renamed the Valley of Slaughter.

Cruel and Unusual

God's not upset about the human sacrifice bit, as I have shown in a previous hub that in certain contexts Yahweh does accept human sacrifices. What God is upset about is that the smell of those burnt children are wafting into the nostrils of a rival deity, a false god that his people should be above worshiping. This is why the lives of the children don't mean anything to God and, in one of the single most cruel and sadistic events in the Bible God turns around and takes children destined to be brutalized on the altar of Baal and decides to have them eaten by their own parents instead.

Stretching the Truth

Can God lie?

Perhaps Christians could argue that God is stretching the truth in his anger, that he would never actually do any of these things and is actually deceiving those who would disobey by giving them a warning they would actually heed. But of course this is the same God who they say cannot lie, which means that he is willing that all of these horrible things come to pass. Supernatural curses and evils visited upon people because they offended God. This is why so many atheists rally against the Bible, it contains horrific morals that most cultures moved beyond CENTURIES ago and to go back to the Bible is to drag moral progress backward.

Detour into the Body of Christ

Communion. No discussion of cannibalism in the Bible would be complete without at least going over this bizarre ritual. Supposedly passed on to the disciples during the Last Supper Jesus instructs them to break off a piece of bread and take some wine and think of them as his flesh and his blood.

Around the world millions and millions of Christians engage in this strange ritual of taking in some of the saviors flesh and blood.

An act of mock cannibalism that certain devout Catholics actually believed was REAL cannibalism. Transubstantiation is the miracle through which the bread, that's the little wafer that passes for unleavened bread in most churches, and the wine (or grape juice for some churches) actually transform into the blood and body of Christ as you eat them.

And yet Christianity is totally considered normal and not at all a cult by our society, despite this bizarre act of superstition.

I can recall taking Communion once a month at the Pentecostal church I attended as a kid where we ate a small tasteless wafer with a cross printed on it and drank a miniature cup of grape juice while soft hymns played in the background. The Pastor would lead us in cleansing our hearts and then read out the passage where the Eucharist is explained.

Only when I escaped and was outside of the cult did it suddenly occurred to me that I had pretended to eat the flesh and drink the blood of a 2000 year old Jewish prophet in an attempt to grow closer to his immortal spirit in some immaterial heavenly realm.

Christianity is truly a death cult, remembering the brutal ritual sacrifice of their savior by pretending to eat him... though Communion isn't really evil it is exceedingly strange and obviously superstitious.

Conclusion

Yahweh will leave Ben Hinnom a smoldering crater of bones and desolation for turning way from him to worship a rival of his – does that sound like a God full of wisdom, love, moral goodness to you? Or does it sound like a God that ancient HUMAN BEINGS, with ancient morals that were far more barbaric than our own, made up? To those of us outside the cult of Christianity the answer is obvious.

If the answer doesn't seem obvious to you perhaps you need to ask yourself why? Why do you think God's actions, up to and including forcing people to devour the flesh of their children, are okay? What is the justification? Could God do the same today and would you be okay with being the one to spread the warning? Are punishments like plague, famine, subjugation, and being forced into cannibalism just and righteous punishments?

The cruelty and evil of the Biblical God is painfully obvious to those with empathy who take the time to read the Bible and who are not blinded by indoctrination or cult-mentality. The Biblical God is inconsistent because he was conceived of and written about by flawed human authors. God is an invention of man and that is why at times he reflects man's better nature, of forgiveness, love and mercy and other times he reflects the cruelty of man, our pettiness, our ignorance and our most potent forms of evil.

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Say Yes To Life 10 months ago from Big Island of Hawaii

Regarding the verses from Deuteronomy 28 - this reminds me of something I read recently about the Holocaust. Cannibalism existed in the death camps, and the Nazis took over the property of the Jews they sent to the ghettos.

This explains why over half of all Jews today are atheist or agnostic. Based on their history of being persecuted throughout the centuries, regardless of their devotion or lack thereof, they will have to redefine themselves. (Interesting how the Ten Lost Tribes did not suffer a similar fate!)


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Austinstar 10 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

Growing up a Baptist, we did not employ the wafers and wine symbolic of eating Jesus. That would have probably turned me off of religion even sooner had our church practiced symbolic cannibalism, LOL!

But we did have the symbolic baptism ritual. This is still one of the weirdest things about southern Baptists and their beliefs. I remember having to go through this ritual and we had some aquarium like tank in the front of the church that was just for this purpose.

We had to put on some sort of robe, then get dunked by the pastor. I remember how everyone cheered for those that got dunked. We also got a card later for our wallets, I presume to prove that were officially washed of our childhood sins. Then along came the constant argument about whether or not we were saved for life, or if we could "backslide" into sin again.

I remember thinking "how does being dunked in a tank of water wash away sins?"

Well, of course it doesn't. No more so than eating the flesh and blood of god's murdered "son" make you free of sin.

It's all superstitious gobbledy gook speak.

And you are so right about one thing - once you step outside of religion and start looking toward the nonsense, you can never go back to swallowing all that horseshit again.


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Titen-Sxull 10 months ago from back in the lab again Author

I too was baptized in a church service. What I remember is someone telling me the water of the pool represented the river Jordan, something like that. I must have been about nine when I had it done, I had already come to the altar and begged forgiveness before that. It amazes me that they can instill a nine year old child with the idea that he's a sinner who needs to escape Hell.

Of course being Pentecostal means later the focus comes on the "baptism of the Holy Spirit", more goofy spookiness.

"And you are so right about one thing - once you step outside of religion and start looking toward the nonsense, you can never go back to swallowing all that horseshit again."

Indeed, it's like the Twilight Zone living in a world with people that still believe it.


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jonnycomelately 10 months ago from Tasmania

Excellent Hub, thanks. I notice those from other discussions are visibly absent. Maybe they secretly agree with your position.


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Jay C OBrien 10 months ago from Houston, TX USA

Good explanation of what is wrong with the OT. See my Hub, "Atlantians to the Mideast" for an alternative explanation of the OT.

I am not an atheist however, see Hub, "My Telepathic Experiences" and "Near Death Experiences and what they mean." I tend to spiritualism. What do you think?


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Titen-Sxull 10 months ago from back in the lab again Author

I'll check out your hubs and let you know Jay.

I tend to be very skeptical of all New Age, paranormal or alt history beliefs.

Thanks for the comment!


Moral Man 9 months ago

Yes God threatens His chosen people with cannibalism and mothers shall be forced to eat their babies. This verse illustrates more than anyother how cruel, sick, insane, immoral and evil the Bible God is. He's a moral monstrosity, perversion, and hypocrite. Utterly disgusting. This is so disturbing and embarrassing that even some Bible believing Christians would blush in shame that the God they worship could be savage, barbaric, sick, perverted, insane. Utterly repugnant. I notice that theres not a whole lot of religious people defending this verse about God threatening people with cannibalism. I think they are secretly disturbed and embarrassed about it. Christians, you cannot deny the brutality, barbarism, savagery, cruelty, insanity, and hypocrisy of the God you worship. Even some of you Fundies have difficulty trying to stomach the idea of a God who threatens people with cannibalism and baby eating.

The Bible God refutes being omni-benevolent and refutes being ominscient. He is neither of these two things. He's a monster, criminal, lunatic, idiot, and hypocrite worse than Hitler. Such a being inspires fear and hate, not love.


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Jay C OBrien 9 months ago from Houston, TX USA

The Bible was compiled in the Fifth Century and in the Seventh Century Mohammad (PBUH = peace be upon him) wrote the Qur'an. Mohammad attempted to correct Christian teachings but fell from grace when he picked up the sword.

Now I attend A Search For God study group based on the Edgar Cayce teachings. I have not found an error in the teachings.... yet. Note, Edgar Cayce was Not a Prophet. He merely predicted behavior based on the strength of their intent. Check it out.


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Titen-Sxull 9 months ago from back in the lab again Author

I'm well aware that Edgar Cayce wasn't a prophet, mostly because so many of his predictions failed to come true.


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Jay C OBrien 9 months ago from Houston, TX USA

Have you tried a study group?


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Titen-Sxull 9 months ago from back in the lab again Author

A study group for what?

I am not religious.


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Jay C OBrien 9 months ago from Houston, TX USA

An ARE Study Group is kind of like group therapy. Think of Karl Jung. You analyze your dreams, read a book, and meditate. The book is about setting your ideal. Chapter headings include, Meditation, Cooperation, Know Thyself, My Ideal.... It is Not a religious group.


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Titen-Sxull 9 months ago from back in the lab again Author

Fair enough.

I don't meditate but I do write poetry and listen to music quite often which is it's own form of meditation as far as I'm concerned. However I am a skeptic and do not believe in the paranormal. I used to be a pantheist and once even wrote down what I believed to be all of my past lives during meditation. But you see I'm a creative person and I do a lot of creative writing, so I recognized almost immediately the self-deception there. There was absolutely no good reason to believe any of it was real beyond my own imagination. You may disagree, of course.


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Jay C OBrien 9 months ago from Houston, TX USA

I did not mention the paranormal. Try it before you knock it.

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