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Modern Problems: Exploring the Abrahamic God

Updated on April 16, 2020
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Organized religion is a poison meant to sway the underprivileged and line the pockets of shyster preachers.

Focus on the self.
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Having grown up with ultra-religious grandparents, the types to look forward to the rapture because they think they somehow fit the criteria for it, and then escaping the false idea of God I am now free to examine religion with impunity. I've read the bible over and over again, not once did I read it in church because I left it to the adults to delude me as all children do, but I have read it close to five times after having turned from God, just to ask myself how I ever believed in the first place. If you're ever looking to get into studying "The Bible" for philosophy class or any other scholastic pursuit, I suggest picking up a copy of "The International Study Bible" because it was deeply enlightening and offered better insights than a standard issue copy of the text. No amount of unbiased bible study will lead you to the conclusion that God is real, as a deity or entity, however. Unless you want to get figurative, then you're just fluffing your own ego.

God as More Than a Philosophical Concept

I'll never stoop so low as to discuss God as anything more than a philosophical concept in a literal sense, because I've never been a big fan of comfort food for the soul. I prefer to experience all the sorrow life has to offer, developing lessons for myself and as they pertain to my life, rather than depending on an imaginary friend in the sky who lives in paradise while we live in squalor. For the sake of argument, however, let's say that imaginary sky daddy is anything but imaginary and is in fact tangible. I'll be forming a profile for God by using scripture from the aforementioned bible.

"No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it."1 Corinthians 10:13

"This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all."—1 John 1:5

"For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."—Hebrews 4:12

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."—James 1:17

" For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."—John 3:16

"God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?"—Numbers 23:19

"Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death."—Psalm 68:19-20

So I think with all this we can form an accurate description of who the Abrahamic God is and I needn't list more, though there are plenty more relevant things to list we will keep it shorter and more concise. God is, according to scripture, all-knowing, all-good, all-powerful, and all-present. He promises you everything you could ever desire, including eternal life, so long as you give him your undying trust and love. Yet, we must ask to the dismay of his allegedly devout followers, what happens when you don't worship this all-loving God?

It isn't heaven that awaits you, nor anyone else.
It isn't heaven that awaits you, nor anyone else. | Source

God's Hypocrisy

We have established that God is a pretty cool guy, that he has our best interests in mind and that he can make promises of eternal life if we love him and devote our lives and souls to his cause. Seems no different than any other great con-artist, but let's not forget we are looking at this from the perspective that the Abrahamic God is actually real. Now what is the punishment for disobeying, turning away, and otherwise spitting on the name of God? Let's dive back into scripture and get a good look at what awaits us sinners, where this benevolent God sends dissenters.

"But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”—Revelation 21:8

"They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might"—2 Thessalonians 1:9

"...and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."—Matthew 13:50

"Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels."—Matthew 25:41

"Death and Destruction lie open before the LORD— how much more do human hearts!"—Proverbs 15:11

"Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell."—Matthew 10:28

So what are we able to conclude from all this? Our all-loving, all-knowing, all-good God is going to cast every sinner who turns away from his wonderful love into a lake made of burning sulfur. Mind you, God only does this because he loves them and is upset that they turned from his goodness. Luckily, he doesn't have to feel guilty about this because he says that technically it wasn't him who denied you access to heaven it was you and now the Devil is going to torture you for all eternity because of it. What sins other than turning away from God's love, the love that allows people to suffer for all of eternity in a lake of burning sulfur, send us down into the pits of hell?

I'd eat the apple in a heartbeat.
I'd eat the apple in a heartbeat. | Source

Sins and Other Goodies

It has been established now that you are the one, allegedly, in control of your life under God and that he takes no responsibility for your actions despite creating you, your operating system, all the rules, and having the power to stop you at any time. It seems pretty silly to me that our God doesn't just make life good for us like his life up in paradise must be, where we are all supposedly heading if we love him and live for him anyways, but instead leaves us here on earth with the ever-present temptation of all the wonderful and fun sinning. It is a bit convoluted, especially when our God isn't held to the same standard, but here are some verses from scripture to help you know what makes you a filthy sinner unworthy of paradise and deserving only of eternal suffering.

"The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God."—Galations 5:10-21

"Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming."—Colossians 3:5-6

"If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them."—James 4:17

"All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away."—Isaiah 64:6

"Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy."—Proverbs 28:13

“There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him, haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.”—Proverbs 6:16-19

James 4:17 is my favorite verse in the entire bible, because if I do ever get to meet the Abrahamic God I'm going to smack him in the face with it. The man can't even live up to his own standards, but now we have a pretty comprehensive list for the sins we shouldn't be committing unless the burning sulfur Jacuzzi sounds good to you. I don't know about you, but I've turned from God all over again.

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This angel's eyes say it all, "God doesn't love anyone but himself."
This angel's eyes say it all, "God doesn't love anyone but himself." | Source

Turn From God While You Still Can

All of this has successfully made me sick to my stomach, but it did bring me to a hilarious realization. This realization was about Satan, and how he is most commonly represented as having a goat head. Is this because Beelzebub, Satanas, Belial, the beast with many names, is actually a scapegoat for God and his sadistic needs to boil the souls of his less-than-righteous followers? I'd venture to say that this has some merit to it, and already exists as a theory, but I can't be pressed to investigate that right now as all this toxic religious filth is already taking its toll on my psyche. This is why I turned from God in the first place.

I'd never follow a leader, a God, who promises anyone eternal suffering for any reason. Especially not a God who can't live up to his own standards, allowing heinous acts to be committed around the world on a daily, even minute-by-minute basis. It seems that no matter what sort of criticisms you bring against the abuse that this deity called God commits, he always has an excuse as to why he is better and you are wrong. It is uncanny in behavior to someone with antisocial or narcissistic personality disorder.

Where was God when his followers stood me in front of a class, calling me fat as I was near tears? Where was God when one of his followers attempted to sexually assault me? Where was God when his chosen people were being slaughtered by the millions? Where was God when my mother beat me half to death throughout my entire life? Where is God ever, under any circumstance?

I'm under the impression that religion, Abrahamic religion, is abuse. There is no swaying me otherwise and I can provide much more evidence than any dogmatic religious zealot could. To say I am bigoted when it comes to religion is more than accurate, it is inarguable. God is not real, and no amount of anecdotal, mental gymnast generated, delusional evidence will change my mind.


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    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      14 months ago from California

      Of course, Scorpio, religion has deep philosophical and scholastic value and should never have that value diminished. I was going to mention the inconsistencies you did, but many of those disabled the ad revenue for the article so I was forced by HubPages to remove them. Hopefully these comments don't get it disabled!

      As I stated to dave here in the comments earlier, I'm going to wait until I die to have any real opinion on God as a deity and then adjust accordingly. Unless physics gets out of its sixty year slump and solves the God conundrum before I die, I just can't bring myself to speculate.

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      14 months ago from Chicago

      I tend to believe God made man and man made religion.

      The bible is filled with inconsistencies!

      Essentially it was ancient form of government designed to control the masses. Anyone who studies how the bible was put together should have some questions. The whole bible canonization process should give everyone reason to pause.

      A group of (men) decided which "books" to include/exclude.

      We are to believe that none of these men had a hidden agenda, political motives, or desires to acquire power. Essentially no one was corrupt back in those days! hmmmm

      Now let us examine a couple of interesting scriptures:

      Exodus 20:13 - "Thy shall not kill" (One of the Ten Commandments)

      Exodus 21:17 (Mind you just one chapter later states)

      "Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death."

      Exodus 31: 15

      "Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death."

      Numbers 31:17-18

      "Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath ... that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves." (An order to kill women and children)

      {Was there an asterisk next to "thy shall not kill"?} LOL!

      Nevertheless I believe there is something to be learned from some parables and there is oftentimes wisdom buried beneath.

      Matthew 6:33 "seek ye first the kingdom of God"

      Luke 17:21 " the kingdom of God is {within you}"

      John 10:34

      "Jesus said Is it not written in your Law, 'I have said you are "gods"?"

      Ecclesiastes 7:20

      "For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not."

      Matthew 22:39 "...Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      14 months ago from California

      I appreciate your input and perspective on the matter, Jessie! Thanks for commenting, and feel free to expand upon your beliefs. Would always love to hear more!

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      Jessie Davis 

      14 months ago

      God is real he helped Moses free the Israelite's he is watching over us right now he made us, he made Adam and Eave witch had children and their children had children and so point is God is real Jesus is to that is my point.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      14 months ago from California

      Thank you for sharing such personal information, Jayn, I'm happy to hear you are comfortable in your beliefs. There are too many being forced into silence and ignorance for the sake of organized religion, and I'm glad you were able to escape such limiting mentalities with your sisters, and raise a son who loves you so much!

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      Jayn Cameron 

      14 months ago

      I've struggled with this question all my life. At my age, 66, I tend to believe more in the power of the universe, rather than that of one god. I strongly believe in reincarnation and have since I was a small child. I was raised in a Southern Baptist Church. I never fit in as they refused to answer any questions, especially since I was female. How dare a WOMAN question, anyone, in CHURCH? That was my first awareness of the fact that organized religion and I were not going be friends. Nothing they tried to teach me made sense. I was too young to march with Gloria Steinum but I was there in spirit. I knew I was just as good as my 2 brothers, and enlisted my 2 sisters in my cause. I do try to live by the creed to treat others as I want to be treated. I have a 40-year old son who thinks I was the best mother anyone ever had. He's wrong, but I'm happy to let him think that! I am a retired Registered Nurse and I have been with a lot of patients when they died. For almost all of them, it was a very peaceful experience, so I don't really fear death. I'm a believer in all the life-after-death experiences I've read about although I've only had a few patients experience them. I enjoyed your article and agree with most of it. Thanks for your insight!

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      14 months ago from California

      I appreciate your outlook on God, Dave. Personally, I'm going to wait to die to have any well thought out opinions on the matter other than those I already hold. Once I die, I'll adjust accordingly.

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      14 months ago

      Kyler , Very interesting write up. I have met a few people that were beaten by their religious parents. I don't think god is the creator, I believe it is the great spirit that is the creator. The bible is created by corrupt human beings. Dave


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