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Is God the Devil? Jehovah as the Lord of Darkness [Part III]
Pact with the Jews?
In antiquity Jews admit the existence of several gods, Jehovah was just one more of them; clear evidence of this is the first commandment: "Thou shalt have no other gods". Neighboring people had different deities and worshiped them. Jehovah was the deity chosen by them, and with them he sealed a covenant, an alliance, the very name "Testament" derives from it, it is the Old Covenant. Think, if God did indeed create the universe and the world, why would he have only ONE CHOSEN PEOPLE? Rather than end the suffering of the Jews, why not eradicate ALL SUFFERING?
What kind of creature needs blind worship? What makes parents and lovers kill themselves in his name? Read the book of Exodus, 32: 26-28:
26 So he stood at the entrance to the camp and said, “Whoever is for the LORD, come to me.” And all the Levites rallied to him. 27 Then he said to them, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor.’ ” 28 The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died.
And so Jehovah had his chosen people slaughter themselves... But not only that, the slaughter was the result of a negotiation with Moses himself! As soon as he set the Jews free from Egypt, he called Moses to his presence. As Moses delayed to return and speak to the people that he had released, they raised a golden calf and worshiped him instead. Jehovah lost his mind and decided to kill everyone (it would be the second extermination, the first being the Flood) and preserve only Moses, as he had done with Noah. But then Moses intervened in Exodus 32: 11-12 saying:
11 But Moses sought the favor of the LORD his God. “LORD,” he said, “why should your anger burn against your people, whom you brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand? 12 Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out, to kill them in the mountains and to wipe them off the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people.
God then, decides that Moses was right, the Egyptians would "speak badly of him". So why not go and destroy the gossiping Egyptians? Hell no! Obviously it's better to teach a lesson to the "chosen ones." And so the agreement continues, generation after generation, that is, until the coming of Christ.