The biggest Red Flags in the Bible
1: God feels regret
I didn't think of these as issues with the bible when I was myself a Christian. I thought about Gods automatic all powerfulness, and assumed he was absolutely infallible. This was until I thought deep about the issues in the bible. Along with the many contridictions in the bible there were a couple things in particular that really conflicted with our idea of God.
If yoou are a Christian of any kind you obviously believe that god is all knowing and all powerful, omnicent and omnipresent. This would of course translate over to the absolute word of such an infallible being. If you believe that the bible is the true word of god translated to humans for us to follow him. If you believe that then you can't argue about anything that your perfect book says.
The first thing that really got to me about the character of god was in the Noah story. "Genesis 6:6 The Lord regretted that he had made the human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled." Here is the issue with that one sentence in the bible. According to christians, and the bible, God is all knowing and all powerful. God has a plan for the entire human race, and everything falls in place. The entire christian theology revolves around this concept of gods plan and omniscience. However that one verse and phrase alone can honestly crumble this concept below its feet. Why does it crumble? It is in the fact that the claims of gods omnicense is crushed by the single word, "Regret". Why does this all powerful all knowing being feel regret in his creation. On top of his omnisciences, he has this grand plan for the human race, every individual, and the universe. Why does he feel regret if he knew the human race would be completely evil, and he knew he would have to kill them all. Now of course anybody who creates something, and eventually has to destroy it will feel regret and remorse. Maybe even an all knowing being can feel remorse and regret to destroy his creations, but he is all powerful. He could have merely changed everybody, or done something else to deter the human race from their own downfall. He could have done literally anything else to stop the humans, or even change them so that he wouldn't need to kill them or even feel his ownn regret.
So the big question is why would this all powerful, all knowing god even feel regret. He is completely all knowing and all powerful. This means he doesn't need to ever feel regret, he knows what is coming, and he knows any possible way he can prevent such a travesty. Why doesn't he want to change all of human kind, change their hearts and feelings. It would be a much better display of his powers to sweep his hands over all of the human race and change their ways of living, as opposed to killing everybody on earth. Of course changing entire cultures would be more of an argument in your religious favor, instead of the phrase that your God "Regretted making the human beings of the earth."
This is the first really big flag in the bible that helped lead me to skepticism. It was such a minor detail that poked such a large hole in the theology of christianity. This pokes such a big hole in the bible, while also showing one of the many ways that god isn't actually omniscient. "Now why does gods omniscience really matter?" Some apologists might add, "Doesn't that just show that god isn't responsible for the supposed evils of the world?" Which might be right, doesn't that just void every atheist argument out there? Not necesssarily. This big hole in gods omniscience creates this big hole in his all powerfulness. If he isn't all powerful, what is to say that anything in the bible is true? If he is not all powerful what is to say his word is true? His creation of the universe is true? And most importantly what is his to prove his truth? There is nothing, there is literally no argument to prove any validity in the bible if your god isn't even as consistant or as perfect as his supposed word says. Without is allknowingness, and all powerfullness, he is merely imperfect. That makes his ways of thinking, invalid out dated and completely irrelivent to listen to anymore. The mere idea that a perfect god can feel regret destroys the perfect theology that it was trying to build up.
2: God needs a reminder
If gods omniscience wasn't previously contradicted with gods regret for creating the human race, here comes another simple phrase that I believe completely contadicts the notion of gods omniscience, therefore also destroying his all powerfulness.
First off after God had to completely flooded the earth to kill all the wicked and sinners of the world. Of course excluding some of Noahs family so they could repopulate the world. Now we know that eventually the rains stopped the floods eventually drained from the world.We are going to ignore the problems with this story, like inbreeding, or the fact that there is no firmament filled with water above us or even a dome aymore, and lets ignore the issues that a mass flood would do to the ground and soil of the world, or even the capacity of water it would take to flood the earth. Let us focus on something instead much more flamboyant. Rainbows!
The rainbow is a sign of the covenant with God and the earth. "Genesis 9:13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth." Now here is the thing about this, let us look at the statement for a second, "a sign of the covenant" that statement can mean many many things. First of all let us establish the obvious, god wants the rainbow so he can show us that he has a covenant with the earth and will never flood it again. Now I say flood instead of harm the earth because he still allows natural disasters of seveal kinds, which I am sure harms the earth not only humans. That is the simplest meaning behind this phrase, however this is not only what it means.
The second way this is very commonly interpreted. It is not only a covinent with the earth, but a reminder also. How might thiis reminder be for?Well the obvious answer would be that it is a reminder of gods power and might to the people of earth. Now 1 issue steps up with this interpretation of the rainbow being a reminder. That is of course that although it may be a sign and reminder of gods will power and might, but this would also remind the people that god would never do a mass murdering flood like that again, basically meaning the people of earth could become as evil as possible without any worry of god stepping in to wipe out the human race in a second go around. But that would never happen with a perfect word thaat transcends all of time right? Nor would it be a problem for a all powerful god to just change the minds of the population if such a thing happened right? Now here comes the next problem with a different interpretation, it is not only a reeminder for the humans, but a reminder for god himself. If it is a reminder for god than again his omniscience makes no sense. Why would an all knowing god need a reminder of something? Does he casually forgets that he can't wipe out the human race every other tuesday? Then he looks over sees a rainbow and is like "wait nope I guess I can't do that. I forgot again silly me. Guess I'll watch Brreaking Bad instead." The very concept of an all knowing god needing aa reminder is such a silly notion to think, that it is so easy to imagine such a situation playing out like that.
It is the mere idea that God needs a reminder, that again pokes maybe even a bigger hole in the bible than the idea of him feeling regret. Why does this seemingly perfect god need a reminder to stop himself. If he is as powerful and all knowing as the bible states than he would both know what is coming ahead of time and simply just move on from it without feeling regret or ever needing a reminder. The big question is why does anybody think this makes sense? How can anybody know even these simple details that just crumble their god as they know it and continue to believe? The continued belief is from the apologists and the stubborn that continually find reasons and excuses for how and why theiir god is all powerful. The simple fact is if you are christian, you must believe in the bible, because without the bible your theology doesn't exist or even work out. However if you believe in the bible you need to understand these drastic issues with the bible, which poke a hole in your god that this bible and theology revolve around.