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The biggest Red Flags in the Bible

Updated on November 1, 2015
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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.

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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.

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      John Colarusso 2 years ago

      Am I denying anything that you are saying? I keep saying I believe it is good to study it. I am just against the practice of the religions. Can you imagine a world where there never was and never would br religion? It is impossible, because it is such a radical veiw point. While I do hope I see the end of religions, we have thousands apon thousands of years of religions and cultures to study. The only thing you said that I dissagree with is your statement of all culture, art, and science stem from religion. No it does not, some do but not all, obviously

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      Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia

      John

      as I said before people like Sigmund Freud used their knowledge of ancient Greek myths to invent psychology. This is recent in terms of modern history and there are numerous other examples eg indigenous folklore and myths about medicinal plants in their pantheon of gods etc etc

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      John Colarusso 2 years ago

      However while I do think studying ancient times is important, and recognize there conttibutions of time past. There is a reason why we are studying it anf now longer practicing. It is new information that brought about different eras and times. It is ancient past and no longer relevant, excluding those inspired to discover new ideas and things from said ancient ideas. Like I said, there is a reason why they are studied and no longer practiced

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      John Colarusso 2 years ago

      I wouldn't be taking this literally if 2.2 billion people didn't take it serious. I am all for the study of ancient cultures and myths or religions. I believe a better understanding will bring forth greater understanding qnd knowledge. All religions have experation dates, all gods "die". Christianity will be one of them too. However will be and presently are 2 separate times. I live in the now of christianity anf hopefully witnessing its downfall. That way we will have a better and greater understanding of the universe. For the record I love history, always was my favorite subjects, and learning ancient rekigions and cultures was always my favorite parts.

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      Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia

      John

      As "scientists"/anthropologists we need to see where an ancient story has relevance to us even today. That is, if we take a metaphor literally we miss the actual meaning. When we read Shakespeare it is the metaphor and other grammatical devices plus the inner significance of the "message" and meaning that are appreciated. The same goes for the OT and many indigenous myths etc.

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      John Colarusso 2 years ago

      No I am not I keep responding as to how it is contradictory in multiple ways.

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      Asa Schneidermann 2 years ago from Boise

      I showed you how these 2 parts in Scripture are not contradictory, but you just ignore it. You want to find contradictions even when there are none.

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      John Colarusso 2 years ago

      These contradictions aren't necessarily wrong what so ever. These are just 2 contradictons alone that I decided make a case against gods omnipotence, and therfore his all powerfulness. You have neither tried to argue against my points other than cherry picking some of the ideas. I give a couple of different interpretations and reasons. Without the fall of many there is no christian theology at all. Without redemption or bloodlust there wouldn't be either. God can do anything he wants. I make a case arguing that gods hand sweeping over millions and changing their hearts qould be a much better argument for your religion than mass murder, let alone making the piont of a loving forgiving belevolent god more clear.

      Secondly fo I look for contradictions? No I do not. I was farely christian previously, I did my best not to sin. Now in honesty I didn't read the full bible as a christian. When I started to learn things about science I tried to make reasons for god to make sense. It was only after further into my own religious text did my atheism begin to take route. It was in the contradictions that I saw my belief fade to nothingness. I didnt look for the contradictions, infact the very opposite. I looked for god in life and saw no evidence, and no reason for a god to exist

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      John Colarusso 2 years ago

      These contradictions aren't necessarily wrong what so ever. These are just 2 contradictons alone that I decided make a case against gods omnipotence, and therfore his all powerfulness. You have neither tried to argue against my points other than cherry picking some of the ideas. I give a couple of different interpretations and reasons. Without the fall of many there is no christian theology at all. Without redemption or bloodlust there wouldn't be either. God can do anything he wants. I make a case arguing that gods hand sweeping over millions and changing their hearts qould be a much better argument for your religion than mass murder, let alone making the piont of a loving forgiving belevolent god more clear.

      Secondly fo I look for contradictions? No I do not. I was farely christian previously, I did my best not to sin. Now in honesty I didn't read the full bible as a christian. When I started to learn things about science I tried to make reasons for god to make sense. It was only after further into my own religious text did my atheism begin to take route. It was in the contradictions that I saw my belief fade to nothingness. I didnt look for the contradictions, infact the very opposite. I looked for god in life and saw no evidence, and no reason for a god to exist

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      Asa Schneidermann 2 years ago from Boise

      You say there are other contradictions, yet you got these 2 supposed contradictions wrong. Perhaps other contradictions you supposedly found are not really contradictions either? Suppose you WANT to find contradictions? Suppose you are so religiously following atheism that you will do anything to find a supposed contradiction?

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      John Colarusso 2 years ago

      There is more than just this as contradictory. This is just some things that are also issues with the bible. You may claim that the issue I take with this holy book is ignorant. However I do say in this whether it is actual regret or just the sorrow one may feel, he is an all powerful all knowing god, he knew this would happen. The issue this takes is both with several interpretations, whether it is literal regret or sorrow god could have done anything different, absolutely anything. Unless he didnt actually see it coming meaning he wouldnt be omniscient, meaning he isnt all powerful. I said that and both covered whether he felt actual literal remourse and regret. Not my fault you guys worship a contradiction

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      Asa Schneidermann 2 years ago from Boise

      John - interpretation is different than contradiction. You said that God being eternal and all-knowing does not jib with that fact that He feels regret. My point is that this is neither a contradiction nor a "red flag". It has nothing to do with the Bible not making sense; it has to do with you being ignorant (excuse the harsh word).

      Just because you don't understand something in the Bible does not automatically mean the Bible is wrong, it could mean your thinking is wrong. And I want to point out that in these two instances, your thinking is wrong.

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      John Colarusso 2 years ago

      Throught time yes religion has played a massive part in the way humans are. It has created both great and terrifying cultures, it is merely relative. Art, it is extremely obvious the part religion has played, but religion isnt responsible for art, humans love to create and have passions for certain things. There is also so much beautiful art that has nothing to do with religion, so saying that religion is responsible for art is disingenuous at best. And he sciences, again fairly relative the role religion played. Some sciencess were inspired by religion, were altered because of religion, or religions old sciences were proven wrong because people searched for truth to dissprove. Saying that religion has played a role and an absolute role in everything is completely disingenuous. Yes religion has had its hand in alot, but religion isnt the reason for everything.

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      Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia

      John

      then you must have realised that religion has been responsible for all of humankind's culture,art and science.

      I invite you to take a more anthropological view of religious history and even of mythology. For example the ancient Greek myths heavily influenced Freud in the development of psychology. There are thousands of similar examples eg maths development to track the heavens and time for ceremonial purposes.

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      John Colarusso 2 years ago

      Re:Asa2141 You have some valid points, but it often comes with interpretation like I said several times in this. There are so many things in th bible that fall short. Not just what I state in this. But like I said it is often in interpretation, even within your own religion. If everybody agreed you wouldn't have so many variations on christianity

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      John Colarusso 2 years ago

      Re: Oztinato I do take a look and conssideration of every single religion. It just so happens I live in a heavily christian country, and this article is strictly about chrisstianity

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      Asa Schneidermann 2 years ago from Boise

      Interesting Hub.

      However, I have to disagree with you. Your confusion comes from not understanding the word regret. It's normal. In American culture right now when people use the word "regret", we almost always think of "I wish I hadn't done it!". However, while regret can mean this, it also simply means: "to feel sorrow" or a "feeling of loss".

      God is not think "darn, I should never have made you guys"; He is thinking "darn, why are you guys acting this way?" (tongue-and-cheek)

      The confusion is understandable though because right now most people use the word "regret" to mean "I wish I never would have done that".

      As for the rainbow, God does not need a reminder for Himself because the Bible says He is all-knowing. Even the text you posted does not indicate that God set the rainbow as a reminder for Himself. But God does use earthly means to communicate with man. I guess He could have simply told Noah "I shall never destroy the earth again with water", but He used a sign. I'm glad that He did too! Rainbows are very beautiful!

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      Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia

      A real atheist would look at the old testament with the eyes of a scientist or anthropologist. They would then see a very acient manuscript deeply affected by the cultural milieu it evolved in; and a book filled with poetry,dramma,early ethicss,figures of speech etc. Hence you may or may not be looking at this topic with disappointed eyes and human regret.

      To discuss the entire topic of religion one needs to look at all religion everywhere including indigenous religions and cultures.

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