Sunday, January 28, 2007

How Much Evidence Does One Need (To Admit That ‘God’ Is A Monstrous Lie)?

Mikhail Bakunin (1814 -1876CE) is considered to be one of the fathers of modern anarchism, and is a personal hero of mine.

In one of his seminal works, ‘God and the State’, which can be read in full here, Bakunin wrote, inter alia:

Jehovah, who of all the good gods adored by men was certainly the most jealous, the most vain, the most ferocious, the most unjust, the most bloodthirsty, the most despotic, and the most hostile to human dignity and liberty-Jehovah had just created Adam and Eve, to satisfy we know not what caprice; no doubt to while away his time, which must weigh heavy on his hands in his eternal egoistic solitude, or that he might have some new slaves. He generously placed at their disposal the whole earth, with all its fruits and animals, and set but a single limit to this complete enjoyment. He expressly forbade them from touching the fruit of the tree of knowledge. He wished, therefore, that man, destitute of all understanding of himself, should remain an eternal beast, ever on all-fours before the eternal God, his creator and his master. But here steps in Satan, the eternal rebel, the first freethinker and the emancipator of worlds. He makes man ashamed of his bestial ignorance and obedience; he emancipates him, stamps upon his brow the seal of liberty and humanity, in urging him to disobey and eat of the fruit of knowledge.

He continues:

We know what followed. The good God, whose foresight, which is one of the divine faculties, should have warned him of what would happen, flew into a terrible and ridiculous rage; he cursed Satan, man, and the world created by himself, striking himself so to speak in his own creation, as children do when they get angry; and, not content with smiting our ancestors themselves, he cursed them in all the generations to come, innocent of the crime committed by their forefathers. Our Catholic and Protestant theologians look upon that as very profound and very just, precisely because it is monstrously iniquitous and absurd. Then, remembering that he was not only a God of vengeance and wrath, but also a God of love, after having tormented the existence of a few milliards of poor human beings and condemned them to an eternal hell, he took pity on the rest, and, to save them and reconcile his eternal and divine love with his eternal and divine anger, always greedy for victims and blood, he sent into the world, as an expiatory victim, his only son, that he might be killed by men. That is called the mystery of the Redemption, the basis of all the Christian religions. Still, if the divine Savior had saved the human world! But no; in the paradise promised by Christ, as we know, such being the formal announcement, the elect will number very few.

But still the disingenuous, the mendacious, and the outright mentally dysfunctional claim that their god exists, and that they are delighted to serve ‘Him’.

Which begs the question: Just how much evidence does one need to admit that all gods are monstrous lies and mere figments of the human imagination?


Papalazarou said...

Bakhunin is like Marx - great at the analysis but questionable on the action side of things. How could anyone disagree with his analysis of the Abrahamic God model? More importantly how could anyone in their right mind go along with a god like that?

The Merchant of Menace said...

The only people in their right mind who go along with that crap are the manipulative exploiters of the intellectually dysfunctional.

In other words, everyone who claims to be 'a person of faith' is either a liar or a loonie.

Papalazarou said...

or a member of the exploitative priesthood?

The Merchant of Menace said...

That goes without saying.

Charlatans, all of them.