So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
If you are a devout Christian, a “Bible Pusher” don't read any further...you're going to be pissed.
—God’s nature being holy, pure and righteous. In fact, David writes, “For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you” (Psalm 5:4 emphasis added). God is holy and hates sin. If He did not hate sin, He would not be holy. God is love, but He is also wrath, justice, and vengeance. But His wrath is a holy wrath and His justice and vengeance are holy as well. God’s love is holy. Therefore, He cannot "love everyone all the time no matter what they do," as some like to claim. Nothing could be further from the truth. God loves righteousness and holiness and hates sin and evil. If He did not, He would not be God.
Now, as for being made in his image, I hope not...I mean, I am as unlike God as anything out there. I have a conscience and a moral compass, (it excludes sin as it is an absurd concept) I don't kill, I don't hurt others, I treat everyone as I would like to be treated...so be it if is “the Golden Rule”.
What Richard Dawkins says about the Bible:
“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticide, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
Now, men of the cloth and religious scholars will tell you that people are just misquoting the Bible, which is just like a newspaper recording the current events...kind of thingie...because it is mainly poetry and wisdom. They further justify the actions of this violent God by saying that if it is God doing it, then it is quite acceptable.
“For those people that love to misquote the Bible, and point out various passages out of context, so let's begin with a lesson in Bible 101.
There are historical accounts and real stories of events that took place and are recorded in the Bible. There are also books in the Old Testament that are mainly poetry and wisdom.”
“Every passage of the Bible should be examined individually. There is no blanket statement for this. However, the atheist is only interested in one thing: To prove that God is not a loving God.”
further they repeat that: “Does New Channel 6 promote prostitution because it reported it on last night's news?
Of course not. Neither does the Bible.”
Just because something is reported and recorded in the Bible, doesn't mean that God promotes it. The Bible teaches to love all people, even those that hate you.”
Sanitize it any way you want assholes, too bad it is written clearly that shit like this pleases God...just like “A burning bull carcass is a pleasing odor to God: “The priest is to burn all of the bull on the altar. It is a burnt offering, an offering made by fire, an aroma pleasing to the Lord.” (Lev. 1:9)
And the problem is compounded by the fact that so many millions actually believe this crap and are willing to replicate it.
The conflict I see is that far too many Christians take the Scriptures literally. The Bible itself replaces God and Jesus and we all know that is idolatry...worshipping an inanimate object.
There are more than 10,000 canonized Roman Catholic saints. Or if it tickles your guilt, you can worship a moribund Christ on the cross...morbid, if you ask me and designed to draw out your sense of pity...or you don't have to be monotheistic...you have a fantastic paranoid God with three personalities in the trilogy of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost!
Throughout history we've had people worshipping many things, many Gods. Today, there are as many interpretations of the Scriptures as there are Christian denominations, perhaps a lot more. These so-called Christians are not only hurting themselves but hurting others along the way by interpreting the Scriptures literally.
But a God that is capable of genocide, fratricide, homicide, infanticide, subject his faithful to untold indignities and harshness, one that dishes out natural disasters and wars...that is not the God of love...nor will it ever be regardless of what the religious leaders tell us...no, that is more like the Devil...or are they one of the same? That God does not deserve to be neither worshiped or praised...nor should we direct to it with any wishful thinking (prayers) imploring his intervention.