• Kneel Before Your Loving Father!

    Some of you may not know this, but I am a loving father. I have two young children at home with me and like all loving parents I only want the best for them. So over the weekend, I demanded that my 3 1/2-year-old son kneel before me and worship me. I even allowed him to see me, which is more than I can say for parental deities.

    I love my son and I really want him to love me back so I gave him the choice. If he kneels before me and worships me completely with all of his heart and mind, I will give him cookies and cake for every meal forever. But if he disobeys me even in the slightest, he will be beaten continuously for every day of his life. Sounds fair, right?

    Even though I know my son very well, I was shocked that when I commanded him to go to bed, he rebelled against me. He knew the consequences and he still rebelled. But since I love him, I gave him a way out. I gave him a chance to be forgiven. I could put his 10-month-old sister in harm’s way and allow her to be tortured and killed and then I can have my son worship her as well as me from here on out. That makes sense, right?

    If he doesn’t accept my sacrifice of his little sister (my only begotten daughter) I will have to go ahead and beat him continuously for all eternity. I am after all a just father and those are the rules. If I let my son get away with rebelling against me at bedtime and not worshipping me and the sacrifice of his sister, then I wouldn’t be a very just and loving father, would I?

    This is of course a ridiculous scenario and because I actually do love my son, I would never beat him nor would I give him cookies and cake for every meal. I don’t support any form of corporal punishment nor should any kid have that much sugar .  I want to make that very clear. I still love my son even though he doesn’t like to go to bed on time and often times disobeys and rebels against me. He is a typical preschooler. But this situation mirrors the situation that Christianity purports to set up.

    This is in fact the core of the Christian religion. A so called “loving” God demands that we worship and obey him. He created us and can do with us as he pleases. When we don’t obey him, we are threatened with eternity torture in Hell. Then he changes his mind out of “love” and puts another being in harm’s way (his only begotten son, Jesus). He allows Jesus to get tortured and to die (but only for three days) and then we are told that we must accept his sacrifice and now worship him too or else the threat of eternal torture in Hell is still on because after all, God is a “just” God.

    I don’t know how Christians define “love” and “justice,” but I have a very different view of those virtues. This is one of the many reasons why I consider the Christian religion to be immoral and wrong. Of course, I also consider the Christian religion to be bullshit too; so there is that. Not only is it immoral and unjust, it is also fiction.

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    Article by: Staks Rosch

    Staks Rosch is a writer for the Skeptic Ink Network & Huffington Post, and is also a freelance writer for Publishers Weekly. Currently he serves as the head of the Philadelphia Coalition of Reason and is a stay-at-home dad.

    5 comments

    1. And this is only the short version…

      You could add that you had a large offspring before, but as many misbehave, and just as you are, you locked them all in your motor-home and rolled it down the lake. But, you are a loving father, so you tipped off three of them to escape through the only unlocked window.

      But then you had your favorite, the chosen one. And you promised him the best bedroom in the house, but as you already gave that bedroom before to his siblings, you ordered him to conquer that bedroom by killing anyone who opposes it.
      And as a loving father you helped that conquest.
      But your chosen one disobeyed your order to kill them (because he left one of his siblings alive), so just and loving as your are, you had to punish him. Only his future offspring would be able to enter the promised bedroom.

    2. Great illustration.
      Mark Twain summed this scenario up with this quote: “Christians are equally offended when they hear Christianity questioned or see it practiced.”

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