If you love and respect someone you would never say evil and bad things about them that are not true. This is not the case regarding Jesus* and horrific things he attributed to God that are found in the Bible.
Matthew 15:1-6 tells the story of Jesus having a childish argument with the Jewish scribes and Pharisees. It seems the scribes and Pharisees asked Jesus why his disciples did not follow the traditions of the elders which called for Jews to wash their hands before eating. Jesus responded similar to a child who is asked by a sibling why they have the television so loud even though their parents told them not to, and who retorts, “Oh yeah, well why aren’t you doing your homework like mom and dad told you to do!?”
Verse 3 says that Jesus said, “Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?”
The tradition Jesus found to be objectionable which the Jewish scribes and Pharisees had developed and adopted violated the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament teachings found at Leviticus 20:9 (among several other places) that calls for the killing of children who curse their parents. It claims God said, “For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.”
Verse 4 says that Jesus said, “For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.” (Our Deist Reality Cards offer a very in-depth look at this and other Bible teachings the clergy would rather not talk about.)
It is a slap in the face to God to claim, as the Bible says Jesus claimed, that the ungodly Hebrew Bible/Old Testament teachings to kill your children if they curse you were ordered by God.
This honest profound question by Thomas Paine to all of us can also be asked directly to Jesus who attributed to God an order for parents to kill their own children. In The Age of Reason, The Complete Edition (for Kindle version click here) Paine asked, “Is it because ye are sunk in the cruelty of superstition, or feel no interest in the honor of your Creator, that ye listen to the horrid tales of the Bible, or hear them with callous indifference?”
Paine also wrote, “For what can be greater blasphemy than to ascribe the wickedness of man to the orders of the Almighty?” This is exactly what Jesus was doing in verse 4 when he said, “For God commanded . . . “
Even though I greatly respect our fellow Deist Thomas Jefferson, I disagree with him in his belief that Jesus was a Deist. If Jesus was a Deist he would never have said such a thing as God commanded us to kill our children if they curse us, nor would he have celebrated the Passover horror story in which God slaughters the first born of all the Egyptians which the Last Supper was a celebration of. Instead, Jesus would have done as Paine says all Deists should do when he wrote, “It is a duty incumbent on every true Deist, that he vindicate the moral justice of God against the calumnies of the Bible.”
(*There is very serious doubt as to whether Jesus was even a real person or not. Click here to read both sides of this argument. The author)
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