Essay:About the evil inherent in the Christian God

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For the purpose of discussion, this essay assumes the Christian God exists, and what the bible writes about Him in the referenced sections is actually true. The purpose of this essay is to show that the God described in the bible is not actually as good and just as his worshippers claim him to be.

What the Bible says Why this shows God to be evil.

Setting up Man[edit]

Genesis 2:16-17
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

This is like saying to a kid that he can eat all cookies in the jar, except the chocolate chip cookie, making it basically impossible for the kid to resist temptation and not eat it. I wouldn't exactly call that something a good and just person would do. If it was so vital that a tree such as that exists, why place it in an easily accessible spot?

Good old jealousy[edit]

Genesis 11:4-9
And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.
So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

Since apparently God deems it not right for humanity to be able to everything they deem to do (No matter the morality of those possible actions), God has the right to prevent this. This seems a form of censorship not unlike that seen on Conservapedia. Really, this seems to be more a case of jealousy that morality,

How about mind control[edit]

Exodus 3:19-21
And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand.
And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go.
And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty.
Exodus 7:3
And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt.
Exodus 7:13
And he hardened Pharaoh's heart, that he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.
Exodus 7:22
And the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments: and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, neither did he hearken unto them; as the LORD had said.

So, God promises that the Egyptians will give 'his' people many presents, however, in order to do this, he has to bully them first. In order to bully them, he has to make sure they can't leave too early. In order to accomplish this, God had to control the mind of the Pharaoh. I believe many Christians claim God wants free will to exist.