Why have Christians decided that god is an angry alpha male?
WHAT IS GOD LIKE?
Christians tell us that we are made in God’s image. I ask, if god is ‘not of this
world’, why would he look like us? Surely, as ‘Creator of the Universe’, he has no
need of an Earthly appearance? He is an alien, isn’t he? Maybe he’s green with purple
spots! Perhaps he has a space suit - conditions are harsh elsewhere in the Universe!
Then Christians show us pictures of Jesus: he’s a Caucasian! Why Caucasian? Why isn’t
he ethnically African or Asian? Does this mean that Africans and Asians are not
made in God’s image? Poor them! Or could it be because the Jesus story was made up
in the Middle East and that’s why the artists drew a white man? Did man create God
rather than the other way round?
The Bible is full of references to man’s Earthly world, for example:
The Kingdom of heaven: kingdoms are human territorial artifacts
Lord: Lords are human rulers in early society
Wrath: wrath isa human emotion
Father: a father isa human relative
Son: a son is another human relative
House of god: houses are human constructions
Worship: worship is a human behaviour
Bow down: so is to bow down
Why would a being who has been around since before the Universe began (13.7 billion
years ago) need to copy mankind? Humans are newcomers who only appeared about 200,000
years ago! Surely this is evidence that we made God rather than the other way round,
isn’t it? Christians are happy to accept that man invented Zeus, Anubis, Thor, Ganesh,
Shiva and all the other gods from other religions. Why do they have a blind spot
about their own creation?
Imagining that they are privileged to have a hotline to God is another weird characteristic
of some religious people. The most recent example is Harold Camping, a Californian
Christian radio preacher who falsely predicted apocalypse. He claimed that on May
21, 2011, Jesus Christ would return to Earth, the righteous would fly up to heaven
(the ‘Rapture’), and then there would follow five months of fire, brimstone and plagues
on Earth, with millions of people dying each day, culminating on October 21, 2011,
with the end of the world. How charmingly loving of god!