What if you were tasked with making up a new god. Your only experience has been with powerful, autocratic and self appointed god-like leaders.
Let’s say those god-like leaders would have been Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao and the current Syrian President Assad. For a god to be like these historical leaders he would be ruthless, engage in mass murder, be cunning and spare no mercy in hanging onto power.
This was, in fact, the experience of those who came up with the Jewish, and later Christian, god. They had not known of a society that was run on anything but the ruthless take-no-prisoners-god-like humans.
This concept of a self appointed all powerful god is what we see in the Bible. The reason it appears like humans the writers knew is because humans made up the god. In other words, humans made their god in their own image.
Have you ever noticed the most common question asked of singers, song writers and sometimes visual artists? The question is, “Who were your influences?” Or, “Which other artists influenced you?
The only way we can understand the Jewish/Christian god is to ask the artists, those writers of the Bible, “Who influenced you?” Since they have been dead for thousand or two years, we have to look at their artistry and compare it to what we know they experienced in their lifetimes and their parents’ lifetimes.
By making a god who reflects man, man’s character flaws can be blamed on the god.
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