Jew, Christian, Muslim, etc. whichever one's tradition, the creator god breathed his word and will into a 'prophet'.
What terrific jape was his game when he delivered these intransigently incompatible disparate paths?
Too choose to breathe different versions of his word and will to numerous tribes, knowing that very action would bring millions of senseless deaths, is at best unbelievably shortsighted and at worst totally evil!
A persons ability to comprehend a religious text is not a matter of choice - it's partly genetics, partly education - nature and nurture combine and then you either get 'it' or you don't. Can lack of faith, by one who is born too dim to understand, or too smart to ignore the faults, or why-ever else one might not be able to believe the man made texts, really be the work of a right and just god?
All human's have a subconscious personal agenda, flaws born from life experiences and a lifetime's miscomprehensions and misconceptions of the meanings of words and phrases, so each human would write down a story they'd heard in their own 'style'.
This style would almost certainly not be written so that everyone would understand it; it would most likely not even be in the head of the writer to deliberately write it that way.
Would a benevolent god choose to leave it up to a single flawed human to deliver the MEANING, the most important core, of the god's message?
Remember, as the great majority 'believers' view it, their god is gambling with the individual's eternal damnation; gambling that the individual will have been born with the gene that allows him to decipher a message cloaked in thousands of years of other peoples interpretations. And, when one considers with the click of his fingers the god could have made it so that all readers inherently understood his words, to leave his "children's" decision to the whim of religious doctrine is some evil gamble!1
Surely it would have been much fairer of a benevolent God to make sure, by providing an indisputably divine text, that if an individual chooses to reject the god, then the individual has done so knowing, for sure, exactly what he is rejecting.
proof denies faith
but for me, the very
absence of a blatantly divine text proves
that the god of the scriptures
cannot be benevolent.
(1) Of course he's not gambling; for the god of the scriptures it's ALL a sure thing - Check out Religious Free Will - The Ultimate Oxymoron, and Let's think about God - the multiverse's first bastard? for a closer look at this.
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