According to Christians, God possesses three qualities: He is all-knowing, all-powerful and all-good. It is these three qualities that define Him as God, and it is these qualities that set Him apart from all the other false gods. Therefore, it logically follows that if Biblegod failed to possess these three qualities, he would not meet the accepted definition of God as proposed by Christians, and would be reduced to the rank of a false god. In other words, should Biblegod fail to meet the criteria by which he is defined, his very existence must be called into question. I intend to demonstrate Biblegod's failure to exhibit all three of these defining qualities, and offer this as evidence of his non-existence.
Bear in mind that the Bible, for the purpose of this argument, will be approached as a literalist or fundamentalist might approach it - as the inspired Word of God. So this argument is directed primarily toward the more fundamentalist type of Christian.
What follows will be a very brief summary of the evidence, since a complete dissertation with full references would fill a book. However, should anyone require a more in-depth presentation on any of the issues raised, I am more than happy to oblige.
The evidence will be posted in three parts, beginning with...
TESTED CLAIM #1: GOD IS ALL-KNOWING.
1) I propose that an all-knowing God would not infuse his inspired scriptures with erroneous, contradictory and foolish messages, such as the following:
Erroneous biblical messages (only a few from the hundreds on offer):
* Science has proved that an animal's skin color and pattern is determined by genetics. Yet the bible claims young animals born into Jacob's flocks were "streaked, speckled and spotted" as a result of Jacob having the animals view certain designs and patterns while breeding (Genesis 30:37-43). It was a common Bronze Age belief that animals derived their skin patterns in this way, and the Bible supports this mistaken notion.
* Leviticus 11:20-23 states that insects have four legs. This is false. All insects have six legs.
* Matthew places Jesus birth during Herod's reign. Herod died in 4 BC. Luke, however, states that Jesus was born after 6 AD when Quirinius became governor of Syria. This is at least a nine year discrepancy.
* The following passage from Acts 7:14 -16 contains a number of errors:
"Then Joseph sent word and invited Jacob his father and all his relatives to come to him, 75 persons in all. And Jacob went down to Egypt and there he and our fathers died. From there they were removed to Shechem and laid in the tomb which Abraham had purchased for a sum of money from the sons of Hamor in Shechem."
Actually, according to Deut 10:22, Ex 1:5 and Gen 46:27 only 70 people, not 75, went down to Egypt. Also, Abraham did not buy the land, Jacob did. And contrary to the Acts account, only Joseph was buried at Shechem. Jacob was buried in a cave at Machpelah, along with Abraham (Gen 33:18-19; Josh 24:32). Is it likely that an all-knowing God would allow such blatant errors to mar his `inspired' Word?
Contradictory bible messages (again, only a few from the hundreds to choose from):
* "If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true." John 5:31
"Though I bear witness of myself, yet my witness is true." John 8:14
(Jesus speaking in both instances)
* In 1 Chron 21:1, it states that Satan incited David to take a census, but according to 2 Sam 24:1 it was God who incited David to do it.
* I Chron 21: 24-25 says David bought land for the alter from Ornan for 600 sheckles, but 2 Sam 24:24 states that he bought the land from a man named Araunah for only 50 sheckles.
* There were six generations inclusive between Joram and Jotham, according to 1 Cron 3:11-12. Yet Matthew lists only three generations inclusive between Joram and Jotham, (Matt 1: 8-9).
[Note: in order to establish Jesus' divinity, it was important for Matthew to have three lots of 14 generations dating back to Abraham, since the number 14 has spiritual significance in Jewish tradition. His manipulation of the figures in order to achieve this 'spiritual' number reveals a willingness on Matthew's part to alter facts to suit his purpose.]
* Has anyone seen God face to face?
"No man hath seen God at any time." John 1:18
"Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live." Exodus 33:20
"Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God [Jesus], he hath seen the Father." John 6:46
"No man hath seen God at any time." I John 4:12
"For I have seen God face to face." Genesis 32:30
"And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend." Exodus 33:11
"I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee." Job 42:5
Foolish Bible messages:
* In Lev 14:33-57 God prescribed a voodoo-like remedy for curing a leprous house, involving the sprinkling of potions containing bird blood. Unfortunately, houses do not contract leprosy and God's `remedy' would only serve to more fully contaminate any house thus treated.
* God required a woman to marry her rapist (Deut. 22:28-29)
* God judged a woman's menstrual discharge to be unclean and sinful (Lev 15:19-31).
* Jesus cursed and killed a fig tree that was out of season because he could find no figs on it. (Mark 11:13)
* Jesus stated that Christians are able to drink poison without harm. (Mark 16:18)
* Jesus recommended self-castration (Matt 19:12). Many Christians, including Origen, an early Christian apologist, castrated themselves as a result.
* Biblegod recommended killing rebellious children (Deut 21:18), and Jesus further endorsed the practice (Mark 7:10-13; Matthew 15:4-6).
2) I propose that an all-knowing god would not allow his perfect Word to be corrupted by forgeries and interpolations.
Yet examples of such forgeries are found in the last 12 verses in Mark, the story of the adulterous woman in John 8, and the Comma Johanneum in 1 John 5:7-8 (among many others).
3) I propose that an all-knowing god would not allow messianic prophecies presented in the New Testament to be based on misquoted or non-existent Old Testament text.
Yet we discover that Matthew misquoted Old Testament text to improve his Bethlehem prophecy (Compare Micah 5:2 with Matt 2:5-6); severely misquoted OT text in his Judas prophecy (Compare Jer 32:8-9 with Matt 23:3-10); based his virgin birth prophecy on a mistranslated word (the actual Hebrew word means young woman, not virgin, as is wrongly translated in the Septuagint translation); and made reference to non-existent OT text in his Nazareth prophecy (Matt 2:23). Full dissertation on all the above is available on request.
4) I propose that an all-knowing messiah would not make false prophecies concerning his second coming.
Yet Jesus claimed that his second coming would take place
* Before the generation to which he spoke had passed away (Mark 8:37-9:1)
* Before some of those standing before him had died (Matt 24:29-34)
* Before the gospel had been preached throughout Judea (Matt 10:23)
His non-appearance created embarrassment for Christians in the first centuries AD who fully expected him to return within the generation following his death, as he had promised.
5) I propose an all-knowing god would not, in forming his one true faith, steal his main doctrines from pre-existing faiths.
Yet Christianity appears to have borrowed nearly all of its theology and doctrine from Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Persian beliefs, involving the gods Mithras, Osiris, Attis, Dionysus, and Zoroaster among others. These gods were worshipped long before the birth of Christ. Parallels between Christianity and these earlier religions include: dying and resurrecting god/men; crucifixion; resurrection from the dead; a devil; doctrines on heaven, hell and judgment; Baptism, the Eucharist; virgin birth, (virgin birth was a pre-requisite for any god). Christians borrowed from these earlier doctrines to form their own theology - not vice versa, since Christianity came later. Early Christian apologists such as Justin Martyr and Tertullian tried to explain these obvious parallels between Christianity and paganism as a Satanic attempt to mimic Gods truth in advance in order to cause doubt in believers.
Thus ends my refutation that Biblegod is all-knowing. Once some of the above points have been discussed, I will present the second installment dealing with the claim that he is all-powerful. I look forward to your responses.