I’m reading Jack Miles’s God: A Biography.
His chapter on Job convinces me that:
- “The Lord” (Yahweh) of the Jews was a psychopath.
- “God” (elohim) referred to benevolent entities.
- The “Judeo-Christian” tradition is an amalgam of beliefs that Jesus expressly rejected, glommed together with a perverted version of his views thanks to early power-crazed ecclesiasts in cahoots with secular rulers to create a “scriptural basis” for authoritarianism and their roles as authorities.
I’m leaning towards the idea that if Jesus’ “heavenly father” (whatever that referred to) had in fact been involved with Abraham and his descendants, it would have been because they were the most brutal, psychotic people he could find — the ultimate challenge on which to demonstrate the power of love. If not, the demented God of Abraham chose him and them precisely because they were the most brutal, psychotic people he could find.
Miles writes about a unique, Jewish form of wisdom:
So the “Jewish version of wisdom” sees God thinking like a psychopath who behaves reasonably and consistently when he feels like it, but not when he decides otherwise for any reason at all of his own inexplicable choosing. This strengthens my impression that Jewish thinking is at its core a kind of schizoid fusion of contradictories, where love is proved by violent hatred, and violence is a form of love — a faith with insanity at its core. I suppose that this isn’t more self-contradictory or dissociative than the Tao, except that I’ve never gotten from Lao-Tzu the sense of self-justified abuse and I-do-whatever-the-fuck-I-want-because-I-can that I get from reading the Old Testament.
Me too. Struck dumb. The mixture is either incoherent or psychotic or both. Unless the two “personalities” are not facets of the same being.
Miles goes so far as to say that the notion of virtue that prevails in Judeo-Christian-sculpted societies was authored by the devil, and I’d love to hear cogent arguments that show it’s not:
What an evil bastard.