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Mankind always applies human characteristics to non-human things, and gods are no exception: giving them human frailties such as anger, jealousy, hatred, prejudice, etc. Following are some examples of the human characteristics of the gods.

“And they heard the voice of the lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the lord God amongst the trees of the garden.” “And the lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?” [Gen 3:8,9]

“He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them.” (God, upon unbelievers & disobedient) [Psa 78: 49]

"And the peaceable habitations are cut down because of the fierce anger of the Lord" [Jere 25: 37]

"For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God." [Deut 4: 24]

"(For the Lord thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the Lord thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth." [Deut 6: 15]

"So will I make my fury toward thee to rest, and my jealousy shall depart from thee, and I will be quiet, and will be no more angry." [Eze 16: 42]

 “And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:” “And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.” [Exo 33: 22-23]

“And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.” [Exo 31: 18]

“Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel:” “And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness.” “And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink.” [Exo 24: 9-11]

(Jacob) “...for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” [Gen 32: 30]

God forgot that people had seen him, and said:

“...Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.” [Exo 33: 20]

In Genesis, we have the gods worrying that, now man has knowledge, immortality is all that separates humans from gods.

“And the lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever:” “So he drove out the man;...” [Gen 3:22,24]

This fear had led the gods to lie to man for the first time:

“But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” [Gen 2:17]

Later, the gods were again afraid that man would slip from their control with the building of the tower of Babel, and took action.

“And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.” “And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.” “ Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language,...” [Gen 11:5-7]

God lies to Abraham, to test his faith.

“...God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham:...” “...Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains...” [Gen 22:1-2]

But at the moment Abraham was about to kill his son:

“And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.” [Gen 22:12]

God protected his prophet Elisha, in a way that modern society would find excessively evil:

“And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head.” “And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.” [2 Kings 2:23-24]

God commits sins, and must repent:

God had become angry, and decided to kill everyone. Moses reminded God of his sworn promise to the people, and talked him out of it.

“And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.” [Exo 32:14]

God loses control again, because of King David taking a census:

“And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was destroying, the Lord beheld, and he repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed, It is enough, stay now thine hand. And the angel of the Lord stood by the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.” [1 Chron 21: 15]

(God speaking) "If so be they will hearken, and turn every man from his evil way, that I may repent me of the evil, which I purpose to do unto them because of the evil of their doings." [Jere 26: 3]

"...for I repent me of the evil that I have done unto you." [Jere 42: 10]

The Bible contradicts itself on this point:

“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent:...” [Numb 23: 19]

God created heaven and earth in only six days, but still had to take a rest afterward.

“For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” [Exo 20: 11]

“...for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.” [Exo 31: 17]


God sleeps at night; which explains why he is unaware of so many events.

(God speaking) "Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt unto this day I have even sent unto you all my servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them:" [Jere 7: 25]

"And the Lord hath sent unto you all his servants the prophets, rising early and sending them; but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear." [Jere 25: 4]

"To hearken to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I sent unto you, both rising up early, and sending them, but ye have not hearkened;" [Jere 26: 5]

“Because they have not hearkened to my words, saith the Lord, which I sent unto them by my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them; but ye would not hear, saith the Lord.” [Jere 29: 19]

"...I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye hearkened not unto me." "I have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them..." [Jere 35: 14-15]

"Howbeit I sent unto you all my servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, saying, Oh, do not this abominable thing that I hate." [Jere 44: 4]

"For I earnestly protested unto your fathers in the day that I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, even uto this day, rising early and protesting, saying, Obey my voice." [Jere 11: 7]



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