Atheist: God is immoral

Almost every atheist I know has said the words: “God is immoral”. I always never understood how atheists came up with this conclusion, until last Thursday (5 August 2010) but I have learnt that they have a way of seeing things which don’t exist while being blind to those that do exist.

One of atheists’ favorite verses in the bible is the following:

So Moses said “This is what the Lord says: About midnight I will go throughout Egypt. Every firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the slave girl, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well. There will be loud wailing through Egypt- worse than there has ever been or ever will be again. But among the Israelites not a dog will bark at any man or animal”…… At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the first born of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well. Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead. (Exodus 11:4-6, 29-30).


Atheists read these verses and then become quick to declare God’s immorality, but as I said atheists have blind faith, and they only see what they want to see while being blind to what contradicts them. They look at these verses and they can’t believe that a loving God could ever do such a horrible thing to humans. Can you imagine all firstborn children, adults and animals being killed in your country? Surely it would be the most horrific nightmare that could ever occur to any country, but that’s what happened in ancient Egypt and they never recovered from it. According to atheists, God killed the firstborns of Egypt because they refused to release the Israelites from slavery, and they conclude that Egypt’s refusal didn’t deserve all the plagues that God applied to them, especially killings of all firstborns. To an atheist, this issue is settled, and God was not justified in His killings of firstborns, and there’s nothing that can justify this barbaric act. In case you don’t know God, the bible says “I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight” (Jeremiah 9:24). How could a God of kindness kill hundred thousands of children and adults? How could a God of justice subject the Egyptians to death just for refusing to release slaves? How is God being righteous by killing people? These are the questions an atheist asks himself, and he can’t find an answer to them, because an atheist is somebody who is clueless about the bible but is only aware of those verses he thinks justifies his rebellion against God. But as a Christian, I have the answers to these questions, and I’m amazed at the just judgments of God and how swift His justice is.

Once upon a time there was a little boy called Moses, and he was an Israelite. Little Moses’ mother had a difficult decision to make while he was still an infant – either let her son be killed by being thrown into a river by Egyptians, or she must kill him herself. Fortunately for little Moses, his mother had courage that other Israelite mothers never had. She decided to defy Egyptians, and not let her child be killed ruthlessly by them, but rather she created a “papyrus basket and coated it with tar and pitch then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile” river. Little Moses was never to come back home, as he was to be killed as soon as any Egyptian were to see him, as happened to the thousands of Israelites boys his age, and his crime was the fact that he was a boy and not a girl. This is what an Egyptian ruler had instructed all Egyptians: “every (Israelite) boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live”. Unfortunately, thousands of innocent Israelite boys were thrown into the Nile River to die. Little Moses was fortunately found in the river by the daughter of the ruler of Egypt, and she took him as her own child, but hired Moses’ mother to be his nanny not knowing that she’s actually the boy’s mother.

As if these killings of innocent boys were not enough, Egyptians oppressed Israelites under the harshest slavery there is. This same ruler had said to his Egyptian country men: “come, let us deal shrewdly with them”. Under this ruler, the Israelites were oppressed with forced labor, worked ruthlessly, and had their lives made bitter, and still had to mourn the killings of all their newborn sons. All this injustice occurred for more than 200 years, but God being a gentleman that He is was taking notes. Imagine your nation being oppressed for more than 200 years, and there is not even a slight hope that your slave masters will have compassion on you. That’s what happened to the Israelites.

Imagine being in this situation and God folded His arms and did nothing, while your people were perishing and those who were surviving were turned into lifetime slaves. That would be injustice, and no God who is just and righteous will sit by while this occurs undeterred. “During that long period…. the Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God”. And the God of justice, who is a righteous Judge, stepped into the plate and said “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and  I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians……I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them.”  

Being a God of justice, He had to make sure that justice is applied and fairly. He’s the God who will later command people to apply “an eye for an eye, and life for life” rule, and He had to make sure that Egyptians pay for everything they have done. One of the crimes of the Egyptians was the ruthless killings of all the newborn boys of the Israelite, and God had to apply His “life for life” sentence to them. And God Himself killed all their firstborn children, but don’t expect atheists to mention that Egyptians were punished for their own crime they applied ruthlessly on their victims. Atheists only know that Egyptians’ firstborn children were killed, but they don’t know that it was God’s vengeance, because they ignore biblical verses they don’t like.

But there’s a bigger motive to why atheists call God immoral. That motive is that atheists themselves are immoral, vile, and filthy mouthed. They think that by declaring God immoral, then they won’t have to be accountable to Him. This atheist friend I know, wrote an article about how immoral God is, yet he wasn’t prepared to discuss his own immorality. He wasn’t offended by his conclusion that God is immoral, but he was very defensive when I asked him to look at himself first before he can appoint himself judge over God. He understood that he himself has broken God’s Law (9th commandment) by lying, and has definitely broken all the commandments, but he wasn’t prepared to be subjected to God’s standard of morality. So why a person who is immoral would ignore his own immorality, but then try to convince others that it is God (whom he doesn’t believe exist) that is immoral? The amount of time atheists spend writing about a God who doesn’t exist (according to them) should make us question why they even bother. But I realized that atheists have a bigger enemy that they can’t get rid of, regardless of how much they try. That enemy is called conscience, and it is given by God to every person in the world. It is the conscience that makes atheistic writers like Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and many others to have no desire to write about anything else but how immoral God is, even though they believe God doesn’t exist. It’s a serious task to silence the conscience, especially when you have Christians who continually drop a verse about God’s Law, righteousness and judgment. It doesn’t matter how strong atheists are, but all it takes to awaken their consciences and bring their whole life accountable to God is by quoting them Exodus 20 and Revelations 20. Exodus 20 is the most powerful weapon a conscience can use, and to an atheist the only way he can neutralize Exodus 20 is by declaring God immoral.

So next time you read an article from an atheist about how immoral God is, then remember to ask him if he has kept the Ten Commandments. Ask him if he has lied, stolen, lusted after a woman, and used God’s name in vain. They will say yes, and how human it is to lie and lust, but the bible says it’s a sin to lie and lust. Remember, atheism is man’s attempt to silence his conscience, and only the Ten Commandments can awaken it.

Charles Spurgeon once said “The only real argument against the Bible is an unholy life. When a man argues against the Word of God, follow him home, and see if you cannot discover the reason of his enmity to the Word of the Lord. It lies in some sort of sin”.


1 Comment »

  1. joecthetruthteller said

    Moses was NOT an Israelite – he was an EQYPTIAN

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