I’d like this to not turn into a ‘religion is BS!’ slamfest, just an analysis of His actions to and about us as portrayed in the literature. Consider the Abrahamic religions as fiction, if it helps you think more clearly.
I ask because, to all outward appearances, God sets us up to fail every day from the very beginning. The whole Eden debacle looks to be a setup, unless you consider the serpent as being an unanticipated distraction (sort of an ancient Eddie Haskell who gets Beaver to smoke a joint & gets him arrested). The Old Testament goes on to outline bunches of impossible situations followed by brutal retributions on even the family members of the sinners.
And so it goes, until this cat Jesus comes along and, for the first time in like, ever, gives humans the gift of an afterlife. Now I’m not an adherent of the concept of a Trinity, but I’m open to the idea of Jesus being God’s boy. And maybe junior, like Wally, is able to work with God to cut humanity some slack. Sure, The Beaver smoked the weed offered by Eddie, “…but he’s still a good kid. Gee Whiz, Dad, he’s just a goofy kid. Give him a break.”
My point: Yaweh was either not as powerful as he was cracked up to be (because he couldn’t keep the serpent from botching Eden), or he was a sadistic jerk, probably a drunkard even. And it seems like it’s not until Jesus takes the stage that we are finally delivered from the perennial beatings wrought upon us by our Father. I wish I knew how Mohammed fit in to all that. I suppose there are those who consider him the Lumpy in the metaphor?
Anyone have a different interpretation? One that maybe doesn’t make Yaweh look like a jerk?