. . . a God who could make good children as easily as bad, yet preferred to make bad ones; who could have made every one of them happy, yet never made a single happy one; who made them prize their bitter life, yet stingily cut it short; who gave his angels eternal happiness unearned, yet required his other children to earn it; who gave his angels painless lives, yet cursed his other children with biting miseries and maladies of mind and body; who mouths justice and invented hell -- mouths mercy and invented hell -- mouths Golden Rules, and forgiveness multiplied by seventy times seven, and invented hell; who mouths morals to other people and has none himself; who frowns upon crimes, yet commits them all; who created man without invitation, then tries to shuffle the responsibility for man's acts upon man, instead of honorably placing it where it belongs, upon himself; and finally, with altogether divine obtuseness, invites this poor, abused slave to worship him!...
All these times I've spent many threads and many more posts addressing these absurdities of the xian god and, with one paragraph, that old coot summed them all up better than I ever could!
The link leads to a chapter of Twain's "The Mysterious Stranger." I have "The Bible According to Mark Twain" but have never taken the time to sit down and read it all. What a brilliant writer!
Anyway, it brought a smile to my face, and so I thought I would share.