Understanding Why Many Non-Christians Hate the Bible
by Michael Brown
Many Christians read the Quran (or, at least select quotes from the Quran) with abhorrence. “The God of the Quran is bloodthirsty and cruel!” they exclaim. But many non-Christians read the Bible with the same abhorrence. They come to the same conclusions about the God of the Bible, especially the God of the Old Testament. Is there any justification to their conclusions? And how is it that Christians can read the same Book and see it so differently?
What Do Critics Say?
Critics would point to things like these in the Old Testament:
- God destroyed the entire world, save just 8 people, with a flood.
- God tested Abraham by telling him to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice.
- God gave the Israelites a law that they could purchase slaves from other nations.
- God gave the Israelites a law that a man who raped a woman was required to marry her and never divorce her.
- Moses told the Israelites that they should kill every man, woman, and child among the Canaanites.
- Moses gave the Israelite men permission on one occasion to spare all the virgin women for themselves but to kill everyone else.
- The psalmist said that those who smash Babylon’s babies on the rocks would be truly happy.
- In the New Testament, critics would object to the frequent talk about the judgment of hell fire along with the concept that Jesus was the only way to God, among other issues.
How, then, can Christians so highly prize a Book like this? How can they find it to be the epitome of love, compassion, kindness, justice, liberation, and truth?…