I've been reading the Bible. I've always wanted to actually read the whole thing, so I've been doing it, and sometimes it's really boring, but lately it has been fascinating! The Old Testament God is an arbitrary and capricious homicidal maniac. It really makes me wonder if any of the people who worship this God have actually read this book?
For instance, the Lord brought the people out of Egypt with all his miracles and stuff, and then in the mountains he gave them all these sorts of specific and strange rules, and pages and pages of very particular and minute instructions for clothing and interior design, but oftentimes he and Moses were up on the mountain talking and ignoring all the people while he came up with all this hogwash for them to do.
At some point Moses and God were gone for a long while (I think it was during the detailed instructions on some special perfume that God wanted made special for himself and that nobody else would be allowed to use for any other purpose ever) the people were like, Hey, let's make a golden calf and worship it and thank it for delivering us from Egypt! And the Lord found out and was really pissed off about this and told Moses he was going to KILL ALL OF THEM.
Moses said, "Whoa whoa wait a minute, do you have any idea what the Egyptians are going to think when they find out that you rescued all these people from Egypt just to go off and slaughter them all in the mountains? They're going to think you're evil! [Because I'm sure they didn't already think that after all the plagues and after after losing all their first born sons...] Also, God, you would be breaking your own word that you swore to You, because you told Abraham and some other guys that you would multiply their offspring, not KILL THEM ALL!"
So the Lord was like, "Fine, fine. Whatever. I won't kill them all." And he shoved his hands in his pockets and kicked some rocks.
But then it gets even more insane, because Moses came down from the mountain and saw the people worshiping a golden calf and thanking it for releasing them from Egypt, and he was so pissed off that he broke the stone tablets with the ten commandments and yelled at Aaron and destroyed the calf and said to his people, "Who here is on the Lord's side? Come to me."
So a bunch of the people came over to Moses. Then he told them to go get their swords, and go door to door in the camp and kill their own brothers, companions, sons and neighbors. AND THEY DID. O_O