Look… it’s the same as pretty much every other Surah we’ve read so far.
- God totally gave me this book, I didn’t just pull it out of my ass.
- Unbelievers are evil, wicked people who will burn in hell forever and ever.
- Believers get a nice reward for following the right religion.
So instead of repeating myself and my jokes for 70+ verses, I’m going to talk freely about something that I talked about when I dealt with the fundamentalist Christian interpretation of the bible.
God, as depicted in these books or interpretations of these books is objectively evil.
Or to borrow from geek terminology, the fundamentalist interpretation of God is a Lawful Evil tyrant.
He sits on the throne. He makes the rules. If you follow the rules and suck up to him, He rewards you. If you don’t follow the rules, even break a single rule, He murders you. Then he brings you back to life because killing is too merciful for the likes of you, then He locks you into a basement and tortures you forever without hope of death, escape, respite, or future mercy.
This isn’t a God to be loved.
This isn’t a Father to be adored and respected.
This is a monster to be feared and obeyed.
This is Sauron.
This is Stalin minus the magical resurrection powers.
If I walked up to you and said, “You will love me and do exactly what I say or I will lock you in a shed and torture you until you die of natural causes” I would rightly be considered a monster if I were serious.
But somehow if God does that, He’s a loving and merciful being for offering us a way to get out of what he’s going to do to us if we don’t get on his good side?
No, I’m sorry, but that’s not consistent. That’s abusive and evil.
But He’s God and He’s in charge.
Then He’s a wicked tyrant, and if you believe that, then I suppose it makes sense to get on his good side. But you’ll be living in fear forever. Sure you have heaven or you have a very pretty garden, but you’re under the rule of someone who will torture you forever if you break the rules.
“Oh, but I won’t want to break the rules in heaven.”
Then you won’t have free will and you will be a puppet in the hands of an evil tyrant forever.
Hell only makes sense if we are unfortunate enough to be the creation of a wicked tyrant.