an atheist viewpoint

thoughts from a non-theist

Elisha

Dear Fundamentalists, what’s going on here?

And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.” Second Kings 2:23-24

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As a fundamentalist you are obliged to believe this story as factually accurate. Do you? And if you do doesn’t it worry you slightly that you’re thinking that the mutilation of 42 children is a reasonable punishment for calling someone ‘bald’? Surely this is an example of a cruel, bloodthirsty god, willing to commit a vile atrocity to salve the bruised ego of one of his followers? 

What purpose does this story serve, other than to make your god look like a bit of a bully?

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