WARNING: Religious Rant Ahead
My biggest problem is why God plays favorites if so merciful and loving and knows us each individually. How dare a God be called merciful when said god culled thousands of its own creations.
In the interest of full-disclosure, I am a not-exactly-practicing Roman Catholic, but I go because I can sing and the choir director relies on me, so yeah.
My mind was buzzing on that one since Thursday, since on that night, we were told the story of how the feast of Passover came about. Last night was the Easter Vigil service, in which we hear three stories of how God “saved his people” in times past.
The three stories are Creation (In the beginning, etc. etc. etc.), the Parting of the Red Sea, and inviting the Jews back to Jerusalem.
Creation’s a load of horseshit, so I don’t focus so much on that one, but the other two, it always kept eating at me.
So, parting of the Red Sea. God’s helping Mosey and the boys escape Egypt. All well and dandy. Gets them to the other side. At that point, we’re told that God MAKES the Egyptians so obstinate that they go in after them.
He MAKES them go in.
The Jews were home free. They had won. But no, God had to make himself feel better so fuck them, he turns the Egyptians into fucking lemmings and makes them march to their deaths.
Third reading is Prophet Ezekiel. The Jews inevitably pissed God off, not that it seemed to be very fucking hard. So he supposedly “scattered them about the nations.” What did the Jews do when they got to where they were? They “profaned his holy name.” Not sure of the specifics, but I imagine it has something to do with telling everyone that they could find about how much of a complete fucking asshole God was.
So what does God do? He basically says, “FINE, I’ll let you back in, just stop telling people I did all this shit.”
No, seriously, that’s it. Here’s the exact quote, Ezekiel 36:22:
Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you went.
These three readings are the same ones we hear EVERY YEAR. And EVERY YEAR, I sit there, I listen, and it just continues to drill into my head as to how much bullshit this is.
All I’m saying is that if God knows each one of us individually, loves us, etc., then there’s no reason Passover needed to be a thing.
He’d have known damn good and well who was in each house when he went and fucking struck down all the firstborns in Egypt, wouldn’t have needed any fucking blood on the door to prove it.
Not to mention - a LOT fewer people however many thousands of years ago it was and God still needed a fucking reminder.