Quoting Scripture proves nothing

To the editor:

Levi Niemela in his Aug. 26 letter to the Mining Gazette writes:

Approximately 60 million babies have already been cruelly put to death, and this is defended as a “woman’s right to choose.” But the baby being formed by almighty God in the mother’s womb is a separate human being, not part of the mother’s body. She is not free to take that life. Anyone who consents to or aids in the murder of this precious life is sinning against the God who said, “Thou shalt not kill.” Such persons will have to answer to God on the day of judgment for the innocent blood which they have shed, and murderers are among those that “shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

First of all, extensively quoting anyone’s scripture proves absolutely nothing. But, if you’re going to quote Scripture as if it’s a valid argument, then consider the Noachian flood where hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of men, women, children, and babies were drowned by a vicious deity. A certain percentage of the women would have been pregnant and their fetuses destroyed. Consider all the atrocities and genocides committed or abetted by the deity in the Hebrew Scripture. In many cases, all the men, women, children, and babies are savagely killed. Again, a certain percentage of the women would be pregnant and their fetuses destroyed. And consider the millions of natural abortions (called miscarriages) that have occurred over the millennia while this deity, who has the power to save these innocent beings, does absolutely nothing. All this makes the god of the Hebrew Scripture the biggest abortionist ever.

Also, the proper translation of “Thou shalt not kill” is “Thou shalt not murder.” The Hebrews were instructed not to murder fellow Israelis, but as you read in the Scripture, plenty of unjustified killing of non-Israelis was occurring. And it’s a little hypocritical of a deity saying not to kill while doing plenty of killing in the scriptures.

Finally, the myth of hell, not found in the Hebrew Scripture, but incorporated by Christians from contemporary mystery religions in the region, is an insidious attempt to promote fear and social control. It is beyond belief that any deity would have the power to create sentient beings and then have the ability to torture them for all eternity. This is disgustingly extreme sadism.

David Keranen

Bakersfield, Calif.