God of regrets

Regret: To feel sorrow or remorse for (an act, fault or disapointment, etc.)

I’ve been reading over passages in the bible that says god is regretful for acts that he had a hand in. It seems strange to me that a supreme, omniscient, omnipotent and all knowing god could ever do things that it would later regret. Why call it a god if that “god” is capable of making mistakes or at the very least do regrettable things.

Why does god have regrets is a question asked over and over, as I discovered while researching on the internet. Below are a couple examples of the almightys regrets.

Genesis 6:6-7 NIV

The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.
So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.”

If this were true, I would surely feel like a lab rat.

1 Samuel 15:10-11 NIV

Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel: “I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.” Samuel was angry, and he cried out to the Lord all that night.

The common explanation that I found concerning gods regrets is mans free will. It seems to boil down to god regretting to allow free will, resulting in humans not following, loving, worshipping and obeying him. Essentially taking ALL the blame off of god and putting it ALL on human kind.  It sort of seems like  we were set up for failure from the beginning. Doomed to make wrong choices and burn in hell for all eternity.

One website that I read mentioned the analogy; think of yourself and your own children. Wouldn’t you want yours to make good decisions and love you unconditionally? Of course I would! But even if they decide to wander off and not show they love me, doesn’t mean I won’t still love them. It doesn’t mean I will condemn them to eternal torment for refusing to acknowledge, love or show respect towards me. Sure my heart would be broken, but I could never do something so evil as the god of the bible by sending my child to hell for eternal punishment. It wouldn’t matter what they’ve done. Sorry, but the punishment doesn’t fit the crime!

So honestly, this solidifies even more my doubts that the christian god exists. The system just doesn’t make sense.

GIANTS!

Over the past several years, my wife and I have gone through the de-converting journey from christianity. It is a long story, but we are both happy we’ve been able to look at this stuff in an honest way and not just take things on faith any longer. As you can imagine, this walking away from faith, christianity, believing the bible, etc. has upset some family members. They of course are very worried about our eternal  souls and the souls of our children. I guess I keep that in mind when talking to any family or friends, is that they do love us and care about us. Its just that we don’t see eye to eye any longer on this issue.

One of the issues that my wife and I brought up in the recent past is how could god order the killing of so many other tribes, nations and people. Genocides that include killing women, children and infants. As I mentioned in my previous post, it all seems “Hitler” like and not a god I care to follow. Like an out of control tyrant.

My wife received a text that said something to the effect of, “do you remember when you had a problem with god ordering the killing of certain groups of people. Well this explains it and I believe it.”

A Youtube link with a guy giving a talk about Nephilim (Giants) was also in the text. See the video here. Now I have to admit, this was the first time I had ever heard of a race of giants. I had only heard of the one that David popped in the head with a rock. The premise behind the argument is that when god orders nations to be killed, there were two different groups to be killed.

Group 1: Only men were ordered killed by god. Group 2: EVERYONE, including men, women, children and infants were ordered killed by god.

The video states that Group 2 were always nations of Nephilim. According to the bible, Nephilim were the epitome of evil. A race of giants born from fallen angels who impregnated women. Thus, god wants his nation to kill ALL of them, ALL the time.

So I thought of 1 Samuel 15:3 where god orders the killing of the Amalekites. The entire population is ordered to be killed. Upon further research of who the Amalekites were, there are some references to them being a race of giants. Some references don’t mention giants at all. Just that they really enjoyed pestering the Israelites a lot.

Then I looked into whether the Amalekites even really existed. So far I’ve not been able to find any evidence outside biblical sources. I would think secular history would have recorded such people somewhere.

Then I also looked into the Nephilim. Did they exist? There are images on google that show modern digs finding skeletons of giant remains. Then I found on snopes.com how one of these photos was an entry in a contest to look like it was real. Clearly, images can be photoshoped to look real. So we can’t take images as proof.

And no museum has such remains that I can find. I’ve only heard that the Smithsonian is ”hiding” giant remains and keeping it from us. Very hard to believe. Besides, if they do have one, that would lead me to believe there are others to be found and the Smithsonian wouldn’t be able to keep wraps around all the findings.

So…no proof of giants either. I am left only with stories of a horrible god who commands his people to slaughter entire nations of other people. And again, a god not worth following.

I’m sure I’ll have more on this topic in the future.