God is a horrible megalomaniac. I don’t get this at all. He’s GOD, for crying out loud: omniscient, omnipotent, and wholly good. Why the hell does he need people to praise him all the time, and why does he kill those who fail to do so? If he’s perfect, he wouldn’t need that kind of constant reinforcement. For example, some of the Israelis, wandering in the desert, are getting sick of eating manna all the time, and kvetch about not having meat. So what does God do? He makes it rain quails—thousands of luscious birds falling from the sky. And then, when the people bite into those toothsome birds, God smites them with the plague for their lust, killing many of them. What? They deserve to die because they want some real food? (Numbers 11:31-33).
As well all know, God is a horrible taskmaster, and mandates death for anyone who works on the Sabbath. This is what happens to some poor schlemiel who wanted wood on Saturday (Numbers, Chapter 15):
32And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day.
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