Extracts from The Scandal of Joshua ben Adam, No God Above and Essay 2A, The Divinity of Jesus, RDB, April 200l
The idea of God as a non-human, vertical,
Let the idea of God being a vertical
Calvin agonized over burning Servetus at the stake.
This bloody intolerance was not behaviour true to Calvin's own human nature.
For sure he had to violate his own human sensitivities to do it, but allegiance
to a higher
"For the good that I would, I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do." (Romans 7:19)
Millions have been slain and continue to be slain in God's name. At this very moment somewhere on earth someone is being hacked up or blown up in God's name.
God is absolutely the most destructive idea let loose
on this planet. This idea has c
Christians have thought the world was in darkness
through want of the Christian God. So they have gone out to convert the world
to the God of original sin, hell and blood atonement. A God of blood savagery
and total vindictive revenge, dressed up in garments of love and mercy,
produced a totalitarian system which has survived the collapse of every other
totalitarian system. Why? Bec
Anyone who can't see that
the idea of God is dangerous, bloody dangerous, hasn't read any history and
doesn't realize the appalling amount of crimes against humanity done in his
And it has not stopped. The world today is a powder keg bec
That many want to dress this idea of God up in a
benevolent guise makes no difference. It may be worse bec
Of course, we are dumb fools if we fail to
acknowledge the source of all this inhumanity done in God's name. It is bec
Joshua ben Adam laid the axe at the roots of the vertical order with a new doctrine which put a supremely human God on the human level of freedom and love. His image and likeness is not seen anywhere else.
If God is not an
Joshua's new vision of God was all about his
solidarity with people. It went beyond anything t
(1) No Serving God apart from People
God and people are is such solidarity that it is no
longer legitimate to say, "God comes first". The
worst inhumanities to man crawl under the wretched cover of putting God first.
Under this cover they are still spreading mayhem and murder from
The God which is not in solidarity with people is a
God of the vertical order, a non-human Abstraction and a dangerous idol of the
imagination. Millions will rush into battle for this Abstraction - a God
isolated from people- and they will give up their lives or sl
Every quest or claim to know God-in-himself is a religious delusion. For God-in-himself is unsearchable, unimaginable, incomprehensible, unthinkable, unfathomable, unknowable, and as the Hebrews used write his name, unpronounceable.
burden of trying to conjure up love for a God-in-himself is a crushing burden
that humanity has never been able to carry. Devotion to this unknowable,
abstract God out there or up there has driven people crazy enough to resent,
neglect, abuse, hate, persecute and sl
When Joshua ben Adam replaced devotion to a God-in-himself with devotion to a God-with-humanity, he conflated the two great commandments of the Law - love of God and love of neighbour - into one. There is now no higher commandment than love of fellow man. The so-called golden rule "is the Law and prophets."
This explains the mysterious absence of any emphasis on the so-called "higher" or "first" great commandment in the teachings of ben Adam. Rather than repeat the tired old religious clichés about putting God first, Joshua even said that we ought to put reconciliation with our brother first.. As Sheehan puts it:
Henceforth, according to the prophet from
The idea that
there is some sort of vertical
We observed earlier that the notion of a God-in-himself, out there or up there, combined with the idea that devotion to this kind of God must take precedence over any human considerations, is the most dangerous and destructive idea that has ever been let loose on this planet. Fired with religious devotion for this abstract God, there is nothing humans will not do to dehumanise and crush one another. Christianity has proved that it is no exception when it comes to religiously inspired violence.
Extracts, RDB 2001
Web Published – August 2008
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