Mark Twain on the God of scripture


“A God who could make good children as easily as bad, yet preferred to make bad ones; who could have made every one of them happy, yet never made a single happy one; who made them prize their bitter life, yet stingily cut it short; who gave his angels eternal happiness unearned, yet required his other children to earn it; who gave his angels painless lives, yet cursed his other children with biting miseries and maladies of mind and body; who mouths justice, and invented hell — mouths mercy, and invented hell — mouths Golden Rules and forgiveness multiplied by seventy times seven, and invented hell; who mouths morals to other people, and has none himself; who frowns upon crimes, yet commits them all; who created man without invitation, then tries to shuffle the responsibility for man’s acts upon man, instead of honorably placing it where it belongs, upon himself; and finally, with altogether divine obtuseness, invites his poor abused slave to worship him!”

Posted on Thursday, 8:13, April 26, 2012, in Quotes & the Quotable and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on Alchemy of the Word and commented:
    Beautifully put, Mr. Clemons!

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  2. …..so, I can put you down for a $10 donation to the Children’s Home….??? :-p

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