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Letter to the editor: God is no longer capable of leading

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 12:01 am

I’ve heard some disconcerting stuff about God, and I’m a bit concerned about his mental health.

What I’ve heard is that one day when Moses went up to talk to God about getting a couple of tablets, and God saw some people having a party — one he wasn’t invited to — God got really angry and said to Moses, “Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them.” Exodus 32:10. OK, maybe he was a little hurt.

So when Moses came down from talking to God, he saw that some of these partying people were running wild and getting out of control, and Moses got angry — must have gotten that from God; it’s contagious — so Moses said; “Each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor.” Exodus 32:27.

Wow. And God was still fuming because of what the people had done — the party thing — so he struck them down with a plague. God doesn’t handle rejection very well. OK, now I’m getting really worried; this isn’t the first time God has become angry and violent.

I think God might have a personality disorder called dissociative identity disorder, previously called multiple personality disorder. It’s characterized by at least two distinct and relatively enduring identities or dissociated identities.

We all know how stressful it is living with someone who has a personality disorder. One moment they’re loving and forgiving, and the next hateful and homicidal. I’ve been told that’s how God can be, one minute he’s helping someone find their car keys, and the next he’s letting hundreds of people die in a flood. Those who know him say he sometimes works in mysterious ways.

I think that God the father, or son or Holy Spirit or whoever he believes he is, is no longer capable of leading. Our new leader would be someone of sound mind, strong leadership abilities who finds truth through science and reason.

Philip Reifenrath