My email to a friend
April 12, 2012
from a hostel in Seattle
So a former workmate sent me a preachy message on Facebook, condemning John Lennon for the “stuff he said in ‘God’ and ‘Imagine” and recommending that I read the bible. This was my response:
“I was religious (Catholic) as a child, studied the bible and even read it cover-to-cover. I still appreciate some of what I read in the Gospels, especially the main character, Jesus, and his teachings about forgiveness and the evils of greed & wealth. I do not at all like the God character of the Old Testament, as he embodies a lot of the worst human qualities - jealousy, vanity, anger. etc. The God of the Old Testament is also quite manipulative and tends to turn into a violent killer when his temper flares. I personally don’t believe in violence or killing. It would have been a far more uplifting story for me if the God character was perfect from the start and did not engage in such behavior, or if God repented for his murderous ways. I firmly believe in right and wrong and this applies to gods as much as it does to people.
So while I enjoyed parts of the Gospels and Song Of Solomon, I’m just not a fan of the rest. I give it a generous 2 stars out of 5”