Why I Refuse to Worship God

“Keep doing this in remembrance of me”. – Luke 22:19 NWT.*

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From the 2018 Memorial Invitation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Jesus said this when he celebrated the Passover meal with his disciples which became known as the Last Supper.  A lot of Christians today insist that Jesus was the peace-loving son of God who came to spread a message of love and acceptance to all.  One aspect of the account of Jesus in the Bible is pertinent at this time of year.  This is the time of year when the Jewish celebration of Passover is held.  It is also the time of year when most Christians celebrate Easter; and Jehovah’s Witnesses, who don’t celebrate Easter, do celebrate what they call the Memorial which is in remembrance of The Lord’s Evening Meal, more commonly known to most as The Last Supper.

The Lord’s Evening Meal, although it took on another significance for Christians, was the Passover meal which all observant Jewish people celebrate.  It is also a good example of why I refuse to worship the God of the Bible.  In order to answer the questions as to why I refuse to do so, we need to understand what Passover is.

What is Passover?

According to Wikipedia:

“Passover or Pesach (/ˈpɛsɑːx, ˈpsɑːx/; from Hebrew פֶּסַחPesah, Pesakh), is an important, biblically derived Jewish holiday. Jews celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation by God from slavery in ancient Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses.”[1]

According to the Watchtower organisation:

“It marked the liberation of ancient Israel from slavery in Egypt.”[2]

“An annual festival observed on the 14th day of Abib (later called Nisan) to commemorate the deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt. It was observed by slaughtering and roasting a lamb (or goat), which was then eaten with bitter greens and unleavened bread.​—Ex 12:27; Joh 6:4; 1Co 5:7.[3]

That sounds innocuous, doesn’t it?  According to the Bible God delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt.  So how would anyone have an objection to an inspiring tale such as this?

The Tenth Plague

The book of Exodus relates the story of the Israelite nation held in slavery by the Egyptians were released.  How did God arrange their freedom according to this Bible book?  He sent Moses to ask Pharoah to free the Israelites.  When Pharoah refused, God sent a series of plagues to torment the Egyptians as a way to persuade Pharoah to free these slaves.  When Pharoah kept refusing, these plagues culminated in the tenth and final plague.

All of these plagues were horrific, but this tenth plague is where the God of the Bible shows a side to his nature which, in my opinion is abhorrent.

“4 Moses then said: ‘This is what Jehovah has said, “About midnight I am going out into the midst of Egypt, 5 and every firstborn in the land of Egypt will die, from the firstborn of Pharʹaoh who is sitting on his throne to the firstborn of the slave girl who is working at the hand mill, and every firstborn of the livestock. 6 Throughout all the land of Egypt, there will be a great outcry such as has never occurred nor will ever occur again.”‘” Exodus 11:4-6 – NWT

Yes, you read that correctly, God was going to kill the firstborn of every Egyptian.[4]

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From the Watchtower’s Children’s Book – “My Book of Bible Stories” – Chapter 32 – 2006 reissue.

So this would include babies, children and adults.  Even if you accept that the death of adults by God is acceptable to ensure the freedom of the Israelites, how do you tally the death of presumably hundreds of babies and children with the idea of a God who “loves righteousness and justice” – Psalms 33:5 – NWT.  How is killing innocent babies and children just? 

To compound the inexcusability of this murderous action, Exodus describes:

“21 And I will give this people favor in the eyes of the Egyptians, and when you go, you will by no means go empty-handed. 22 Each woman must ask her neighbor and the woman lodging in her house for articles of silver and of gold as well as clothing, and you will put them on your sons and your daughters; and you will plunder the Egyptians.” Exodus 3:21,22 – NWT

So God was willing to affect change in the Egyptians to that the Israelites didn’t leave Egypt empty-handed.  However, God wasn’t willing to affect change in Pharoah to ensure that he let the Israelites go free?  God preferred to bring ten destructive plagues upon the Egyptians culminating with the death of so many human beings.

In effect Passover is the celebration of the death of hundreds, maybe thousands, of babies and children.

The Tip of the Genocidal Iceberg

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From the Watchtower’s Children’s Book – “My Book of Bible Stories” – Chapter 10 – 2006 reissue.

This is just an illustration of the various times that the God of the Bible has killed infants in the execution of his so-called justice. [5][6]  There are numerous other examples, such as the Flood of Noah’s day in which God destroyed everyone apart from Noah’s family, once again including babies and children.

Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that very soon Armageddon will wreak havoc on the earth as brought by God:

“THE stage is now set for the war of Armageddon. How so?…

“The Bible describes specific events that help us to know when the battle of Armageddon will come. Many of the events it identifies are already being fulfilled.” [7]

Who will survive this global destruction?

teacher armageddon
Learn From the Great Teacher – children’s book – 2003 – chapter 46

“Just as Noah and his God-fearing family were preserved in the ark, survival of individuals today depends on their faith and their loyal association with the earthly part of Jehovah’s universal organization.” [8]

“There are billions of people who do not know Jehovah. Many of them in ignorance practice things that God’s Word shows to be wicked. If they persist in this course, they will be among those who perish during the great tribulation.” [9]

So basically if you’re not a Jehovah’s Witness you will be killed along with your babies and children.  According to the Bible, in the past, God has had no problem killing innocent children and he won’t in the very near future.

“What will happen to young children at Armageddon? The Bible does not directly answer that question, and we are not the judges. However, the Bible does show that God views the young children of true Christians as “holy.” (1 Cor. 7:14) It also reveals that in times past when God destroyed the wicked he likewise destroyed their little ones.” [10]

If you want to read more about the genocide planned by God please have a look at my previous article Genocide is OK!

Jesus as Accomplice

Jesus, according to the Bible and the Watchtower organisation is God’s son.

“Unlike any other human, Jesus lived in heaven as a spirit person before he was born on earth. (John 8:23) He was God’s first creation, and he helped in the creation of all other things. He is the only one created directly by Jehovah and is thus called God’s ‘only-begotten’ Son. Jesus served as God’s Spokesman, so he is also called ‘the Word.'”​—John 1:1-3, 14; read Proverbs 8:22, 23, 30; Colossians 1:15, 16. [11]

So according to the Watchtower organisation, Jesus was the first creation of God, the “Word” and it was through him that everything else, including humans, were created.  So he’s been beside God this whole time, throughout all of the genocide of the Flood, the tenth plague, etc.  In addition when he supposedly came to earth he celebrated Passover, which, as previously mentioned, is literally celebrating the murder of hundreds and possibly thousands of children.

Why I Refuse to Worship God

Although I am an agnostic atheist, if someone was to offer me incontrovertible, and independently verifiable proof that the God of the Bible actually existed, I would reexamine my non-belief of his existence.  If, after examination of the evidence I came to the conclusion that he did exist, I would still not worship such a God.  I refuse to worship a God whose idea of justice is to kill babies and children on a genocidal scale.  For me this is proof that such a God is the most definitely not the personification of love and justice.

Thank you for reading my blog.

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* NWT = New World Translation.

[1] Wikipedia – Passover

[2] The Watchtower – Study Edition – December 2013 – ‘This Is to Be a Memorial for You’

[3] Watchtower Online Library – JW.org – Glossary – Passover

[4] Wikipedia – Death of firstborn (מַכַּת בְּכוֹרוֹת): Ex. 11:1–12:36

[5] Rational Wiki – Examples of God personally killing people

[6] Table referencing Bible texts in an attempt to approximate the total amount of people who were killed by God – How many people did God kill in the Bible?

[7] Reasoning from the Scriptures pp.47-48

[8] Watchtower 2006 May 15 p.22 – Are You Prepared for Survival?

[9] Watchtower 1993 Oct 1 p.19

[10] The Watchtower  – February 2012  – When Will the War of Armageddon Come?

[11] The Watchtower – March 2011 – Who is Jesus Christ?

2 thoughts on “Why I Refuse to Worship God

  1. If there is a God it certainly isn’t the one described in the Bible. I don’t believe in any higher power that manipulates outcomes, positive or negative. I remember one Witness commenting how Jehovah had “blessed” her garden with bountiful production. What kind of asshole would God be to give someone extra tomatoes while innocent children are starving or being beaten? Insane.

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    1. Exactly this! So many times a JW will talk about a blessing from God when it’s something inconsequential and I’m like, “so he kept the rain away for Laura’s wedding whoop de doo! Pity he didn’t drop that rain on that drought affected area where people are starving!” Sorry, rant over lol, thank you for your comment! 😁

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