Once upon a time, I believed that God, the cruel and vengeful God of Abraham, wasn’t real.
I was wrong.
He is real.
And he is very, very influential. Although, like Santa Claus, he exists as an idea entirely in the mind of the believer or dupe.
But this doesn’t make him or any other imaginary subservient fascination any less real, any less powerful, or any less dangerous.
In fact, the opposite is true.
Being there are no limits to the creations of the imagination and while capable of great good, does, on the other hand, give the faithful freedom to imagine their God endowed with all the inclinations and motives, prejudices and fears of their manner. Thus, they sanction their objectives no matter how diabolical with the ultimate reassurance of divine authority.
Then if, by some strange twist they stumble on remorse they then have this creation to ease their conscience and forgive their transgressions.
It doesn’t get any more real than that.
Making this, the contrary and temperamental God of Abraham, the most powerful and self-sustaining notion known in the history of humankind.
And, in a very real sense, an impossible deity to deny.
 Cruelty and Violence in the Bible http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/cruelty/long.html (accessed May 10, 2016)
 Who’s killing the bloggers http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/09/world/asia/bangladesh-killings-bloggers.html (accessed June 9, 2016)