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Eric Pepke > Isn't giving one chance and one chance only unnecessarily harsh? I >mean, a parent that gave their child one chance to be generous to >a friend, and then burned their arm off if the kid didn't or gave him >a lifetime supply of ice cream if he did would be regarded as misguided, >if not insane. Certainly. When I first read the Bible, I was struck by how closely the behavior of the Bible-god resembled the behavior of an abusive parent, and also by how closely the behavior of his followers resembled that of abused children. The whole notion of sin boils down to, "I'm responsible when Daddy hurts me, because I must have done something wrong to make him mad. I'm bad, but Daddy is good, and he loves me. I'm so, so unworthy." Further, this is the only interpretation of the Bible-god that I have run across which is totally consistent between the Old and New Testaments. The OT-god is brutish and destructive and angry. The NT-god is basically self-punishing, although bits of the old nastiness come through. Both of the behavior sets are found in abusive personalities.

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