While being certain that they were following “God’s” will, the judge-mental god depicted in the bibles gave devout readers the self-righteous right to, in turn, use the words in their books to judge, shun, torture and murder others.

From the book The Death Penalty: An American History, by author Stuart Banner: “If Moses is our lawgiver at this time,” smirked John Edwards, “Let us obey him, not in part only, but wholly, and put every sabbath breaker, blasphemer, and adulterer, to death.”

If the god of the bible was depicted as a god of pure and unconditional love … what purpose would that book serve for the self-righteous ones, who used and still use the words in those books to, in turn, judge, shun, torture and murder others?

June Vandermark

McBride, BC