No really! They co-optd the religion of the ruling nation of the land which promoted it's culture all over Africa during their 4000 year stay. Yes God wrote it, but His identity origin and creation myth are found more originally in the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
The same creation myth is found repeated with only slight variations throughout the ancient religons of the tribes of the African continent pre-dating Abraham Moses and Jesus by thousands and thousands of years.
But let's talk of killing.
It is confusion to consider Him (only) a benevolent and merciful watching Father. Lets consider other aspects to the nature of His Divinity. How was He able to plant a tree of the knowledge of <both> good ((and)) evil in a Garden of Eden?
It's His tree, it's His garden. He owns and created it all. How can He be the producer and creator of a tree of such evil? Where did He get it from? Is it also drawn from within the mind of God? His design? Is it also generated from the substance of His infinite being, and called forth by His will, by His command; which the substance and essence of all things cannot resist: "Be and it is!"
In His history as the Hebrew national God he was known to have ordered the decimation of entire villages where it was orderd "leave nothing alive dont even take any of their women as wives or their oxen."
He also declared that He has propped up nations specifically to persecute His so called "chosen" people.
Christianity raised the "stakes" and said we can all choose to be His chosen people and prepare to be holocaust at the end of this wicked world's rule and reduced in number to only 144,000 survivors. But before this terrible day global events will bring the price of bread to about 10 pounds of gold.
It is written that the blood will run "...up to the horse's bridle." That's alot of sanctioned blood-letting to establish His kingdom (hereafter) on Earth.
Well at least there seems to be some balancing going on, and we're all at terrible risk, it would seem
It would also appear that there are "exceptions" to the "Law" as it is written, and right and wrong flip and flop and ocilate up down back and forth like a bi-polar manic depressive's emotional massive psychological decomposition!
Honestly, with all due respect, the Bible-History of the "chosen" of God reads like a video camera on a multiple-personality skitzophrentic dressing in the mirror, talking to themseves, when none of them knows your watching!
Seriously the only right and wrong seem to be as defined by the active and passive expressed will of God.
So the rules, actually the un-written rules, should read:
1. Follow the will of God.
2. Commandments 1 thru 10.
3. For all exceptions to the above see rule #1.
Oh, I almost forgot:
Thinking without research is something else too, it's theorizing.
Let's not allow emotions to turn this into a defense of God post. I think it's an excellent Thread questioning our civilizations moral and ethical codes at its core, its foundation even its inception. Bravo! Hope you enjoy my thoughts...