Daily Dose of Ingersoll


But in the old days the good people justified Jehovah in his
treatment of the heathen. The wretches who were murdered were
idolaters and therefore unfit to live.

According to the Bible, God had never revealed himself to
these people and he knew that without a revelation they could not
know that he was the true God. Whose fault was it then that they
were heathen?

The Christians said that God had the right to destroy them
because he created them. What did he create them for? He knew when
he made them that they would be food for the sword. He knew that he
would have the pleasure of seeing them murdered.

As a last answer, as a final excuse, the worshipers of Jehovah
said that all these horrible things happened under the “old
dispensation” of unyielding law, and absolute justice, but that now
under the “new dispensation,” all had been changed — the sword of
justice had been sheathed and love enthroned. In the Old Testament,
they said. God is the judge — but in the New, Christ is the
merciful. As a matter of fact, the New Testament is infinitely
worse than the Old. In the Old there is no threat of eternal pain.
Jehovah had no eternal prison — no everlasting fire. His hatred
ended at the grave. His revenge was satisfied when his enemy was

In the New Testament, death is not the end, but the beginning
of punishment that has no end. In the New Testament the malice of
God is infinite and the hunger of his revenge eternal.

Robert Green Ingersoll – “Why I Am An Agnostic”