The Christian Bible is filled with dark spiritual teachings. Was it inspired by spiritual forces of darkness? The Bible tells us Satan masquerades as an angel of light. Perhaps Satan is a euphemism for the Christian god, who cloaks himself in sacred verbiage as he manipulates through warped spirituality.

Why does God demand human sacrifice and spirit possession of his followers? Human sacrifice is the central rite of Christian spirituality. This began in the Bible with literal sacrifice, which evolved into spiritual sacrifice. God binds his people to his lordship in ritual sacrifice through blood pacts, known as covenants: “This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep” (Exodus 24:8, Hebrews 9:20). The ritual of animal sacrifice was the chief task of Old Testament priests. In the Bible, God demands to be worshiped through the slaughtering of millions of animals in his temple, human sacrifice through his son Jesus, and finally living human sacrifices in the form of millions of human spiritual slaves commanded to devote every thought and action to his service: “Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” Romans 12:1).

Human sacrifice is not just an incident or remedy to the problem of sin. It is the central manipulative mechanism in the scheme of the Christian deity. In the Bible, human sacrifice is connected explicitly to spirit possession. Christian souls (and bodies) are purchased with the blood of Jesus. When a Christian devotes himself to God in the death ritual of baptism, he surrenders his life and soul to allegiance to God: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). The Christian is resurrected from the watery death of baptism to serve the deity, obey his book, and gladly give up his life in martyrdom to spread his dominion.

The Sinner’s Prayer is a ritual of Holy Spirit possession. Potential converts are encouraged to ask the Divine Master to take over: “Lord Jesus, forgive me of my sins, come into my heart, take over my life.” When the Holy Spirit possesses a newborn Christian convert, the Christian’s body becomes the Old Testament temple where human sacrifice now takes place over and over again in the form of total obedience. Every thought and decision the Christian makes is seen as a ritual of human sacrifice: self-denial and surrender to the deity’s will: “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

Is the Holy Spirit an arch-demon? Is there a demon more maniacal than the Holy Spirit, who promises eternal life at the cost of spirit possession? The Spirit of God is malicious, demanding slavish obedience, total surrender, self-denial, and human sacrifice. Why is the Unforgiveable Sin speaking out against the Holy Spirit? “Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven” (Jesus, Mark 3:29). Perhaps this fear technique is an attempt to conceal the cleverest ploy of all from God’s followers: The Spirit of God is not Holy. He is not who he says he is.

Who is this Christian god who asks his followers to surrender their souls to his lordship? His ancient name is Yahweh, a war deity who was originally part of the ancient Canaanite pantheon. In a bid for freedom from the oppression of foreign nations, the nation of Israel asked the Canaanite war deity Yahweh to take over their religion and nation. This is historically when Israel became monotheistic. It is also when kings (usually fascists) began to rule the Israelites; before this they were a more peaceful tribal society with many gods.

Yahweh’s brutality matched Israel’s need for revenge on their enemies. The Israelites had faced centuries of brutal oppression, and they were desperate for vengeance on nations such as Babylon who had literally torn their infants to pieces before their very eyes: “Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy is the one who repays you according to what you have done to us. Happy is the one who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks” (Psalm 137:8-9). Israel surrendered its sovereignty in a bid for power and vengeance. God is a cry for help, a surrender of the human soul for the pretense of salvation. Israel called in a war deity, a brutal spiritual power to champion their cause and crush their enemies. During the Intertestamental Period (the time in-between the writing of the Old and New Testaments), Yahweh’s vision of vengeance was immortalized and materialized in the doctrine of hell: spiritual and physical torture (revenge) on God’s enemies forever.

The war god Yahweh agreed to give the Israelites freedom from oppressive nations, a promised land, riches and fame, and the wives and plunder of the nations they killed in war. He demanded that the Israelites kill completely all people who worshipped other deities through genocide (the entire book of Joshua is religious genocide propaganda). The entire Old Testament could be summed up as the story of God commanding Israelite kings, priests, prophets, and laypeople to rid themselves of all other religions and competing deities, to worship him alone in perfect obedience. Whenever Israel worshipped other deities, tolerated other religions, or acknowledged their free human agency in protest to his oppressive reign, Yahweh punished them through exile, famine, sickness, rape, and war.

Yahweh bequeathed upon Israel his vision of national and spiritual superiority: “The LORD has today declared you to be His people, a treasured possession, as He promised you, and that you should keep all His commandments; and that He will set you high above all nations which He has made” (Deuteronomy 26:17-19). Tyrants use elitism to inspire their agenda of world domination, and to excuse their violent genocidal campaigns. This spiritual superiority was transformed into the doctrine of spiritual colonialism and elitism known as the Great Commission in the New Testament. The Great Commission is Yahweh’s plan of spiritual world domination through evangelism. It is a message of total obedience to the King and his Regime: “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age’” (Matthew 28:19). This vision divides humanity against itself into waring camps of the chosen and damned, the sinners and the saints. It’s an age-old method of divide and conquer; a method established by Yahweh himself.

The New Testament version of god, the Holy Trinity, is not nicer than the Old Testament Yahweh. He is the same god with the same brutality and tactics in subtler forms. Literal war becomes spiritual war through conversion, literal sacrifice becomes spiritual sacrifice, national superiority becomes spiritual superiority, destruction of other religions becomes opposition of all non-Christian spiritual practices (meditation, yoga, sexuality, entheogens).

The New Testament makes the biblical god and his doctrines worse, harsher, and more pernicious, not better, not more loving. In the New Testament, God punishes anyone who does not obey the Christian deity through eternal torture in hell, and the destruction of planet earth in God’s End Time Invasion with weapons of mass destruction: The Final World War of Armageddon. The End Game vision for humanity is complete and total servitude to the Holy Trinity. Heaven is no better than Hell: it is slavery through pleasure rather than pain. Those who live in heaven forever do so as co-conspirators complicit in the hellfire torture of everyone else.

Was the Bible inspired by dark spiritual forces? I don’t know whether I believe in such things, and I’m not asking you to. But one thing is for sure: if demons and devils exist, this is what they look like, and this is they do. God is the real devil. We know because the Bible tells us so.

Andrew Jasko, M.Div., speaks about exposing psychological abuses within religion and reclaiming spirituality. Jasko is a former minister, trauma recovery coach, and is working towards his doctorate in clinical psychology.

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