"I was thinking about all the accounts in the bible that indicate god kills children as a punishment or teaching experience.
1. Kills all of Egypts firstborn sons, who were innocent kids who did nothing to him or his people, who had no control over the decisions Pharoah made. How many times have you read that account or thought about it without realizing the devastating pain dealt to all those parents, and remembered those were innocent kids?"
It's actually worse than that, since Pharoah had no control over the decisions he made: Jehovah used him like a ventriloquist works a dummy, played him like a fiddle.
Jehovah actively interfered with Pharoah's free will decision, since he was initially willing to comply with Moses' request to "let my people go"; however, Jehovah wanted an excuse to get into a magic showdown face-off with the Pharoah's magicians, and God needed an excuse to show off the trick he came up with of killing all Egyptian firstborns.
The first occurance of hardening Pharoah's heart occurs BEFORE the magic show started, in Exodus 4:21:
- Exodus 4:21
- And the LORD said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: but I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go.
- Here's a list of the sequence of who hardened Pharoah's heart, but notice YHWH started the process and acheived his goal of not letting Pharoah comply.
Paul confirms this in Romans 9:17–18, so apparently he's OK with infanticide to show what a great and powerful guy God is.
So if you're OK with the idea of a deity murdering human infants just to show off what an awesome loving God He is, then you, like Paul, will just LOVE Jehovah (and Paul knew a thing or two about murdering others, per his own confessions: if the Bible actually WERE true, it would serve as self-incriminating evidence that is admissible in court to convict the murderers).
Of course, it's a myth, but even if I were a believer, the question I'd be asking myself is: how morally-challenged would I have to be, to think that such an evil despicable being is worthy of being worshiped, in the first place? That would require a level of blindness to faults that borders on maladaptive psychological dysfunction (eg Stockholm Syndrome).