Discussion by: David R Allen
I've often wondered what a group of psychologists would make of god if they were presented with a list of behaviours described in the bible, but were not told who the person they were profiling was. How would they assess god. The following is what I think would be high on their lists.
Narcissistic. God likes to be praised. If you don't praise him, he will either kill you, send you to hell or excommunicate you. This suggests a fragile and shallow ego that can't exist without the approval of others. The praise must be elaborate and expensive and must be constant. Just saying. "I like you god." is not enough. You have to repeat this praise for your whole life.
Sociopath / Psychopath. God is probably the greatest serial killer of all time. He kills without conscience. He kills children too young to have formed evil intent. He selects his victims on racial grounds or because they don't worship and adore him. He kills animals and plants en masse. Again a sure sign of a serial killer who lacks empathy or a conscience. This is not an entity that should be used as a role model for morality or ethical behavior.
Exclusionary and corrupt. God has favourites. Far from all humans being created equal, god selected one tribe out of all of the millions on the planet and decide they were his pet humans. God used omnipotent powers to commit a genocide against people that were not of that select tribe, ethnically cleansed a piece of land for the exclusive use of one tribe, and then abandoned them shortly after to suffer a similar genocide in later history. This suggests that god's rationale for selecting his favourites is shallow and unreliable. God's promises cannot be trusted. God can also be swayed by bribes, gifts and offerings. The more brutal the offering, the more god likes it. A sure sign of a narcissistic cult mentality.
Disorganized and slap dash. There is much evidence of overkill (great floods, fires, earthquakes, etc), signifying rage and frustration. There is no pattern to these events as well, usually because disorganized killers are guided by delusion. They also don't try to hide what they do (quite the opposite – God has very noticeable M.O.s). Usually disorganized killers have poor interpersonal skills and their extreme psychosis causes them to be solitary. God's motivation is often vengeance. If he feels a slight, he is likely to overreact and kill en masse, rather that retribution to the individual. What offends god changes with time so it is very dangerous for humanity to do anything, lest god suddenly find this behaviour offensive, and send down another flood to wipe out life on earth, except his favourites.
Poor attention to detail. As a creator, god's science project, life in the universe and us, is a hodge podge of sticky tape and glue. The defects or poor design in life on earth are myriad and obvious. I won't list them as they have been the subject of brilliant exposure elsewhere in this discussion community.
You get the picture. I'm sure many more character flaws can be found in god's psychological profile given time. I found a psychological profile of god written by a student criminal profiler, which inspired this discussion suggestion. The full text can be found here.