In voicing this opinion I was taken to task by a fellow atheist:
“There's no point in being disgusted/repelled by the Bible. It portrays how we were more than two thousand years ago. The vengeful Old Testament God is how the primitive people of this time period would have imagined their deity.
Similarly, you can read The Iliad and observe how war and superstition were so predominant in the Greek world.” “Both The Iliad and the stories of the Bible were invented in an attempt to find meaning in a cruel, violent world.”
And he would be correct if the Bible were read by everyone as simply a reflection of an earlier civilization's thought processes and justifications. Then indeed the horrific acts can be viewed in the context of the times. Nothing more need be said
But that is far from the case with the Bible. The events depicted are attributed to a god who is still worshipped to this day. That god is credited in this scripture with establishing rules and instigating behaviors that by any reasonable interpretation are both cruel and counter productive to human development.
No, there is "no point" in being disgusted / repelled by the Bible. There is no point to being saddend by "Old Yeller." There doesn’t have to be a point. Disgust and revulsion are emotions that the Bible envokes in me. Emotion doesn't need a point. It just is.