A good dose of the Philosophy pf Religion is enough to make anyone an atheist. But I wonder if the Christian Churches were not among the first practitioners of Gaslighting. Anyone who has read the bible will know that in the old testament if anyone disobeyed the tribal God of Israel they would be annihilated. Yet after the New Testament Churches perpetrated the most vile abominations. Popes have been debauched. People have been burnt alive. And then there is the crusades. And it is all done in God's name. If there is a God such as existed in the Old Testament the people who were so vile as to corrupt the religion - and pedophiles are the latest offering of the Catholic Church - then God would have eliminated them. Despite these outrages people still cling to the idea of God. And that is why I say that the church are Gaslighters. They rewrite history and deny what is obvious or they make it less serious than it was and is.
As a footnote to my earlier comment, in that whole free will theory, no matter what you did, molest children, burn people at the stake (oh yes, they were actually doing that with god's blessing!), murder, adultery, all is forgiven and you get into heaven if the moment before you die you ask for forgiveness. Something a little off about that concept!
They seem to get around that with the concept of "free will." God created humans with free will, so they can decide to be good or bad. This way you do what you want, and if you do bad stuff, god just won't let you into heaven and god doesn't have to have any responsibility for punishment or condoning. Of course, there are pandemics, earthquakes, hurricanes, etc, which can be used as god's "punishment" for all those bad deeds. But funny how they would have happened anyway, whether or not there was a god.
I think we've come a long way from the worship of the old Jehovah god. Christ comes across more gnostic than his dad. The trouble is that the era of Christ has gone on for so long now that people aren't really aware how like the father the son will be when the end times arrive. I think that's because the Book of Revelation is heavily based on the older writings such as Zechariah. I don't know how society might have gone forward if we had had an alternative history and lived under some other regime. I doubt it could have been any better. So 'we are where we are and it is what it is' and I hope we can move on to some more enlightened period in our history but it doesn't look good at the moment.
Modern religion is as guilty of this as ever, I cannot count the times when the religious have asked if I am mentally ill, because the existence of gawd is so obvious only a liar or a lunatic could dispute it.
That is of course until you demand to see the evidence, at which point you either get the standard responses of
"Just look around you"
"I'll pray for you"
or else they get angry and start building a metaphorical bonfire for the blaspheming heretic.
First, you seem to confuse things about the biblical text. According to the biblical text the people are the Gods. John 10:34 Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your Law, 'I have said you are "gods"'?
By biblical definition Religion is ... pure and faultless is this: to help widows and orphans in need and avoiding worldly corruption. James 1:27
The old textiment (as commonly accepted) as you mentioned is, in part, the laws of government for the people of the nation of Israel prior to 2000 years ago. As being a former Christian, I understand the old testiment laws would be out of Jurisdiction because here in America we are not under or in the Jurisdiction of the nation of Israel. The current nation of Israel does not specifically run its government according to biblical old textiment dictates. Apart of old testiment is like records of national archives of poetry, stories, words of wisdom and writing of the prophets (books of the prophets) which were simular to modern day presidents executive records.
The new testiment, in part, is purported to be eye witness testimony that the Ocirus to Horus reincarnated myth actually come true.
Isaiah 19:25 The LORD Almighty will bless them, saying, "Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance."
Lord of host Lucifer the devil is Egyptian you can research further yourself. And the current Masonic lodge secret religion racist devil worshippers attribute their secret religion devil worship to origins of Egypt mystics (you can further research this your self).
In your use of the word religion United States of America is the secret religion of the Masonic lodge secret religion racist devil worshippers since their freedom from England July 4th, 1776.
Identification for taxation and government control is religious dictates of the biblical text. The parts of the biblical text are written in metaphor and riddles which mean it requires someone with higher intellectual capabilities to decipher and understand the riddles. Yet, there is plain language in the biblical dictates about the establishment of the mark of the beast- 666, which means identification for taxation and government control. Apart of the genius of the riddle is that it states on the hand orvforehead which people take that as a literal requirement for the mark of the beast 666. "Beast" by the way, is a metaphor for laws of government.
American capitalism minimum wage slavery is based on identification for taxation and government control.
"so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name." Revelations 13:17
In order to have bank account you must have ID, to own car, you must have ID, all major things in life as we know it in America requires people to follow the "religious " dictates of the Masonic lodge secret religion racist devil worshippers and their following of the biblical text.
"If there was a god such as existed in the old testament" ? Of course there wasn't,or isn't. The old testament is entertaining mythology but really no different from Norse,Greek ,or Roman mythology.
The Christian doomsday cult, one of many in the area at the time got lucky and the rest as they say is history.