“EXCUSE ME, I KNOW YOU’RE A BIT BUSY BUILDING GALAXIES AND STUFF, BUT COULD YOU JUST MAKE A TINY CHANGE IN YOUR COSMIC PLAN FOR ME?”
And God replied??? You do realize that if you told your friends that the late George Carlin had spoken to you, or Ralph Waldo Emerson, or Attila the Hun, then you would be rightly judged as being psychotic. But just because it is the ‘voice of God’ you are hearing it is suddenly NOT a psychotic incident? You were under stress, literally at your wit’s end. Hearing voices is perfectly understandable, no cosmic entity necessary.
Do you see my point though? If you were an inmate in a sanatorium, talking to Hitler, we would think you were in the right place. Yet if God is ‘real’ then the millions of people that God has killed makes Hitler look like a boyscout by comparison.
On top of all the killing God has supposedly done (according to the Bible)… he would also have been the one who ‘created’ the 100 Billion people who have been born since the very first man lived… yes? BUT… did you know that 50 BILLION of these died BEFORE they reached adulthood? Did you? Please don’t tell me these children and babies are in God’s loving arms now, they all STILL had to go through agonizing deaths. A pretty sick creature, this ‘God’, creating babies, so he can watch them die.
Believers TRY to make excuses, saying Jesus made a new covenant, so the old laws and judgements of God are no longer valid… If this WERE true it would STILL be the SAME God, just with better PR. I’ll repeat that, because MANY don’t get it. The OT god and the NT God are the SAME God. Being all loving and kind ‘NOW’ doesn’t wipe out his guilt.
According to believers he STILL creates child abusers and murderers, even knowing (omniscient) that they WILL offend and he STILL creates innocent little children so that he can abuse them and murder them? He will even watch it all happening (omnipresent). This is truly obscene. You and I are WAY more moral than that.
This sick scenario (and many others) will just disappear, when you realize that there is NO God, not of the Biblical variety anyway. Nobody is ‘creating’ cannon fodder for wars either. Unless they are mentally ill (psychotic), bad people do bad things simply because of bad raising and bad environment. End of.
If, alternatively, you held the ‘deist’ position, perhaps that a benign being kick-started the universe, I would say it seems very unlikely, but not totally implausible… which an omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient creator and loving ‘god’ would certainly be. Even then, if energy/matter cannot be destroyed, or created, then the cosmos has, in one form or another, always been here and always will be here. So no need for a god.
Just so you know, I am not all bitter and twisted. I have had the most wonderful life, but when it ends it will end. Death/non-existence holds no fears, I’ve been there before. I was non-existent for billions of years, I have a few years right now to be a bright sparkling moment of light, to hopefully brighten a few other’s lives, then it is back to non-existence for billions more years.
Have to go and play with my lovely little daughter. Which reminds me, one more scenario… If I became a believer but my daughter did NOT, then when we died I would be looking down from heaven at her being tortured for all eternity. I would be in Heaven… but would I be happy??? Of course not. I’d say “Screw Heaven, screw you, God! I’ll suffer with my daughter, thank you.” Wouldn’t you do the same, in that scenario?
Anyway, as you know, I take the atheist position. That does NOT mean – ‘I don’t believe in God’ – because that would presume that there IS a God for me NOT to believe in. Atheist means ‘I am not convinced by the argument that there IS a god. Mainly because of the lack of evidence that there is a god, but more damningly, because of the complete lack of a necessity for one!’
Anyhow, do enjoy your brief sparkling moment.