I’m taking a short recess from my work to address a point that seems to suffer a rather serious misunderstanding.
The path to this fallacious argument is pretty twisted, and I think it deserves a post here to set things in perspective.
As a freethinker, I often question the Biblical God’s character — as one should when looking for Truth.
And one must admit that many versions of “Truth” are urged on us with lofty promises and horrid menaces.
After all, Christians do have the mission to share their Faith and help people understand how to be saved, and I am more than open to arguments that would correct my understanding and prompt change. I’m not just saying this — my quest is one for Truth and Reality. I have and DO adapt my opinions to new and better information.
Of course, that information should make sense, have a level of rooting in Reality, and be consistent with the contexts involved.
This is where there is a coherent snag in most religious logic.
Because let’s face it; in the meantime, appearances are not pretty.
As you may have read here, I question the Biblical God that I am expected to worship. The claim is the same than for the all others: He is the only true God amongst our infinite panoply of deities.
In view of the evidence so far, I assert that he is not Loving, that he acts in contradiction with His own moral values, and practices cruelty beyond reason. That’s the claim I am putting to the test — and this is what I usually encounter:
I am told that I am not even close to being capable of understanding God’s ways, and what seems evil to me, is just personal and narrow-minded expectation entertained by my ignorance of God. God states as much in Isaiah 55:8-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, (…) As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
In other words, we humans are not equipped intellectually and emotionally to understand God’s ways, nor should we judge him consequently.
— He never really commits genocide; he justifies his right and glory as The God of War (Exodus 15:3).
— Punishing the innocent descendants of the parent’s wrongdoing — for generations onward — is “Justice”, because He says so.
— Jealousy and Vengeance are qualities for God, but severe flaws for humans. We are nothing but sinners who cannot comprehend his Glory, and wrongly assume a double standard.
Really? So how are we equipped to choose this god over another deity (or none)?
When in real life do we chose to trust anyone with our money or children who just assures us to trust them without question? Woulden’t that be considered a red flag by any normal thinking person?
How are pagans, atheists, or any cultures, expected to come to this Biblical God if they are told right off the bat that they are not equipped to understand God’s logic anyway? That his apparent “evil” is nothing but misunderstood holy goodness? That we must suspend our standards and moral conscience in order to accept “Him”?
This is a serious matter to think about.
• Mankind is expected to accept and even love this God to avoid eternal punishment.
• For this, God offers humans of all Nations the opportunity to accept him thru Christian education (Matthew 28:19).
• However, mankind is not equipped to understand God’s ways, and questioning him for clarification is not allowed (or dismissed as a naive attempt to understand such God). (Isaiah 55:8-9).
• Therefore — we humans should not be responsible for not understanding what is expected of us, since even our deepest conscience-driven feelings of right and wrong need to be ignored in order to accept Him.
In fact, there is no reference to lean on to accept this God as good, while there is much reference to dismiss him as good.
I refer to my article on Objective Morality where I argue how impossible understanding this God really is.
So far, my atheism sees absolutely no evidence nor any remotely sane argument favoring acceptance of the Biblical God.
The only argument I get is that we cannot understand.
If this is true, it follows that we are innocent of any sincere conclusions we make that would logically dismiss this god as just another monster of legend.
Question for Christians and other theists: What makes your judgement more qualified than others as to the veracity of the Bible and its God?
— Is it not true that like all of us, you cannot explain the disparities of Gods character, and must accept thru Faith his double standards as holy and unquestionable?
— Is it not true that your source of trust is really just a subjective choice obeying to a bias or need (or calling) — like everyone else?
Saying otherwise would be the epitome of arrogance, would it not?
Why then, do we get the impression that Christians just know better?
Are they saying they know better the fact that they cannot comprehend this God?
Is that what Faith is? An abandonment of our cognitive dissonance?
What virtue is there in this trust that can attract others to this God?
I have made my reasons clear in the other articles here, and will continue to do so until someone actually gives me some good and reasonable arguments on why this God is any different from the other moody and obviously man-created gods of our human folklore.
“There can be but little liberty on earth while men worship a tyrant in heaven.”
~ Robert Green Ingersoll