Sunday, May 13, 2007

God Is Not Likely On Your Side

The problem with being sure that God is on your side is that you can't change your mind, because God sure isn't going to change His.
- Roger Ebert, film-critic (1942- )

For a being that most people acknowledge exists and agrees that no one knows anything about Him or can know anything about Him, there certainly are lots of people who have a great deal to say about God.

This is an outright contradiction. A being can't be unknowable yet people attribute all sorts of characteristics, values, forms, habits and so on to Him.

Worse, because so many people believe the dross that has been devised by religious creative writers, others sour in their belief in God, often giving up the belief entirely. Atheists despise organized religion more than they disbelieve in God. What they don't believe in is the God that the religions have created to make themselves comfortable.

Surely organized religion is the worst thing that has ever happened to God. Humans, self-proclaimed as His greatest creation (term used loosely here) have been God's greatest failure. Nothing proves that God is not perfect more than the humans who claim they are God's most perfect creation.

We lie, we cheat, we steal, we mistreat each other, virtually all animals and plants and the planet itself, yet we still feel comfortable about forgiving ourselves and have confidence of finding our places in heaven when our time comes.

If, as the Abrahamic religions claim, man was created in God's image, then we have truly trashed our creator. We have shamed Him.

For a being that is omnicient, God must be forgetful, we devoutly hope. If God is omnipotent and holds power over everything, why did He allow humans to devise so much that is destructive (including hell, a human creation for humans)?

Ebert's quote, though it seems to make sense, is a slap in the face to all who are hypocritical.
Let's hope that the hypocritical ones feel confident enough to turn the other cheek. But don't count on it, they usually don't.

Bill Allin
Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems, striving to rip the faces off two-faced hypocrites.
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