We’re told that god is loving, and kind, and just, and intrinsically good; but when someone like myself points out the rather obvious and compelling evidence that god is cruel and unjust, because he visits suffering on innocent people, of a scope and scale that would embarrass the most ambitious psychopath, we’re told that god is mysterious….
And I want to suggest to you, it is not only tiresome when otherwise intelligent people speak this way, it is morally reprehensible. This kind of faith is really the perfection of narcissism. “God loves me, dontcha know. He cured me of my eczema. He makes me feel so good while singing in church, and just when we had given up hope, we found a banker who was willing to reduce my mother’s mortgage.”
Given all that this God of yours does NOT accomplish in the lives of others, given the misery that’s being imposed on some helpless child at this instant, this kind of faith is obscene. To think in this way is to fail to reason honestly, or to care sufficiently about the suffering of other human beings.
"Why can’t God just defeat the devil?" - Bill Maher
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