"Mistrust those in whom the urge to punish is strong." Friedrich Nietzche

"Any and all non-violent, non-coercive, non-larcenous, consensual adult behavior that does not physically harm other people or their property or directly and immediately endangers same, that does not disturb the peace or create a public nuisance, and that is done in private, especially on private property, is the inalienable right of all adults. In a truly free and liberty-loving society, ruled by a secular government, no laws should be passed to prohibit such behavior. Any laws now existing that are contrary to the above definition of inalienable rights are violations of the rights of adults and should be made null and void." D. M. Mitchell (from The Myth of Inalienable Rights, at: http://dowehaverights.blogspot.com/)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Thoughts on the Christian God

The Christian God (which is derived from the Old Testament Hebrew God and which is also the God of the Muslims, although none of the three religions can agree on how this being is supposed to be properly worshipped or what exactly is the one set of true laws that we are supposed to follow) is an enigma to me. Well, really, the people who have set out the dogma in black and white and all those who call themselves Christians, ergo, believers in this dogma, are enigmas to me.

How so, you ask? This God is supposed to be the Creator of everything: The Earth and everything that is on it, the solar system, the galaxy, and the universe. That's a mighty big order for a single Creator. But lets just stick to the Earth and to the top dog down here, humans, but most importantly, lets explore the supposed attributes of this Christian God.

God is all-knowing. God is all-powerful. God is present everywhere. God created everything, as mentioned above. So here we have an omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent being in control of . . . us.

By logic, if this God knows everything, that would mean, well, everything; everything happening at this very instant, that has happened in the past, and that will happen in the future. That means that at the moment (or how ever long it took) of creation, God knew exactly what was going to happen to every single thing It created. Like you and me . . . and the being we call Satan, or the Devil. Because, remember, God created the Devil and, being all-knowing, God had to know exactly what the Devil was going to do and when . . . and then God let the Devil do it as though He, God, was taken by surprise. Or was that God's way of creating evil? And what does that say about God then?

But more, if this all-powerful creator God knows everything, then It knew when you would be born, what you would do in and with your life, and, most importantly, if you were going to die in a "state of grace" (whether you would go to God's Heaven) or not. By logical extension, that means it doesn't matter what you do in this life, whether you are good or bad, or really, really good or really, really bad. You will die in a state of grace or not and God knows that already, from the moment of creation of the universe, and you can't do anything to change it, that is, to surprise God, otherwise It wouldn't be all-knowing now would It. And if It is not all-knowing, what else isn't It?

I mean, God's got you down in the "Book of Life" as dying in a state of grace and going to heaven, but at the last second you do something to change that and you are now going to hell. And God didn't see it coming? Hmmmm?

Think about it. 'Nough said?

Well, no. I do have another thing to ponder over. The Bible just says that God created Adam and Eve, no one else. Then when Adam and Eve get kicked out of the Garden of Eden (something else that God didn't know was going to happen?) they started the whole human race. Excuse me, that's a whole lot of incest. But more, that's just not enough of a breeding population to breed up a genetically diverse, robust, and healthy bunch of people.

Again; think about it.

Logic versus emotion.

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