"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/)

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Creator Gods

All cultures that I know of have myths of creator gods. I am most interested in the Christian one, as that is what I was taught about in my early childhood. That god is supposed to be perfect, loving, and good.

I have a problem with that. If you create something that is flawed, knowing ahead of time that it will be flawed, and when the thing you created does not work according to your rules, because it is flawed, then whose fault is it? The creator, or the thing that the creator created . . . flawed?

The absolute and abject illogic of such a concept--God creating man, knowing that man would sin because God created a flawed being, then punishing sinning man forever and ever, unless it repents and begs forgiveness and sings praises to God--is to me beyond comprehension. But it makes a good bedtime story by which to try and scare children into being good. Too bad it doesn't work.

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