I've had, some of you may have noticed, a long fascination with how some people praise and, apparently, love a version of God who is, I have to say, eminently unpraiseworthy and distinctly unlovable.
Homosexuality, eating the flesh of certain animals, pre-marital sex, Lord alone (ahem) knows how many other sexual actions and proclivities, blasphemy, working on a particular day of the week, and all sorts of other trivial activities which appear, on the face of it, to do no harm to anyone—all these things he says are bad…
Why are they bad? If the only reason you can come up with is that God doesn't like them, then you've pretty-much described God as an unfit leader who mistakes personal taste for morality. If the only reason you can come up with is that God will punish people for them, then you've described him as a self-righteous bully.
In neither case have you shown him as someone worthy of praise, and only his power to eternally punish those who do things he doesn't like would make anyone obey such a being.
It's a common assertion (I would say misconception, but I don't think it's that honest) that atheists are angry at God. No we're not. It would be rather silly to be angry at a being who we don't believe exists.
The people who should be angry with God are those who truly believe that it is his will that a child should die of leukaemia, who believe that he wants people to live a life bereft of love, merely because of the shape of the genitalia owned by those they're attracted to, who believe that a person should freeze rather than gather firewood on the Sabbath or go hungry rather than eat ham. They should be bloody furious that people are being sent to eternal punishment for doing things which do no harm to anyone.
I've asked this before, and I've never yet got a sensible answer. Why in the name of all that is good, would anyone laud such a creature and call it loving?
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