Hypothetical situation – you and your girlfriend (or boyfriend) are walking down the road. A bunch of thugs comes over and decides that they want to rob you. But they look at you, or your significant other, and decide that you are female, and attractive, so they decide that they are going to rape you or them. One of you is outright murdered, because this person isn’t hot and worthy of their time, and the other is brutally raped, left to die in a gutter. But this person (you or them) lives. They live on with that memory in their mind, forever. Guess who was privvy to this information? God. He saw it all. He saw the whole thing happen. And what did he do? Nothing.
But Lucien, God gives us trials! He never gives us more than we can handle!
Uh…yeah, that’s one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard. First-off, can a baby who dies of some horrible illness handle that? Can the little kid whose family is murdered by vicious thugs handle it? Can the teen girl who is forced to have sex with all the military guys of some country fight back? Could the family who was murdered before that teen girl was repeatedly raped of stopped them from blowing them away with assault rifles? What about you? Say you are the one who got murdered. These thugs jumped you, and blew your brains out before you could even think. Were you able to handle that?
The idea that God is just giving us ”tests” or “trials” is so ridiculous, and yet people believe that, so adamently. I often think that most of those people (not all, but most), have never had anything really bad happen to them, so they just write off other people’s problems as something that they could handle, never having experienced it themselves.
Meanwhile, God has just witnessed and event that neither party could handle, and did nothing. He does this all the time. Genocide in African countries, starvation in African countries or America, disease and pestilence in places that can’t get modern medicine, all of these things are witnessed by an omni-present God every single day, and he does nothing.
But Lucien, God doesn’t interfere with free will!
What a joke. Free will. So, my question back to Christians is – do you believe in Fate? The idea that the path of your life is chosen before you are even born? If you believe in that, that everything is predestined to happen before you woke up that day, then you can’t believe in free will, because it’s not possible. But let’s give this whole idea the benefit of the doubt for a second. It’s still bullshit!
Look at it this way – God is in all places at all times, right? So, he watches you or your significant other get brutally raped, and does nothing. He cares more about the fact that people are free to murder and rape than he does for doing the right thing. Would you sit back and watch? Would you do nothing to stop a murderer or a rapist? It’s free will, after all! They have the right to do it! Of course you wouldn’t! You would do anything you could to stop this from happening. You would fight to save the lives of those people or person. That’s just basic human decency. It’s the reality that Christians don’t want to face, because in their mind, God is perfect. Yeah, so perfect that he allows murder and rape because it is “free will.” Seems more like condoning evil to me.
Not to mention – what about the fucking Bible?! In that, he performed miracle after miracle, in plain sight of everybody, openly taking away free will and changing the outcome of events before they happened! Hell, he sent his kid/him down to Earth, and he did some REALLY big interfering, such as curing people of disease, taking away their blindness. He even raised people from the dead! Yeah, if that isn’t interfering, I don’t know what is.
And some will comment that it is after Jesus that God stopped interfering. Yeah, that’s bullshit. The public still says that miracles are happening from God all the time. One pastor said that God helped him find his car keys. His fucking car keys! This god is so pathetic that he will watch the murder and rape of innocent people, but will help a pastor find his car keys?! The same God who doesn’t ever interfere in what happens in the world, right? Of course. Of course it is that way. Convenient loopholes that those who don’t want to face reality create.
But Lucien, those guys will burn forever in Hell!
So? So what? Does that change what happened? Does it change the fact that you or the person you were with was raped or murdered? Does it change the fact that this incident has scarred either party for the rest of their lives? Not to mention – how exactly is them burning in Hell forever going to make it all better? Eternal torture, you think that’s a good punishment? You think that them burning forever is just fine? For all eternity, a time-frame that you narrow-minded people can’t even begin to comprehend, they are going to suffer. Unless, of course, they come to God and sincerely are sorry for what they did. After that, he has an open-door policy for stuff like this. By God’s logic, it is entirely possible that Hitler and Stalin are in Heaven.
The simple reality is that if God exists, he stands in solidarity of evil. He lets evil work, while going against his own policy to not interfere in order to help people with the most menial things on Earth. While, everyday, there is suffering, disease, death, rape, you name it, going on all over the planet, and not one time does he step in and stop it. Not one time. That is NOT a character who is good. That is a character who is evil. That’s the real reality of Christianity. The reality is that God is a monster, who either doesn’t care, or openly acknowledge what an evil piece of shit he actually is.
Until next time, a quote,
“In order to believe the Christian message, you have to believe this – that those 100,000 years, people were born, died. Usually, many of them, in child-birth. Either the mother or the child. Had a life expectancy of about 28 years, 25. Died of mircoorganisms they didn’t know existed. Genesis doesn’t mention them, because the people who write Genesis don’t know about microorganism. Earthquakes would have been terrifying. Tsunamis, volcanoes, mysterious events. War, famine, super-imposed on us. You can all fill out this picture for yourselves, I’m sure. That was our life for tens of thousands of years, on and on it went. Maybe a gradual upward curve, of a sort. We seem to have made some progress. Very painfully and with infinite suffering and labor. And with our solidarity still intact. Now here’s what you have to believe – You have to believe heaven watched over all that, for 98,000 years. And after 98,000 years, they decided 2,000 years, it may be time to intervene. And the best way of doing that would be to have a filthy human sacrifice in a very remote part of Palestine. And the news of this still has no penetrated to the rest of the world, and I don’t think will be believed when it does, and isn’t believed by me, and can’t be believed by any thinking person.” -Christopher Hitchens