One of the big things that religious people talk about is this character that they all seem to be so spooked of – Satan. According the biblical theology, he is an angel who defied the will of God, and tried to rebel against God. There were apparently a lot of angelic life-forms who stood with him in his rebellion. Of course, since God is apparently all-powerful, he put all of these angels and their rebellion down, and banished them to Hell. That’s how the story goes. However, there are some serious plot holes to this concept, that I thought should be addressed.
First off, let’s examine which of these two characters (God and Satan), is the more nefarious, in context to the Bible. First, let’s look at God. He flooded the Earth, killing every single man, woman, child, toddler, and baby. He destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, also killing every single man, woman, child, toddler, and baby. He has commanded the slaughter of innocent people. He has no punishment for murder. He has a lenient punishment for rape. He commanded a bear to kill children who insulted one of his prophets. He has looked the other way while those who claimed to do things in his name destroyed cities, raped woman and teenage girls, and even tore open the bellies of pregnant women. Oh wait, I forgot, that one was a command.
The God of the Bible is not a character that I would follow, under any set of circumstances. There is absolutely no reason why I would follow this depraved and sick monster into any sort of heaven that might exist. I want nothing to do with him. Any character that can say they are all-loving, but have a rap-sheet as long as God has is not somebody that I want to be around, for any reason. The truth is, reading the Bible makes one understand that God is not a holy, devine, or even decent character. If you read it carefully, he sounds more like a child who is lashing out at the people that he doesn’t like, if they cross rules that are arbitrary and foul.
Now let’s examine Satan, in contrast. The only person he ever killed directly was Job’s wife, but here’s the kicker – God gave him permission to do it. He tempted Eve at the Garden of Eden, but it was God who overreacted and decided to kick Adam and Eve out just because they ate some fruit. He tempted Jesus in the desert, but Jesus ignored him. So, what’s the scorecard? God – millions upon millions of people dead. Satan – one person dead. Interesting.
But that isn’t the real paradox of the existence of this Satan character that many Christians will say is the reason for all evil. Here is something to think about – how exactly can Satan really exist, and what is the logic there?
Thinks about this – God is supposedly, omnipotent, omnipresent, omnibenevolent. In other words, he’s all-knowing, all-powerful, all-wise, and all-loving. Alright, if that is the fact, then really, why would Satan oppose him? Or for that matter – why doesn’t God just stop him? Or here’s a thought – why would Satan want to oppose him?
The concept of being all-knowing is one of the things that has always bothered me about Christianity. If God is all-knowing, then there cannot be free will. If he knows what you are going to do before you do it, then the Puritans got it right. Whether or not you go to Heaven is not up to you. It is already done, you can only pray and hope that God decides not to be the omnipotent prick that he chooses to be.
Now looking at Satan, if he is working against God, then if God is all-knowing, all of Satan’s plans are known before they happen. The outcomes of the plans are known before they happen. For that matter, why do people argue free will if that is the case?
Next up, let’s look at omnipotence. If God can do anything, then why do people talk about Satan at all? What can Satan possibly do? If God truly is all-powerful, than no amount of power that Satan would have is meaningless. But the bigger question – why allow Satan, or evil, for that matter, to exist? What exactly could be served by having evil in this world? I’m sure that I am going to get some kind of long-winded response from some Christian who really thinks that they can stump me. But no argument can put that in a good light. There is no possible argument that can be made that shows that God allowing a force of evil that can supposedly corrupt people and make them do evil things to exist.
Finally, let’s examine all-loving. What a complete joke. God has shown, on multiple occasions, that he will do things that are beyond evil. He doesn’t shy away from genocide, nor does he (in the real world), stop any of the genocides that happen on a daily basis in some of the most poverty-stricken countries on Earth, where nobody can get any food to eat. The fact is that the concept of God being all-loving is bullshit, because all of us know that if we had the ability to love completely, we would never allow this kind of thing to happen. We would help everybody, regardless of whether or not they worship us, or kiss our asses.
This is just another example of how the Christian religion is really full of shit. There is nothing to support their ridiculous claims. There is absolutely no logic to any of it. I’m starting to think that the people who believe this crock of shit simply cannot fathom life without the existence of the God that they worship. It’s sad, pathetic, and actually a little bit depressing. It shows just how weak humanity is, when they need characters like God to justify their existence. But you know what I hate most about it – the fact that people will use this weakness to affect the real world, and in a way that helps nobody.
Satan is a joke, and so is God.
Until next time, a quote,
“We are selfish based creatures crawling on this earth. But because we have brains we aspire to achieve something that is less than pure evil.” -Gregory House, House M.D.