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Christianity &Islam Thomas on 02 Dec 2009 12:47 am

The “will of God” is whatever a believer wants it to be

A new study confirms what every atheist already knows – when a believer talks about “the will of God”, what they really mean is “whatever I feel like the will of God should be”:

Creating God in one’s own image

For many religious people, the popular question “What would Jesus do?” is essentially the same as “What would I do?” That’s the message from an intriguing and controversial new study by Nicholas Epley from the University of Chicago. Through a combination of surveys, psychological manipulation and brain-scanning, he has found that when religious Americans try to infer the will of God, they mainly draw on their own personal beliefs.

So one person believes that the “will of God” is to kill all homosexuals. That person will find the right verses in the Bible and state that that is the “will of God”. Another person believes the opposite, so she finds verses in the Bible about love and compassion and declares that to be “the will of God”.

Over in the Forums this is called SPAG, or Self-Projection as God. Basically you take whatever you believe, and give it more weight by stating it is the will of God.

Any rational person can see that the “will of God” is a total fabrication. If there really were a God and he really had a “will”, his “will” would be communicated consistently across all believers. The fact that this does not happen is further proof that God is imaginary.

Related: Have you noticed that Christians can make up any point of view and justify it in their minds with the Bible?

8 Responses to “The “will of God” is whatever a believer wants it to be”

  1. on 02 Dec 2009 at 2:44 pm 1.Dr. Clarence Rucker said …

    That is an untruth. The will of God for a person is that his life is in step with the Bible and its Biblical teachings. What man sees the will of God in him, is usually speaking from the word of satan. Remember, man is totally sin. Boen in it and shaped in it. The Bible is an instructional guide. Like the book you get with your new car. It is a guide on the car itself and it tells you how to maintain it. Buy a washing machine, you will get a manual with it.

    The Bible is a manuel for our lives. The way you sound, you probably did not know that the Bible is the life of man. You, me, and every man that walks this life has a Bible. The Bible is us…Get over it and have a good day.

    You say: ” Have you noticed that Christians can make up any point of view and justify it in their minds with the Bible?”…

    I say: The Bible is a manuel for our lives. The way you sound, you probably did not know that the Bible is the life of man.

  2. on 02 Dec 2009 at 5:03 pm 2.AntiRoss said …

    Case in point Rucker! You’ve just put your very own spin on it. Talk about an article being over someone’s head…
    And thanks, by the way, for calling every other human being on the planet “totally sin”. You’re just mouthing off on one of theology’s biggest ‘untruth’s as you say, casting about the guilt, kind of like Biff, here.

    You Christians cannot seem to get over the fact that the rest of us just don’t think your silly collection of primitive writings by uneducated Middle-Eastern people have any merit or truth to them whatsoever. The bible is not a manual for our lives. It is a compilation of various texts put together to establish a cohesive religious movement. Blame Irenaeus for what you’ve got.

  3. on 02 Dec 2009 at 7:52 pm 3.Injun Trouble said …

    This article is spot on. As a member of the motorcycle community, I’ve the extreme displeasure of coming into contact with the ‘saved’ bikers (former drug users, spouse and child abusers, criminals…what-have-you) who enjoy approaching me (probably due to my extremely anti-religious vest) to tell me how God wants this or that from me and that the ‘real’ way to ‘true’ happiness is to do it their way. I usually tell them that if ‘God’ had a problem with the way I was living, I think he’d be ‘man’ enough to come out and tell me himself, and that I don’t appreciate an ex-con telling someone who’s never had so much as a parking ticket what’s right for me.

  4. on 03 Dec 2009 at 3:16 pm 4.chris said …

    To all non-believers…. This isnt about forceing anyone to do what a christian says. With that being said as a christian we read the word of God and in the word it says that God would leave 99 believers to help that 1 non-believer. Church isnt about christians or the faithful at all, if you are christian you know that but, as a non-believer when a christian aproaches you and talks some i agree are very pushy and thats the ones who i dont even like. the great thing about God is he gave us free will but, with free will comes a price. Its a choice to think how you want and live how you want but as a christian in your heart you want everyone to rise and not perish thats all, just like God.

  5. on 03 Dec 2009 at 3:34 pm 5.chris said …

    Injun trouble, tight name….. I agree with you about somebody telling you whats right when you lived a life better then they but, that person or people who did wrong have change there way by giving there life to God as they feel, so in return God as now forgivin them for what they have done. They see you by there eyes as someone they can change, but they dont do this to try and change you as much as to say hey we to were once like you but worse and we have see both sides but, now because somebody opened our eyes by the power of God we in return want to spread the word to maybe help someone lost-( non-beliver) its hard to see a christians point as well as understanding the word but when your eyes close for the long rest, its then that face to face with God you remember the words of these crazy people (christians).

  6. on 06 Dec 2009 at 5:30 am 6.chris said …

    People dont know anything unless there taught it. How do we know what star,wind,oxygen etc… Is we are told, then read about it from what someone else wrote how do we know there right and not wrong. Just because they can see it and study it makes it right i guess. But it doesnt stop people from thirsting for more. And no matter how many times you read the bible every time even from the same chapter or verse,you get a differant message. thats because a christian broadens thier horizon by the book. the same way a scientist tries exploring space.

  7. on 12 Dec 2009 at 7:40 am 7.servent of the lord said …

    No one can fully imagine all of gods true being. for gods glory is so great, holy, just, and all that is good in the world.
    not one man or women can fully imagine him in all of his glory.
    unless god chooses to reveal himself to that person in all of his glory. for god is so great just, holy. and all that is good in the world.
    that you would surly die if you saw him, unwillingly of god himself.
    there for he is a being of unimaginable proportion. for he is the “greatest conceivable existent” know to man.

  8. on 12 Dec 2009 at 9:20 am 8.Severin said …

    “It (Bible) is a compilation of various texts put together to establish a cohesive religious movement”

    Yes, and most, if not all of those texts, were stolen from previous religions, some of them adapted, some even not.

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