Christianity Admin on 17 Jan 2007 07:41 am
I realize that this sounds like a intentionally provocative question, but instead of being provoked, let’s look at the dictionary definition of the word “idiot”:
Id-i-ot: an utterly foolish or senseless person.
Using that definition as our guide, can we find evidence to support a link between belief in the Christian God and idiocy?
The first piece of evidence would have to be the story of Noah’s flood. In the Bible’s book of Genesis, chapter 6, we find this:
The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the LORD said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth – men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air – for I am grieved that I have made them.”
In Christian mythology, God is supposed to be all-knowing and all-loving. Yet, in this passage, an all-knowing God is somehow surprised by his own creation, and an all-loving God decides that mass extermination of all humans and animals is the only solution to the problem.
What can we say about people who worship an heinous, horrific God like this? Is it ever appropriate to worship a being who senselessy murders millions? Are Christians utterly foolish to “worship” an absurd “god”?
The second piece of evidence would be the fact that God’s mass-murdering tendencies are not limited to this single event. For example, in Exodus, Chapter 12, God kills the first born children and livestock of the Egyptians. To quote the Bible: “At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well. Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead.” Are Christians utterly foolish to worship a God who would kill thousands of innocent children?
The third piece of evidence would be the Christian tendency to ignore the obvious. In the book of John, chapter 12, Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” This is a simple, straightforward statement by Jesus. It is not taken “out of context.” Its sentiment is echoed many times by Jesus throughout the Gospels:
- If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. [Matthew 21:21]
- If you ask anything in my name, I will do it. [John 14:14]
- Ask, and it will be given you. [Matthew 7:7]
- Nothing will be impossible to you. [Matthew 17:20]
- Believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. [Mark 11:24]
Yet these verses are obviously, provably, undeniably false. If they were true, we could pray to God to heal amputees, and the amputated limbs would spontaneously regenerate.
Are Christians utterly foolish to worship Jesus, who is supposedly one-third of a perfect, all-powerful, all-knowing being, when it is obvious that what he is saying is wrong?
A fourth piece of evidence can be seen in the Christian belief in the power of prayer. True Christians pray to God throughout the day for dozens of trivial things. They will pray to God that they arrive at appointments on time. They will pray to God to help find lost keys. They will pray to God for a raise at work, or for help with conceiving a child. Christians completely endorse this kind of thinking:
“What are you praying for today? Is someone you love sick? Are you having problems with your spouse? Are you or your spouse suffering from an illness or an addiction? Are you hoping for a job transfer, or a positive result on a pregnancy test? Are you anxious about starting a new career? Having financial trouble? Don’t give up. God is faithful. Trust Him, in the little things and in the big. He cares, and He is there. Don’t lose hope. A miracle of your very own could be right around the corner.” – Christianity.com
When one of these trivial prayers is “answered”, Christians praise God and give thanks for their “blessings”. They will do that despite the fact that, according to UNICEF, 10 million children die of starvation on planet earth every year. In other words, Christians believe that their God is so cool that he will help them find their lost car keys. At the same time, they completely ignore the fact that their God is so horrific that he lets millions of children starve to death. Are Christians utterly foolish to believe in a superstition that is so obviously ridiculous?
What other examples can you think of? Please leave them in the comments below. Or, if you are a Christian, please explain these four examples in a more favorable light.