Christianity Thomas on 25 Jun 2012 12:42 am
It’s a common question – why do such terrible things happen to people on earth? Here is the answer:
A reader asks the Godsquad a simple question:
Q: I cannot understand why God allows so much suffering in the world. A loving father wouldn’t allow his children to suffer. Yet God does nothing to help His children. One needs only to consider the murder of innocent people at the hands of criminals. God does absolutely nothing to prevent such atrocities.
If someone were to stand idly by and watch another person being killed, such a person would be condemned for not trying to intervene and possibly save the victim. Well, God stands idly by, does nothing, and we’re told not to blame Him. Why are we mere mortals held to a higher standard than God?
Most intelligent people, having asked the question, would take the next step and understand implicitly that God is imaginary. But the Godsquad tries to answer the question from a position of deep delusion. This quote is priceless:
I call it The Superman Problem. It’s the problem of what happens to our free will and our moral fiber when God decides to fix everything. What happens is that we turn into moral couch potatoes.
We’d quickly learn that doing nothing is just fine with God because God, like Superman, would always swoop down in the nick of time, should anything go wrong, and set everything right. This would be possible for God, but it would be horrible for us. Moral indolence would make us weak, passive creatures. This is what children want, but God wants us to grow up and worship God out of love, not need.
We can’t wait for Superman. We must learn to fly ourselves. We must find cures for diseases. We must stop aggressors. We must feed the hungry, cloth the naked and lift up those who sleep in the dust. This is why God has given us the free will and intelligence to end suffering, as well as the knowledge of God’s presence and love to give us the courage and hope to fix our broken world.
This statement is delusional in so many ways. But most importantly, the author is saying two things that are irrevocable:
- God purposefully causes all suffering on earth. He is the creator of the universe to religious people, and therefore he created all suffering.
- God does nothing in response to that suffering because it would make people into “moral couch potatoes.”
Who would want to worship a being this sadistic?
It is so easy to see what is really happening. There is no God. Things like diseases are a natural part of the natural world. And God does not stop these diseases because God does not exist.
Another marker for delusion is the notion of heaven. Heaven is supposed to be a place where everything is perfect and wonderful for eternity. Wouldn’t everyone in heaven become a “moral couch potato” using the author’s logic?
A third marker for delusion is seen in this statement: “This is why God has given us the free will and intelligence to end suffering.” How does free will and intelligence help to stop a tsunami? And why let something like smallpox kill millions of people over the course of thousands of years, but then have it disappear thanks to science? As medical science cures diseases one by one, there is a huge problem for the author’s logic. Don’t we all become “moral couch potatoes” because there are no diseases to cause suffering?
If you are a Christian, try to think about reality instead of thinking delusionally. This chapter will help.