The fantastical nature of faith (belief without requiring proof) requires only a willingness to believe.
It rewards the practitioner for behaviour which in any other field of human existence would be considered mad, or dangerous, ......or at least illogical.
It reinforces, as an underlying requirement, a blanket acceptance of (or willingness to turn a blind eye to) internal inconsistency.
It requires only a willingness to believe ....at all costs, (intellectual credibility being but the first).
Over the years I have started several threads here asking any theist to show what god/bible-given tools can be used to debunk the oft occurring claims of "god told me to kill my children" type events that sadly all too regularly grace our world news.
I have researched (to the best of my abilities), and can find not one recorded case where the "god told me to do it" defence has been given the slightest minuscule credence ever.
Not even a single voice raised saying
"hold on, perhaps god did tell this man/woman to murder her/his children?.."
"who are we to judge the workings of a god whose greatest provable attribute is that he/she/it works in mysterious ways?"
What does this mean?
What inferences must be drawn?
Please note, this is not about the xian god's morality ....... the bible gives us more than enough evidence that this god is more than willing to command the death of innocents, no, this is about modern xian beliefs and consistency.
So, if then, why not now?
If god commanded the deaths of innocents in the past, why is absolutely no credence given to such claims now?
If we are expected to believe that the xian god is the bible god, then where in the bible (or anywhere else for that matter) does it indicate that god has stopped interacting with his sheep?
Again I repeat the question, what tool does the modern xian use to deny legitimacy to a modern day claim of "god commanded me to kill my children...."?
As I have asked this several times, and have received no answers, I must infer that in fact there is no tool, no rule, no guide, ...there is only subjective belief.
So the inference regarding xian thought on this must be....
.....that you are not insane for believing in a god with a proven history of personal interaction and a parallel history of commanding infanticide
........ but you are insane for believing he/she/it talks to you.
So not once since the risible christ at least (as far as I have seen), has the defence "god made me murder my children..." been given the slightest credence
It means that the overwhelming automatic xian response to claims such as this is ......"that there's one crazy loon saying things like that!"
The automatic denial of even the slightest possibility that god is only repeating what he/she/it is known to have done so often before ......is automatic.
The only inferences that can be made from this are
.....xians do not believe the bible (thus their god would/could never command such a thing and the apparent biblical precedence is error or lies)
.......xians deep down, just do not believe there is a god, and their (possibly subconscious) lack of belief is fully exposed by the automatic and 100% one way denial of the "god made me do it..." defence.
Please note, that the absolute 100% absence of any non-partisan voice in defence of the "god made me do it" defence, is key.
Not one person ever (that I can see), from pompous pope to sheepish pew mollusc, has ever defended the possibility that perhaps "this" is an example of god working in mysterious ways and the defendant should be given the benefit of the doubt, as in,...... been targeted by god for some personal fucking up of ones life in his/her/its name....
Such defence would require a verdict of not guilty by way of sanity (and divine intervention).
But no, it is always the other way.
Not guilty by way of insanity.
The action is always condemned.
The whole pragmatic world calls it insanity, even the believers.
So now the supplementary question.
Let's play with the idea of allowing the xians the idiotic illogicality of their being able to judge god's will regarding denying "god made me.." claims
Let us allow that their modern new age PC hippie zombie jesus god would never act so. (Only the devil would act in such a way)
Then the question must be in a xian society
Why is the "The devil made me do it..." defence, not given the slightest bit of credence either?
The "devil made me do it" defence is either automatically adjudged a ploy and awarded a guilty/sane outcome, or, very rarely, awarded a not-guilty/insane verdict
If god and the devil are locked in a battle for our souls, and the devil is the great deceiver and source of all evil, why is acknowledging he/she/it's power with a "The devil made me..." defence .....automatically deemed fraudulent or insane?
So god's influence is denied, and the devil's influence is denied.
What tool is being used to generate that infallible outcome?
It can only be inferred as knowledge.....
Subconscious, unspoken, hidden, denied but undeniable, knowledge
.....that there is no god.