You would rather be in Hell than with a God who would punish His children
That is about the most arrogant thing I think you could believe (Though, I admit that I believed it once too). If there is a God who is all powerful, all knowing, all present, and all loving AND He punishes His children, then it stands that His decision to punish His children, while seemingly cruel to us, is the best thing to do. He is God. You are not going to be able to understand Him the way you understand things in the world. You can't even tell me what the circumference (in inches) of a circle that is 1 inch in diameter. Please write it out for me if you can. If you think you can understand God (as the Christian Bible describes Him), then you are grossly overestimating your own intellect.
Of all of the highly problematic responses Dante gave in his post, this is the one that bothers me the most. It turns any claim to superior morality based on theism completely upside down.
He is saying that we cannot judge anything god does as either good or bad. Or rather, we must assume that everything god does, no matter how it appears to us, is good. Sunsets and flowers and puppies and loving grandmas who bake apple pies are good, yes, but it is only because god made them, not because they appear to us to be beautiful, beneficial or pleasing. We must thank god for them because he made them. Likewise, tsunamis, crop fungus, suicide bombers, rabies, and sociopaths who steal people's life savings are also good, because god made them, too. Even though they do not appear to us as pleasing, beneficial or beautiful, we cannot assume to judge god. We cannot even calculate the circumference of a circle. WTF do we know? We must thank god for ebola, Sadaam Hussein, polar bear extinction and miscarriages, because he made them.
This is a very fatalistic outlook, closer to fundamentalist Islam than most versions of Christianity that I am familiar with. The person/being/entity in power is never wrong.
Dictatorship is therefore the best form of government possible. Who are you to question the goodness of absolute power? Remember, if the president does it, it is not illegal.
There is also a hint of Hinduism-- the world is just as it should be, and there is no reason to change anything. Humans should not treat illness or cure diseases. Lose a leg to diabetes? Praise god! Lose a child to leukemia? Praise god! Lose your mind to dementia? You get the idea. We should not do research on global warming or help people in disasters, because everything that happens is god's will and therefore good.
God is in total control and humans (as well as animals, plants, insects, viruses, whatever) are just his lucky little pawns. We must be grateful god ever bothered to create us and consider any attention he pays us as gravy. A slap, punch or kick from god is exactly the same as him handing you tickets to a rock concert, a 4-year college scholarship or a brand new car.
As a social worker, I cannot tell you how many times an abused woman (all highly religious BTW) told me a version of this:
"He forced the children to stand in the living room for 6 hours while he drank beer, and when they peed on themselves, he beat them, sure, but it is just that the kids don't really understand him. He set me on fire that one time, and if I could figure him out and do all the right things, when I am done with the skin grafts, he would not have to do things like that anymore. He did shoot me in the cheek with his gun, but I was talking and he got tired of the nagging. I was out working too much, that's why he had to rape my 14 year old daughter."
How do you explain to someone that pain and abuse and fear are not
signs of love, when they also believe that the most loving being they can imagine drowns babies, destroys cities, and burns his children for all eternity?
I think I just got another chapter for my book.....