If you created a paragraph that had errors, would you delete it, fix it, rewrite it....?
Imagine creating a group of letters that formed a "perfect" paragraph, but when you looked at it for a while, it began to OFFEND you. Now, would you just fix the offensive part, or destroy the whole paragraph, or write a whole new paragraph? You can compare this to a "god" creating a whole group of humans, then when this god found the humans offensive, he destroyed them instead of fixing them. (but it's not necessary to imagine a god - this isn't a religious question!) This is a LOGIC question. No copy/paste answers. The question is - "IF YOU CREATED A PARAGRAPH THAT HAD ERRORS, WOULD YOU ...?
Depending upon the nature of the error, if it is small errors in sentence structure & spelling, I would rewrite it with corrected sentence structure & spelling. If the small errors contained uncertain facts, I would do more research to ascertain the validity of my statements-if the statements are valid/accurate, okay keep as is; however, if the statements are invalid/inaccurate, I would delete such statements. If the errors are gross in nature, I would just simply......DELETE.
Yes, the biblical/archetypal/patriarchal God did delete humans on many occasions because this God felt that humankind sinned & supposedly feel short of what he believed humanity should be. This God wanted people to be perfect & sinless but when humankind, in his estimation, were deemed to be imperfect, he destroyed them many times as evidenced in the bible e.g. Noah & Sodom/Gomorrah for instance. That was when he was in a very virulent mood. However, when this God was feeling a little, tiny bit more benevolent, he decided to send his son to save humankind.
The biblical/archetypal/patriarchal God was a judgmental god who had no patience for imperfection, disobedience, & other human characteristics. This God wanted people to be blindly obedient to him & never express their humanity to him which he considered to be abhorrent. Of course, this biblical/archetypal/patriarchal God is an expression of the biblical/archetypal/patriarchal peoples of the period who authored the bibles & the progenitors of Abrahamic religions, including early forms of Judaism & many forms of Christianity. The real God is beyond all such pettiness & judgments manufactured by men with the purpose of CONTROLLING & EXERCISING INORDINATE POWER over the masses.
I will try to fix it by correcting the lines and including some fresh words or phrases that seem more relevant and reasonable to the context.
I would try to be honest enough to myself to admit my not being qualified to write if I made so many mistakes.
The metaphor aside - I would not play god if I didn't have qualifications to do the job right. Especially if my mistakes were so big that even some humans (called "atheists") can easily see them, never mind an (equally imaginary) celestial panel of experts in the art of creation.
These disclaimers get tiresome to write after a while, but for those who keep forgetting - there is no living non-believer who would not accept, or at least allow a possibility of a universal intelligence - if organized religions didn't make such grotesque versions of it.
Now, to continue answering the question, maybe we should stop covering for his mistakes with slogans like "God works in mysterious ways". I am often thinking about all those wonderful followers who cultivated a lot of love in their hearts and then ascribed it to their "heavenly-inspiration". And I get puzzled no end when they don't understand that the next, god-less dude is just as loving and inspired - not by a god, but the inner drive of their good heart.
So, I don't get it, why bother parading with the whole divine package if all the virtue of a good human is in us - and would even bloom so much better if not thwarted by the fear of hell upon disobedience.
Now, if I told my kids that unless they obey me I am throwing them into a huge furnace, every normal person who overheard that would be right to report me for mental cruelty over my kids.
But look, when a heavenly father does that, it's not even called "bad parental skills" - on the contrary, millions of people glorify such parent.(???!!!)
SUCH IS THE POWER OF FEAR..
Hey, Big Dad, you should have made us to love you of our own will, not coerce us into loving you because of a fear.
Maybe that's why I don't love you - because I don't fear you. Sorry, I am too busy loving your heavenly orphans, they need it more then you do. They deserve it more too, because they can be forgiven for their mistakes - you CAN"T!
Perhaps that is why I don't get it. People who are afraid to live the life they have been give just use god as an excuse. Fear is very paralyzing to most humans.
Lela - Thank you for selecting my answer as the best.
You are quite welcome. Your answer is well thought out and insightful.
Taking your question at face value, I would answer that it would depend upon the errors. A couple of spelling mistakes would just get corrected. The same would hold true for a couple of misused words. However, if the paragraph didn't express what I had intended it to express, I'd delete it and start over, or delete it and rethink what I'm trying to say.
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In other words, does the existence of "God" depend upon the mind of Man to support that existence?
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