- Religion and Philosophy
Good and Bad: The Double Standard of God As I See It
The question this hub is based off of can be found at: "What Is The Best Evidence for the Existence of God?".
One of the responses to said question was that the complexity of life as a whole is the perfect example of a divine creator and that there is absolutely no way for us to have been created by anything other than such. To me that just sounds like "I can't imagine it, so it isn't possible", which is a rather poor excuse to deny the possibility of anything. I can imagine just fine the possibility of there being a god and there not being one. The latter seems to have more credibility behind it, but ultimately we don't know for certain.
You can go look for yourself for the specifics, but eventually the topic turned to thanking god for the good but not blaming him for the bad. The logic that was put forth to me was somewhere along the lines that God created us and pretty much left us to our own devices, and as a result he is blameless for anything bad that happens.
Seeing as how almost any Christian I have seen talk about their beliefs view God as a father figure, that is already a false statement. If you are watching your kid walk towards a fire and do nothing to stop them, are you blameless for letting your kid getting burned or even dying? Any court system in the world probably wont think that you are and hold you accountable.
I was also told that anything bad that happens in the world is the result of sin, which ultimately is caused by Satan. Again, that sounds like an excuse to not be held responsible for anything bad you might do. Stole an old lady's purse and kicked a puppy? Blame it on Satan for whispering in your ear at night.
The problem I have with this logic: wasn't Satan created by God? If he was, then ultimately God is responsible for letting sin into the world, and even more responsible for punishing people for something he not only let happen but doesn't really seem keen on stopping. I find it rather strange that that doesn't ever seem to cross the minds of people who say God created everything, which includes Satan/sin/jumping wolf spiders.
To focus solely on the double standard, the consensus was that God created the things that make life enjoyable and should be thanked for it. Makes enough sense until you flip it and people lose their minds. Somehow the creator of everything you experience, which includes the good and the bad, is held completely blameless for the bad that happens which he was the creator of.
Doesn't make any sense no matter how I look at it, and the unwillingness of people to admit they accept a double standard doesn't help matters much. Instead they say that since its our free will that leads us to sin God has nothing to do with it because he cannot interact with free will. By that same token, I would imagine that God doesn't have anything to do with the good that happens in the world either since its all a result of someone's free will.
An Example? A patient has a terminal heart problem, but after a successful heart transplant they are able to live without worry. If the doctor hadn't decided to become a doctor, they wouldn't have been able to perform such a life saving operation. If the parents of the doctor hadn't decided to have a kid from the start, the doctor never would have been born. If the person the heart came from hadn't decided to be an organ donor, that heart wouldn't have been available to save another life to begin with. All of these choices were made using free will were they not? Where does God fit into that in a way that wouldn't also make him accountable for creating the terminal heart problem?
My two cents and all. I don't particularly think anyone can explain away that double standard without creating a whole slew of other issues, but if you feel up for it be my guest.