- Religion and Philosophy
The Christian god is horrible
The Christian god's powers
God is omnipresent (present everywhere).
God is omnipotent (all powerful).
(Genesis 18:14; Luke 18:27; Revelation 19:6)
God is omniscient (all knowing).
(Psalm 139:2-6; Isaiah 40:13-14)
These Christian facts were gathered from http://christianity.about.com/od/biblefactsandlists/qt/biblefactsgod.htm
The Christian god
There are many things that are claimed by Christians about their god, but three of the claims made by Christians that I find the most troubling are to the right of this section.
And really, those are the only critical attributes that are claimed to be possessed by the Christian god. Everything else it does relates to one of those three main "superpowers." With a being with these powers, I would think that this god would be a force for all good, but unfortunately that bible tells a different story. The bible tells a story of a vengeful, jealous, and wasteful god.
If only the Christian god could do helpful things like ending world hunger, create peace throughout the world, or put a stop to diseases.
These facts should be concerning for Christians
Let's assume the Christian god is real and existing. Even though its existence is one of the most unlikely things to be true.
107,602,707,791 is an estimate of how many people have lived on the earth. It doesn't particularly matter what the exact number is, all that is important to know is that a lof of people, as we know them, today have lived and have died.
God has allowed an astronomical amount of people to die. Being that God is all-powerful, it would seem to me that he would have the power to allow this to not happen. But in a way, it's probably a good thing or we would up to our noses in people. Of course, he could also control the population of people or make the world bigger, whatever he wanted to do. Infinite power breeds infinite solutions.
Aside from the large number of people that have lived and died, think about the variety of ways they have died. Famine, disease, murder, etc. etc. God has the ability to prevent all those various forms of death. And has the power to prevent any form of painful death. There's an infinite number of unpleasant ways to do that are allowed by "God."
So here we have God, all-knowing, powerful, and present everywhere that chooses to let people die and let them die in terrible ways.
Why is this troubling?
Being the Christian god, it would seem to possess the inherent and unique ability to make a perfect world, free from suffering and pain. Free from anything bad. It has the ability to give everyone the perfect life. Yet, this is far the case. In fact, God does quite the opposite for a lot of people. Many people have miserable lives.
Let's say, I'm an experienced medical doctor walking down a sidewalk in a deserted street except for three people. I watched person A shoot person B and then leave the scene without doing anything, I would propose to say observing this would be an immoral and downright terrible thing to do on my part. I would hope any other person reading this would agree with the immorality of that hypothetical person and situation
But this is the real kicker, God does this everyday, not just for one person, but for EVERY person EVERYWHERE and has been doing it since the beginning of time. He is the single worst "person" ever to exist. Nobody can even come close. People like Hitler and Stalin are merely amateurs when it comes to the "amazing" things God can and does do.
I find would find it scary if this kind of god could exist, that people believe in this kind of god, and worship it. But thankfully, that isn't the case. No such deity exists.
Do most Christians believe in this type of god?
I would say that most people don't believe in such a terrible being as the biblical god. Most people probably don't think about the implications that the bible suggests for their god, so they make up their own definition of "God:"
This is a problem because if a person strays from the biblical definition of God, they aren't truly a Christian. At least the type of Christian that believes in the bible. Yet, they will still claim to be a Christian. A contradiction that many people are seemingly at complete easy living in.
But someone could argue that they could pick and choose the various parts of the bible they don't like and then choose to not follow those things, only following the things they view as moral. And this I hope they do, but it means they are an atheist to the classical god of the bible and of the traditional Christian faith.
There are a lot of people who have decent morals and don't follow the teachings of the bible, but that would make them a new and different sect of the Christian religion.
God isn't moral
It's simple. If the the biblical god existed, it would be a moral entity. A god that doesn't treat people well and treats them quite badly, in a lot of cases, and who has the ability to end suffering instantly, isn't a moral being.
People who take the entire bible literally for their morals, should be considered to be a terrible person. They would support not giving gay people equality, having slaves, treating women like second class citizens, and endorse the conditionally love promoted their god.
"Here's free will. Now love me, or I will punish you forever!"-God
If I were a being that had all this awesome power, I would be an amazing god. I would make a perfect world with no suffering of any kind. One where every single person lived full lives doing exactly what they wanted to do. But maybe that's just a fantastical dream that could never happen. Then again, if I was an omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent being, I would be able to do anything I wanted to do.
Wikipedia on "intelligent design"
"Intelligent design (ID) is the pseudoscientific view that "certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection." Educators, philosophers, and the scientific community have demonstrated that ID is a religious argument, a form of creationism which lacks empirical support and offers no tenable hypotheses." wikipedia.org/wiki/Intelligent_design
We were designed?
I shudder at the thought that a god designed the universe and everything in it, including us. Calling it intelligent design would be an inaccurate way to describe "His Work" because we most certainly weren't intelligently designed.
I'll call it the more accurate term of Creationism. Calling it intelligent design is an insult to the word intelligence.
Disease, illnesses, and acne are things I wouldn't think of creating. They serve no positive purpose. It would seem inefficient to create flaws in one's own work when they have the power of creating perfection.
It would be like designing a pillow with rock-like lumps in it.
The very nature of those things existing would suggest that if a god were to exist it would be at the very least a bad creator and at the very most, a sadistic and evil being.
Even things like wiping our butt seem inefficient. It would be a lot easier to just go and that's it. Society has it a lot easier now with toilets and toilet paper, but it must have been a lot more of hassle back before those things were around.
So if we were created by the all-powerful god, it didn't do a very good job of it all. It leaves a lot to be desired.
Should people worship the biblical god?
My suggestion is that no one worships this terrible being. If you are so inclined to believe in any type of amazingly improbably being, make it one who is actually moral.