In Brief—Logic dictates that what you believe about a supreme being may not be what you want it to be. Look at it logically and see if what you believe makes sense.
The Bible Says It’s So—
I have long wondered at the discrepancy between what the Judeo-Christian Bible says and the reality of life here in this vale of tears. The same goes for other religions as well.
The Bible and the Torah (the Old Testament) tell us in Isaiah and in the book of Revelation that God cast out Satan (sometimes referred to as Lucifer, the giver of light) for opposing him. Satan is reported in the Judeo-Christian Bible to have been the source of all evil and condemned to rule in Hell, the pit of eternal suffering and fire. That is what all Christians and adherents to Judaism have been taught. That is what I was taught before I made my way to the light.
Given my logical mind, here are some assumptions from which I will proceed. As I understand it, these are the beliefs of all Christians. I won’t make any assumptions on the beliefs of adherents to Judaism because I am not thoroughly familiar with their belief system, but I have to wonder about similar references in Isaiah.
- God is good.
- God is all-powerful (omnipotent).
- God is all-seeing (omniscient).
- Satan is the source of all evil. He is considered to have been the leader of the rebellious angels.
- The battle between God, including the good Archangel Gabriel, and the rebellious angels took place in heaven. God’s side won.
- Hell (the Underworld) is below heaven and presumably underground.
- Life on Earth is as we experience it in our lives.
- Christians believe in and worship God.
Those are the basic assumptions from which I will work.
A look around shows Earth to be afflicted with assorted…shall we say “unpleasantries.” Put bluntly, there is more than enough awful stuff going on: disagreement, suffering, disease, natural disasters, armed conflict, torture, death. Oh, and some good stuff mixed in with the bad, too.
Christians who believe in their god tell us that their god is good, that he created everything in the universe, that he knows our innermost thoughts and even that he is aware of the smallest of creatures. They worship this god and pray for him to smile on their most trivial wishes and their grandest hopes.
Okay, let’s cut to the chase. Those folks who worship this god overlook the logical flaw inherent in their belief: if that god were good then there would be no evil, no bad stuff; if he were omnipotent, he could prevent all that bad stuff; if he were omniscient, he would know it’s going on. Is it all a test? If so, he knows the answers. Still, the bad stuff keeps happening.
Didn’t this god create all those angels? If he didn’t create them, then which supreme being did? Obviously, those rebellious angels were imperfect and came from somewhere.
Isn’t it logical, therefore, that the god they believe they are worshipping lost the battle and Satan took over? Satan, the source of all evil, is in control and is capriciously afflicting all these horrible problems on the creatures wandering the face of Earth.
And those Christian (Jewish and Islamic) believers worship this god in a variety of ways. Could it be that they are worshiping Satan? It makes more sense than believing their god bestows only good stuff.
This is not to suggest that those who don’t believe in a god must therefore be good. All humans are flawed. Some believers are good, moral creatures while others are decidedly not. Same with those who don’t believe. Logic tells us that humans created their gods, not the other way around.
If you’re a believer, then you believe that your god gave you a brain. Use it. Think about it logically.