In Brief—A review of a few of the instances in which the all-good, all-seeing and all-powerful Abrahamic deity has dealt with humanity in ways that expose the delusional nature of belief.
Do as I Say, Not as I Do—
Knife raised to strike the death blow, Abraham is stopped by God from killing his beloved son, Isaac. God intones, “You have now proved your faith in me.” God is good, right?
Jesus of Nazareth, the son of God, is nailed to a cross and has a spear thrust into his side to prove to humanity that God sacrificed his only son to redeem their sins. God is good, right?
Scottish patriot William Wallace is imprisoned by the English king, partially hanged, revived, emasculated, disemboweled and executed. God is good. Right?
A Japanese woman on her way to market, a young student on his way to school, and thousands of others are incinerated by the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by an American bomber. God is good. Right?
Whole Vietnamese villages and their inhabitants are bathed in all-consuming napalm flames. God is good. Right?
A little child is dying of starvation in the arms of her emaciated mother in South Sudan. God is good. Right?
A gay young man is dragged behind a car and tied to a remote wire fence to die of exposure. God is good. Right?
An innocent black man is executed by the state for a crime he didn’t commit. God is good. Right?
A Western aid worker is beheaded by a masked Muslim fanatic. God is good. Right?
These are just a few of the millions of ghastly crimes that take place every day around the globe and throughout history. Despite a litany of horrors and lesser injustices, religious believers stoutly maintain that their deity is good, all-seeing and all-powerful. Surely, they must notice the disconnect between every-day reality and their belief. Yet they do not see the illogic between the covers of their purported “holy” books and the reality of the world in which we live.
Facts Worth Considering—
The Abrahamic religions—Christianity, Judaism and Islam—comprise about fifty-four percent of the world’s population. One wonders if they are right and the non-Abrahamic believers are wrong or, looked at from the other side of the fence, whether the Abrahamic believers are the ones who are wrong. More importantly, are ALL the religious believers wrong?
Could it be that the “holy” books were written, revised and censored by fallible humans like themselves? Could it be that the “holy” books were intended to sway credulous, ignorant people? Could politics have been part of the motivation?
Now, let’s take a look at the illogic wrapped up in “good, all-seeing and all-powerful.”
“Good” means that everything created by the deity must be good. Are suffering, death, war and injustice good? The reply of the believer is usually, “God is just testing us.” [See Abraham and God above.]
This leads us to ask if the deity is aware (all-seeing) of the wrongs. If the deity sees the wrongs and chooses to do nothing about them, then is he good?
What of all-powerful? The deity sees the wrongs, but being all-powerful, he chooses to do nothing to stop them. Now we’re back to “good.” Summed up, here’s the way it looks: Knowing that there is a wrong yet refusing to do anything to stop it, the deity is allowing something bad to happen. Ipso facto, the deity is not good.
Not good, not all-seeing and not all-powerful, the logical conclusion is that either Satan won or that there is no God.
Here’s a final thought to play with: if there is a deity who made everything in the universe, that deity made me and gave me the brain I am using to deny him. Is that deity “good” if he punishes me for using the brain he gave me?
The logical conclusion is that God is NOT good.