Tuesday, June 19, 2012

God: Omni-bullshit!

By: Matthew Chatterton

The god of the Bible is defined as being omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent. That, however, begs many questions. It's okay if I question some things, right? No? Deal with it!

Omnipotence: All-powerful

If this god is omnipotent, would that not mean that 'effort' has no meaning to it? Why then does it take this god any time at all to create the world and why did he have to rest on the seventh day? Isn't the notion that God got tired a little absurd, at best?

"By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work." Genesis 2:2 NIV

Before God rested, while God was creating the world, the Bible repeatedly says, "He saw it and it was good."

He saw it and it was good? He had to check? If god has to check to see if his own creation is good or not then he apparently doesn't have much confidence in his abilities. Note this is also a slight against his omniscience.

Omniscience: All-knowing

If this god is omniscient, Why does he ask questions?

"But the LORD God called to the man, 'Where are you?' " Genesis 3:9 NIV

"God came to Balaam and asked, 'Who are these men with you?' " Numbers 22:9 NIV

If this god is omniscient, Why is he sometimes uncertain?

"Then the Lord said, 'The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.' " Genesis 18:20-21 NIV

If this god is omniscient, Why does he test people?

"Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors. Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands." Deuteronomy 8:1-2 NIV

"On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts." 1 Thessalonians 2:4 NIV

There are many Bible verses which state that God tests us and let's not forget about God giving Satan to 'go ahead' to torture Job so he can test him and win a bet. Did God not know that Job would still obey him?

On top of all of this, people pray to God to make requests. If God knew everything, he would not need you to tell him anything.

Christian: "Dear God, *prayer prayer prayer*"

God: "Yeah, tell me something I don't know!"

Omnibenevolence: All-good

If this god is omnibenevolent, why doesn't he stop bad things from happening to us? Most Christians will say that we have freewill but what does that have to do with natural disasters?

"I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things." Isaiah 45:7 NIV

Oh, so God created those disasters. Does he create disaster to test us? If God knows everything and, therefore, knows whether or not you would still love and worship him then his torturing of people is just plain evil.

Speaking of evil, the above verse also states that he created evil. What?!! Let me guess, he created evil to test us too.

Morality, as I've said many times, is comprised of sympathy, empathy, and reciprocal altruism. It is reasoned and argued, as it has been throughout the ages, for the purpose of figuring out how best to maximize prosperity and minimize suffering. That being said, how does God's commands for people to murder and his endorsements of slavery fit into his omnibenevolence?


Conclusion: All previous statements condensed

The "omni" qualities of god don't seem to be well-supported by the Bible.

Even if there was a god, it couldn't have all those qualities as they logically contradict each other.

God knows before he creates me whether or not I will end up in Hell and creates me anyway.

  • If God has no choice in creating me, he is not omnipotent.
  • If God doesn't know my fate, he is not omniscient.
  • If God is both omnipotent ans omniscient, he is not omnibenevolent.
  • If God has all of the aforementioned qualities, he cannot exist.

Fact of the matter is, the God of the Bible is either a not all-powerful, not all-knowing, not all-good, or doesn't exist and, if there is a God, it wouldn't be worthy of worship.

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