When I run into theists on the internet, one thing that quite frequently comes up, are atrocities commited by God in the Bible. And it never ceases to amaze me, what a total detachment from human well being some people have. You often hear things like: “God is completely justified to judge over us!” or “Who are you as a fallible human, to question the morality of God?” . Why do these people think like that? The answer is simple: Obedience to their God.
Now, obviously there are Christians out there, who don’t defend slavery, who acknowledge, that some concepts in the Bible such as Hell are profoundly immoral. But my question to the fundamentalists is: Why is Obedience to God good? Because I don’t really think it is good. I don’t think Obedience is a virtue. And here’s why:
As I’ve said it’s a total detachment from human well being. At that point you’re basically saying, that God can do as he pleases. But why can God do as he pleases? Because he is the one in power? I’m sorry but so was Ludwig XVI. during the French Revolution and they dethroned this tyrrant and killed him (I’m not in favor of killing anybody but I am in favor of dethroning Leaders who abuse their powers). Wouldn’t it therefore, for the ones who believe in God, make sense to oppose God’s actions, oppose God himself and show some loyalty to your fellow humans. He can’t throw 100% of all human beings into hell, right?
Another problem of these sick beliefs, is that God should somehow be excempt from being judged for atrocities. The problem that arises is the following: It denegrades the worth of human beings and all creatures on this Earth in general.
Do we not hear it said by believers, that we all deserve eternal punishment? Do they not reference to us and themselves as sinners? What is this? It’s an insult to us. It’s like saying we’re all worthless compared to our Creator. Everyone of us is sick and evil. These people show their submission to a God they deem perfect, for no other reason, than that this God has the power to throw them into hell if they don’t. It’s the behavior of somebody who wishes to be sheep. Somebody who wants to be a slave.
At that point you give up everything that makes us special as human beings: Our ability for love for our fellow human beings and the animal Kingdom. Our compassion, our empathy, our ability to think for ourselves. We as humans do in general have an innate sense of compassion and empathy. When we see people suffer, we can’t help but feel sorry for them and we feel compelled to stop it.
And when it comes to God some people (again not all believers but some) are willing to trade all that in, for obedience to a tyrant, for being a sheep, for being a blind zombie.
I’m sorry but I can’t and won’t do that and I feel sorry for everybody who thinks that way.
Goodbye from yours truly,
Rene von Boenninghausen @Renevelation