Is there a God?
I’ve asked myself that question over and over for as long as I can remember.
A better question will be if there is a God like the Christian Bible says there is. A God who created the universe in a few days, cast our first human ancestors out of the Garden of Eden for eating an apple and flooded the earth because he was angry that humans weren’t doing what he felt they should do.
I would say, without a doubt, there is no God like that.
I can’t believe there would be a God who professes in one breath that he loves his little humans, and in another commits genocide and kills everyone off except for a few people in a boat with two of every animal, bird, and insect on earth.
I can’t believe in a God that “…so loved the world, he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life,” (John 3:16 — English Standard Version) but allows little children to be abused, raped, die from starvation, live in cages, and wither away from any number of a thousand different diseases.
No amount of free will makes up for all the suffering when we still have to bow and scrape to a God and his Son, who only pay attention to his sinful creatures when it is time to bring judgment and armageddon on them.
I can’t believe in a God who is all-powerful and omnipotent, yet allows his most important creation to have free reign to destroy his other creations and allows evil to thrive and influence the powerful among humankind.
I cannot believe in someone who expects us to pray and worship him and allows us to think he answers us, when luck, location, and chance are the reason some of us fare better than others.
I can’t believe in a God that would give a few fortunate people untold riches when they pray for it but would allow other people to die in poverty and starvation when they pray to the same God.
I can’t believe in a God like that.
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