Reasons why I can no longer believe: 1 – God is “we know not what”
I’ve been writing out the reasons why I can no longer believe, and am thinking of making a series of posts here with them. This post is just one reason that belief in God became untenable for me.
Any descriptor of God is meaningless, therefore one must worship, “We know not what.”
Consider the following examples of descriptors for God:
- God is love, or loving
- God is merciful
- God is good
- God is just
If you take any definition of those terms and try to apply them to God, they fail badly.
- No being could perpetrate such atrocities as the genocide and virgin taking of Numbers 31 and be called ‘loving’. We’ve certainly had many monsters in human history do such things. They are all reviled. But we want to give God a pass on monstrosities?
- Imagine Jim, who, upon being wronged by Dave, takes Dave’s baby and kills it. Is Joe merciful? Imagine Sue, who, in order to prove that Joe loves her no matter what, kills Joe’s kids. Are Jim or Sue merciful? No. They are evil. Yet we want to insist that God is good? And pro-life?
- Imagine Dan walks down the street, sees a man raping a 10-year-old girl. Dan has strength, skill, and weapons enough to incapacitate the rapist. Dan just walks on and does nothing about the rape. Is Dan good? No. If we found out about what Dan had done, he’d be the most reviled man in the country. Yet God is supposed to watch 10-year-olds, and many others being raped, beaten, abused, etc. all the time, and He, with infinite power, does nothing. And we are supposed to praise Him.???
- Remember the “unjust judge”? Even he eventually gave the persistent woman justice. Yet sincere, desperate believers cry out to the ‘God of Justice’ night and day. And do they get justice? Not very often.
Of course I can hear the apologies already. “God can’t be judged by our standards. His ways are higher than ours. He is mysterious. Terms applied to God may look different in light of His omnipotence. Etc. etc.” But these attempted apologies just prove the point that any descriptor of God is meaningless.
What good is it to say, in one moment, “God is loving.” and in the next moment to say, “Well, we may not understand ‘love’ in the context of God.”? You’ve just effectively said, “God is ‘we know not what’.” because the word ‘love’, by your own admission, can’t be understood by us (at least not when applied to God).
And then we are told that God wants to be known. That He has come down to us. That He is a personal God. And so on. Yet it is utter nonsense because we can’t know anything about Him if any term applied to Him can’t be understood in His context. It’s utter nonsense.
A god who is beyond us and thus can’t be entirely known is one thing. A god who is so utterly alien that we can’t even define terms when we think of him, is ridiculous.
How can you have any relationship to that which you can’t even vaguely define? How can you worship that which you cannot know at any level? How can you believe in something that you can’t even grasp at an elementary level? How can you sensibly embrace the nonsensical?