The Christian God Is Not a God At All
The debate as to whether a god exists has been around since man first believed in a god. This debate is unlikely to end anytime soon and I do not plan to make an attempt to end it. I will instead give a few reasons why the most popular God in the world, the Christian God, is not at all the powerful being he is made out to be.
In Christianity, God is said to be the creator of the universe, perfect in every way, a being of infinite power. It is believed that God can accomplish anything he wishes, There are of course no obstacles in the way of an omniscient being. These beliefs, although fully accepted by the Christian people, are flawed. In fact the flaw, or flaws, lie in the most important writing of their religion, the Bible. The Bible depicts God throughout its large number of books and in many of these depictions God is shown as a less than perfect, less than omniscient being.
The best area to begin with is Genesis, the beginning of the Bible. In Genesis God is depicted during his creation of the universe. An admirable feat by any account, but not admirable enough. The flaw in this situation is that God is not all powerful. He takes quite a bit of time to create the planet earth and the rest of the universe. Of course the rest of the universe is created very quickly, while this little planet earth takes the bulk of the six days, but I won’t stress that point. Taking time, any time at all in fact, not to mention an entire six days, is not a quality of a supreme and infinitely powerful being. A being of infinite power would create the universe infinitely fast and to a state of complete and utter perfection. This is just the first of many flaws in which God’s lack of power is displayed for all to see.
The second comes directly after the first, the day of rest. After completing this strenuous and tiring ordeal of creating a universe God decides that he needs to rest himself, and he does so, for an entire day. Christians celebrate this day every week when they claim to take a break from their own work to rest themselves and worship God. But do they ever contemplate the idea of God actually needing to rest himself? I would assume someone would question this as Christianity is the most popular religious group in the world though it seems this issue was simply brushed to the side along with every other part of the Bible that makes no sense at all.
There are a number of other flaws throughout the Bible, in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Probably none as blatantly obvious as the previously mentioned issues but many that would cause one to take a moment and think about why God would do, or had to go about doing, what he did. One of these stories is Moses leading the Israelites to the promised land. God tells Moses that he needs to lead his people out of slavery and everything else he went on about in that story. The issue here lies within the way God went about this whole little endeavor. If God was really omnipotent his people wouldn’t have been slaves. In this case let us assume there was some reason why they were enslaved for some period of time and God has his good intentions. When God finally did decide that he no longer wanted his people enslaved he easily could have just picked them up and dropped them in the promised land. It can’t be all too hard for a God who created an entire universe to move some people a few miles. In fact, if God was really feeling up to it that day he might have just moved the promised land to them. But no, he needs to ask some human to do this work for him because he is incapable, maybe he got sick that week We can at least give him the benefit of the doubt.
Another small issue with God’s omnipotence is during the burning bush scene when he speaks the ten commandments. Why God needs to use a burning bush for his method of Heaven to Earth communication is not clearly stated. Perhaps he just has a thing for dramatic effect. Regardless of his chosen method of communication God did not go about his relaying of the commandments in a very logical way. God relayed his message to a single person, one person out of the millions that were alive at the time in hopes that everyone on earth would eventually hear these commandments and know that they are to live by them. If God were all powerful he could have easily ingrained these commandments into the minds of every human being in existence and proceed to set it up in a way that every child will be born knowing these commandments in the same way they know how to breathe. God of course did not do that. This leaves us to ponder why exactly he did not. There are two ways you can go with this. Either God lacks a basic understanding of logic and thought that letting one person know the commandments will be as effective as everyone knowing the commandments, or he lacked the ability to relay this information to everyone on earth. For God this is a lose lose situation as both methods portray him as something less than perfect.
These instances can of course continue on for a very long time as God seems to do things that are not a true portrayal of a God like being repeatedly throughout the entire course of the Bible. I assume that the instances which have now been shown are at least enough to get one started onto thinking why God does not seem to act as such and it is understood that every point previously made can likely be argued.
- Bobovore (guest)
Philosophy of A. Fernandez