Reasons why I can no longer believe: 4 – God is not trustworthy
What? Another one? Didn’t you finish with these quite a while ago Leo?
Yep. Another one. This one was sitting in a folder for a while, so I finally decided to finish it and put it up. (I did consider entitling it “Just Imagine” and linking in the Barney song by that name, but then I decided I’d spare y’all.)
Imagine that you left your house in the care of a neighbor while you went on vacation. When you return, the animals have not been cared for, the lawn is all dried out, and the newspapers are just scattered on the driveway where they were thrown. What do you conclude about that neighbor?
Now let’s imagine that you give the neighbor another chance. This time you call him by cell phone and send him emails to remind him of what needs to be done. When you come home, things are still a mess. Now what do you conclude?
Obviously you conclude that he’s not trustworthy. And you conclude that you’re not going to entrust him with anything more.
Imagine you go to a doctor and he can’t do anything about your ailments. Not even set a broken arm.
Imagine that you go to a psychiatrist and he does nothing for your depression, anger, etc.
Imagine you go to a home security firm and they give you an alarm system that doesn’t work.
Imagine you hire a driver and he gets into accidents, despite claims to a perfect driving record.
Imagine that you hire bodyguards and you get battered anyway, without the bodyguards even moving to defend you.
Imagine that you take on someone to do any job, and they consistently fail to do the job, and even fail to demonstrate basic competency at it.
Make it worse. Imagine that all those people or organizations advertised that they were phenomenal at whatever they were supposed to do.
What do you conclude? Obviously you conclude that they are not trustworthy.
NOW… Imagine that you choose to believe in a religion. You choose to because there’s a book that tells you that this religion’s deity is awesome. People, who are in this religion, sing and talk and carry on about how awesome this deity is. The book, and the people, both claim that the deity and the religion will make you a better person, and that the deity can do miracles of all sorts, and many other claims are made.
So you get into the religion. You strive to understand and relate to the deity and to do what the deity wants you to do. In time you find that neither you, nor the overwhelming majority of believers, are becoming better people. And you find that neither you, nor the overwhelming majority of believers, see any miracles. And you find that in fact the deity fails to do anything that was promised.
Now what do you conclude?