When good things happen, God is praised:
- he miraculously cured you of eczema
- he graciously found your mother a second mortgage
- he secretly whispered winning lottery numbers in your ear
When bad things happen, God works in ‘mysterious ways’:
- nine million kids each year choke on their last breath before the age of five
- an Asian tsunami rips infants from their mother’s arms & drowns ¼ million people
- horrible suffering is visited daily upon innocent people on a scope & scale that would embarrass the most ambitious psychopath
Note the double standard here…
God is said to be kind & loving & just. But when it is pointed out that God is obviously cruel & unjust, we are told that God is ‘mysterious’ – and what ‘mere mortal’ can understand God’s divine will?
- ON THE ONE HAND: the fallibility/limitation of a “mere human understanding” of God’s will is offered as an excuse to callously explain away ‘apparent’ instances of God’s evil
- ON THE OTHER HAND: the strength/reliability of a “mere human understanding” of God’s will is employed to spot ‘confirmed’ instances of God’s goodness
This, folks, is how you play tennis without a net.
Morally reprehensible, eh?
🙂 🙂 🙂
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“A very popular error – having the courage of one’s convictions: Rather it is a matter of having the courage for an attack upon one’s convictions.”
– Nietzsche –