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My Charge Against God

January 8, 2008

This has been one of those months that has  knocked me off my ass. There is this guy named Aaron who has been a very good friend to me. He was my boss at a previous job and he always went out of his way to make sure that I had everything that I needed to be successful at work. More than that, he always showed a personal interest in my life and my well being. When he left, I was excited for him I also knew that I wouldn’t last long without his daily affirmations and consistently positive outlook on life.  I quit shortly after that. He was a good boss. The best that there is because he cared more about us as people than as cogs in a wheel.

I really came to respect him when I had a crisis in my life. I used to belong to a pretty big religious cult until I was disfellowshipped from my church, my friends and even my family. Basically that means that they believe that I crossed a line in my sin and decided that the best thing for me and for the purity of the assembly would be to never talk to me again. Neat huh? Well when all of this happened I didn’t want to talk to Aaron about anything. He would ask me how may weekend went and I would pretty much shrug him off. He is a religious guy himself and I didn’t need another person beating me over the head and telling me that I’m a sinner.

As it turns out I couldn’t hide it from him and ended up telling him what happened. He just listened and then said something that I had never heard a religious person say before. He said that we are all sinners and he included himself in this. Now this is a guy who I’ve never heard swear even if the situation called for swearing. He doesn’t fudge the truth, the doesn’t look at the hot girls at work when they are wearing low shirts  and he doesn’t  even take a little extra time on his breaks. What I’m trying to say is that he is the real deal. There are a lot of phony Christians. He is not one of them.  And here he is, a guy who I have never seen do anything wrong saying that he is a sinner. That is something we don’t say in my church. Even if you are a sinner, you don’t ever, ever admit to it. If you do admit that you have a dark heart then you are disfellowshipped. And that means you lose all of the relationships that are meaningful to you.

Anyway like I said at the beginning, this has been a bad month and the reason why is that here is this guy who obviously loves god,  lives a good life even though he wouldn’t say that and does what he can to help people who are hurting and who are outcasts. So you would think that he would live a blessed life and that god would reward him for being so faithful right? Wrong! God screwed him over with a painful disease and then topped it off with another disease that will probably end up with him in a wheel chair in a few years. Nice way to repay one of your finest advocates isn’t it?

The way I see it this is the best argument against the existence of god. If god exists wouldn’t you think that he would try to look after those who are looking after him? Wouldn’t he be like Aaron  who went out of his way to make sure that I was comfortable and provided all of the resources that I needed to be a good employee?  Look everybody knows that you reward your best workers. You are not obligated to reward slobs like me who live for themselves. But when you have an employee who lives for the job that he has been given and makes you look good you don’t  kick that employee in the ass and take away the resources that make him successful. You just don’t do that. I know that. Shouldn’t God know that? If my boss showed me that kind of respect don’t you think an all powerful and good god would have the courtesy to do the same?

7 Comments leave one →
  1. January 8, 2008 6:23 pm

    Hey R- cool! My first comment!!I’m already addicted to this dang blog and I’ve only had it a day. I don’t know why god would be so mean if he does exist. I just don’t get it. c’mon! Be mean to people like me who have dirty minds and who are selfish. But good people? I don’t get it. I know there are many honest people out there who have worse lives than I do. To be honest, the worst thing that has happened to me is being disfellowshipped from a cult and a family who loves their cult more than their son. So I really turn out to be a winner even in that. Oh well. I’m going to check out your blog if you don’t mind. It sounds like you might be a christian or at leat a religious person. That’s okay. I’m learning that it isn’t such a bad thing.

  2. January 8, 2008 8:44 pm

    Nice piece Anthropolis. I’m glad to see that you are letting some steam out. That is a good thing.

    Don’t be afraid to question God. What you need to fear, is that some day you may become too jaded to care about truth. Just keep an eye on that one. It is easy to get caught up in questioning God that you lose sight of what you are really after. Disproving God (or proving Him for that matter) should never be your starting pint; the quest for truth should be.

    It’s true, I do believe that if you honestly seek truth, that it will lead to God. . . and I can’t deny that as my ultimate desire for you, but humor me anyway. Remain honest with yourself and put truth above all else.

    Anyway, enough of the unsolicited advice! I only have one comment.

    Does the problem of evil really disprove God? I don’t think it does. At the very most, it calls His character into question, but it doesn’t disprove Him. You can say that the problem of evil disproves the existence of a loving and benevolent God, but does how do you conclude that it disproves the existence of any God.

    cheers,

    Aaron

  3. January 8, 2008 5:13 pm

    Welcome to the wonderful world of time wast… uh, I mean blogging. You’re bound to get sucked in now, so the sooner you admit that, the less painful it will be. 🙂

    About Aaron: Why does God allow bad things to happen? It’s one of the oldest questions out there. We don’t seem to have an answer, but it sure can’t hurt to keep looking for one. I don’t know you, but I’m glad to see that you’re not afraid to ask the question.

    Good luck to you. (Oh, and blessings, too.)

    R

  4. January 9, 2008 5:25 am

    Ok Aaron, you’re freaking me out here. I know you better than to think that you are saying that God is evil, so what are you really getting at? Is this one of those Jedi mind tricks that you always pull on me?

  5. January 9, 2008 9:08 pm

    No Jedi mind trick. I’m just bringing up a point that I think should be considered. It’s worth discussing.

    I agree with Robiagh. . . we don’t have a good answer for the question. I also agree with him in saying that it can’t hurt to keep looking for an answer.

    So what do you think? Assuming that God exists, what evidence do we have of His character? You’ve already pointed out a serious charge against Him, but what about the good things in life? Your questions is a fair one: Would a good God would allow pain suffering? It is also fair to ask a similar but opposite question: Would a wicked God allow pleasure and happiness? We all experience both pain and pleasure but have a difficult time imagining them being in harmony with one another.

    These are all difficult questions. Too difficult for my mind to wrap around.

  6. serena permalink
    January 17, 2008 8:06 pm

    Hey kiddo! I think maybe you are being a little closed minded about this whole God thing. What Aaron said makes sense to me and I think you missed it. Sure life sucks at times but it is also pretty damn good most of the time. You still need to convince me why life can be such a hoot if God is so mean. Like maybe God isn’t really the way we picture him to be. Maybe we are to focused on the crappy things to see all the beauty around us. Either God is good and bad things happen or God is bad and good things happen. I think God is more like an energy than a person. You got good mojo and bad mojo. God is the good mojo the bad mojo is just dumb luck that happens between the god mojo. Get it?

  7. January 19, 2008 1:20 pm

    I’m not so sure I get the mojo thing. What if god is just apathetic to our lives? The good and bad are both random. That makes him irrelevant and might as well not exist.

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