Just an "arrrggggh" comment about babbling Christians and their maddening tendency to make up the nature and personality of their "God" as they go along. Have you ever noticed that rambling sermons and little devotional lessons are just full of disjointed statements about what God "wants" or what God "likes"? God always comes out looking pretty good, at least by the writer's or speaker's garbled standards, even if the God character is noticeably mercurial and arbitrary.
These little earnest sermonettes are full of dogmatic and absolute assurances and explanations for why God supposedly does or does not do certain things. And the proclamations are uttered as if the writer or speaker had just picked God's brain on the subject over coffee-- when in reality these "truths" are somehow invented, with much convoluted and creative reasoning, from a few contradictory babblings in a disjointed and inconsistent bible which contains no clear picture of this imaginary friend's personality-- particularly if the Old and New Testaments are compared. Maybe our Christian acquaintances are just writing about what they WISH their Imaginary Friend in the sky would be like if such a friend existed? Beats me.
My question is, why is this problem with inventing the personality of God SO clear to us atheist but totally escapes otherwise intelligent religious people? It seems to me that just one visit to a website such as godisimaginary.com would be enough to convince any rational Christian that praying to god is like praying to a milk jug and that making up ridiculous fantasies about a god is precisely like making up stories of Santa or Joseph Smith's golden plates. Truly, people are capable of seeing the absurdity of all religious myths except their own. I wonder how long it will be before such amazingly resilient religious fantasies will disappear along with beliefs in superstition and witchcraft.
"Have you ever noticed that rambling sermons and little devotional lessons are just full of disjointed statements about what God "wants" or what God "likes"? "
I recall seeing one preacher on TV who justified his personal fleet of limos and rolex watches as something god wanted him own, wanted us all to strive for. What they say god wants seems to change daily and frequently even contradicts what the bible says!
There's just no consistency at all.
At best it's stupid; at worst, manipulative and disingenuous.
God allows people to defer their social and personal responsibilities.
No two Xians worship the same god. Each creates one which will support his wishes and dreams while overlooking his particular transgressions. Preachers give their sermon god characteristics that let them say what saying as themselves might get them fired -- or on other days, what will perhaps kick up the collection plate's take.
If you want to drive Xians mad, ask them to describe god, or (even better) describe the typical day of an angel in heaven. BOOOO-----RINGGGGG.
What's amazing to me is that the xtians don't talk about the negative things god is in charge of. Or, if they do admit that god is responsible, they just say it's god's will; he has something bigger in mind, etc. Here are a couple of examples: A couple says that it's a miracle that the tornado didn't hit them. Well...... that means god killed the others, but they can't seem to let that penetrate into their very hard head. Duggar said "god gave us this child" (referring to #20). Now that she has miscarried, will she say that god took the child away?
A phrase I've often quoted which, to me anyway, seems to sum it up. "You know your god is man-made when he hates all the same people you do." Unknown.
So very true.