One of my biggest issues with religion has always been that it purports to benefit everyone equally. Anyone with a modicum of intelligence knows this just isn't true. Across the board, in all religions, in all places there are injustices. Christians are robbed, killed, raped, etc just like Buddhists, Muslims, Scientologists, Atheists, etc. Belief in a god (regardless of which one you choose) is not a guarantee that your life will have any more benefits than someone without that belief. But enough about my sentiments, this blog is the result of the following Facebook status:
"Watching the 20/20 story on the recovery of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords...Our God is one AMAZING and POWERFUL GOD!! Always Believe!"
I also watched majority of the story on Giffords and believe me, I am WELL AWARE that the story has some inspirational aspects. Giffords is shot and critically injured, she "miraculously" lives and spends the next months trying to recover. Her astronaut husband stands by her side through it all and she makes great strides in hopes to return to her Congressional position. It'll probably be made into a movie someday. BUT Giffords was not the only person attacked that day. 13 were injured, 6 were killed, a little girl was among the 6. For me all of the "God is AMAZING and POWERFUL" ends here. There is nothing amazing or powerful about letting a child get shot and die. Saying that it was "God's plan" opens the door to many more contradictions and the Satan scapegoat does the same. Omnipotence is omnipotence. It's not a game of scissors paper rock where one always trumps another. Omnipotent, all-powerful, unlimited sovereignty...they're all the same.
Talking of god's power always reminds me of Alan Moore's Watchmen. There is a character, Dr. Manhattan, that is very powerful and at some times seems omnipotent. Clairvoyance, super strength, telekenesis, teleportation...to humans at least he is the closest thing to a god that has been perceived. In one scene a soldier that's somewhat of a partner to Manhattan is in an argument with a woman. Manhattan watches the woman break a bottle and slash the soldier's face which causes the soldier to shoot and kill the woman. The behavior astonishes Manhattan until the soldier contends that Manhattan was fully capable of stopping the incident. The direct quote is:
"Yeah. Yeah, that's right. Pregnant woman. Gunned her down. Bang. And y'know what? You watched me. You coulda changed the gun into steam or the bullets into mercury or the bottle into god damn snowflakes! You coulda teleported either of us to goddamn Australia...but you didn't lift a finger! You don't really give a damn about human beings."
I believe the same about any celestial beings that supposedly are keeping watch and only mediating at certain times. The notion that there is any truth to god's unmatched power just isn't logical and leaves me wondering how such a ridiculous belief has survived so long.