Thursday, April 21, 2011
Think For Yourself
Take the following major characteristics of God as defined by followers of the three Abrahamic “Faiths”
Omniscient - having infinite awareness, understanding, and insight. Possessed of universal or complete knowledge
Omnipotent - an agency or force of unlimited power. All powerful.
Omnipresent - present everywhere at the same time.
Also, within Christianity, this is a another required adjective for God:
Omnibenevolent – perfect goodness or perfect love.
Interesting side note: "omnibenevolence" is not in the dictionary. Go ahead and look it up.
OK, so you have a God that is all knowing and all powerful and everywhere at once while being the embodiment of perfect goodness. God knows everything that has happened, is happening and will happen while having the power to do whatever “He” wants and IS the universe. “He” is everywhere so that means he is everything. There is no place in the universe, no place on Earth, He is not at right now.
There have been a multitude of arguments challenging and asserting the qualities of God. That is not the point of this post. I bring them up to point out that people who self-identify as Christian do not actually believe in all of these qualities of God. Not all at the same time.
If you claim to be Christian with an omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent and omnibenevolent God then that God has to be able to do w, x, y, & z at all times. Once you stop believing in w, or think that x is not all the time, then y gets sillier. Why then hang onto z? Why hang on to any of it? It makes no sense.
What is holding you back from dropping all of it then? No really...consider that. Why do you believe? What basis do you have for your beliefs? It's not faith. Faith is not basis for belief. Faith is believing in something without evidence or a basis. It cannot be your rock.