Thursday, April 21, 2011

Think For Yourself

It seems like many Christians are not aware of what they actually believe. Of course they think they do, but if you examine the traits of their God as defined by their theologians (omnipresence, omnipotence, omniscience, & omnibenevolence) and then proceed ask them if their God actually does all these things they either hesitate or say no. Maybe the say yes, but will then use a qualifier. That is not what they really believe. Not always.

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.



Fred said...

It would help your cause greatly if you actually looked up what faith is, the definition of which you've gotten wrong here.
According to the OED, faith is:
1a. confidence, reliance, trust.
b. belief proceeding from reliance on testimony or authority.

Try again.

Steve said...

World English Dictionary:
~strong or unshakeable belief in something, especially without proof or evidence.

Sure "faith" can be defined as confidence, reliance and trust in something or a belief that proceeds from a reliance on testimony or authority, but it all depends on the testimony or authority. What testimony or authority do you have for your faith in god that can be repeatable or even quantifiable? None. The bible is not an authority on anything. It is a translation of a translation of a translation of a compilation of carefully chosen written and oral stories told by people who never witnessed the supposed events in person. Even theologians acknowledge this.

It would help your cause greatly if you could produce one iota of evidence that any matter of "Faith" is even remotely true. The burden of proof falls on you. Not me.