Thanks to Theresa for giving me the heads up on a story that ran yesterday. You remember the girl in the closet story I posted a few days ago? Well, there was a follow-up asking religious leaders, “Where was god?”
Here are a couple of their woefully inadequate responses:
To ask “where are you?” is to re-claim God’s promise to be with us; it is to re-call God to being the Life-Giving Redeemer we believe God actually is….when we also cry out the questions “How could you let this happen, God?” and “Where were you?” we are remembering that the God who has promised always to be with us is NOT OK with kids being raped, starved, kept from play, and living in their own filth.
Right, that makes total sense. (Not.) Do these people listen to what they are saying? God’s not here because he’s not ok with our behavior. (Please ignore the double negative.) Seems to me that this is just another lame excuse. And it’s somewhat annoying that people defend their god with these sorts of asinine claims.
Similarly, the only answer that gives a logical framework to the suffering of children and the existence of an all loving God, is that everyone bears the burdens of past karmas of previous lives. Otherwise a solid case for neglect and cruelty could be made against the Supreme Lord.
Yes, karma. You see, abused kids are paying for sins in previous lives. You don’t know what the sins were, but you just know that you’re getting a beating for something you did before you lived–this time. Another idiotic excuse. I think I prefer his case for, “neglect and cruelty…against the Supreme Lord.”
If you believe in god, it seems to me, the most logical response would be: god had a heart attack and was incapacitated. Maybe Nietzsche was right. God couldn’t take it anymore. We killed him.
But you must surely realize that the holy books we have—the Bible, the Tanakh, the Qur’an—which are the basis for our nation’s religious beliefs, suggest that god never was. How many instances do we read of god’s love in the Bible? There are many.
For god so loved his children that he made them seriously flawed, dumber than not only rocks, but also talking snakes. For god so loved the world that he created monstrous men and women that could do inhumane things to innocent creatures.
God is and always has been a trickster and magician. From the beginning, he created fruit that was so tempting, tasty and terrible, that we would all–forever and ever–become children that god would loathe, that he would find continually disappointing. We suck.
Even as allegories, do these stories make sense?
I hope that someone reading this has a better answer to, “Where was god?” Please don’t say, “It’s not for us to know.” If you know he blesses you and answers your prayers and watches you, then you surely know why he checks out during the times he’s needed the most. Please don’t say, “He gives us free will.” Millions of people every day give examples of how god has stepped into their lives and saved them or a love one. He answers prayers. Clearly, a lot of people believe that god is hanging around here.
Seems that the only way to redeem ourselves as humans is to cut ourselves free from our imagined creator. We don’t need him. We can redefine who we are as a society and as people. We can move forward. We can be better. We don’t have to suck. Perhaps if we didn’t live under the belief that we have an evil nature, that we are prone to sin (yet unconditional love from god), we might hold ourselves to higher standards.
Whatever we were, we have evolved, and we are capable of yet so much more.
Happy Halloween. May the monsters you meet tonight all be pretend.