Sunday, June 14, 2009

God is Good....?

I'm not an Atheist. I am not against religion. I am also not against Christianity. But I do have a problem with it that I think can be found in the following analogy:

The world is flooding. I have a boat that can fit an unlimited amount of people. But the only people I let on the boat are the ones that pledge their undying devotion to me beforehand. I accept rapists, spousal abusers, and other terrible human beings as long as they pledge that devotion, but I turn away children, college professors and good people that simply want the freedom to live their life. Those people I condemn to death, even though I have plenty of room and can fit them all.


I walked by a car that had the Jesus fish and two bumper stickers that said "God is Good" and "God loves all." I find it hard to believe that someone can believe in Christianity and not see that there is a problem with the idea that "God is Good" when he lets people burn in hell for not believing in him, even if they are good people.

That does not mean that religion itself is necessarily bad. Or the idea that heaven exists but it is not for everyone. Consider the following:

The world is flooding. I have a boat that can fit an unlimited amount of people. The only people I let on the boat are the ones that are good people. Some people may have done bad things in the past, but if they are good people that made bad decisions I let them on anyway, along with all other people that have lived good lives. I accept all men and women and children, but I do not accept rapists, spousal abusers, and other terrible human beings. Those people I condemn to death, even though I have plenty of room and can fit them all.


Once again there are people I have turned away, and arguably they can be saved by my boat as well. But at least I have accepted all of the good people in the world, no matter what they believe and what direction they have chosen for their lives. to me, if I have to have a hell, this is a much more positive belief system.

13 comments:

Kristin said...

I consider myself to be a Christian. There are times I question parts of Christianity so I have come up with my own version that suits me while, still believing in the core principles.

Librocrat said...

Yeah, this was more of my argument of why I can never convert to Christianity. Coming from a religion that generally does not believe in a hell at all makes it difficult to believe that a heaven exists that would turn away good people. I have several friends that believe as you do, though, where they have adjusted their belief system while still being Christians at their core.

Miller said...

This was a really good example that illustrated what's wrong with monotheistic religions, specifically the Big Three. It seems limitless because you only have to do one thing: Believe in Christ or God or Allah to find grace. But it's limited because you cannot waver from that one single rule. Defy it, disagree with it, rebuke it, and you end up in the crapper. Nothing fits on the boat but the belief.

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