Ronin of the Spirit

Because reality is beautiful.

God declares a national emergency

I think most theists believe that there is a magic invisible line that cannot be crossed, a sort of free-will disengage where an atrocity becomes large enough that God steps in.  I think the belief in this is what keeps otherwise skeptical people in the Fold.   It’s terrifying to believe that 2,999,999 could die before God takes notice, but somehow the reassurance He will step in with that last death, innocent number 3,000,000, is more comforting than believing He just watches.

It’s as if God declares a Kingdom Emergency of sorts, says “Alright, thats it. No more freewill till this evil is done.”  Then the bad guys get what’s coming to them, and the process of rebuilding can begin.   This can’t start right away, though.  A fair number of innocents have to die before the conditions are met to turn off freewill.

The Bible, of course, says absolutely nothing like the above, but I think it is something that people cling to at some instinctive level, that God must have, in his mind, a line, which if crossed, opens a can of divine whoop ass.

To accept that there is no God, or at best an indifferent one, a person must accept a multitude of new beliefs and one particularly scary one is that there is no magic line.  There is no point God says “Enough”.  The the honest godless must believe that there is no limit, no bottom to which man can sink.  Ironically, the godless must believe in sin nature more sincerely than the Chosen, because the godless don’t believe that God will step in at any point.

If God was going to step in, I wonder why 5,999,999 Jews were fair game, but number 6 million caused the righteous judgment to fall.  I wonder why between 2.2 and 3.5 million died in the Holodomor famine between 1932 and 1933 and then God didn’t overthrow the oppressive regime that murdered them until 1991.  I wonder, if abortion is truly so odious to God, why he allows 42 million a year.

The fact is, regardless of what you believe about God, it’s pretty obvious that there is not, in fact, a freewill disengagement point.   People can do pretty much whatever they like.  Nothing will prevent you or stop you.

So what is the difference between a God who cannot act, one who will not act, and one who doesn’t exist at all?

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September 29, 2008 - Posted by | Religion, Self discovery, skepticism, Uncategorized | , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. I knew a man who lost his leg when he fell from a freight train and one of the train wheels severed it. Every he would recount the story he blamed the brakeman on the train. “If he had not slammed on the breaks” he would say, “I would not have fallen; I would still have my leg”. He seemed to always forget the fact that he was riding the train illegally and was plastered drunk at the time of the accident.

    The Bible says that death is the result of man’s rebellion against God. God insists that man lives in sin and rebellion against Him.

    BEHOLD, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear. your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear. [Is 59:1,2]

    The Bible insists that man is in rebellion against God and the “wages” (or payment) for this rebellion is death. That is the bad news – that all of mankind is condemned because all have sinned. But there is good news – that God sent His Son to redeem man from his sin for God poured out the punishment that we were due on His own Son instead. Jesus did not suffer on the cross for His own sins – He had none – instead He willingly went to the cross to pay the penalty for your sin.

    For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    God sent His own Son to this earth and what did mankind do? We crucified him – the most brutal form of death ever invented in that day. Then man has the audacity to blame God for his trouble and suffering on earth? When we have reject God and have crucified Him brutally, how can we then blame God when He refuses to hear our cries for deliverance. However, there is a prayer that God has promised to hear:

    … if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. [Rom 10:9]

    God stands ready to forgive all who will call upon His name – even those who pierced His hands and feet. Jesus said,

    Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. [Mat 11:28-30]

    Comment by Russ | September 29, 2008 | Reply

  2. Well, first of all, thanks for commenting. I am, however, very confused by you quoting scripture. If you wrote a blog about the injustice of spousal abuse, how would you feel when I commented with 4:34 of the Koran

    “Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them…”

    Would that convince you? Or would you say that just because a a book claims to be written by or on the behalf of God doesn’t mean that you can believe everything is says?

    Comment by truthwalker | September 30, 2008 | Reply


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