Let’s say you are God. Let’s say that several billion years after you created the universe, which you created solely for your finest creation, man, you’re first two creations let’s call them Adam and Eve disobeyed your only rule. So you condemned them and all their offspring to live and die in hardship. Then a few thousand years later you decide mankind as a whole is beyond saving, because among other things they have been worshipping other gods, and that makes you mad. So you choose one man and his family, and two of every creature and you have him build a boat and they all get aboard and you drown everybody else, men, women, children, old, and young, and every animal and plant, you start over. Then you take an even greater hand in the affairs of man, and help your chosen people win wars through battles where the sun stands still and the angle of death kills the first born of their enemies and you help them take land, committing genocide and enslaving conquered people.  But somehow they still get it wrong, so you decide to change the course of your chosen people by coming to earth as a man. You teach them they got it wrong, now the only way to get to heaven is to believe in you as a man, your own son, so they will know you as the one true god. The Jews resist and no matter what you do, no matter how many miracles you perform they say you are false and condemn you to die, which your plan was all along. You even raise yourself from the dead but still only a few believe. Then you select a few men here and there and give them divine revelation so they can write a history of you and your deeds; the Bible is put together with your guiding hand. Then you stop talking, except to a very few and they don’t communicate your message very well. Those who believe in you do finally become powerful. They do good things in your name but they also commit atrocities. And all the while new gods appear and are worshiped, and other people just refuse to believe in any gods. After all this time would you say you’re good at your job?  

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Comment by Loren Miller on March 30, 2014 at 9:54am

Pat, that doesn't even mention the several quadrillion cubic light-years of space this deity laid out, apparently to create a single, life-bearing planet, said space being even more hostile to the focal species (us) than 70% of the planet's surface.  Oh, and shall we mention that if said species, in the effort to nourish itself, happened to dine on nightshade rather than mustard greens, the experiment could have ended right there and then.

If the christers want simple answers to their questions, then who is to be blamed when those answers are revealed to be simplistic and flawed?

Comment by Anthony Jordan on March 30, 2014 at 8:00am

Being deformed from birth, I know more than some, intimately, the flawed design of this supposed perfect intelligent designer. Those who find out they have cancer, or glaucoma, or any diasease, are intimately acquainted with this so-called intelligently designed world, and are hyper-aware of it's design flaws. Earthquakes, tornadoes, volcanoes, drought, famine, all these things, are testimony to the flaws in this supposed intelligent design. So, no. If there happens to be a God, he/she/it, is not good at all his/ hers/ its job.

Comment by Future on March 28, 2014 at 11:48am
Let's say you're god, and you're lonely and bored as hell because there is no universe to mull around in, and since you're the ONLY god you've had nobody to talk to for the last bazillion god years. Suddenly you get the bright idea to create a universe, then create a species in your likeness. When you're all done with that magnificent accomplishment, you spend your time watching what the people are doing in their bedrooms, and refuse to talk to any of them until after they die, when you can judge them on the information gleaned from your peeping Tom adventures. Doesn't make much sense does it?
Comment by Loren Miller on March 28, 2014 at 9:56am

The question becomes, who does a job review on god?  An answer to that comes toward the end of Robert Heinlein's novel, Job: A Comedy of Justice, where, as it turns out, there IS someone that Yahweh answers to, though in this particular case, the discussion is more focused on how Yahweh has dealt with this particular incarnation of Job, one Alexander Hergensheimer.

It's a fave book of mine and (IMHO) worth your time.  You might give it a look.

Comment by Michael Penn on March 28, 2014 at 9:54am

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