How is believing in a God that you hate better than not believing in God at all

I usually reserve posts on my personal blog for rants and ravings of mine, because I don't want to waste the times of all the social groups on here.  This is no exception, it's another of my own personal rants.

I recently saw an episode of "Becker" in which Becker insists that God is a man-made construct and says that he doesn't believe in him.  He is immediately chastised for his position by all of his peers and especially by Jake, the blind owner of a newstand at Becker's favorite diner.  Despite that fact that Jake hates God for robbing him of his sight, but he still believes in him.

Granted this is a work of fiction, but I once had a real-life encounter similar to this one.  It was during my time working at Goodwill, one of my coworkers was practically the poster child for 'roid rage.  He was very confrontational, rude, and never seemed to get along with anyone.

Now, I had been openly Atheist for a few weeks with these people and this man said that while he hates God (he went so far as to say that he wishes he could burn a bible at breakfast every morning), he still believes in him and that somehow makes him holier than me.

I spoke to my father, who is a liberal Christian, about this interaction.  Now, somehow my father has read the bible cover-to-cover and is still a Christian and according to him, this jerk's argument is valid.  Somehow, according to the bible, believing in God while simultaneouly hating him is better than not beliving in him at all.

To me, this is another example of religion's blatant hypocrisy.  What's the point in believing in a God that you hate?  The irony here is that many televangelists and eveangelicals believe that Atheists only say they're Atheists BECAUSE they hate God.  Have you guys had an experience like this?

Anyway, I eventually got the last laugh when the douchebag was fired and subsequently banned from the store because of his attitude.

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Comment by Tony Carroll on March 22, 2012 at 7:23am

Curioser and curioser. How people can be so self delusional. It appears this affected his entire life. Religion, it does(not do) a body good.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 22, 2012 at 6:02am

All this smells to me very much like a different flavor of ass-covering.  These people hate what they've been taught, yet their fear of hell and/or judgment overrules their hate.  I don't know how someone could get more disjointed (and, as you observed, hypocritical) than that.

Comment by Peter White on March 22, 2012 at 3:13am

I have to agree with your father that if you believe in God you can hate him all you want. It may be silly, or hypocritical, but I see no reason why you can't hate a God you believe in.

Those theists who claim that atheists hate God are just making up ridiculous lies, as always. How is it possible to hate something that you don't believe exists? It makes as much sense as hating the Tooth Fairy or Easter Bunny.

Comment by Richard ∑wald on March 20, 2012 at 5:18pm

That's a new one on me, …dude should just "let it go…" 

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