[This is something that I added to my atheism blog, and I also just had to add it to my Facebook status. Living surrounded basically by a sea of Christians here in Tennessee, and having heard these two things until I'm sick of it, I thought I'd share it here for any atheists here who may have heard similar.]

I am sure that there are those atheists who have heard some Christian say these words: "God never promised that life would be fair". I have heard it and heard it until it makes me blue in the face whenever I hear a Christian say it these days.
I can understand an unbeliever saying it, but a believer ? It is precisely those believers who make this statement who have no idea whatsoever on how to reason.
The unbeliever who makes this statement knows precisely what he is talking about, because of course life is not fair. It's a given ! Thoughtless, unintentioned, merciless, nature is not fair. How can it be ? It has no mind, no intention, it can be neither moral nor immoral, neither merciful nor unmerciful. It just is what it is.
But to say that God never promised that life would be fair,coming from the mouths of people who believe in an all loving God (as the Bible teaches) is both the height of hypocrisy and the height of stupidity. You see, if God were all loving, as the Bible claims, then life would, indeed, be fair for all. This also ties into that highly ignorant Christian platitude that God has a purpose for us all, because if God was, indeed, all loving, then that purpose would never involve suffering for anyone. So, you know what Christians ? Just quit saying these things and letting the rest of us know how truly ignorant you are.


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Comment by kathy: ky on January 25, 2014 at 10:35pm

I'm with you on that Anthony.  All of it.  If I have to hear, one more time, about their loving god, I believe I'll scream in their faces. I already tell them I don't believe in god and that usually shuts them up.  I can't, for the life of me, understand how their god can be both the ultimate loving of gods and the cruelest prick ever imagined.  But they reconcile it nicely by throwing the devil in the mix. Cause we all know the devil made everyone do it.


Comment by Loren Miller on November 16, 2013 at 8:41am

No, god never did promise fairness or justice ... not on THIS side of the grave, anyway.  Oh, but AFTER - all the balance sheets will be reckoned with, all the transgressions adjudicated, all wrongdoing punished and all goodness rewarded.  And if you believe all that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I'd love to sell you.

What the bible-thumpers and the evangelists want you to think is that the imperfect justice of this life will be brought to fulfillment with god's justice in the afterlife.  The free will which their god supposedly gave us resulted in the veil of tears which they insist this life is and is supposed to be.  It also theoretically necessitated god delivering his scapegoat to the world, in order to rectify the problem god put there in the first place!  They repeatedly tattoo their congregations' ears with this message and the supposed importance of remaining true to their god's law and his savior, in order to gain the benefit of that promise.  The obvious problem is that their god, his son, and their afterlife all suffer from a severe case of lack of evidence, never mind the multiple flaws of the book they draw their assertions from.

The fact is that reality is indifferent to what lives in it.  The rules of the road are the laws of physics and of nature, which have neither pity nor mercy and act without passion or malice.  Fairness and justice are human-invented concepts.  If they are to work, humans must make them work, improve them, polish them, adapt them to those implacable laws and to humankind's own peculiarities.  If there is to be any equity, any balance, any justice, we are the ones who must create it.

Relying on pie-in-the-sky-by-and-by is a fool's errand.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 16, 2013 at 7:57am

Ignorance is bliss--for the ignorant. And you touched on one of my life's mottos:"It is what it is".

Comment by Michael Penn on November 12, 2013 at 7:33am

I agree with you fully, Tony. The problem with religion is that it was set up from the beginning to appeal to those who suffer. It was believed that christianity would not survive without the suffering because everybody has some degree of suffering, so they could identify with books allowed to become part of the bible. (Book of Job, struggles of OT families and groups, etc.) Just keep plunking along down here for now and "bye and bye you will have pie in the sky." It worked out wonderfully for them but causes ignorant thinking.

A few months ago I was telling my childhood church going friend about a dream I had. He immediately reminded me that the bible says "in the last days young men will have visions and old men will dream dreams." WTF! Now the bible is controlling my dreams. This is really ignorant stuff.

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on November 11, 2013 at 3:03am

Absolutely Tony.

Your blog title is the Definition of Religion.

I also like the question I read a while ago and my daughter reminded me of it.

"If God was truly unconditional Love as many Xtians believe, then why would it demand us to love it back?"

There are few animals on this planet that are more Irrational, Ignorant and hypocritical than a fundamentalist Christian.

In fact, I read a psychology survey that religious fundamentalists intelligence has been rated below that of a Chimpanzee's. 

Though to many of us, this would be obvious anyway.




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