Natural Disasters–God Dishing Out His Abuse so Believers Can Appreciate His “Goodness”–How Stupid
In the wake of Hurricane Isaac, Christians are asking the all too familiar question—Why does God allow hurricanes? I find this question rather silly, and as there is no proof of any god “allowing” anything at all. In fact, if we look at the earths geological history, we find that the earth itself is constantly “evolving” and hurricanes, landslides, volcanoes etc., are part of this evolutionary process–whether there are humans around to experience these occurrences or not. Still, let’s consider the Christian explanations for the so-called “acts of God” in our natural world.
One of the first excuses for natural disasters given by Christians is that ultimately, we as humans don’t know why God allows these things to happen, as his ways are not our ways. This excuse speaks volumes, as it indicates that Christians who claim to “know” their god—can’t, and don’t “know” him at all, as “his ways are not our ways.” This means of course that since Christians cannot “know” their god, they could actually be worshiping a sadistic masochistic tyrant instead of the so-called “all loving” god they have been led to believe in, and this would also be consistent with what is written about the Christian god in the Bible. For instance, in the Bible, God allows Satan (Satan cannot do anything without Yahweh’s permission) to torture Job and kill Job’s wife and children just so Yahweh could say, “See, I told you Job would worship me no matter what happened to him!” Allowing Job to be tortured and his family murdered to make such a point is NOT consistent with the actions of an all-loving god—but a sadistic and narcissistic god. Furthermore, as Yahweh is supposed to know everything before it happens, and as the Bible tells us,“…EVERY decision is from the Lord” (Proverbs 16:33), he planned the murder of Job’s family, just as he planned the hurricanes and other disasters that kill and maim people. For what reasons?? Ahh—Christians cannot say, because, well, they really don’t know their god at all.
Many Christians also claim disasters happen because we live in a “fallen world” and that Satan in the “ruler of this world” (John 12:31), which is why bad things happen to good people, and would mean that either Satan is more powerful than God, or that God has allowed Satan to be the “ruler” of this world. As mentioned above, the Bible teaches that “…EVERY decision is from the Lord.” (Prov. 16:33), so this verse indicates that Yahweh planned it that way and if Satan is the “ruler of this world” Yahweh planned it that way. Yahweh planned to allow Satan to “rule this world” just as he planned for Adam and Eve to eat the “forbidden fruit” which Christians claim led trillions of people to lives of sin and misery– so, as many Christians claim, they could appreciate Yahweh’s “glory” as he “revealed” himself to them. Many Christians claim that we cannot appreciate Yahweh’s goodness without experiencing pain and suffering—which is ridiculously absurd. This would be the same as a husband claiming his wife could not appreciate his “goodness” unless he beat her to a pulp every so often. It’s sadistic and cruel, and an all-powerful, all-loving god could and would have better ways of showing his “children” his love, or he would not be all loving and all powerful—he would be a sadistic tyrant.
Many Christians also claim that Jesus experienced “the hurricane of God’s wrath when He died for sinners” as he suffered and died for our salvation. This means that the God that created the “human nature” that allows humans to “sin” in the first place, and planned it that way, also decided that the best way to remedy the situation that he planned in the first place, was to have himself suffer and die–but not really die. This entire scenario known as the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus is entirely illogical, but even if it were true, an all-powerful god could have found a less brutal way to grant humanity their salvation—or he would not be an all-powerful god. In fact, he could have just snapped his fingers and given us all salvation, and forgone the bloodshed altogether, but he did not. Instead, he CHOSE to have himself sacrificed–making him a sadistic, masochistic god.
So according to Christian logic, Christians should be happy when their God demolishes their homes and drowns their babies in flood waters, as this is just their god “revealing” himself to them, so they can appreciate his “goodness” by experiencing his abuse. How RIDICULOUS!!! No wonder Sigmund Freud believed religion led to neurosis/psychosis, when Christianity teaches that we can only appreciate goodness through suffering. How stupid—and bizarre.