Archive for January, 2016

God is narcissistic

January 24, 2016

God. If he were real, he would be the poster boy for narcissism.

I mean, just look at the stories about him: He creates the world, then demands constant praise for doing so. For billions of years (so far) after doing so. Not just praise, but outright worship! Never ending.

Then, if someone doesn’t provide the eternal, constant adoration he demands, he will punish them eternally. In the most cruel manner he could dream up.

He created the Universe for himself, alone. No one asked him to do it. If he hadn’t, no one would have ever been doomed to Hell. Most humans would be infinitely better off by never having existed. And that’s if you ignore the pain and suffering that goes along with being alive.

Obviously, God as described by believers would be mentally ill. Undeserving of admiration.  Worthy of contempt and pity.

I think narcissism as a diagnosis is being kind. What would God’s complete psychological diagnosis be? I did do a quick search and didn’t see that anyone has ever diagnosed his problem. But they should. And then figure out what that means about those inclined to worship him.

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Teeth vs god

January 6, 2016

Need more evidence that god’s existence is imaginary?

Look no further than teeth.

Teeth show god’s nonexistence.

Teeth and modern dentistry show that god couldn’t plan ahead (or couldn’t see ahead. Either answer works)- he didn’t know what our modern diet would be like and that we’d be living so much longer. He made teeth vulnerable to decay and wear, and made them non-replaceable.

And god is apparently unwilling to fix his mistake now by making teeth decay-proof and/or replaceable through divine intervention (which could have been disguised as evolution).

And that’s not the only obvious mistake he made.

You have the digestive system and metabolism, which in the modern (and apparently unforeseen) world with our new (relatively) diet results in obesity and other health problems.

So many things an omniscient, omnipotent god should have seen coming and planned for, or should have fixed when they came up. And yet didn’t.

Evil or powerless?

On the other hand, considering the alternative- that we evolved without any plan beyond “survive until you can reproduce”- completely explains why our bodies are unprepared for the modern realities, and haven’t had time to adapt.

Science will eventually fix what god screwed up- unless you admit god is imaginary.

The value of religion

January 3, 2016

I understand that belief in a god might have some value.

And that the same could be said for going through the rituals of worship services- whether a god is believed in or not.

I know the value of community that can be had by belonging, and by believing in something/someone watching out for you.

After my daughter died, my parents- who are active church members- got many sympathy cards. I got 4. I think. My parents were offered lots of food (they turned down the offers because we all had to travel to the services and the food would have been wasted). My parents’ church did give me a Thanksgiving box, probably because my parents were involved.

I got lots of love and support from online acquaintances and friends, but almost none locally.

So, I see the value.

I just can’t become a part of that community when I don’t believe in their imaginary friend. As much as I might sometimes want the support system that comes with it. I know from previous experience I can’t keep my mouth shut when absurd claims- lacking in scientific understanding, historical evidence, or simple logic- are made. I can be a pain. So I might not get much support anyway.

In this area, if you want a social life you must belong to a church, be a sports fan, or worship government. I do none of those so I am on my own.