Friday, April 10, 2009

Celebrating the death of God

Today is Good Friday, when Christians the world over celebrate the death of God. It makes a little more sense than Passover, when Jews are thankful that God skipped them when his angel of death killed innocent children in Egypt, but it doesn't make that much more sense. I don't understand why God would need to engage in symbolism. Could not God absolve mankind for its sins without requiring Jesus to die?

Furthermore, why would God intervene by sending his son to earth, but fail to step in for the next 2,000 years? Or if God does intervene, why does he help Timmy score the game winning goal instead of stopping the bloodshed in the middle east or the HIV epidemic in Africa?

XTC - Dear God


I reflect on Epicurus' reductio ad absurdum:
Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?
If we are willing to believe we were created by God, then we must also be willing to believe that we were left behind a long time ago, or that God cannot help us, or that God does not care. This seems worse than simply not believing in God.



Happy Easter.

1 comment:

Gorilla Bananas said...

God doesn't intervene because it's against the rules and you gotta have rules.

"Smokey, this is not 'Nam. This is bowling. There are rules."

Walter Sobchak