In my previous post (A Suicide Note in the Form of a Blog Post), I reached the conclusion that life is terribly tedious and hence, in general terms, one is better off dead. Having resolved upon this firm conclusion, but not, as yet, having actually committed suicide, the only appropriate topic to address in my follow up post is to consider the question as to why this is the case.
I have come to the conclusion that only one explanation is possible. God is to blame and it is all his fault. In short, God is a bastard. There is simply no other explanation compatible all the facts.
This conclusion – sometimes termed “misotheism” or, less commonly, “antitheism” – is not mere polemical provocation or ‘Christian-baiting’. On the contrary, it is the logical and inescapable conclusion to be drawn from the nature of the universe and of the human condition for which God is ultimately responsible.
After all, if God is all-powerful and benevolent, why would He create a world full of misery and pain? Why would He create a world of war, famine and disease?
Why, moreover, would he instil us with lusts and desire which can never be satisfied and then deem any attempt to satisfy them as a form of carnal sin worthy of eternal damnation no less?
There is only one possible explanation – God is a sadist. A being who delights in torturing and tormenting beings weaker, frailer and less powerful than Himself. In short, a bully and a bastard.
In the interests of balance, let us consider the only remotely plausible alternative.
Perhaps God is not a sadist. Perhaps he is instead merely a scientist, rigorously maintaining a scientific objectivity and detachment. Perhaps he merely disinterestedly observes our suffering with no more compassion or spite towards us than the vivisectionist has towards the laboratory rats whom he disinterestedly injects with all manner of deadly diseases in the hope of winning a Nobel Prize.
But this explanation will not do. After all, if God is omnipotent and all-knowing, what then would be the object of his research other than mere amusement? What of value could he find out from our sordid lives and from the tortures he inflicts upon us if he already knows everything?
No, the conclusion is inescapable. God is a bastard
Despite its philosophical pretensions, this line of defence is nothing new. On the contrary, theological apologetics simply co-opts standard plea entered by all tyrants and dictators when they are each eventually and belatedly put on trial for their atrocities. Invariably and with utter predictability, they claim that they were not responsible – “It may have been done in my name,” they say, “but I was unaware of it.”
In effect, they turn state’s evidence and implicate instead their unfortunate underlings and lackeys – those previously most loyal to them – a move characteristic of the lowest of criminals, of those criminals despised even by other criminals: the informer or rat.
Yet, for all its underhandedness, hypocrisy and sheer ruthlessness, even this line of defence is destined to failure. As the sign on President Harry Truman‘s desk famously read during his term as commander-in-chief – “The Buck Stops Here”. What applies to a President applies doubly to dictators and a thousand times over to the divine dictator himself.
After all, even, for the sake of argument, casting from our minds the fact that the concept of the concept of ‘free will’ has now been all but disproved by recent advances in neuroscience, quite apart from being a rather ill-defined and problematic concept in the first place, this line of defence still falls woefully short.
It was, after all, God who gave us free-will. An all-powerful, all-knowing and omnipotent god could hardly claim to be ignorant of the obvious consequences of this criminally reckless act. He is thus vicariously liable.
Besides, how are we to explain disease? How can one absolve his divine majesty of responsibility for forms of suffering inflicted by bacteria and viruses?
Attributing Free Will to dictators, sexual perverts and serial killers is one thing. Perhaps one can even go further and attribute Free Will to lions, eagles and other animal predators responsible for inflicting all sorts of cruelties on the prey whom they hunt and eat.
But disease? How can we absolve the divine dictator of responsibility for the cruelties and agonies inflicted by illness. Is one obliged to attribute Free Will and consciousness to the HIV virus?
Yet, unlike Saddam Hussain and Slobadan Milosovitch and even Hitler himself, however, God is the greatest and most ruthless of all dictators. For only God, through his omnipotence, can claim vicarious liability for all the atrocities of every other dictator combined.
On top of this, add disease, natural disasters, earthquakes, terrorist atrocities, accidents and, above all, Acts of God. The Divine Dictator is a clearly tyrant and despot of unparalleled proportions.
Take, for example, the Second Commandment – Thou shall worship no other God.
Has there ever been any clearer prescription for a totalitarian dictatorship and one-party state, lacking in the sort of checks and balances, and separation of powers, not to mention effective opposition, all of which are, of course, widely recognised as essential for healthy and legitimate constitutional government?
Punishment in hell, on the other hand, clearly contravenes the provisions of any number of international human rights treaties, not to mention constitutional provisions. After all, burning in hell for all eternity is surely “cruel and unusual punishment” by anybody’s standards.
Indeed, in many respects, God is like other more humble and lesser dictators. Like them, He demands to be worshipped and to have songs sung in his praise:
There’s not that much difference between the two when you look at it like that.
Replace ‘Our father’ with ‘Mein furher’ and the average church service is virtually indistinguishable from a Nuremberg rally!
So, yes, god exists. The atheists are mistaken. What other explanation can there be for our suffering and endless torments?
God exists and so did Stalin. There is no point in trying to wish them away.
But neither are they to be worshipped by anyone save a whining masochist or cowardly sycophant.
Perhaps, after all, we should not be surprised that God is as He is. After all, we are told by God Himself that “God created Man in his own image”. Is it thus any wonder that he is as much of a bastard as the rest of us?
Besides, what condition could be more boring than omnipotence? Being all-powerful must take all the fun and amusement out of life.
With omnipotence, there is no challenge, no aspiration, nothing to strive towards, no way to better oneself – in short, nothing to live for.
How then can he choose to amuse himself other than to create a world with whole races of pitiful creatures to torture and toy with? Like the spoilt child who pulls the legs off spiders.
After all, what child could be more spoilt than one blessed with immortality and omnipotence?
Lord Acton told us that “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Who then could be more corrupt than the all-powerful God Almighty himself?