Good God?

The Christian God is usually claimed to be a loving God which is concerned with people, their morals and welfare. Since we do not really know the mind of God, we must consider alternative hypotheses. The God, if one really exists, could be completely indifferent as to the welfare of the residents of our little planet. Or it could be the opposite to the Christian God concerned with the good of people and actually be evil and play games with us and amuse itself with human disasters.

In the earthquake in Lisbon in 1531 it was the devoutly faithful that were killed by the church collapses. If the idea of a God being able to affect events is true then the killing of the faithful would be done by an evil God. Lightning used to kill a lot of church bell-ringers. Earthquakes, floods, landslides, and other natural disasters had caused the premature deaths of many people, good and bad alike.

As an atheist I have survived trying to breath water, being washed away in a river, dodged an avalanche by a few meters, falling into a crevasse, being entombed while the oxygen was being depleted by a primus, while caught in a fatal avalanche and yet avoided an opportunity of a God to punish me. Considering this as evidence, the Good God hypothesis does not get supported and the other hypotheses seem more likely.

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  1. Hi Paul, My son’s car in Sydney was damaged by one of the recent hail storms. It cost him $875 to have it fixed. The damage to your car was an Act of God. Have you noticed that only bad events are acts of God? You’d think that some of those religious people would have recognised that by now and at least modified their beliefs about God being a benevolent entity who has only our best interests at heart. Strange they haven’t. You’d think that people who exclaim “Oh, my God!” would figure it out, and change their utterances to “Oh, YOUR God”.

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