What Does the World Say About God?
What should the reasonable person conclude about God?
If God is omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, and benevolent,
Why do his creations – precious children, the tribes of Israel –
Face atrocity wrought by nature unbridled and humans malevolent?
If our creator is good, powerful, knowledgeable, and everywhere,
How can all manner of evil deeds pass before his watchful eye?
If humans torture, deceive, litigate, and abandon their humanity,
Who is to blame when people face cruel adversity, cheat, and lie?
It’s reasonable as far as I can see:
God is not benevolent
God is not all-knowing
As painful as it may be…
God does not exist
God does not care
As painful as that may seem…
God is not all-powerful
God is not present
As horrible as it is indeed…
God has abandoned us
God watches us, laissez-faire
As hard as it is to believe…
God plays favorites
My mind cannot grasp the infinite
As hard as it is to see…
God has a sick sense of humor
There is a morbid lawfulness to this world
As humans lay and bleed…
There is an order, and we are bit-players in one large play
We are meant to resist tempting decadence
Even as we flounder in need…
The benign indifference of the universe rules
There is no good without evil, so we must accept the bad
I know not which one is the key….
HERE is a podcast about doubt, skepticism, agnosticism, theism, belief, faith, and humanity.
Agnosticism is probably my favorite approach to theology. HERE is a page about that.
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