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God is Good.  Or is He?

It is the chief belief of most Christians that God/Jesus is a pure good and all loving entity.  I have read essays by some people on the Internet who try to contradict this with certain examples in the Bible of God ordering murder or genocide.  Christians always seem to have a response to this allegations that satisfies themselves (though not the person they're responding to).  However, I have hit upon a concept that I think might clear up the controversy between Christians and those who think God is wicked.

Quite simply, God cannot be pure good, and here's why.  There are six billion people on Earth, and you'll never find two who agree on absolutely everything.  Therefore, there are six billion definitions of morality in existance, not including those beliefs held by dead people who have left their beliefs carved in stone or written on parchment.

Now, if there are billions of definitions of good, how can God fit all of them?  If God is an anthropomorphic (meaning he exhibits human characteristics) entity, he can't fit contradicting views of good.  This means that God's view of morality will differ from that of most people. There is the belief that God is beyond human comprehension, which would allow him to exemplify the multitude of moral opinions, which no anthropomorphic creature could do.  However, what happens to the belief that God is an all loving entity?  If we cannot comprehend God, how can he express love, which is something we can comprehend.  Can't be done.  Therefore, God  cannot be a purely-good, all-loving being.

Now, some would say that God determines what is good and what is evil.  Therefore he wouldn't have to bother fitting others beliefs about right or wrong, they have to worry about fitting his.  But that raises the question: why does God's opinion matter more than a human's?  I know, I know, there are plenty of you sitting there with your jaw dropped by my audactiy of suggesting this, but think about it:

bullet God is wise and powerful, OK.  But no matter how wise and powerful a person becomes, they don't have the right to dictate another person's beliefs, so why should God?
bullet God is our Creator, so we should obey him.  Hey, if I clone a human being in a laboratory, I don't have the right to do what I want with him (whether it's slavery, rape, or murder) and he has full rights.  That should clarify that just because you create something doesn't mean you control it.
bullet God has done so much good for us, we should obey him.  So, God does all sorts of good things for us, but only because he wants 100% obedience, not out of any desire to help people? Does that sound like an all good God to you? God will send us all to Hell if we don't accept his morals as the only true ones.  I say this is the most logical, and most disturbing, reason I've heard for God being all good.  However, this doesn't make God good, it just makes him too frightening to argue against.  Our personal beliefs still won't define him as      good.

OK, how many people out there think I'm some Satanisist or Atheist who's
trying to destroy Christianity (I have no objection to Satanisism or Atheism,
that's just how a lot of people view them).  I know this might not promote
religious tolerance, but if people listen to the logic here, I think we might
stop hearing about hate crimes done in the name of an "all-good God."

Copyright 2001 by the author
Originally received: 2001-NOV-11
Latest update: 2001-NOV-14
Author: Unknown

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