OK, so everyone knows there's not a sliver of proof that God exists, but I still respect religious people whose beliefs are sincerely held. I mean, they're under no obligation to subject those beliefs to any logical test, and whatever helps get through life is fine by me.
So I came across a discussion yesterday titled: Why do people not believe in God?
Which eventually prompted me to ask how some of those people managed to dress themselves.
True, I don't believe in God, but I'm not an atheist. In fact, I detest those atheists who smugly think they know something - i.e. that there's nothing. Even worse are those who get hostile about it. Isn't it sobering enough to realize that even if you're right, you don't get to gloat? And that if you're wrong… well, is there gloating in heaven? Either way, you may never know. That's why Pascal thought everyone should believe – because it's better to be safe than sorry.
All well and good except that if you do that, how can you live with yourself today - much less for eternity?.
But in fact, I called myself an atheist years ago when I wanted to get the door-knockers all charged up. I stopped when I tired of being a hypocrite - about the same time, I stopped answering the doorbell.
Anyway, I eventually ended up starting a thread asking if God might, in fact, be Satan?
Seems simple enough to me: would YOU create a mess like this? And then not only allow the suffering, but initiate it? Not to mention, would you be petty enough to screw Adam because Eve was a dumb bitch?
And what's up with Jesus? If he came today and told people he was planning to die for our sins, what kind of reception would he get? Or would he simply be committed? And another thing, why did he choose to come when he did? He couldn't wait a few thousand years for YouTube? Or did he purposely want to avoid videotape and 24hr. cable news? "Jesus turns bread into seafood, film at eleven!" Big deal, I think Morningstar Farms can do that too now.
Besides, there's no way Jesus could die on the cross today. Amnesty International would be all over it if for no other reason than they'd want to nip Christianity in the bud. At best he'd get a lethal injection, but what if he only got life in prison?