Tuesday, July 23, 2013
“God is Good ALL the time!!!!!” - the scariest Xtian platitude.
If you’ve ever frequented a Xtian fundie page on Facebook, or been witness to a Xtian troll on an theist website, you are likely familiar with the phrase above. Of all the simple minded Xtian platitudes, this one probably irks me the most. It’s also the title of a song sung by some nutter named Don Moen (you can hear it online if you care to inflict it upon yourself).
One would think “I’ll pray for you.”, or “You’re going to hell.” would set me off, but nah, that stuff is passé. They are simple minded meaningless statements that are easily countered with “You do that, and I’ll think for you.”; and “Well, you’re going to Hades so be sure to have coins to give Charon the ferryman over the river Stix.” But the “God is good” or “God is Good ALL the time!!!!!” absurdity has a much deeper implication.
One simply needs to read the bible to see how horrific a god their god thing can be. I won’t detail the hundreds of verses that recount the hideous acts attributed to their god, we are all familiar with many of, if not all of them. Let’s just say unless you accept as good the killing innocent children; tribal genocide; destroying the entire human species save eight people; and establishing dozens of grotesque laws calling for the horrific deaths of people for minor infractions, biological realities, or imaginary wrong doings … then there is no way on Gawd’s green earth you could call their god good, much less good all the time.
Their god even says it is the cause of all the ills of the planet:
"I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things." Isaiah 45:7 (KJV)
I wonder who they are trying to convince with their “good” praise? Themselves? Their fellow sheep? Or are they trying to convince and placate a petulant unpredictable god who they admittedly “fear,” by telling it it’s good to destroy, kill, hack, chop and impale it’s way through an imaginary history, and inflict punishment disproportionate to any crime?
What troubles me about the “God is Good ALL the Time!!!!!” idiocy is this: it implies the religiously afflicted has not read the bible or is in denial of the horrors perpetrated at their god’s behest; or worse, that he has read it and has accepted such horrors as “good.”
Good that Moses destroyed the animals, men and women and innocent male infants of neighboring tribes; good that god demands a woman’s hand be cut off for grabbing the testicles of her husband’s attacker; good that people deemed to be witches or sorcerers be killed; good that it sent bears to maul and kill forty-two children; good that in spite of his knowing in advance of his creations disappointing misbehavior, god nevertheless created them and then killed them with a flood. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.
If the book in question had been a biography of a real being, that person would be condemned roundly as a psychopath worthy only of condemnation and disdain. Only the most depraved person would call said person “Good.”
There is no point in trying to engage in discourse with such Xtians as nothing can get through this force field of self imposed …what?... delusion? idiocy? denial? worship of evil? They wouldn’t engage long enough to even hear it, much less lend it a considered ear. They too enamored of the imaginary power, too far gone. That we share a planet with these people is just plain scary - and THAT, is what makes it troubling beyond all other platitudes.