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My dissatisfaction with religion is the shear simplicity and easily
questionable explanation of the reality of God. I will specifically discuss Christianity
due to the nature of the readers. I proposed a logical fallacy by stating that if God is
all-‐loving, omnipotent, and answers prayer, why isn’t He doing anything about the
suffering and dying? Before we can address this concern we have to agree on
another matter. The realization must be made that a world where the well being of
individuals is “better” or “more morally just” than a world where everyone is less
worse off. Any God or religion that would permit or endorse suffering simply isn’t in
junction with what we need as a human species and thus will not lead to any sort of
enlightenment or Heaven. This means that for a God to be all loving, He would need
to improve the well being of our state. Suffering is very prevalent in society. This
means God is not all loving, not omnipotent, and/or doesn’t answer prayer.
The most common response to my concern is that “we can’t understand God.”
People tend to pick and choose what they know about God to satisfy their own
beliefs. Believers claim to know that God is loving, but yet when I point out the
obvious, they state, “Who can know God?” If God helps you and something good
happens in your life that means God is loving. But when suffering happens in other
people’s lives then God is mysterious.
Another frequent response is about faith. Something along the lines of, “It
comes down to faith.” This is simply a converstation ending, cop-‐out answer. Rather
than saying, “I don’t know” or, “I see your point” I get, “It comes down to faith.” If it
comes down to faith anyone can believe in anything. Keep in mind that having faith
and believing require no forms of justification.
I have yet to hear a good answer and I can’t imagine I will. Most of these
answers appear satisfactory on the surface, but when you dig a bit deeper they
aren’t quite as good. My question comes down to how believers handle these
concerns. It seems they are suppressed and often not addressed.
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