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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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