First, this rather bold (and quite definitive) statement:
I HAVEN’T YET ‘READ ON’
I’m still pondering.
My Christian friends tell me that in the beginning all was void, with darkness on the face of the Deep—which they assure me means that the entire universe was nothing. Nowt. Zilch. Diddley squat. Empty too, only much more so:
in the entire universe there was no entire universe ‘cos there was no nothing at all.
Then God miracled the myriad worlds into existence; but … if there were no nothing then there weren’t no God neither. No? Now I really am confused.
Here, time out—have a nice god—
—just one of many hundreds of thousands (but this of course is irrelevant).
Let us not digress—God, then, is/was the Prime Mover.
So God created Himself (had to—before Him there was nothing, not even Him). Or did God always exist, even before any Creation? Did He create Himself from the nothing that was everywhere in the great nowhere?
Let’s move closer.
We are told that there are three Defining Qualities of God, He is—
(b) Omni knowledgeable
—which for folk like moi means that God is all-powerful, and knows everything about everything; and
God is everywhere—in the sky looking down, under the bed looking up, in the matchbox we use for trapping spiders for release outside; He’s in the ice on Pluto and He’s sitting in the atoms of the next nuclear bomb to go off; He’s in your coffee right now, and all over Regulus (star, not missile) (okay, both), and on the moon, and in such wood as is left of the True Cross (enough of which was sold in olden days to rebuild the ark)(twice) …
So with all these qualities, powers, gifts and abilities going for Him still we have people making His excuses?
Of course Evil comes from God!
How could it not?
The Prime Mover (the guy who started it all, that all-wise being who knew what He was doing (and all the pain He alone would initiate) aeons before He did it:
alone in the universe: God has no excuse
but ALL the responsibility.
THE IMAGE I AM GETTING
is not of a benign ethereal goblin sitting on a cloud being nice—it is of a vicious brute being unarguably not nice.
The Ultimate Sadist, in fact—
ALL POWERFUL = ALL RESPONSIBLE
And now to go back to the post that got me wondering about the good God of the Abrahamics (some of whom claim that He sacrificed Himself to Himself to atone for
His the mistakes that He knew they would eventually be making) (they couldn’t not, could they?) aeons before they were born. But other Abrahamics deny such claims … damn, it’s complicated being religious~!
Am I disrespectful? Of course … what is there to respect?