“God is imaginary”? Really?! Part 31: Understand that religion is superstition

I have to confess that sometimes the “proofs” from the website “God is imaginary” are confusing, simply because of the titles. Let’s take proof 31, Understand that religion is superstition.

It begins with a scenario where the reader is asked to imagine some news network where any number of terrible actions are fed in in real time. Then, we are taken to Pasadena to a woman who has a stain on her favorite blouse prays to God for it to come out, and it does. These two scenarios are cast in order for this question to be asked,
It makes you wonder: If God has the time and the will to answer these trivial prayers, then why does he have no time for the millions of other massively serious problems that arise on earth every day?
That is a good question, why does it seem like “trivial” prayers are answered, but many of the cries for peace, stability, and provision seem to go unanswered? But let’s put a pin there and look at another question that Mr. Brain asks,
Simply look at the world we live in. All around us we have murderers, rapists, robbers, child molesters, terrorists, etc… How do they do their deeds?[…]
He then poses a bulleted complaint:
  • God watches them as they murder, rape, molest and terrorize other people millions of times a day, but he does nothing to stop them.
  • God watches the victims as they are being murdered, raped, molested and terrorized, but he does nothing to help them.
  • God completely ignores the prayers of the planet to eliminate murder, rape, child molestation and terrorism and allows these atrocities to continue unabated.
Okay, just a little more information from Mr. Brain,
According to the Standard Model of God, God is an omniscient, all-powerful, all-loving being who answers prayers. Imagine God sitting on his magnificent throne in heaven looking down upon Earth, seeing every detail. […]
Alright, I believe that we have enough information to begin a response. An if there is a question about prayer, see this response and here as well. Also, this post on the will of God as well as this one on a question of ambiguity, and this one where I deal with question of superstition.
Mr. Brain’s model of God is incomplete, insufficient, and not one that Christians believe in.
The God that is revealed in Scripture is omniscient, all-powerful, and omni-benevolent—meaning that He extends goodwill to His creation—but, he is also holy, just, and free. God is not obligated to save anyone from anything. Man has rebelled, rejecting every good thing that God has to offer, and as a result suffers from their rebellion. Every molestation, rape, and murder, every act of terrorism, is evidence, not of God’s disinterest or lack of existence, what Mr. Brain is attempting to imply, but of God drawing back and allowing the evil that lies in the heart of man to be exposed. But God has not remained distant, but has condescended in His Son, and suffered at the hands of sinful men, paying the sin-debt of all that He has endeavored to save.

Mr. Brain wants to obligate God to fix all of the evil in the world, yet does not want to honor God as God, and suppresses that knowledge through denying His existence. Mr. Brain, Marshall, think for a second. If you ignore, deny, and decry someone who has the power to not only end all of the temporal suffering, but originally created a world absent of that suffering, but our parents, the ones from whom we descend as image bearers of God, rejected that so that they could have knowledge like God, but not the power to deal with it, nor the wisdom to apply it, in disobedience, do you actually think that person would be obligated to fix every little thing? No. God gave man the responsibility for this world and he threw it back in God’s face.

Sorry, it just doesn’t work like that.

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