It must be difficult to go through life with constant double standards when comparing our real secular world with the concepts of Christianity.
Part of the answers for the questions posed in the previous column demand this double thinking. I guess that there is one part of the brain for rational thinking and a second part for all the nonsensical religious stuff.
As an example, look at the facts of the previous column whereby some Christians are almost happy about the idea of “bringing down a non-Christian onto his/her knees” for their disbelief or questioning about God. Like that would really happen!
The big question here is why God would want to “bring down” some skeptical or disbelieving people (I am a good example) while other of consummate faith and belief are also getting similar life problems at the same time? Maybe they even get more problems than me, who has none right now.
The answer is simple, according to the born-again Christians. The answer is that questioning or disbelieving people like me deserve to be “brought down” to prove that there is a God and for God to punish my disbelief.
Those devout believing Christians get medical, financial and relationship problems as a “test” of their faith. So apparently, we are not allowed to test God, but God is allowed to test us as he did Jonah, Abraham, Job, and a whole crew of those laced through the Bible.
The problem is how do to tell the difference in “love” for those of us like me who are presumed “bad” and those devout Christians who are “good” and thus so deserving of God’s love, benefits, care, concern, etc. The simple answer is that you can’t.
It is all pretty ridiculous, with man-made explanations and rationalizations about why God does what he does and why we should believe, worship and adore him. For an example, look at Job. In one of the stranger books of the Bible, the book of Job describes how God has a bet with the Devil that allows Satan to play with Job, provided that he does not kill him.
So God allowed Satan to kill all ten of Job’s children, destroy all his property and his 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 donkeys and to kill all of his many servants, shepherds and aids. Later God further raised the stakes so that Satan could inflict Job with bodily sores, greatly increasing not only his emotional distress, but his constant pain.
God allowed all this in spite of the fact that Job was God fearing and loving. Job throughout his life had daily sacrifices for himself, family and all of his ten children. By all accounts, Job was a good Godly man who both worshipped and loved the Lord.
Are there benefits in believing in God and Jesus? Look at Job. Perhaps that would happen to you. I don’t see any benefits coming from this. The fact that later Job had ten more children and his servants, sheep, camels, oxen, and donkeys were replaced has nothing to do with this. Children – humans – are individuals. You can’t simply “replace” ten killed with ten new children. Ask anyone who has lost a child.
And with the loss of animals alone the Devil and God might have to contend with PETA and the Humane Society of the United States.
Did Job benefit from all this loss, distress and anguish? You decide. I think that I will stay a skeptic.