Thursday, November 30, 2006

Wisdom of a fool

Well, he's not really a fool. He's just a funny son of a bitch.

Here's what Coro had to say about Atheism:

If God created Heaven and Earth, and all of the people in it, then he must have also created atheists. After all, there's no other way they could have possibly gotten here. This brings up the question of why. Why would God have created people who reject him?
Religious folk, when asked difficult questions, always like to say that God has a plan. Unfortunately, getting an idea of the nature of said plan out of them is like pulling teeth. The favorite answer is along the lines that we are unfit to attempt to comprehend the mind of God - as if that stops humans from contemplating it anyway. Contemplating the nature of God is what led to groups of us discovering his existence in the first place. It was a very important notion to explore under Judaism. It's not until Christianity and Islam that pondering the nature of God's thoughts seems to have become a serious taboo.
So God has a plan. This means he has a plan for atheists. God is omnipotent and omniscient, so therefore he not only has a plan, but everything is proceeding according to that plan. Puzzling, then, that atheism continues to persist. Why?
Christians want to see God everywhere they look. It's a popular theme among contemporary Christian thought to see God in everything. This is logical. Since God created the world, he therefore must be present in everything. Saying that you see God in everything is an accurate statement. God is an artist and an inventor - this much is clear from any study of Judeo-Christian theology. As an artist, God likes to paint pictures. What use is art if it is not shared? Furthermore, does God not already have an audience with which to share his art? So, having painted a new picture, and having an audience with which to share, God proceeds to show his new painting to his creations, and then asks them what they see.
The Christian, thinking himself very clever, responds that he sees God. This is akin to a lost airplane pilot flying over Seattle, asking the control tower where he is, and hearing over the radio, "You're in a plane." While technically correct, it is completely useless.
God knows very well that the Christian can see him. After all, he created the Christian's eyes, and being flawless, the eyes must work. Having working eyes, there is no possible way the Christian could fail to see God. Growing impatient, God proceeds to inform the Christian of this detail, and repeat his original questions. What do you see? How does it make you feel? What thoughts does it evoke in your mind?
The Christian, now very pleased with his marvelous epiphany that God is in everything, repeats that he can see God.
God, now, has a dilemma. God represents infinite life and love. God is also eternal. He has all of the time in the world, and yet he has neither the time nor the patience to continue dealing with this Christian. It is at this point that God goes elsewhere (not difficult, since God is everywhere). God seeks out an atheist, for while the atheist will refuse to acknowledge that he sees God, the atheist will invariably speak his mind about what he sees. Having created the atheist, God understands perfectly well that this is the case. God can not ask the atheist questions, because the atheist refuses to acknowledge, and thus hear, God, but this is irrelevent for the atheist need not be asked his opinion of God's work. He will offer it anyway. God likewise knows this. God must therefore merely place the painting where the atheist is sure to see it, and wait for one to walk by.

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