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#2 Post on “100 Reasons Why God Doesn’t Not Exist.

Original Post: “A God Who Performs Miracles is Evil” by Matt McCormick.  Evangelical Atheist.

I wish I could say this was a joke, but it’s not, so I will respond to it legitimately.

The article basically says that since God is all-powerful, he should be able to cure all people/things/animals/etc, but he doesn’t.  IN FACT, as if he’s just throwing it in people’s faces, he cures some people and not others.  In a hospital, a person might miraculously be cured while someone else slowly dies of a degenerative disease.  This is equatable, goes the argument, to the incident a few years back involving Kitty Genovese, who was killed outside her apartment in NY, who screamed and cried for help while no one did anything; no one came out to help, and no one even called the police.  Plenty of people heard, but they remained indifferent.  Or it is similar to a doctor administering a vaccine to only a few children in a hospital instead of all of them, resulting in others receiving the disease.  Since God is able, and idly stands by as people suffer, he must be an evil God.  The fact that he cures some and not others is just malicious.

Okay, so there’s a lot to unpack here, and I hope you have already begun to see some of the flaws.  The first flaw is this: God is indifferent.  There is no mention in the case of Kitty Genovese as to what the reasons for why no one helped.  I can imagine that plenty of people did not come to her aid out of fear.  They may not have even called 911 out of fear, fear that the person would find out who called the cops when they police come to the door.  Or they may have thought that whatever was going on wasn’t their business.  I think we can safely say, however, that a vast majority of them were not “immoral in their indifference,” as McCormick so judgmentally quips in his post.  Think about it, we all read or hear of this story (many of us have) and we express our unbelief that something could ever happen like without anyone even dialing 911!  Yet…a lot of people did not.  Why?  Is that area just some place where all the immorally deficient go?  Or is there something more to the story than “those people are just horrible (my own interpretation of McCormick).”

(if logic bores you, then skip to next paragraph 😉 ) My point is, people had reasons for not acting.  They might not have been good, but they were reasons that prohibited them from acting. In the same way, God has reasons for everything that He does.  Whether or not you want to say that God is good or bad is another discussion, but at the very least, IF God did something, THEN God exists.  Easy.  McCorcmick, however, is trying to say that IF God is good, and there is evil, THEN God does not exist.

Sound logic.

Wait…those statements don’t exactly match up.  Because what’s missing is, “Good and evil cannot co-exist.”  But there’s been no work done to connect those statements.  Just because one exists, it does not exclude the other.  In fact, because one exists, it shows that the other does!  If you’re in a bright room and you see no darkness, not even a shadow, you would not know what darkness was.  But if you put a table in the room, and see that underneath the table there is darkness, then you would be able to distinguish them; you’d have light and dark.  So McCormick, by acknowledging evil, proves that evil and good CAN co-exist.  Which means his logic fails!  We could stop right here and say his argument is wrong, but we’ll go on just for funsies.

Now some of you really don’t care about logic, so I’ll take another route.  Suppose God loves everyone, and knows what’s good for us, and wants what’s good for us.  But in order for us to be our own beings and to love (which is good) we have to be free.  So right away God has limited his abilities in what He can do, because he has decided to create free will.  He is limited in this sense (because God is logical, right?  We can’t trust a nonsense, silly God, you silly goose).  But God still wants us to know what’s good, and in order for us to truly know good, we have to know Him, because He IS good.  God, being omnipotent then, will do whatever it takes to get us to know Him, but will have to work around the free will of humanity.  This means that he allows evil, yes, but not out of indifference, it is out of love and out of sorrow at our pain.

He does do miracles, yes, but he does them so that they point back to Him, so that we can know Him.  If he did miracles all the time, and never let us feel pain, we would become like spoiled children.  When I messed up as a kid, like forget about a project and not have the materials, my parents could have easily stepped in and helped me so that I could finish it.  But in order for me to learn to take care of myself, to be responsible, and to not be careless, they would let me suffer.  My parent’s were not punishing me, just as God doesn’t cause all the pain in the world, they just didn’t step in so that I could begin to see.  God does the same thing with us, on an individual level, as well as on a communal level.

When people take care of us all the time, it can become mundane, ordinary, and we don’t appreciate it.  What good does that do if God becomes mundane to us and we forget Him?  There’s a whole life after this, and if we have to suffer momentarily, but get to be with God and be forever joyful afterwards, isn’t it worth it?!  If I have a disease and it’s killing me, should I dope myself up on morphine all day and feel good or should I instead take medicine to heal myself and painfully struggle through it so I can live a long and healthy life afterwards?

The answer to that is easy.

It’s not YOLO.  It’s YHWH.

    

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