The decline and fall of God 7

This is from Galileo Unchained, an interesting and amusing site for atheists. We like this piece so much that we are taking the liberty of quoting it in full:

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In the beginning … God walked in the Garden of Eden like an ordinary supernatural Joe.  He dropped by Abraham’s for a cup of coffee and a chat.  He didn’t know what was up in Sodom and Gomorrah and had to send out angelic scouts for reconnaissance: “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me” (Gen. 18:20–21).

But, like Stalin gradually collecting titles, God has now become omniscient and omnipotent.  He’s gone from needing six days to shape a world from Play-Doh and sprinkle tiny stars in the dome of heaven to creating 100 billion galaxies, each with 100 billion stars.

That’s 6,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 kg of universe.

And yet, oddly, his biblical demonstrations of power faded with time.  From creating the universe, he’s weakened such that appearing in a grilled cheese sandwich is about as much as he can pull off today.  He has the fiery reputation of the Wizard of Oz but is now just the man behind the curtain.

Even God’s punishments became wimpier.  A global flood, with millions dead is pretty badass.  Personally smiting Sodom and Gomorrah is impressive, though that’s a big step down in magnitude.

And it’s downhill from there — God simply orders the destruction of Canaanite cities, and to punish Israel and Judah, he allows Assyria and then Babylon to invade.  As Jesus, he doesn’t kick much more butt than cursing a fig tree, and today he simply stands by to let bad things happen.

Maybe God’s power diminishes as the universe’s dark energy increases?

 

(Hat-tip Frank)

Posted under Christianity, Humor, Religion general by Jillian Becker on Saturday, November 1, 2014

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  • Don L

    Perhaps Jillian knows and can explain it, but what brought about this insane ‘born again’ movement that came on strong in the 60s? Was it TV evangelicans (husksters)? They sure got their hands into the compulsory schooling game. Everywhere you look, today, all you hear is that America is a christian nation. Wrong!!!

    Our Founders may not have understood electricity but they understood that church and government don’t mix. They lived through the nightmares. And, most saw christianity as an evil concept. Jefferson thought that many of the bible’s christ teachings made sense. And, they do…thou shalt not kill, steal, etceteras are absolutely rational…and in concurrence with natural law. He undertook to rewrite the bible omitting all the mystical miracles and such.

    Indeed, most Founders were deists. A belief in a god but not anything like what christians push as an omniscient and omnipresent prayer answering god. Further, most Founders believed god was a personal thing best kept to one’s self. Not like the zealots of today. God may be diminishing, but that leaves us with the hardcore nuts.

    I’m liking the idea of the Church of the Righteous Self more and more. One of the IRS requirements is a organizational structure. What would meeting leaders be called…minister, pastor, leader, sovereign (as in individuals are)? Should church meetings be on Sunday? Sure, why not. Sermons would be readings from Jillian,Ayn Rand, Ludwig vo Mises and other notable atheists and freedom thinkers. Not militancy…just an alternative.

    • The “Born Again” Christian story is very dull, Don.

      There’s the term as widely used by Protestant Christians, its origin in a putative saying of the putative Christ in the so-called Gospel of John. You can read about it here:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Born_again_(Christianity)

      Then there was a movement started by a black preacher in the early twentieth century which grew into the Pentecostal movement and flowered particularly in the 1960s. Read about that here:
      http://about-i-am.net/bornagain.html

      And there was a slightly more interesting movement of that name in China that arose among Christians circa 1968 during the “Cultural Revolution”. You can read about that here:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Born_Again_Movement

      The commandments you mention that make sense are not from “Christ”, but from the Jewish bible – the Torah or five books of Moses. The Christian religion was invented by St Paul and is an utterly different religion from that of the Jews. Why Paul fixed on an executed Jewish rebel as his immortal divine Christ and Savior, and why then the Church Fathers had reluctantly to re-adopt the “Old Testament” after Paul had declared it obsolete, is explained in my essays with the overall title of “The Birth and Early History of Christianity” under Pages on this website.

      “Deism” is a technical term in theology for a god who made the universe and then withdrew from it entirely and forever, never again to take the least interest in it. Which sharpens the burning question “Why?” which believers will never answer because they can’t. “Theism” is the belief in a god who made the universe and continues to oversee it and intervene in it. He it is who acts when there are disastrous “Acts of God” such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, floods, wildfires, and discrimination against conservatives through the iRS.

      I would greatly like my works to be read along with Ayn Rand’s and von Mises’s etc. in your Church of the Righteous Self. I think the pope of it should be called The Reasoner. The spirit of free enterprise already has the marvelous name of the “Invisible Hand”. And the prophecies of all the Austrian School economists – plus a few others such as Adam Smith? – will be the good books. Attendance will be by whim. And there shall be much music and laughter. Those are my suggestions.

      • “Replying” to myself:
        Actually, Don, I’d suggest you don’t use the word “church”. It has unhappy associations. Why not the Lyceum of the Righteous Self? (Aristotle’s name for his school.)

        • Don L

          I understand about the name church, however: I sense it has, given the atheist purpose, just the right conflict and curiosity associated to create interest; born of surprise toward attracting members. And, as I commented to Liz: I just want to walk around dressed in a black suit with a priest-like collar so I can tell people (or hand them a business card) “There is no god…believe in your self!”. And the looks on their faces would be precious to me.

          Lyceum…too antiquated me thinks. Although I can see it applied to any physical structure: The 1st Lyceum of the Church of the Righteous Self…even if a living room or patio to begin. I’m also toying with the notion of Assembly.

          I like your laughter and music suggestion And, thanks for the links above and the intro to Max Stiner. I have just ordered the book.

      • Don L

        I knew when I mentioned the commandments I would hear about it. I just couldn’t think of anything this christ fella ever said…I’ve never cared. I t is my belief that religions always have a majority of their dribble anchored in rational ideas…it’s the hook for the 10% of fruitcake they push.

        You, are always amazing. Your wealth of knowledge is a jaw-dropping. Thanks. More below…

    • liz

      I think people get drawn into the whole thing for the same reasons others are drawn to believe in UFOs, or the occult, or conspiracy theories, etc. Or, for that matter, to do drugs.
      It’s a shortcut for your average mental slacker to find meaning, a sense of importance and of possessing special knowledge without actually having to make any mental effort to learn anything.
      Having been there and done that, I can speak from experience!

  • liz

    Great how this brings out the point that as man’s scientific and rational abilities increased, the “power” of God “coincidentally” decreased.
    It’s also not hard to guess when the Jewish priesthood formed- right around the time that God stopped doing things himself and started giving orders through his “spokesmen”.