So I was listening to a song today, and part of it includes the audio of a preacher. The preacher states that "We find it easy to crush a worm we see crawling on the earth, so it is easy for God to cast his enemies down to hell".
To me, this seems to address the moral stance of unending torture. (IE: How could a loving God torture people forever?) To the preacher in question, we are like worms to God, and he doesn't think twice about torturing us lowly Atheists. This says something about this concept of God, as well as how some of his believers feelings on non-human life in general.
Is it physically easy to crush a worm? Yes. But it seems that the worms life is being deemed as below our consideration. Thus, one should be able to kill it without any thought. A total lack of compassion... I for one will move a worm off the walkway and into the grass when I see one crossing in my yard on a hot day. Or if it's raining and all the worms are out on the surface, I will do my best to avoid stepping on them. Yes, they are 'only' worms, but needlessly killing them is pointless. But you can extend this thought process further, to all non-human life. Is the life of a bird or rodent unworthy of our remorse? I for one feel terrible if a squirrel runs out in front of my car and I end up flattening it on the road. Yes, it was the squirrels fault and I did everything I could to miss it, but I still feel bad for the poor squirrel. I'm not talking about being broken up due to the event, but still feel compassion for the animal in question and any family it had.
If there is a spider, bee, firefly, katydid, etc etc in the house, I will pick it up and move it outside or trap and release as needed. Killing it is not usually my first option. Fleas, ticks, flies, hornets, etc get different treatment due to being a direct treat of nuisance. I know that I will probably be in the minority in these actions. But I feel that it illustrates just how precious I feel life is... all life.
So I'm proud to say that I don't 'easily' crush worms. Also, I don't believe this speaks well for the supposedly all loving deity. The aforementioned statement by the preacher (real or not) suggests a very different version of God's morality and opinion of his 'children'. Not that any of us find this as anything new. Rather that is humorus that one can speak of divine retribution and then speak of God's infinite love in the very next breath.
My Catholic mother-in-law had a cat she didn't want to take care of
anymore. So she asked us to take him the the humane society for her to
be put down. The cat is moody until he gets used to you, so adoption was
a very improbable outcome. So taking him to the humane society was an
almost assured death warrant. This cat did nothing to deserve such a
callous act, so we refused. He loves being outside, so we suggested letting him out to be an outside cat. The response? "But he'll come
back"... No one said you HAVE to let him back in. Cats are instinctive
hunters and more often then not will make due in the outdoors. But the final stance was you take him or I will... So we decided on the latter, but improvised on it a bit. We took him to our house and let him out in our yard (him living inside was out of the question however, since he does NOT get along with other cats AT ALL). He loved it in the yard and when he comes by we'll feed him. But at least he now has a fighting chance. Rather than a senseless death.
I feel I'm rambling now. But what I was trying to illustrate here was that I feel my Godless views actually lead me to appreciate life more than when I believed.