There’s an image floating around on Facebook of what appears to be an African man holding his emaciated son in his arms. The caption says something about God and prayers being unanswered, and how this is proof there is no god. It’s not the only image like it floating around, so I’m sure you get the gist. God answers the prayers of indulgent, greedy Americans yet ignores the pleading of starving children everywhere else in the world (well, and even right in the United States). Of course, a flame-war ensued… and I had to put in a few of my own dollars and cents. I’m sure it was all squandered, and I have to say it never ceases to amaze me how much Christians are able to rationalize away the negligence of their all-powerful, benevolent god.

Here we have a child who is literally skin and bones, limp in the arms of his parent… possibly lifeless. Do we hear utterances of sympathy? Do parents express empathy for the helpless father holding the malnourished body of his child? You’d think that at least one theist in the group would express pity for the suffering of this little creature… especially since they’re usually so damned crazed about stopping abortions and saving all the unborn babies. Nope. What, do you expect God to rain food down from heaven for everyone? He never promised every single prayer would be answered!! And it’s evil human-kind’s fault this single child has gone without food for so long he cannot stand. An omnipotent god couldn’t possibly be to blame here! He gave us free-will, after all!

Ugh… I really fail to grasp how they can justify that their god willfully ignores this innocent baby’s cries of hunger. Yes, humanity is somewhat to blame for this, it’s true. The problem, or the contradiction, here is that these people are shoving their “good” god down all of our throats, while simultaneously shirking their own self-proclaimed duty to feed and clothe the poor. It’s humankind’s fault! Just not mine. I work hard for my money; why should I pay for their healthcare?! I’ll point your sins out to you day and night, and deny you civil rights and access to clean water, food, healthcare… but dare you point out the plank in my eye whilst I point out the splinter in yours! How can they inhabit such contradictions?

I know, I know… this has all be said before. But really? REALLY?!! No flutter of doubt stirs in your soul when you see such pain; pain that an all-powerful being could snuff out instantly? God gave us free-will, and apparently that explains everything… except for the fact that it was obviously a mistake if this is the outcome! What were you thinking, God? You thought it’d be best for us to willingly choose to follow you even though the consequence would be pandemic misery? Fuck. You.

Well… I guess there’s no reason to direct my anger at a nonexistent god. So, Christians, you act so damn pious, and try to shove your archaic, barbaric nonsense down all of our throats. I am SO sick of you claiming rights to morality when you justify and take-part-in bullying, murder, rape, pedophilia, and thievery. You worship a god guilty of genocide. He may not be real, but you support that sort of thing as long as it’s done in His Name. As long as it’s homosexuals we’re putting behind barbed wire fences and not you, it’s okay. The Holocaust would be fine-and-dandy if it were “sinners” being gassed.

And, fuck, I wish I was exaggerating! I wish I was merely slandering you by saying you’d rather let a woman die than allow her abort her fetus to save her life! If only it was just an unsubstantiated rumor that you said rape was a blessing if a life was created in that trauma! If only you didn’t despise everyone different than you with a murderous, blind passion! If only there was a boundary on how far you’d go to defend the goodness and justice of your imaginary friend. Maybe, when God asks you to sacrifice your own child on an alter, you’ll tell him (or that voice in your head) that he’s simply asking too much. Maybe you won’t trust a god, or a thought in your head, that would even expect something like that from you. Maybe a being who expects that kind of devotion simply isn’t good.

And we’re utterly disturbed by your “harmless” beliefs because people who will kill on command for their particular deity sometimes get into positions of power, and then they kill… or worse. We don’t trust you. Why should we? You’d like to at least believe, should the moment arise, that you would have the courage to die for Jesus’ glory… and take your family down with you. And you’re worried about Muslims?? Don’t you realize your fear is making you exactly like them?! Don’t you recognize your shaming tactics mirror theirs? Are you jealous that you don’t have your own theocracy to put all of us heathens (i.e. infidels) in our place?

You do not represent goodness, mercy, justice, or peace. You do not feed and clothe the poor. You do not want freedom to reign. You’re deluded and beyond hypocritical. You’re violent and hateful. And we’ve taken enough of your shit. We do not need a god who ignores starving children, nor the guidance of people who can rationalize evil away. We’re simply not falling for it anymore.

What Good Are You to Me? If "God" cannot or will not answer my prayers; if I have to take action myself, then I have no use for him... and neither does that starving child.

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Comment by CJoe on June 8, 2012 at 12:20am

@Michael

This isn't a problem of religion, or people who claim to be Christian who aren't "truly" Christians. In this case, this has nothing to do with the followers of Yahweh... except for the fact that they excuse his negligence. I think you missed the entire point of my blog.

If we're to know someone by their fruit, I know your god by his. Either your god simply isn't real, or he's rotten to the core, and we do not need a god who turns a blind eye to our suffering. Even less do we need people who try to convince us this god is good.

Comment by Michael on June 8, 2012 at 7:31am

Hear, hear!

Comment by Robert Karp on June 8, 2012 at 10:35am

Awesome post Cara.

Comment by Amy L. Cook on June 8, 2012 at 2:30pm

Yeah, take the OP,  then throw all the "This is a Christian Nation founded on Christian principals..." nonsense into the mix. I challenge any Christian to cite examples of Christian happenings in our country. We have created an economy of greed where the income gap grows wider every day. People lose their homes and have to choose between feeding their families and paying the heat bill. We live in a nation where it is OK to throw people out on the streets because they cannot pay some greedy bank/mortgage company. Here, in the USA, it is seemingly better to have people suffering in misery because they cannot afford insurance, or to pay a doctor out of pocket, then to have a nationalized healthcare system. In our wonderful Christian country, we encourage people to spend thousands on "higher education", then we eliminate the jobs they are trained to do; training that they spent THOUSANDS of dollars on. Oh, yeah, then - when they get pissed of and start picketing the streets - we use the media to ridicule them and make them look as bad as we can. I could go on and on.

So, go ahead, Christians, explain to me what this country, as a whole, does that is so very "Christian" in nature. Simply going to church and praying does not make a real Christian. If you are not going to act Christ-like, then shut up about it already. Sh*t, most of the Atheists I know are more charitable and Christ-like than any so-called Christian. 

And, let's not forget all the liars out there. How many people claim to be Christian just because that's how they grew up? They don't want to question their beliefs- even if they have doubts about them - because it would cause too much of a stir in their lives. They tell themselves that it "doesn't cost them anything to believe". TAKE A LOOK AROUND YOU! The cost of believing is VERY high! Religion causes social division, economic division, family division, racial division, sexual division/sexism, nationalism, unwarranted hatred, starvation, warfare, guilt, homelessness, suppression or eradication of entire populations, elitism, etc. Your belief is free? That's not the answer I get when I add up the bill. Religion has cost this world more bloodshed,  woe and strife than any other single thing I can think of.

Now, if you think I am wrong, I am willing to listen to arguments -  if you have something new to bring to the table. But I doubt any Christian can bring anything that I have not heard before to the conversation. Of course, that's just me doubting anything a Christian has to say. I have posted these points to Facebook and was met, to my surprise, with complete silence. Hmmmm... Maybe I got them thinking, or maybe they're just off praying somewhere, telling God to smite my heathen-ass. I don't know - and I don't really care as long as they leave me alone.

Phew! I feel better somehow. LOL.    

Peace. 

Comment by Shabaka Tecumseh on June 8, 2012 at 3:59pm

Black xtians are the dumbest mofo'er I've ever encountered.  White xtains are bad but at least they run the world, so it's not too far fetched to believe that "god" was created in their image.  But Blacks??? Damn..

Comment by Dale Headley on June 8, 2012 at 4:22pm

Christians are all about one thing, and one thing only: eternal life.  They have a God who promises that, as long as they slavishly obey his every whim, we will someday ascend to Heaven and get to sit beside the Lord forever and ever.  If it is God’s whim that poor, African children die of malnutrition, so be it; it’s God’s will; but don’t think for a minute that any Christian gives a damn whether that black child will share space with them in THEIR God’s eternal abode.  Essentially, Christians are selfish, fearful people who delude themselves into believing in the nonsense that some magic man in the sky will choose THEM to save - not some poor, black child in a faraway land.  And if you question their irrational belief system, you will also learn that they are not the religion of love they profess, but of HATE!  And nothing exposes this hatred like any attempt to question their childish delusion that their bodies will some day be reconstituted in youthful health in some undefined cosmic reality.

In another post on this site, you will see the true face of Christianity: Reverend Hagee. 

Comment by Shabaka Tecumseh on June 8, 2012 at 4:30pm

Arch what has we are descended from Africa to do with religion and black folks embrace of the same?  if you get a chance read the link I posted.. I don't like black caricatures, they tend to be racia and cultural demeaningl in nature..

Comment by Shabaka Tecumseh on June 8, 2012 at 4:40pm

BTW I went to see Snowwhite and the Huntsman...there was nothing of value in the entire movie that was black..the lone black who worked for the evil queen was eventually shot , the black forest, the black crows, and on and on.. don't need imagery Arch...

Comment by CJoe on June 8, 2012 at 5:22pm

Black xtians are the dumbest mofo'er I've ever encountered.  White xtains are bad but at least they run the world, so it's not too far fetched to believe that "god" was created in their image.  But Blacks??? Damn..

HA! Dude, I feel ya... but about female Christians. It's the same shit on some level. I don't get why women are okay being told they're made to serve men? It boggles the mind.

Comment by Shabaka Tecumseh on June 8, 2012 at 8:07pm

lol that's because your "mankind" feared Nature.  In come cultures the night brought diamonds to the heavens and they made stories about those gems..It was a welcomed time, a communal time and a time for study..I still don't appreciate caricatures..

 

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