Children Of God

Today I’ve been pondering the statement christians make that we are children of god. That god loves us all. That he wants the best for us. That he wants us to be with him for all eternity. To not be separated from him.

I think about my own children and this is exactly how I feel about them. I want them to always be happy. I want them to love me and to feel loved by me. When they do wrong, I want to be able to correct them. To show them the way that leads to less pain and consequence. But I know that I also need to let them find out on their own what to do and what not to do to lessen that pain in the long run and to reach the greatest reward.

However, the way I want to show them is the most direct approach that I can possibly give them. The most direct that they will listen to and receive. Any questions they have, I want to be able to answer directly, without confusion. Because I love them. I want the best for them. I want to be there for them in all ways that I can.

I guess this has been weighing on my mind today, thinking of the analogy that believers think of their god. Like a father figure. Only the father that we see in the bible is very elusive. We are expected to believe in him from these ancient books in the bible, lest we be condemned to eternal punishment. What father figure would have such an ego, that if we simply didn’t have faith in his existence, we would be in torment forever? I really don’t see the love.

Why make it so difficult to believe? It certainly can’t be believed solely on the bible. There is to much contradiction and evil that comes from those texts. Surely he wouldn’t leave it up to the writings of the bible to lead us to become believers, would he? If so, it is a poor representation of himself. I would be pissed if I were a god and that was the best that those who believed in me could write up.

So in conclusion. I’ve said it before. I can never imagine condemning my children to the existence of eternal fire, for any reason. The god of the bible has that waiting for those of us who ask honest questions and don’t just take things on faith.

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9 thoughts on “Children Of God

  1. Reblogged this on hitchens67 Atheism WOW!! Campaign and commented:
    Children of God my ass! I don’t sit by as my children kill each other and starve to death! What a piss poor ‘Father.” Someone fucking call CPS on ‘His’ ass!

  2. Wow, I really like this. Very well said.

  3. Reblogged this on myatheistlife and commented:
    A mother’s wisdom… never forget that.

  4. Great thoughts. When I think of the stories of moses…it makes me think of “The Great and Powerful wizard of oz” using fear and scary sounds and appirations to get cooperation. How is it that so many are afraid to peek behind the curtain?

  5. Two things: first, God is compared to a father but he is not actually our father. That would equate him to us in form and he is not like us at all. He is spirit, he is outside of time, he is many things that we are not. There are attributes of his behavior towards us that are fatherly but he is much more than the term of father can encompass. As such his behavior does not always fit into the parent/child paradigm.

    Secondly, many people do not believe in hell, especially of the nature of eternal burning. But most people can rationally accept that if there is a place where one can be with God eternally, and one does not want to be with God, that there also needs to be a place where one can be without God eternally. Otherwise God is forcing himself on those who do not want him.

    Whatever hell is, it is the honoring of the choice of those who do not want God. Some people believe that after we die we are all reconciled with God, that we all essentially do want him after we see him face to face and thus that hell is only for Satan and the angels that followed him.

    • And theirin lies the problem of the biblical god, that people (especoally the thousands of denominations of churches) have been arguing for thousands of years. Which version of god is the bible talking about? No one knows or will ever know. Thanks for the comments!

    • .”..and he is not like us at all. He is spirit, he is outside of time, he is many things that we are not…”

      And you know these things, how?

  6. Very true. It’s almost as if he doesn’t exist at all. πŸ˜‰

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