Atheists and God Judging Evil

Atheism has two big problems with God: one based on experience, the other based on biblical revelation.

The argument from experience goes like this:
If there is a God, why does He allow so much evil? Why doesn’t He step in and do something when nine people are shot up in a church? Bad things happen, and they even happen to people who claim to be His. Why do bad things happen to good people and God does nothing? Because there is no God.

For example, Richard Dawkins says:
“In a universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won’t find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference.”

Since nothing happens to make justice, there must not be a god.

The argument from biblical revelation goes like this:
The God of the Bible is constantly judging people. He even wipes out foreigners, women and children. God seems to get much glee out of judging people He doesn’t like, as He has deemed them all to be bad. How can anyone worship a God so angry at people who aren’t listening to Him? This is not a god worth worshiping.

Richard Dawkins again:
“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”

Since the God of the Bible is more evil than I am, I will not worship Him.

Now, here’s the thing. Richard Dawkins is one guy who has two problems with God
1) God doesn’t judge evil enough
2) God judges evil too much

Unfortunately for Dawkins, and others who use both these arguments, you can’t have it both ways. Either God judges evil too much or He doesn’t. But you can’t criticize God for not judging while criticizing Him for judging.

This is not logically consistent. It seems to me Dawkins is determined to not like God no matter what God does. If that is the case, that’s fine, but at least recognize that you are the one with the problem, not God.

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2 thoughts on “Atheists and God Judging Evil”

  1. Another logical inconsistency displayed by atheists is the extent of their evangelical fervour: people like Dawkins devote their lives to arguing about a God who (in their minds) doesn’t exist.

    Recently a well-known Australian journalist who make no secret of his atheism, included a “joke” in his weekly column. “How do you know when there’s an atheist in the room?… Don’t worry, he’ll let you know!”

    The journalist clearly recognised the truth within the “joke” because he added his own comment of “Ouch!” afterwards.

    Now, if only we could swap the word “Christian” for the “atheist” in that quote.

  2. Presumably, atheists go by “reason” instead of faith. But some of them go on railing about the God of the Old Testament, in such a stubbornly unreasonable way, that it becomes apparent that their prejudice is based on hatred or rebellion.

    I had one atheist comment to me once about how the Old Testament just “ran red with blood”. This was hardly a “scientific” remark. Take the first book (of Genesis). There’s hardly any killing mentioned at all (other than Cain’s act of murder, the flood, and the one battle Abraham fought).

    I also find lots of forgiveness and patience in the Old Testament. Consider how long God bore with the Egyptians even after they enslaved his people for over 150 years. Then he sent Moses down to them without an army, and gave numerous chances to them to release the Israelites.

    Or consider Elisha’s leading of the Syrian army into the heart of Samaria, then commanding them to be fed, and sent home. Absolutely unheard of in the history of war among mankind.

    Actually the last 100 years or so have been the most bloody so far as the history of man goes (with the various world wars, genocides, and other conflicts). Man does a pretty good job of bloodshed, without having to blame it all on God.

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