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from Farrar's "The Life of Christ"

the road to Golgotha

I have long been criticised and misunderstood because the God I acknowledge is not the fluffy-bunny, “I love you” God that Christianity promotes.

Christians are fiercely loyal to their God and rain praise upon his head for every fortunate thing that happens.

If a small child survives a car crash in which it’s parents are killed, you will hear Christians marvel at how good God is. Strangely, you never hear anybody say “Praise God, he has created another orphan!”

If a person is rescued weeks after an earthquake in which hundreds died, you will hear Christians marvel at the mercy of God. Strangely, you will never hear anybody say “Praise God, he has destroyed the rest of this person’s family and condemned him/her to a life-time of grief”.

If a person gets lost in the mountains and is eventually rescued after a great ordeal, you will hear Christians marvel at how God held that person in the palm of his hand. Strangely, you will only hear them pay lip-service to the people who gave time and risked their own lives in order to find and rescue him or her.

How can anybody claim that God is only to be praised for the apparent miracles in life and yet remain totally innocent of all the evils that befall mankind?

Am I the only person who finds the use of this Satan guy as a convenient excuse for the occasional, less than friendly whims of God?

Christians tell us that God loves us all like a doting father. How many doting fathers allow their off-spring to become the ravening beasts that we see in our towns and cities?

Christians tell us that God has the power to forgive all sins, on the one hand, and that he gave his only begotten son to forgive us our sins on the other. Which is it? Why would God want to forgive  the types of sins that this world is witness to?

Christians tell us that God will invite those who accept Jesus as their saviour to spend all eternity with Him in Heaven. Nobody has ever given me anything like a satisfactory reason why God would do this. What possible divine purpose can the total sum of humanity serve?

Christians tell us that God is omnipotent and omniscient. If He was going to create another being, with all the powers at His command, will someone please explain to me how mankind is the best that He could come up with?

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