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Judeo-Christian Principles December 29, 2011

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I’ve talked about this idea before. The argument that the United States was founded on Judeo-Christian principles is brought up quite often. The more I think about the argument, I have to consider that it might be true. I mean, Christianity was popular when the U.S. got started, and it could be argued that the “principles”, which I take to mean morals, were based on Biblical beliefs. But so what?

So what if the U.S. was founded on those principles? It’s not like we are still living in that time period, where women were second class citizens in their own country, and black families were literally slaves, and reduced to almost animals within societies that held their Bibles high and proud during this period. We’ve changed, and we’ve changed for the better.

Do we get to claim that the principles we were founded upon were actually quite bad? Or will this turn into yet another excuse from those who believe those principles were something to be proud of, or perhaps even return to? No matter how you slice it, the U.S. was explicitly endorsing some morals that have since been abolished completely, because they were literally awful, in every way.

To tear families from foreign countries, rip them apart, and feed them into the slave trade to American businesses and families is so disgusting, it would simply never be tolerated today. It has been cited as one of the main reasons for the Civil War in the U.S. Two sides of the argument, holding their Bibles in the air, while proclaiming that slavery was OK, and slavery was not OK, and then going to war over it.

To treat women as second class citizens has very strong Biblical roots. There is plenty of scripture that supports misogyny, and placing women in subservient roles within the family. Today, women have equal rights, they can vote, and they can work alongside men in competition for the same jobs that were once restricted. It took time, but we evolved away from the founding principles that the United States was founded upon, and for good reason – they were horrible. And by the way, women have not yet gained equal status to men in certain measures, such as income for the same jobs as men.

If I were a Christian, I don’t think I would make the argument. It does not look good when considered for a few minutes. Of course, there are still some Christians who are not happy with the equal rights for women, and the abolishment of slavery (luckily, they have been marginalized). But we still have active hatred and bigotry against gays, and non-believers. So we are still battling some of the same principles that sprung from the pages of the Bible, according to some Christians.

In the end, it may be true that the U.S. was founded upon Judeo-Christian principles. But luckily, those principles have been replaced with better ones. Since human morals evolve over time, based on prevailing tolerances and standards set by those societies, we can be sure that they will continue changing, and continue to make things better for each of us. And hopefully we can stop arguing over how the country was founded, as though it is something we should aspire to. Yikes!

I Cannot Make the Leap January 9, 2011

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Many Christians support their beliefs with faith. They say that without faith, they might not believe. And I am left wondering why faith is necessary at all? If God is real, then why do we need faith to believe? Well, for one thing, we cannot actually see God, or can we?

Exodus 33:20
There shall no man see me, and live.

John 1:18
No man hath seen God at any time.

Exodus 33:11
And the Lord spake to Moses face to face, as a man speaketh to his friend.

Genesis 32:30
And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

So, here are four verses that claim we both cannot see God, and that God has been seen. I guess we’ll never know, and to be honest, I have never met a Christian who claims to have actually seen God. So, faith it is then.

But faith is a leap, isn’t it? That’s what we mean when we say “a leap of faith”. It means that we figuratively jump, or “leap” to a belief, despite not actually knowing that the belief is real, or true. And it is this leap that I cannot make, at least not with any honesty.

And why should I? What exactly am I leaping to? A god that is so powerful as to have created the entire universe and everything in it, yet cannot make a simple appearance to me? I don’t understand this. According to Exodus, God can and has been seen. I guess I am supposed to conclude that I am not as important or special as Moses. And frankly, according to Exodus 33:20, no man has seen God and lived! No thanks!

As a person who has been trying to understand what all of the fuss is about, I have yet to be shown a clear method to join the believers club. But the one thing that continues to surface, is that I have to believe with all my heart, and have faith. As much as I might want to believe with all my heart, I simply cannot. I don’t know why, either. I don’t hate God, I don’t hate religion. I’ve spent plenty of time in church and sunday school, so I know a lot of the major stories in the Bible. I know that I will burn in Hell for all eternity if I don’t accept Jesus as my savior. Yet, here I am without the ability to simply believe with all my heart.

Faith is empty when it comes to God. It is a leap to nothing. It is exactly like having faith and believing with all my heart that Santa is real. And I realize that Santa is nothing at all like God, but believers must realize that to me, Santa is exactly like God. Imaginary. And no amount of faith is going to change that. I need something else. Something that Christianity simply has been unable to provide. Evidence.

What About the Failures? October 19, 2010

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You simply cannot have it both ways. For almost every miracle, there is a failure, or more often, massive failure. When a bus goes over a cliff, and a single person survives, God gets the credit for the miracle. But why does God not also get the blame for the other deaths? The moment you give credit to God for a miracle, you are by default stating that God is also responsible for the tragedy as well. Even the Chilean miner accident had tragedy.

Sure, all of the miners were saved – thanks to the rescuers, and everyone else involved. But a miracle from God? Are you kidding me? Someone even claimed that God was the 34th person in the mine along with the miners! Seriously? What was he doing down there? If God’s miracle saved the miners, why were they stuck in the mine for more than two solid months? How much more incompetent can the creator of the universe actually be? And how is the collapse not the fault of God in the first place?

Anyway, it sure gets old hearing about all of the miracles of God, while conveniently ignoring the disaster that required the miracle in the first place! It’s disgusting. And many people do this without giving it a second thought. God, they say, was the reason that there were survivors in a particular disaster. But simultaneously, God certainly is not to blame for the tragedy and untimely and horrific deaths of the rest of the group. And no one seems to notice, nor care. The last thing on the mind of miracle thumpers is the fact that the miracle was even necessary.

I suppose that if California ever experiences a massive earthquake, one that has long been feared and seems as likely as all of the prior earthquakes, God will get all of the miracle credits, while perhaps hundreds of thousands will surely die as the ground swallows them whole, or perhaps a large chunk of the coast crumbles into the pacific, forever reshaping the coast line. But who will actually blame God for the disaster? Did God create the earth, and all of it’s natural disasters? There are certainly plenty of Christians who have no problem blaming tsunamis and earthquakes on sinners. I guess we’ll never know for sure, since God is conspicuously absent from modern times (assuming you believe he physically interacted with ancient humans some 2,000 years ago and earlier.)

As one who is quite certain that many modern humans are simply unable to abandon imaginary gods, I have to say that I am wholly unimpressed by miracle claims where credit is given to God. This god, who is also given full credit for actually creating the entire universe, and everything in it, is apparently incapable of managing the world, and the universe in such a way as to allow his beloved humans to live without fear of getting buried alive by a volcano, or be drowned on an otherwise beautiful beach by the sudden appearance of a tsunami. There is even a ready made excuse for such ineptness – free will! That’s right – free will is the reason that suffering is allowed by God.

Yeah, I tried to understand that one, and I was left with the same bewildered feeling. Pathetic.

What Would Jesus Think? August 15, 2010

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What would Jesus think about the state of Christianity today? Well, to be honest, that’s not even a proper question, since it is quite clear that Jesus never intended to create this thing called “Christianity”, and have it split up into more than 38,000 sects, each having the truth about Jesus’ message.

I’m not a biblical scholar, nor am I a historian, or an archaeologist. I’m just someone who was born into a family that loosely held onto Roman Catholicism as its church. I went to church, sunday school, and eventually through each of the seven sacraments deemed important to that denomination. More recently in my life, I’ve realized that all gods throughout history are from the imaginations of humans – including God of The Bible and, depending on which sect you follow, Jesus the son of the God, and the actual god of The Bible (no, it wasn’t meant to make any sense.)

Anyway, for the sake of argument, I can agree that Jesus was a human who wandered in a region of our planet preaching the word of the god he believed in – just as hundreds of others were doing at that time. Specifically, if you follow the historians and true biblical scholars, Jesus preached that one should love God, abide by The Law (the Old Testament Law), and prepare for the coming Kingdom of God. He was apocalyptic – the end of the material world was coming. To me, he was deluded, just like all the other humans who believed in these types of prophecies. So how did we end up where we are today?

God had his chosen people in the Old Testament. God led these people from slavery to the promised land. Along the way, God commanded these chosen people to slaughter cities, and to take whatever they needed along the way. And suddenly, there was Jesus. Of course, the Jewish believers were unimpressed. And apparently, none of the contemporary historians had much to say about Jesus either. With the exception of the Gospels, written decades after the death of Jesus, there is almost no written words regarding the activities of the human named Jesus – the man that some claim was God himself. Jesus only came to let people know about God.

He never proclaimed that the next 2,000 years were to be used to build Christianity, fight for the religion, kill non-believers, and generally create massive division among humans all across the planet. The murders of millions of people over the years are not the message that Jesus brought. Those things were done because of misguided humans who used scripture to determine who should live and who should be murdered. Sure, there are plenty of bizarre commands throughout scripture that could be used to support murder. But the message from Jesus, as most churches would agree, was love – and the golden rule. Turn the other cheek. Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.

It is my personal opinion that Jesus did not preach to create a new religion called Christianity. Rather, Christianity was created by those who were convinced that Jesus was actually God. And they did so with force, in many cases throughout history. The blood of millions is on the hands of those men who made it their mission to murder people who did not agree with them, or who did not follow their interpretations of scripture. Jesus, if he was real, was a simple preacher for the god he believed was real. Saying he was actually god does not change what he did while he was here. It reinforces the delusion that people espouse when they don’t know the facts.

Moreover, there was no New Testament to speak of when Jesus was around. It took another three hundred years to finally settle on the books that comprise the New Testament. That in itself speaks volumes to the idea that it was humans who could not agree to the words that many claim are divine! Jesus uttered many phrases, apparently, and those phrases were written down by memory, by some authors. What are the chances that those utterances were remembered as they were actually spoken, decades after the fact, from indirect “witnesses”?

While Christianity has obviously spread and become the largest religion on the planet, it has also created more division among it’s own believers than any other religion. This cannot possibly be what Jesus was trying to do with his ministry. One would think that if Jesus truly wanted to create a religion, and call it Christianity, he would have said so in no uncertain terms. Where is it written in scripture that Jesus wanted Catholics, Protestants, Baptists, Seventh Day Adventists, Mormons, and all of the rest of the denominations? Where is it written that Christianity was to replace Judaism as the one true religion?

I can almost feel sorry for the Jews in this case. They had their book, they had their god, and then along came the people after Jesus died. Historically, Christianity is a split from Judaism. It really is that simple when looked at academically. And given the fact that their book is called the New Testament, it is even more obvious that the new book was designed to replace, or at best augment the Old Testament (no, I don’t agree with the OT prophecies, they are far too vague and weak to be considered worthy of recognition.)

Christianity will be around long after I am gone, I’m sure. The division will also remain, and if one were to model the splitting into denominations and sects, one could easily argue that the division among Christians will get worse. I have not personally met any Christians who even consider the massive number who disagree on scripture to be problematic. They honestly never give it much thought, is my guess. And why should they? They have their church, their preachers, and their own beliefs. So why would they be concerned about what everyone else believes?

Far be it from an atheist to stick his nose into other peoples beliefs and business regarding the delusion that their god is the one true god. But given the fact that Christianity claims to provide the answers to eternal life, or eternal damnation and hellfire, I would think that any reasonable Christian who wants to make it to heaven would be at least a little bit concerned about who Jesus really was, and what he really wanted while he was preaching. Of course, dropping the delusion altogether is another option, joining the ranks of horrible people like myself in the everlasting lake of fire that is sure to come at the end of my life!

Jesus would probably be quite disgusted if he were to see where his ministry has led us today. Then again, if he is God, he already knows! See you all in hell!

Nobody Has All The Answers January 5, 2010

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I don’t know how else to say it. Humans are amazing creatures, and we have collectively done some amazing things throughout history. But we are far short of having all of the answers about anything – there is just no way to claim any other position on this, as far as I can tell. Science has done a great job in discovering many things about our world from the most microscopic, to the farthest reaches of space. But, it is clear we have a lot more to discover. In fact, we will likely go extinct as a species before we discover it all!

But there are also questions that are more philosophical, as opposed to scientific. For those questions, humans tend to follow the ideas and answers that suit them best. There are potentially as many unique philosophies as there are humans! But even the big philosophical questions, like “why are we here” or “what is the meaning of life”, are far from solved. Those questions, and many more like them, are not scientific questions. They are, by their nature, anyone’s guess. And so it is with gods and religions, I think.

I blog about religion and gods. I made a conscious decision to wait for real evidence and proof of a god before simply accepting it. As for everything else that I accept or believe, I’m no different than anyone. If I read about a scientific discovery, I choose whether to accept it based on the evidence and whether it makes sense to me. Sometimes, I have no idea how I can come to a conclusion, simply because I am ignorant on the details required to truly understand it. I can still choose to accept it, but I don’t have to, nor do I always accept what science discovers.

We can no more answer the god question with science than any other questions like why we are here, or what is our purpose. Gods leave nothing empirical, measurable, touchable, or repeatable for us to use the scientific method to discover. Gods have come and gone from human history with such variety and frequency, that we are only left with their remains after the societies that followed them are long gone, or they are replaced by a new god. Even in modern times, the fact that billions of people, adhering to their god beliefs with fierce devotion and commitment, cannot answer the question, “Is there a god”? So far, no one gets to claim that answer as solved, no matter what they believe.

There are no truths espoused by any particular group of humans that we can all agree on. While that makes none of them true or false, it also makes all of them true or false, which means nothing. No one has all of the answers. Period.

Are You a Christian? January 4, 2010

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If you believe that Jesus was the son of God, and is also God, then you are more than likely a Christian. There are billions of Christians in the world today. Because of my religious background, I refer to Christianity more often than other religions. I was once a Christian in the Catholic Church and I was baptized and confirmed, so there is really no denying my official status. According to the Catholic Church, I am still A Christian! Obviously, I have decided not to be a part of the Christian Church, but I’m hardly willing to go through the trouble that it takes to get removed, or as they call it, ex-communicated.

I would like to say that I have no reason to think that all Christians think alike, or that all Christians believe the same things, or that all Christians are anything more than, at the very least, believers in Jesus Christ, the son of God (god of The Bible, of course.) I have more Christian friends than I do friends of other religions, as far as I can tell. I do not have very many atheist friends, as most atheists keep their disbelief to themselves. Most of my friends don’t know that I am now calling myself atheist. The main reason for this is because it doesn’t really come up, and I am exactly the same person I was before I made the claim of my disbelief. I don’t feel it needs to be announced to all of my friends, but at the same time, I’m not going to go out of my way to hide it if it comes up.

So, even though I have chosen to withhold my belief in God, and I am willingly deciding that I may end up burning in hell for all eternity, I am still exactly who I was before I started this blog. The one exception is that I feel very strongly about speaking out against belief systems that directly challenge my freedoms, and my right to believe whatever I want, and my right to associate with anyone I choose, no matter their beliefs. I will not sit by and watch young earth creationists attack the scientific knowledge gained from the hard working people around the world who, by their very efforts, are helping billions of people in various ways as a result. I will not stand by while religious believers try to stamp out my ability to freely speak out against ideas that I don’t agree with. I refuse to allow religious believers to wage bigotry and hatred against homosexuals and their human rights because their god told them it was evil. And I will not sit quietly while some religious believers use their beliefs to attempt to impart their morals on everyone around them.

For the many millions of Christians who are not actively engaged in those activities, please do your part to speak out against those that do, or find another church or denomination. As well, don’t allow anyone to misrepresent the messages of compassion that Jesus was spreading when he walked the earth. Help the rest of the world by allowing others to disagree, and to find their own beliefs, or their own ways of dealing with their lives and the lives of their families and communities without interference from anyone. This world needs more tolerance of opposing ideologies and beliefs – there is literally no other way it can work.

If my blog is offensive to you as a Christian, then I suggest you point it out to me in the comments, and allow me to respond. Or, if you are one of those religious believers that I am speaking directly to, then stand up for your beliefs and let me know that as well. If you believe homosexuals are sinners bound to burn for all eternity, then say so. If I call it bigotry, then at least you were bold enough to say it yourself and I know exactly who I am dealing with.

Personal Testimony January 3, 2010

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There are no good arguments in support of any god as far as I can tell. But there is one argument that is very difficult to refute, namely, personal testimony. When a person declares they know that a god is real because they believe it is real, what possible refutation can be used against an argument like that? How can anyone refute personal testimony? So, one believes in God, and so God is real, the end. To be fair, if God is real, then these personal testimonies may be real, who knows but the one who experienced it! Let’s put the personal testimony argument under the bright light of reason and logic.

Theist “I believe, therefore God is real.”
Atheist “Really? Prove it.”
Theist “I have seen Jesus”, “I have felt the spirit of God”, “I have spoken to God”, “God has spoken to me”, “I prayed, and God answered my prayer”, “God is everywhere”, “I have accepted Jesus”, ad nauseum…

Sure, your god is real. His god is real, and her god is real, according to each of them. With the number of people that claim God is real, you would think at least one of them might start to doubt it after so many years of nothing. Well, good news!

There are plenty of people who changed their mind after the deafening silence of their god became too much cognitive dissonance for them to ignore. If an adult walks up to you and says “I was abducted by aliens last night”, what is the first thing that passes through your mind? When a person tells me that they saw their dead grandmother at the foot of their bed, I pretend like I’m intrigued, but inside I’m hoping the conversation ends sooner, rather than later. When a child goes to school and overhears other children laughing about the younger kids who still believe in Santa, the child suddenly stops admitting, at least publicly, that they still believe in Santa.

Personal testimony has long been considered the weakest evidence of an event, or a belief. It’s just not considered good evidence, even if millions of people have the same belief! Imagine believing, as most humans once did, that the sun revolves around the earth, or that the earth was flat. Popularity doesn’t make a thing more true, or even more reliable. We must use the faculty of the scientific method to remove as much bias, and open the floor to critical thinking, testing, validation, and falsification, and continue to test the observations before we conclude, with any certainty, that a thing is true, or real. We cannot falter under the weight of personal testimony, no matter how many people believe. Besides, how many more centuries are we going to have to hear the claims of a real god before it stops?

Am I alone in wondering when the proof will arrive? Really, what is so damn difficult about proving a God that is supposed to be literally true and real, according to believers? Why has there been no evidence to support any god, ever? And when will anyone, no matter what god they follow, ever just admit that God is not provable beyond their personal belief? Are they waiting for the rapture in order to prove to everyone that God is real? It’s too late by then, since God will supposedly collect the “chosen ones” and dispense the rest of the humans to Satan’s house. I’ll bring the steaks if you bring the chips and dip! Something tells me we won’t need lighter fluid for the pit 🙂

Mythological Gods January 3, 2010

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My godless mind races with topics related to whether any god is real or not. It races with ideas and arguments that go all the way back to my years in school starting in about the sixth grade. I was being taught about the ancient mythological gods of the Greeks and Romans. The first thing that struck me was why we think the god of The Bible is actually real, when we can clearly and quickly dismiss all of the ancient, mythological gods of the past. Back then, it never really occurred to me that I could proclaim myself one of the most hated humans, an atheist!

It astounds me when people assert that God is real. I almost immediately assume that the person has never really given the idea much thought. On the contrary, through the internet, I have run across some of the most fundamental believers in existence. I think it is because of their passion for their beliefs that they are present on websites, YouTube, discussion forums, blogs, and all other forms of social media the web has to offer. After all, that’s what I am doing with atheism! And some of these people have indeed given it a lot of thought.

I’m not saying their conclusions are reasonable, because they are no more reasonable than asserting that Zeus is real. However, they firmly believe, with various levels of personal testimony, faith, writings from their holy book, and even popularity of the idea itself, that their god is actually real. It’s always the same thing, God is real because they believe he is real. All gods are indeed imaginary, and most are relegated to mythology after enough people drop the god, or the society itself collapses. But how can we assert that the god of The Bible is mythology? Because it fits perfectly.

According to wikipedia, mythology is the study of myths, and myths are “sacred narrative explaining how the world and humankind came to be in their present form.” (Wikipedia, 1st paragraph) To me, this is what The Bible attempts to do with stories such as Genesis. The wikipedia article does point out that scholars do not consider the truth or falsity of the texts, to be fair. So I’m not assuming The Bible is false. But reading Greek mythology, for example, one can find plenty of references to observable reality mixed in with the supernatural. The Bible does contain, without a doubt, references to the supernatural.

The article also points out that the main character in mythology is usually a god, or a group of gods, just like The Bible does with God. It seems to me that the only difference between all of the gods is the time, the place, and the culture(s) that believed in them. To date, there has never been a single supernatural god proven to be real using good scientific methods. Of course, that doesn’t mean they cannot exist, it simply means that none have ever been proven. My conclusion, so far, is that gods are human inventions, and all are eventually relegated to mythology, as none have been able to explain anything useful to modern humans as far as how we got here, or how the universe itself got here. That is the job of humans.

If you want to rule your life on this planet with mythology, accept one of the gods and get on with your life. If you want to enjoy your brief time on this planet without mythology, you can quite safely, and with great joy and freedom from irrational dogma, decide what you want to think, as opposed to being told what you should think each week in a church.

Humans are awesome, and we have the capacity to enjoy what we have, and what we may discover, without any concern for eternal life or hellfire, as those things are mythology, and have far less value in real life, than real life itself!

Stop the Holocaust? January 1, 2010

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Why didn’t God stop The Holocaust? Over six million humans were senselessly slaughtered in ways that go beyond horrifying and sickening, and this was just over seventy years ago – just like it was yesterday. Did God have the power to stop the slaughter? If you had the power to stop The Holocaust, would you do it?

I know there are still some fringe groups who can’t seem to let go of the sick idea that the white race is the ultimate race, so perhaps people like that would gladly support killing non-white humans in order to create a single race that meets their agenda. But most people, I believe, would gladly use the power to stop something so horrifying and inhuman if given the opportunity. So, why not God? Why would an all-powerful, all-loving god stand by while this slaughter of innocent lives was ongoing for years? I submit that if God has the power to stop it, then he is beyond evil for not doing so.

Society at large would expect nothing less on a smaller scale from normal adults who witness a crime and do nothing to intervene, even if it is just a quick call to the police. Assuming there is no immediate danger to the witness, doing something is generally expected. And God would not be in any danger whatsoever if He decided to intervene. He could have struck Hitler with a heart attack before he was able to carry out his plan. There are obviously numerous ways that an all-powerful, omnipotent god could have stopped the entire thing from ever occurring. So why didn’t He?

No matter what reason is given, the fact will always remain that it could have been stopped, but it wasn’t. Anybody want to discuss whether the god of The Bible is evil? Bring it.

Find Me a God… December 29, 2009

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I have said that it is always possible that there is a god or gods out in the universe, or perhaps outside of our universe. I’m not sure how we would ever prove that, but I have to admit that anything is possible. What I really would like though, is to find a god with attributes that make more sense than any god we have ever seen before. Of course, my list of attributes is obviously going to be subjective, so take it all with a grain, and if you disagree, feel free to make your own list. It’s not like there haven’t been hundreds of thousands of gods in the past, so what’s a few more!

I’m not sure why people think that a god needs to be mean, but it sure seems like that is the prevailing idea. If a god isn’t demanding that someone be killed, he is demanding that certain people will go to hell. Or he is demanding we worship him, or any other bizarre ritual that doesn’t add any value to the god itself, other than said god being a mean, jealous, and vindictive entity. So, as a mere mortal and thinking human, I give you my list of attributes, as well as things I don’t want this god to have!

Find me a god who…

  • Exists.
    Communicates effectively with no opportunity for misunderstanding.
    Doesn’t need a book.
    Is as obvious as gravity.
    Accepts our mistakes, our shortcomings, our imperfections, and any transgressions we make.
    Could care less if I were a homosexual.
    Supports my decision to abort my pregnancy if I were a woman.
    Turns a major hurricane back out to the open sea when it threatens to kill innocent humans.
    Keeps the caps on volcanoes that are too close to human and animal populations.
    Aborts any fertilized egg that he knows will be born handicapped, or sick, or too early to survive.
    Steers a rapist in the opposite direction of his victim, or better yet, who doesn’t allow that type of behavior to be possible in our fragile brains.
    Needs no worship, nor church services, nor mere humans to speak for it.
    Speaks to us gently, and guides us effortlessly through life’s ups and downs.
    Helps us understand why our loved ones die, and lets us know that our loved ones are not suffering.
    Evenly distributes the earths resources, so that all life has abundant food.
    Doesn’t take sides.
    Has no “chosen” people.
    Easily tolerates those who don’t need him.
    Doesn’t need our money.
    Cares about what we think, no matter what we think.
    Nudges us in the right direction when we veer off course.
    Allows us to learn from our mistakes without any threat of eternal damnation.
    Doesn’t allow a hell to exist.
    Doesn’t allow lightning to set a house full of children on fire.
    Condemns anyone who claims to speak for said god.
    Keeps viruses and bacteria from harming life.
    Allows morals to come from our sense of goodness towards each other.
    Doesn’t need to smell burning animal flesh.
    Doesn’t command that entire cities be wiped out because they are heathens.
    Doesn’t condone slavery of other humans.
    Knows that men and women are equal.
    Doesn’t allow men to control what women wear, where they go, or what they do with their lives.
    Instills a sense of community and caring into each human, no matter where they live or where they were born.
    Condemns war completely.
    Helps us understand our purpose, even if the purpose is personal and selfish.
    Condemns every form of hatred and bigotry.
    Shares the secrets of the universe, so that no one has to guess.
  • There are more, but this should do as a start. Feel free to add more! Together, we can make a really great god. Or, we can abandon them all and just be good little humans.