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God Personified

Why is it that the Christian God is supposed to be all-powerful and yet it took him a full 6 days to create the world? Shouldn’t he have been able to do it with a snap of his metaphysical fingers? A real god should be able to think it and it happens. And while we are at it, if God is so all-powerful, why does he have to rest on the seventh day? Humans need rest, not gods.

However, the people who created god could have simply personified nature and if that were the case, than since people do rest, a personified deity might need to rest too. In the ancient world, deities like Zeus lived on Mount Olympus and deities like Odin lived Valhalla. So where does Yahweh live? Heaven. But God’s don’t really need to live anywhere, right? I mean isn’t an all-powerful deity supposed to be everywhere?

As you can see, Yahweh like all the other gods that have come before him are all personifications. Ancient people who couldn’t understand the world used these deities as an attempt to explain the world. They created elaborate stories and gave their deity of choice personalities based on human stories and personalities. That is why God is a jealous God, a vengeful God, a wrathful God, a Just God, etc. These are all human traits. The war in Heaven is based off wars on Earth. God has a son? Humans have sons. God’s live forever and always were and always will be, so how can they give birth to a divine child?

These are ancient stories told to explain what was unexplainable. Now science can explain much of what was unexplainable and so now God is forced to fill the gaps. However, even though science can’t explain everything we should be mature enough as a race to simply say that we don’t know the answers to all the questions without the need to make up answers with stories of divine intrigue. God is no longer even needed to fill the gaps as long as we are mature enough to accept the gaps and curious enough to attempt to fill those gaps through the continued exploration of science and philosophy.

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  • Annie

    What’s funny is that I have heard Christians say that 1 day for God is like a million years for us. Which in my opinion accounts for the big bang theory and evolution! Funny how they covered their asses like that. :)

    • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

      I hardly consider that “covering his ass.” Now they are claiming that it took God millions of years to do what any other god should be able to do instantly. Yahweh must have been slow in God School.

  • Kat

    The only thing that science hasn’t explained either in theory or in fact is Death…until people can understand in their puny, egotistical minds, that they JUST DIE, they’re gone..kaput..that’s all there is folks…We will still have religions. You are right..people made up imaginary figures to explain away their fears…

  • existential blues

    Prosopopeia.Anthropomorphization.

    Mythology.

  • http://www.myspace.com/trailrunner1983 Mike

    Very good article! Our view of the universe has evolved. Along with it the view of God also evolved. Originally gods had bodies like humans and the universe was seen as very small. The gods lived right above us on a vault. When people found out the universe was much bigger than thought and that there was no vault above us, they transformed a god with a body into a god that was now an immaterial spirit that was beyond our universe. Since then science has made even more progress, moving from a geocentric view to a heliocentric view and showing a universe that is even BIGGER than we can even grasp now. At this time religion and most humans have not caught up with these new facts. As they do we should see even less and less religious nonsense. Hopefully. And yes, the bible says God created all things by the power of his word. So you would think that he could have done it instantaneously. However, to make the bible agree with science, some are now saying the “days” of Genesis stand for long periods of time! I don’t think their attempt to have their cake and eat it too is credible though!

  • http://myspace.com/blackhawk089 Matt

    Or maybe God relates to us in such a way that we can more understand him….since his ways are not ours….maybe, he isn’t trying to make himself so utterly complicated. This is why I read your blogs, i make a list of all the things that I have heard about….and at some point I remember someone….a book, or something….about these very things, why God took six days…did he need to? I think that it is because he chooses to help us relate to him…so he comes down to our level….good blog.

    • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

      How does creating the world in 6 days instead of instantaneously help me relate to him? Matt, you have to admit that is pretty weak.

  • AnimalAndy

    “A folly,” sighed Tyrion. “When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not
    proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he
    might say.”

  • http://skepticink.com/dangeroustalk Dangerous Talk

    How funny would it be if I had to delete someone’s comment on this post?

  • Vic

    This tells us atheists are becoming populous enough on the Internet to represent very different kinds of views and attitudes. With different interpretations of freedom of expression (or its application).

    I, personally, often perceived atheist blogs and websites as places where we do “circle the wagons”, moderated comments in effect or not. Opposing views, while not banned, are usually quickly addressed by the “resident commenters” and often in quite verbose ways. Maybe that’s a result of the local strength of numerical superiority.

    Silencing opposing views, so far, seems to have been primarily a method of the religious, and in a way it’s just symptomatic for religions or absolute belief systems (or at least its more fundamentalist tenets).

    While I agree that everyone has the right to do on his own webiste as he chooses, people who claim the label “skeptic” (or rationalist, or free-thinker) would be, I think, hard pressed to justify such behaviour. Such a persons convictions should be changing according to the information presented, and that development is inhibited if information is voluntarily surpressed or ignored.

  • MosesZD

    Funny, but I see a lot of that banning/blacklisting on certain ‘skeptic/atheist’ blogs. ostensibly, it’s about protecting against ‘trolls’ who provide nothing. And, in some cases, it’s true in practice.

    But more often it’s really about power, group-think and enforcing a certain lock-step behaviors without allowing for POVs that could shed alternative perspectives on things going awry. Pretty much like any cult of personality.

    That the religoius do this, almost reflexibly is understandable. They’re dogmatic. And while it might of been a surprise to many in the atheist community to find many of the so-called ‘skeptics’ and ‘liberals’ were closet authoritarians, I’m a bit old and I’m not surprised.
    After all, I’ve seen people, like David Horowitz, go from uber-left to uber-right. For them the issue/cause is less important than becoming a ‘leader’ and getting power, fame, etc.

  • http://skepticink.com/dangeroustalk Dangerous Talk

    Yeah, but many atheists consider themselves skeptics and some of those people are doing shit like this.

  • SmilodonsRetreat

    I agree. They think they are skeptics, but I think they are militant/fundamentalist atheists instead.

  • http://skepticink.com/dangeroustalk Dangerous Talk

    I wouldn’t call them that either. They are skeptical about some things but not about other things. It’s sad.