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Worthy of the Worship

Christians are always telling me that I need to worship their deity of choice. When I ask why, they warn me of eternal punishment and damnation in the fires of Hell. Sometimes, they will entice me into worshipping their deity with promises of eternal bliss in Heaven. But all threats and bribes aside, they still haven’t really answered my question. Why should I worship their god?

Then Christians will often inform me that God created me. That’s great and all, but how does that answer my question? Am I expected to worship my creator or something? My parents created me and while I respect them most of the time, I certainly don’t worship them. Many people have parents who are not even worthy of respect let alone worship. If I someone creates a robot, should he or she demand that the robot worship him or her? That seems awfully vain. In my mind, such a trait would make the person less praiseworthy, not more praiseworthy. Clearly a creation should not be the slave of the created. So even if I were to accept the premise that God existed and created me (which I don’t) that still wouldn’t compel me to worship such a being. We are still left with the question, why should I worship the Christian God?

Next, many Christians I talk to appeal to power. They tell me that their God is all powerful and that is why he should be worshipped. This to me goes back to the threat of Hell and the bribe of Heaven. “God can do anything and is all powerful, you better get in line.” I don’t accept the appeal to power as a reason to worship. Taking this argument to the extreme, if Hitler were all powerful, would that make him praise worthy and more worship worthy? I really don’t think it does and I doubt that anyone would if they really thought about it. This appeal to power is quite honestly insulting.

In fact, the only reason to worship anyone that I could even remotely understand would be based on morality. At this point my Christian friends tend to smile and tell me that their god has that too. He is the very definition of moral goodness they claim. But as someone who has read the Bible, I just don’t see it. One cannot just claim to be moral, one must demonstrate that morality. If God wrote or spiritually inspired the writing of the Bible and if that book is an accurate picture of who God is, than I can’t see myself worshipping that being at all. This is where the excuses and justifications come in. “God doesn’t need to explain his morality to a mere human like me,” “God’s ways are mysterious,” “God is good because he says he is good,” “Without God there is no moral grounding,” etc.

The truth is that I really don’t believe in worshipping anyone, God or otherwise. I worship ideas not personalities. While I might say that I would follow an Aristotelian “person of practical wisdom.” I would stop following such a person the moment they proposed something which I considered to be immoral. I might start following them again when they proposed something more reasonable. Take our current President Barack Obama for example. I respect him and admire him. I think he is a smart person who is trying to do what he can to help people. I’ll follow him on most things, but I will also be critical of him when he refuses to stand up for the rights of gays and lesbians. I am critical of him for reaching out to religious fanatics and hoping that they will support hi even when he doesn’t need their support and will not get their support. So while I admire the President and will follow his lead on many things, I most certainly don’t worship him or follow him blindly.

I can’t think o a single reason why I would possibly worship any god let alone the Christian God. I certainly am not a coward who is afraid of eternal torture in Hell, nor am I a greedy person who would accept the bribe of Heaven. I don’t think the Christian God created me and even if I did, I still don’t see that as any reason to worship such a deity. The awesome all-powerfulness of God doesn’t really concern me since I don’t consider power to be a reason for worship. And the Christian God of the Bible doesn’t seem very moral to me either. So my question still stands, why should I worship the Christian God?

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  • http://www.poweressence.com/ Maxwell Jennings

    If some psychotic-entity creator wants to condemn me for passing on praising him and not worshiping him and for living my life honestly and with purpose, and respecting all people regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, or beliefs, then that sick, egomaniac, wimpy-ass, cosmic-thug god isn’t worth spending even a second of eternity with!

  • http://www.myspace.com/itsahicke Her3tiK

    I’m currently in a debate like this with someone (Again…), and you pretty much laid out the entire script. It’s really quite amusing to see arguments that lack substance in this manner.

  • existential blues

    You’ve pretty much nailed it. The arguments for Christianity that most run-of-the-mill Christians have are the same old tedious thing, over and over. They each seem to think that their telling of them are the first time you’ve ever heard them, when it’s more likely that it’s the 100th time.

    One minor political nit. You say, “I am critical of him for reaching out to religious fanatics and hoping that they will support hi even when he doesn’t need their support and will not get their support.” I agree with you; I don’t like it either. However, Obama is appealing to the sizable segment of the population that’s turned off by by confrontational politics. Even if they don’t love the ideas of the religious right, they still appreciate the peace-making. Obama gains support that way. It’s political. It may be cynical — or not, depending on how you look at it.

  • colleen

    well the evangalalists would just argue that it’s a personal relationship with God who of course loves you unconditionally and when you worship that is their way of sending their love back to god. That’s why they get all scary emotional when fundies sing their praise songs. worship is all brain chemistry

  • http://myspace.com/blackhawk089 Matt

    I say we appeal to reason, and suggest that without God you simply cannot account for….anything. Any attempt to do so will end up proving my exact point.

  • that guy

    A robot does what it is created to do. It fulfills its purpose. We were created to worship God.

    • that guy

      Colossians 1:16

    • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

      Well, since I am not worshiping God, God must have made me all wrong. I guess your God is pretty incompetent. Why would you worship such an incompetent deity?