Thursday, February 1, 2018
Why do we need saving in the first place?
But as enticing as this view might be, it never translates to belief for me, and the illusion always vanishes as soon as I give it a moment's thought. The picture is too simplistic, too disconnected from reality, and the problems with it too numerous, to warrant serious belief. It's like a fairy tale, intended to bring comfort and reassurance but then failing to deliver on its promise.
Why do we find ourselves requiring such a being in the first place?
If there really was an all-loving, all-powerful being who could heal us and make our lives better, why haven't they already done so? Or worse, why did they create this suffering in the first place? What loving being would invent suffering and then subject other beings to it?
After every major natural disaster, many religious people pray to the same god they believe caused (or at least failed to prevent) the catastrophe in the first place, seemingly without ever realising the contradiction. I can see why people would cling to any potential hope in desperate times, but if such a god really did exist, our situation would be a lot less like the beloved creation of an all-loving creator, and rather a lot more like destitute children pleading for mercy from an abusive parent!
If such a god really did exist, it would be the very thing we needed saving from!