The things believers love to believe about unbelievers

Satyrus marinusYou see, if we don’t believe, it must be because we’re angry at God (we’re not: it doesn’t exist; we’re only angry at the people who are trying to impose arbitrary rules on us, on behalf of that imaginary entity). And the thing is, we’re not allowed to be angry. Because, of course, God is infinitely infinite, and we are worthless finite beings. So who are we to doubt His infallible plan that we cannot know?

So let’s summarize. An infinite magic man in the sky that only manifests itself in the heads of people who want you to take their word for it has a perfect plan that we cannot know but that is so perfect that its imperfections can only really be us being too dumb to understand how glorious it all is. And you are not allowed to doubt that. Just doubting this argument is proof that it’s true somehow. And that you’re arrogant. How convenient. How could this possibly go wrong?

Well, that’s not how this works. Here’s how it works in reality: believers make crazy claims about God, and we point and laugh. We don’t laugh at God, note, but at the claims and at those who hold them. That we’re allowed to do, right? No infinite, unknowable and untouchable being in the equation this time.

Tags: Religion

Friday, March 30, 2012 5:10:39 AM

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  • Ludovic said

    Well, *sometimes* you only point and laugh at the claims and at those who hold them. Then, other times, you do point and laugh at the Bible or God himself, and wonder why the Christians get upset (because they supposedly "choose" to get upset when they were not directly pointed at).

    But whatever. I say just point and laugh at everybody. When we get to the point where you can indeed do that without anybody getting too upset, the world will be a better place.

  • bleroy said

    But the Bible is a set of claims made by believers between around 2,000 BC and 400AD (well, arguably to this day as new diverging translations are still being made).

  • Hazza said

    In the words of Robert Howard: "Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having the skulls split". The day we can apply that to religion will be the day religion is forgotten.

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