by a two-faced party creates an illusion of choice.
Christian salvation makes no sense. Supposedly, because we are all sinners, none of us gets to heaven, except through Jesus. In order to be forgiven for our sins, we first need to accept Jesus into our lives. He died on the cross for us. We should be grateful for this act of love.
But is this how a loving God would treat us? After all, God could have simply forgiven us for our sins. So, why does He require an unblemished human male to be sacrificed, first? And if he sends his only begotten son to his death, does he love His Son? If He loves his Son, and if He loves us too, why would He be pleased by this crucifixion?
Should we be angry at Pontius Pilate because he sentenced Jesus to die? Pontius Pilate is portrayed in Christian lore as one of the bad guys. But, in order for God’s plan for salvation to actually work, someone had to kill Jesus on our behalf. If I accept salvation from Christ, does that make me an accessory to His murder? Why would I want to be a part of that?
Christian theology is wrong. God does not require a human sacrifice before forgiveness can be granted. Christianity is based on a primitive and brutal understanding of God. The path to salvation does not begin with the murder of Christ.
Someone once said that we should think of God as the set of all true statements. If that is all that God is — an infinitely large set of true statements — then I believe that God exists. Because I believe in true statements. I can’t argue with that. But I am not sure that we should worship God either, if that’s all He is. Don’t get me wrong. I hold truth as the highest virtue. And the set of all true statements would be of the utmost importance in society, especially if we could somehow tap into it. But I don’t believe that a mere set of true statements can hear prayers.
There are different levels of infinity. Some infinite sets are countable, in the sense that each member of the set could be associated with a unique counting number. Other sets are uncountably large. There are many more members in the uncountably large set than we have numbers to associate with each of them. The set of all true statements is uncountably large. If there are an uncountably infinite number of points between 0 and 1 ( — and there are —), then there is an uncountable infinity within set of statements that could be made about just those points between two consecutive integers. Now extend that to how many true statements could be made about any given point within the space-time continuum. Try to imagine a mind with a total and comprehensive awareness of everything.
I can’t do it. I cannot imagine it. I do not believe that such a mind could exist. What is the mind of God made of, if everything that exists came after God? How could the mind of God exist before anything that does exist was actually created? How could a mind with no physical substance think everything that would need to be thought of in order to make the universe a reality?
If God had thoughts before the universe existed, then thoughts predate existence. How can thoughts predate existence? Before the existence of time, how did God think? Thinking is a form of processing. Processing is an action. What changed in God’s thinking that caused Him to create the universe, if He had always existed before He created time itself? What is the nature of a timeless eternity? Why did God’s timeless mind suddenly change? That would have had to have been the starting point of time itself. That point where God’s thoughts were set into motion.