Before God and Men - Assuming God exists.

What I would do if somebody would prove God's existence? Join the resistance! But why do I feel this way ...

The Work of God in this World

If God exists, he interferes sometimes or regularly with the world. Or God is not capable of intervening.

If God cannot intervene, any pleads we address to him, are futile.

But if God can intervene, he is responsible for any case of interference or refraining from interference.

 

If God is responsible for his actions, his behaviour can be judged. Even if we do not realize or understand his behaviour in detail, we could ask if God's actions follow a code or are arbitrary.

If God acts arbitrarily, if he acts without a code, God is unjust.

If God follows a code, what is the nature of this code?

 

A code sets guidelines on how to act under given circumstances or how to act to accomplish a given goal.

If God decides how to act by circumstances, his behaviour will be reproducibly the same under identical circumstances. When given the same starting conditions, God will create the same effect. In that case, God is a bunch of laws of nature. Maybe we do not know all laws of nature that define Gods actions, but we can research them by science.

If God at least sometimes decides how to act not by circumstances, but by a given goal he wants to accomplish, then God has an agenda.

 

If God has an agenda, is this agenda primarily just to the inhabitants of the world? Or does this agenda primarily benefit God or others existing outside the world?

If God's agenda benefits primarily someone outside our world, then God exploits our world. From our point of view, his intentions are unjust. God does not deserve our devotion, but our condemnation.

But if God's agenda supports the justified needs of our world and mankind, then God's agenda is congruent to the agenda of mankind.

 

If God has the same agenda as mankind, maybe God is more capable of fulfilling it than mankind.

If God is not more capable than mankind, he should stop interfering with our world. His low performance does not deserve devotion.

If God is more capable to achieve the common goals, he compensates our shortcomings.

 

If Gott compensates our shortcomings, does he make an effort to support our advancement? Does he strive to let us take over?

If God does not support our progression to independence, he patronizes us and suppresses mankind. Such behaviour is not venerable.

But if God does support equality of mankind, then we do him and us a disserve when we cultivate or dependence.

How to Evaluate our Actions

One could cling to the idea that God has at least created the code which mankind will use to guide itself.

If God has created the code, this should not prejudice us. If the code is only acceptable, because it was created by God, then this code is deficient. We could tolerate its faults, but we should not. Only a code that is convincing by itself is worth to guide our actions.

Either the code convinces us without its relation to God, then God is dispensable. Or the code is convincing only out of obedience to God, then the code is dispensable.

What is left of God?

If we need help, we have to find it in our fellow human beings.

If someone needs help, we have to assist our fellow human being.

If we need a guiding principle, its fairness must convince us, not its holiness.
God is of no relevance for this world. Up to this point of the argumentation, God is limited to creation and afterlife.

 

Maybe God created the world. In this case, he is for the world what our parents are for us. You might respect that like you would respect a pregnant woman. To achieve a healthy relationship with its parents all children must become independent eventually.

But maybe God just found the world and took care of it. In this case, we should not give him credit for creation (and see the above for taking care).

 

If there is an afterlife, then it overlaps with this life, but we do not notice it. Or the afterlife is a world completely separated from our world. The reflections made before are as valid for this world as for the next. Also in an afterlife, our own codex is more import than God's codex.

What we know of God

Assuming God exists, he is either incapable to help us or he is unjust. Or God is just an embodiment of laws of nature. Or God is an exploiter, a botcher or oppressor. Nothing worth worshipping.
Or he is nothing like that. Then he looks after our best interests and develops us to become independent. Such a God would not want to be worshipped. Such a God would not like submissive believers. Such a God must want mankind to decide and act self-responsible.

What I think of God

I do not see a verifiable error in believing a God exists who created the world but strives to render himself redundant.

But whoever follows a religion that promises salvation by God, follows a religion of oppression. Whoever does that is either a victim or an offender.

Whether God exists or not is still unknown.

Anyway, I reject God. Even if God's existence would be proven, I would not grant him any special attention.

 

Originally published April 18th 2015.