Many theists are adamant in their confidence that their god not only exists, but is heavily involved in their lives, and listens to their prayers. They believe that their god is all-knowing, all-powerful and all-present, yet they allow things to happen almost as if they don’t exist. Many theists claim that everything that’s bad happens because of man’s alleged lifestyle and sin, but that doesn’t account for natural disasters like drought, famine, earthquakes or tsunamis where countless lives are either taken, or badly affected. If a god was all powerful and all knowing, they’d surely prevent things like that happening, but it happens and theists just accept that it’s their god’s will.
How can theists claim their god is all-knowing and all-loving but allows priests who represent the Catholic religion to abuse children and nuns? Surely he knows that they are going to do it before they do, so why doesn’t their god prevent it if he loves everyone? This is the same loving god that sent a flood and wiped out most of the life on Earth according to creationists, and the same loving god who’s prepared to order the execution of a man collecting wood on the sabbath, and it’s also the same loving god who’s prepared to punish someone with eternal Hell for not choosing to acknowledge their existence.
“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?” – Epicurus
What’s alarming about all of this are the amount of humans who take everything that happens as their god’s will and just accept it without question. If you are attacked, or raped, your loving god knew it was going to happen, yet didn’t prevent it; how can someone just accept that it’s god’s will, and just carrying on with life, and still believe your prayers are being heard? I can imagine that thought process could help with grief, but it’s far from rational.
What equally as disturbing is the belief that theists think that they have a personal relationship with their god, and he communicates with them. So if this is the case, why hasn’t god spoken to everyone and put atheism and agnosticism to bed? The fallacy that you have to seek god and put your faith in him before he reveals himself is nothing more than insane ramblings of the delusional. Put it this way, if he’s all-knowing then why was he so upset about how his creation turned wicked?!
An the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” – Genesis 6: 6-7