The Tyranny of God

“Those who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.” – William Penn, 1668

“Those who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.” – William Penn, 1668

This image has been floating around Facebook lately. A few of my friends have posted the image to their walls, and i’ve been a good boy… I’ve kept my opinions to myself, for the most part. The extent of my comments on Facebook are limited to a few i made to a post made by a more trustworthy friend, one whom i can usually expect intelligent discussion with rather than heated arguments.

On Facebook, i simply pointed out that democracy, godlessness, quality of education, and perhaps even IQ all seem to be somewhat related — or at the very least, certain highly godless nations seem to be not only incredibly democratic & free of tyranny, but they are better educated as well.

But beyond pointing out that feasible, effective government can be achieved even by the godless, i want to point out that the false dilemma of the quote (“Those who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.”) works both ways:

Not only is the opposite of being ruled by God not being ruled by tyrants, but being ruled by tyrants is not all that dissimilar to being ruled by God.

I’ll explain what i mean by taking a look at the definitions of tyrant, courtesy of Answers.com:

1) “An absolute ruler who governs without restrictions.”

Many Christians will agree that God is sovereign. I consider Calvinism to be the best theological framework for understanding a variety of aspects of the Bible & the god described therein, and so i find the Calvinist description of God’s sovereignty especially useful here:

Fortunately, the scriptures are very clear on this matter. The bible depicts God as the only and absolute King of the universe, who rules over all, and does everything he pleases (Exo 15:18; 1Ch 29:11-12; 2Ch 20:6; Psa 22:28). And not only is he sovereign in some abstract way, in that he retains the right to govern all events actively according to his will, but chooses not to do so; but he actually and actively ordains and brings to pass everything that takes place on the earth (Deu 32:39; 1Sa 2:6-8; Job 9:12; 12:6-10; Psa 33:11; 115:3; 135:6; Isa 14:24; Isa 45:7; Act 15:17-18; Eph 1:11). From the smallest matters of “chance,” such as the casting of a lot into the lap (Pro 16:33), to the greatest events of the earth’s mighty kingdoms (e.g. Isa 45:1-4), God is bringing all things to pass according to his will. He governs and superintends “coincidental” happenings (1Ki 22:20, 34, 37), the wicked actions of men (Gen 45:5; 50:20; Exo 4:21; Jdg 14:1-4; Psa 76:10; Pro 16:4; 21:1; Isa 44:28; Amo 3:6; Act 2:22-23; 4:27-28), the good deeds of men (Joh 15:16; Eph 2:10; Phi 2:12-13), the actions of both evil spirits and good angels (1Sa 16:14-16; 1Ki 22:19-23; 1Ch 21:1/2Sa 24:1; Psa 103:20-21; 104:4), the habits of animals (Num 22:28; 1Ki 17:4; Psa 29:9; Jer 8:7; Eze 32:4; Dan 6:22), and the operations of all creation (Gen 8:22; Psa 104:5-10, 13-14, 19-20; Mar 4:39).

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That’s a long quote, but it illustrates the point well: God is an absolute ruler who rules without restriction.

According to the first definition of tyrant, God is a tyrant.

2) “A ruler who exercises power in a harsh, cruel manner.”

The question here is whether God exercises his power in a harsh and cruel manner. If he does, he meets yet another definition of tyrant. Harsh is defined as “severe, cruel, or exacting.” I could go through the seven definitions given for just “severe,” listing biblical examples of each, but for brevity’s sake, here are just a few considerations:

When two priests worshipped God by offering up fire to him which wasn’t commanded of them, God struck them dead (Leviticus 10:1).

When Jesus sought some figs from an out-of-season tree, he didn’t humbly admit his mistake in timing but cursed the tree out of frustration, resulting in the tree shriveling up (Matthew 21:18–22).

Adultery? Death for both parties (Deuteronomy 22:22)!

Rape a woman? Pay her dad 50 shekels then marry her! … Actually, that one’s not very severe at all. Consensual adultery has a more severe punishment than rape? And they say that atheists are the ones with moral difficulties…

And let’s not forget the most striking evidence of God’s harshness: commit just one sin — just one! — and you will be punished with eternal hellfire, and it doesn’t matter if that sin is wearing polyester. Burn, baby, burn!

3) “An oppressive, harsh, arbitrary person.”

Is God oppressive? If a human ruler demanded your absolute obedience under penalty of eternal damnation, would you consider that ruler to be oppressive? What about one that does not shy away from referring to his citizens as “slaves”? God does both… unashamedly.

Is God harsh? Yes (see above).

Is God arbitrary? To be arbitrary is to do things according to your own desires rather than according to reason, and it comes as no surprise that Christians speak so often of “the will of God.” All of the crazy laws of God, all of the random punishments (why some folks are instantly killed for minor offenses [Nadab & Abihu] while others are allowed to perpetuated thousands upon thousands of heinous sins [Hitler] can only be explained by believers as being part of “the will of God”)… If anyone is arbitrary, God is.

God is a tyrant, meeting every criterion of being a tyrant… Whatever facets of love, mercy, or grace that Jesus or the disciples would go on to laud, it is impossible to escape the fact that for the majority of the Bible, God is portrayed very simply as a cruel, vindictive, arbitrary tyrant…

…and those attitudes run throughout the New Testament as well, from Jesus’ “if you’re not with me, you’re against me” speech to the violent inauguration of the kingdom of Heaven in Revelation.

25 thoughts on “The Tyranny of God

  1. nielish says:

    Please forgive me if I am mistaken, but you seem to be an atheist. I am trying to understand how you can prescribe something as good when you believe there is no such thing as good or evil. Christians use God as a moral reference point. I am not saying that individuals who are atheist or non Christians are not moral, but I just do not understand what is your reference point for morality.

    • Rick Beckman says:
      Student of the sciences, the religions, the science fictions, and the fantasies… But mostly I’m just trying to find my groove in this big, crazy world.

      Forgive me, but i’m trying to understand how atheists having no moral absolutes undermines anything i said above. Understanding the God of the Bible to be tyrannical doesn’t require moral judgments; it requires understanding what a tyrant is (the dictionary affords us that much) and how God governs (the Bible affords us that).

      Yes, i am an atheists, but you’re setting up a straw man argument by honing in on the source of morality and so forth. (Morality is nothing more than societal mores; folks have had moral standards throughout history, changing with time and circumstances… No god(s) needed. It’s simply how humanity works.) You’re also ignoring the point of the above. If God isn’t a tyrant, then how do you define “tyrant”? And if God is a tyrant, what then should Christians do with that knowledge?

  2. Gordon says:

    I don’t think the Bible necessarily ‘portrays’ God as anything. If you’re going to stay consistent with God being responsible for the entirety of scripture, then you are suggesting that He is calling Himself a tyrant. Bible believers believe that everyone is born depraved and deserves punishment, but the plan of salvation provided through Jesus is acceptable payment for our punishment. Offering up your son to die doesn’t sound very tyrannical to me. I definitely understand what you’re saying about the old testament punishments that are talked about. I, too don’t necessarily understand them other than it was deserved. Romans suggests that God will have mercy on those he chooses… but for Him to be God, His character and attributes must be perfectly balanced. I trust that his sense of justice and righteousness would be better than mine. Now before anybody starts making assumptions about blindly following a tyrannical dictator, this is God of the universe – not Saddam Hussein. I think the standard is divine – much more serious than some sort of political argument or worldly definition of peace. Somewhat related to the subject, I’ve heard and read all these quotes about why doesn’t God stop all the evil in the world? The short answer – He has. The long answer – What is evil? Suppose we define evil as whatever is morally wrong or against God. If that’s the case, where does it stop? The murder level? The adultery level? The lying level? The thought level? If God were to wipe out all evil, He would have to wipe us all out because our thoughts are evil. That’s where – again – Jesus came to die for us. That’s the plan to destroy evil. God, not being bound by time, sees it as done. Us being bound by time, well… here we are trying to figure things out. You say you are an atheist, but you are acknowledging his existence by calling him a tyrant. I am christian and believe He is merciful and chooses to use the Bible as a means for us to know Him and for us to share with others the idea that there is forgiveness. I guess the bottom line for me is this – I believe it. Just like you might believe he’s not there… it takes faith to believe either one. Now, where did evil come from? Hahaha! …I don’t know. Sorry, though… my thought process is a plate of spaghetti.

    • Denizen says:

      “Bible believers believe that everyone is born depraved and deserves punishment, but the plan of salvation provided through Jesus is acceptable payment for our punishment. ”

      This statement is irrational and arbitrary. . God declared something like disobedience to him as evil, and then declared an arbitrary sacrifice to clean it. Oh, and those that are “saved” are expected to serve both Jesus and God in Heaven for eternity. You are just confirming that God is a tyrant by bringing this up.

      “but for Him to be God, His character and attributes must be perfectly balanced. ”

      Omnipotent beings are be definition not limited by anything, even things like balance. The god of the Bible frequently acts imperfect and unbalanced. Your argument is invalid both ways.

      ” If God were to wipe out all evil, He would have to wipe us all out because our thoughts are evil. ”

      Apparently you do not understand the statement of being all powerful. If one is all powerful, one can change rather than destroy. An omnipotent being can eliminate evil without violting free-will or eliminating thoughts. God’s previous attempts to “destroy” evil failed. Even after the Flood and Jesus’ sacrifice, evil is still here. God either failed or he desires evil to exist.
      Oh, and why hasn’t God just eliminated Satan? No one can answer me that.

      “Jesus came to die for us.”
      But he didn’t stay dead for us. Not much of a sacrifice.

      “You say you are an atheist, but you are acknowledging his existence by calling him a tyrant.”

      He exists as a fictional character. There are many many fictional tyrants. Are hypothetical situations beyond your ken?

      “I am christian and believe He is merciful and chooses to use the Bible as a means for us to know Him and for us to share with others the idea that there is forgiveness.”

      Sounds like you’re excusing his tyrannical actions. It’s okay. Abused spouses often do that, as do citizens in dictatorships.

      “Now, where did evil come from? Hahaha! …I don’t know.”

      It came from God. Isaiah 45:7 “I form the light, and create darkness; I make peace, and create evil; I, the Lord, do all these things.” I suggest you read your Bible in its entirety rather than let your pastor feed you tiny easily digestible bits.

  3. DP says:

    God as a tyrant.
    Seems to believe that the God of the bible is tyrannical you have to accept the idea that He is in control of everything. That idea is not scriptural though.
    Seems apparent that God does not always get what He wants. God would that ALL be saved. Are ALL saved? It is almost like He has left us with choices to make and responsibilities to carry. Quite the tyrant.

  4. Donnie Rich says:

    you completely misinterpreted the bible its not hard to but nothing you say when you say that God is a tyrant is true because God doesnt do anything harsh to His people He gave up His only begotten son so that we didnt have to die the bible says for the wages of sin is death but guess what God wasnt going to sit back and let us die He died on the cross so that we could be free and not have to die to me dude that looks like a really loving God who obviously isnt a tyrant and like the others nielish said how are you going to try and act like you know any of this when you dont believe in God.your an atheist and your trying to quote the bible that doesnt make any sense when you don’t believe in it I was in no way trying to make you mad or offend you I just wanted to understand why you believe what you believe

    • Rick Beckman says:
      Student of the sciences, the religions, the science fictions, and the fantasies… But mostly I’m just trying to find my groove in this big, crazy world.

      I am fully aware of what the Bible says regarding all of that (a quick perusal of old posts here will show that), but ultimately it boils down to the fact that the Bible is a novel wherein the main character (God) threatens the reader with a disease (sin) which not only is the main character the only one able to diagnose this disease but is also the only one who can provide a cure.

      And that’s not the worst part… The worst part is that it’s the same story told by many religions throughout history, such as the story of Horus in Egyptian mythology.

      More to the point, though, you began your post with “you completely misinterpreted the bible.” Okay, as they say, put up or shut up: How did i misinterpret what i was talking about? Simply pointing out something perceived to be a positive (“We’re doomed, and God has the cure.”) does not discredit anything i said, especially when what you said is reworded to be more honest: We’re doomed because God dooms us, but he also provides a means of being saved, itself an entirely arbitrary choice on God’s behalf.

    • Denizen says:

      “He gave up His only begotten son so that we didnt have to die ”

      Christians STILL die.

      “the bible says for the wages of sin is death ”

      No. The wages of Sin is HELL.

      “but guess what God wasnt going to sit back and let us die He died on the cross so that we could be free ”

      No. Sinners that are “saved” are then enslaved to Jesus and God for enternity. That is the very defintion of “not free”

      “a really loving God who obviously isnt a tyrant and like the others nielish said how are you going to try and act like you know any of this”

      It’s obvious you’re the one who knows nothing.

  5. Pulse of Religion says:

    Yes, God is a tyrant. Offering up a son to death is human sacrifice even if the son “volunteers” or follows a tyrants command. There is no salvation in human sacrifice, even if someone calls him a lamb. There are ancient pagan reasons for this story and other stories in almost all attempt’s and successes of organized religion throughout history. Now we who live in the midst’s of these religion, myths, mysteries, theories of theology must put up with tyrants. Even our denial of the myths leads them to believe we must be sent to hell or killed by them acting as God’s tyrants. We are in a sad affair of cullified sheeple willing to go to wars to kill millions and for various reasons not based on truth but, on fear. Fear of terrorism, fear of hell, fear of life so that others can control us … or so they think.

    Because men use God as their justification for wars, death, and evil of all sorts, we are left to the atrocities we see today and throughout history. We even congratulate the warriors of the wars and promote sacrifices of the most innocent, the unborn children. God will not allow these misdeeds to go unchecked. We need better moral policies and a more honest, least threatening government stance. It may be too late since we have pretty much offended the whole world with our atrocities and wars so now it seems all stops have been pulled out and wars, abortions , death (death with dignity), health care death panels, etc. are to become the norm.

    • Dan says:

      (im not commenting on this post, as i havent read it fully,
      so instead i will write of something that i have learned)

      Here is a view, which most People, driven by their Ego’s dont want to accept.

      God is the Ruler of the Universe. Ruler is inapropriate here, because God is everywhere, but needed to be written, as understanding to the humans.
      Beeing everywhere and beeing the first what there was and what there ever will be, it makes him , in Human terms a Ruler.

      The next thing is, that he didnt wanted to be alone, and he has Created a Son, which is in His mind Forever.

      Beeing of God, and a part of God, he has the same power to create like his Father.

      And he has to create like his father did, because, in this case a+a=a.
      This is simple matematical formula, what is a, needs to create a to be a.
      In his universe if Love creates Love, it turns out to be Love.

      This Brings us to the next formula, on which you will agree, a+a=b.
      Because you have learned that, 1+1=2, you do not understand that for God is a+a=a, and that it needs to be so.

      When God says that, if you do not follow His rule, which is love, then the meaning is, that you will be ruled by an Tyrant.
      This is the case where a+a=b is.

      As God gave his Son all the power which he has, the meaning of giving is to having. The formula for this is aswell a+a=a
      If you want to have Love, you need to give Love, to have it.

      If you think about this like Sun and sunrays, then you will understand, if the Sun wants to have its Sunray, He needs to give it.
      You will understand that this is the basic rule, which have to be, because the Sun is giving the sunrays automaticaly.

      So when the Son of God dreams, only then it is possibile for him to have things like a+a=b.

      Where the humans are, in this God-Son of God relationship, i cant tell, only guess.
      And my Guess is, that the Son of God has tried, to Create unlike his Father did. The Son thougth that he Created his Creator. And because of his Power, he did created something, (a+a=b) which is
      the Ego of the Son. And the Son, beliving in what he has created, gives power to his Creation (sun-sunray principle).

      Creating unlike his Father did, is a try to Create what God has not willed. But what God has not willed, has no power.

      As God is Love, he can Create only Love.
      As God is Life, he can Create only Living things.

      Humans may think of themselfes that they are Godless, but, if you remember that God, beeing life,is always giving life, so it also follows, that if your alive, you are living.

      If you Choose Death, it automaticaly follows, that you are choosing against God.
      If you Choose to Hate, Then you automatically choose against God.

      Ok because to explain all this would take ages, ill stop here,
      because there are Many Books arround which can help you in Your Awakening.

      The way to God is the way Back to Love, and the way back to Life and Live.
      May God Bless you all.

      • Denizen says:

        That’s the Greek definition of the Supreme Being, not the Biblical one. Christians will often use this argument which was stolen from Greek Philsopheres. The God of the Bible is not perfect. The God of the Bible is not all loving. The God of the Bible hands out death by the millions and frequently hates.

        eviticus 20:23 – “And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them.”

        Leviticus 26:30 – “And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your images, and cast your carcases upon the carcases of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you.”

        Deuteronomy 32:19 – “And when the LORD saw it, he abhorred them, because of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters.”

        Psalm 5:5 – “The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.”

        Psalm 5:6 – “Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.”

        Psalm 10:3 – “For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.”

        Psalm 11:5 – “The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.”

        Psalm 53:5 – “There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee: thou hast put them to shame, because God hath despised them.”

        Psalm 73:20 – “As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.”

        Psalm 78:59 – “When God heard this, he was wroth, and greatly abhorred Israel:”

        Psalm 106:40 – “Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.”

        Proverbs 6:16-19 – “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”

        Proverbs 22:14 – “The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein.”

        Lamentations 2:6 – “And he hath violently taken away his tabernacle, as if it were of a garden: he hath destroyed his places of the assembly: the LORD hath caused the solemn feasts and sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion, and hath despised in the indignation of his anger the king and the priest.”

        Hosea 9:15 – “All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes are revolters.”

        Zechariah 11:8 – “Three shepherds also I cut off in one month; and my soul lothed them, and their soul also abhorred me.”

        Malachi 1:3 – “And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.”

        Romans 9:13 – “As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.”

  6. mike says:

    Rich, you bring up some interesting points. The most interesting of which I find to be your conclusion that if God is indeed a tyrant, which I believe you have reasonably deduced that he is, what should a Christian DO with this knowledge? While the word “do” presupposes that there is some sort of free will in which a believer can choose this way or that, I postulate to you that there in fact no choice whatsoever, and that the only way to please this tyrannical oppressor is in fact to obey his every whim and command.

    • Rick Beckman says:
      Student of the sciences, the religions, the science fictions, and the fantasies… But mostly I’m just trying to find my groove in this big, crazy world.

      What a bleak existence that would be.

    • mike says:

      It would be bleak except for the fact that there is a promised reward to those who follow the Creator. It is not unlike a despotic monarch granting titles and land to loyal lords.

      • Rick Beckman says:
        Student of the sciences, the religions, the science fictions, and the fantasies… But mostly I’m just trying to find my groove in this big, crazy world.

        We moved past despotism for a reason.

          • Rick Beckman says:
            Student of the sciences, the religions, the science fictions, and the fantasies… But mostly I’m just trying to find my groove in this big, crazy world.

            The power of superstition is only so great as one’s belief in it. The gods — any gods — can be fought effectively through unbelief.

            • mike says:

              You’re correct again, but unfortunately for me I was robbed of that. I could no more disbelieve God than deny my own existence. I’m sorry if I’m coming off snooty, but I believe this mindset to be a curse, not a blessing. Woe is me. I envy those with the willpower to disbelieve an omnipotent being. May the spirit of true rebellion reign superior over the plan of the Creator!

              • Rick Beckman says:
                Student of the sciences, the religions, the science fictions, and the fantasies… But mostly I’m just trying to find my groove in this big, crazy world.

                Once you realize that there isn’t a being out there that cares that you’re having doubts or rebellious thoughts, then simply continue on from there and live as though there isn’t. Finally, allow yourself to forget all about him/her/it and enjoy life in its honest simplicity.

                I know I’m oversimplifying the process — it isn’t always easy — but the payoff is well worth it: a free mind.

            • Terence says:

              If God is not real, why do you need to fight a non-existent God through unbelief? There is nothing to fight against.

              Being an atheist requires an unshakable faith. You must possess a rock solid belief that there is absolutely No God. Not an iota of a percentage point that God exists. Zero.

              If you are fighting still, you aren’t an atheist.

              Romans 1:
              20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

              • Rick Beckman says:
                Student of the sciences, the religions, the science fictions, and the fantasies… But mostly I’m just trying to find my groove in this big, crazy world.

                Do Christian apologists that speak about Islam often believe that Allah exists? Do creationists who spend their days fighting evolution while never actually doing science believe that evolution is real?

                No?

                You see now how stupid it is to claim that arguing against the idea of God means that someone must believe in said God is.

                Being an atheist doesn’t require any faith. Babies don’t believe by default. Plenty of people are atheist and simply don’t think about or consider God or religion in their lives. I’m an atheist because I left religion when I realized how immoral the biblical god is and found that I couldn’t then find reason to believe in any other god, so I’m an atheist.

                I fight against God because the god of most religions (mainly Christianity as it is most common in America) is abominable and as a result followers of those gods tend to push abominable things onto non-adherents of those religions. If believers in God would keep such belief to themselves and out of science, schools, hospitals, statehouses, etc., then perhaps I and other atheists wouldn’t need to fight so hard.

  7. kangkana says:

    With our conditioned brains we think of religion and our god with the usual ideas and how they are important and how it makes sense. We find comfort in the tradition especially those which is related to our personal beliefs and sensitive and intimate to us. We are terrified of new ideas especially that which tries to explain the things we have always valued with totally new reasonings and yet sounding logical though hurting to the sentiments of a theist like myself. But its human and nothing to be ashamed of. Its natural. And I find myself comforting with the concept that its okay to be a theist and its also okay to have a flawed god. Its okay to have an imperfect god and its okay to have imperfections. So long our beliefs comforts us its okay to hold on to those beliefs. Its also okay to not agree with some our beliefs of our religion like eternal hell or punishments or gods wrath to those who disobey. We can always choose what beliefs suits our personal understanding of god. After all all these gods description was conceptualized by some individual who found all those concepts suiting to his personal beliefs and comforted him. Its okay to agree to some and not agree to some. And just because some atheist comes and explain that religion and god are all man made constructs its okay to agree to them and still remain to be theists. After all god is god. No one can ever come to decipher all of God ever. Its basically impossible. Some explanations will work and some don’t. But we can’t ever figure out all of God ever. God works in mysterious ways as they say. And the debate of good vs bad. I do get the point its all about reference points and will differ and vary among individuals. But its sometimes nice to have a personal set of what we consider good and bad for our own relief. Some turn to religion and some turn to reason like the atheists. Also I get the point that good vs bad is something pointless especially for God. Its all about his mysterious ways of which we are a part. But its okay to have certain goals and try and work for them even if they are destined for us or not. Its okay to work with free will even though it may not exist. Just like we do know the world can never be perfect but we should still thrive for it right. But dangerously its also okay to not thrive for it. Everything is okay atleast for god cause everything is pointless and infinite. But I presonally am more included to the thriving active camp rather than the passive. But its really up to individual what path they choose. The really powerful part of god is with his tremendous potential for good comes with the potential for bad as well. That doesn’t make him bad or tyrannical. He is tyrannical but actually it is something beyond that. He is beyond the definitions of good and bad or may be both or neither. He can never be fully understood. So yes god is dark and dangerous but I think for my personal comfort I would like to limit to God’s only positive aspects. At least it helps to go to sleep rather than sleep scared. So for all the theists like me out there its okay to be theists alright. And to those atheists out there its understandable that you wish to share your knowledge with us. But if you all are so intellectual then you should be understanding towards feelings as well. All humans whether theists or atheists crave love. So you can always make your point by being polite and respectful to others. That doesn’t mean you have to omit or withdraw some of your points. Just explain it more at length and detailed so that the others know what you are talking about and understand what you say without being hurt. Every body will listen if the language is respectful without subtle attacks on theists.

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