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Godless American Patriot

For God So Loved the World  
By Gene Johns  

Disclaimer: I do not believe a God exists and this essay is a critique of a mythical God in a book of myths called the Holy Bible. I do not believe a God had anything to with the planet we live on or the life on it.   

So many people believe the Bible is a true account of how God created the earth and mankind. I wanted to point out some things people tend to ignore when characterizing their God as a loving and compassionate God. If God is real and the Bible is true, then the following are my thoughts about God's love for the world.   

It really is an amazing thing. God so loved the world he, well, let me quote from God's own book the Holy Bible: John 3:16: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  

Wow, God allowed his son to be brutally beaten and then crucified so that we may be saved and have everlasting life. Christians praise God for his sacrifice.  

Personally, I think God should be held accountable for child neglect and child endangerment. Surely God could have come up with a better way of saving mankind than allowing his son to be mercilessly beaten and crucified. I wouldn't knowingly set up my child to be brutally beaten and then murdered for any reason.   

But I digress. Let me get back on track. This piece is about what the loving and compassionate God character of the Bible gave the world he created.  

For God so loved the world he also gave us beautiful flowers, wonderful trees, gorgeous sunsets, the miracle of birth and life, and thank God, ice cream. For all those things we should be thankful. 

Awe, but there is more:  

God so loved the world he created animals that, in order to live, must kill and eat other animals to live, often eating them alive.   

God so loved the world that he created venomous snakes that with one bite can kill and often with excruciating pain.   

God so loved the world he created the mosquito and the diseases the mosquito spreads around the world bringing sickness and death.  

God so loved the world he created cancer, dementia, Alzheimer’s, sickle cell disease, and a long list of other afflictions (something that causes pain and suffering) for mankind. 

God so loved the world he created a reproduction process that allows birth defects that cripple and disfigure infants and children for life.  

God so loved the world he created the conditions on Earth that allow volcanos, tsunamis, tornadoes, and hurricanes, among other natural disasters, that have killed millions of people around the world.    

God so loved the world that he created the asteroids and meteors that can potentially wipe out mankind.  

God so loved the world he created the archangel Lucifer knowing one day he would become the evil in the world and misled humans into eternal hell.  

There are more but I think you get the picture. Why would anyone want to worship a being that purposely created all those afflictions for mankind to endure? It reminds me of the battered wife syndrome.  

I point out those horrible things Christians and people of all religions tend to ignore and then praise the good things their God created. That is called selective observation and contributes to the confirmation bias that does not allow for critical thinking or acceptance of scientific theory that does not conform with Biblical creation stories.  

There are some wonderful things on our planet for us to enjoy. But our planet is also a dangerous place to live. Isn't it more feasible that our planet and the life on it is because of natural processes and not by a supernatural being (the existence has not been proven) called God? If a God created our planet, what was he thinking?   

Yeah, I know, Christian apologists will say Satan is responsible for all of the ills of the Earth. I don't recall anywhere in the Bible where it says Satan has created anything. Satan didn't even create hell, God did. Satan probably did pick out the curtains for hell.   

Genesis tells us that God made every creature on earth and everything (including disease) within it. Colossians tell us everything that ever was or is, visible or invisible, or ever will be is created by God. In conclusion, God created everything bad in the world. So much for a loving and compassionate God.   

Christians will not doubt argue Adam and Eve are responsible for all the ills on Earth. If they would have just listened to God and not eaten from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Adam and Eve had no understanding of right or wrong, not until after they ate from that Tree of Knowledge. Then it was too late. How could God punish Adam and Eve when they had no concept of right and wrong and the consequences of doing something wrong?   

By the way, when Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, why didn't they learn about washing your hands before dinner and that owing slaves was immoral? Shouldn't slavery be a sin? The Bible does not say slavery is a sin and the Bible actually provides rules for owning slaves.    

I guess we could assume that before Adam and Eve fell from the grace of God and he then expelled them from the Garden of Eden, there was no such thing as volcanos, plate tectonics, lightning, tornadoes, and many other unstable atmospheric and geological conditions. God must have added all of the diseases to the world environment after Adam and Eve were evicted from the Garden of Eden, just to add to their punishment.    

If the story of Adam and Eve is true, then all of Earth's creatures are paying for the sins of Adam and Eve. We are paying for the sins of our parents because we all are in danger of things that did not happen or occur before Adam and Eve ate a stupid apple! Good grief Charlie Brown!