I have to say, I don't care whether God exists or not, I personally think he/she is an ****hole, surely no deity, no matter how omnipotent could allow the world that they supposedly created, fall into such chaos, and not do something to correct it. I guess that is going into a whole other argument that would take too long to resolve.
No, the thing that struck a chord with me, was your last comment Llew, you said something about the size of the field God expects you to plant...
I'm sorry I can't agree with that at all, If God is an all powerful, all loving, all etc etc, and I would assume, FAIR, then surely the size of a persons field should be equal to everyone elses ?
If the size of a persons dedication to God, is set by the difficulty of the task given and dictates the hierarchy in which they will sit when they die, surely that defeats the point of a fair God ? Does that not suggest, by definition, that God favours one over another and yet all are created equal ?!?!
I'm sorry I'm confused here, are all men created equal, or are some more equal than others ?
Like I say, I don't care about God, If he exists, then he can get stuffed, he's unfair, unkind and generally unpleasant and if I have to go before him when I die, then I'll tell him to his face. How can a God that purports to be loving allow HIV/Aids, Cancer, War, Racial Bigotry, famine, Earthquakes that cause mass destruction and death on an unprecedented scale, Homophobia, Murder, Rape, Infant Cot Death, Autism, Scizophrenia, Athsma, Drug Abuse, etc etc, the list is endless.
Now I know what's coming next, all the comments about being punished for our Sins, Freedom of Choice, eating the apple of the tree of knowledge... *beep*, God is a nasty piece of work who sits up on high and watches the human race tear itself to pieces, he doesn't deserve our praise, or our worship. If he wants our respect, then he needs to earn it !
Rant over !
You can't dangle the bogus carrot of possible reconciliation in front of my face whilst riding some other donkey.