God is love?
(Top Posts - Distance From Belief
in theism - 030105)

To a poster who offered, in response to a
post titled "God is love"...
>
> Realizing what this simple statement truly means
> has brought immeasurable peace.
>

I responded as follows:

Being at peace is easily achieved without the
use of ritual, ancient religions, without imagined
superbeings, without social gatherings at tem-
ples-churches-synagogues-mosques, without
singing of religious songs, without religious
praying, and without being involved in any of the
ritualistic ceremonies which entail requests (and
demands) to believe in a particular version of
magic being stories, or else.

What does it truly mean? You do remember the
suicide/mass murderers who spoke to God be-
fore -and- as they slit throats and flew jets into
buildings and killed almost 3,000 on 9-11, don't
you? You do realize that of the 300,000 or so
killed in the recent tsunami horror, that a lot of
them were asking God for help, don't you? You
do realize that with all the horror on earth, that all
you have going for your God of love theory is
myth, don't you?

As the atom bombs were going off in Hiroshima
and Nagasaki, where was your God of love and
why didn't he do anything 'love'like to help them?

As over 6 million Jews, gypsies, homosexual
men, handicapped, and others were being shot
or gassed to death in the early 40s, where was
your God of love and why didn't he do anything
'love'like to help them?

The Ukraine, sufferers of horrors from both Ger-
mans -and- Russians, where was your God of
love and why didn't he do anything 'love'like to
help them, in both the 30s -and- the 40s?

Civil War -- U.S. -- where was your God of love
and why didn't he do anything 'love'like to help
them?

All naturalistic disasters, from the Mt.Toba super-
volcano eruption which is theorized as wiping out
all homo sapien life save a limited number, world-
wide, where was your God of love and why didn't
he do anything 'love'like to help them?

All other naturalistic disasters -and- wars -and-
murders -and- tortures -and- diseases, inclusive
of horrors visited upon the most innocent, babies,
with the likes of birth defects and deformities,
where was your God of love and why didn't he
do anything 'love'like to help them?

Non-existence explains all that. A God of love?
Only someone willing to engage in mental gym-
nastics meriting an Olympic Gold Medal for denial
and obliviousness to human suffering could come
up with apologetics large enough to assert a God
of love both exists -and- should be held as loving
regarding all of the above, and what follows ...

Do you refute all the mentions of God hurting, kil-
ling, or encouraging the killing and harm to people,
in the ancient religious documents people carry
into churches, synagogues, mosques, and tem-
ples? Do you simply ignore the mentions of God
hurting people in those documents? Do you sim-
ply treat all harmful God acts as OK -if- God does
them or if God is said to encourage them, kind of
like an act of a so-called lover is called 'love' -if-
he or she says he or she loves you prior to killing
you, beating you, or doing anything that would,
objectively, have to be viewed as hate/harm/des-
picable/anti-human?

Inquisition, witchhunts, religious wars, crusades,
why did a so-called God of love act powerless and
non-existent when those events happened?

Mass genocide in Rwanda, a predominantly chris-
tian country, and no God of love to be found. Why?

Hell and love -- oxymoronic.

Hell and hate -- a perfect match.

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