At the Beginning
In volume 24 #2 of Skeptic there are a pair of essays on the subject of the Christian God and evil. Both depend on an assumption I just can’t agree with. That being that God being all knowing and all powerful means that He has no real limits. To that I say baloney.
Let’s start with the subject of infinity, something we show no real understanding of as far as I can see. The first thing to note about infinity is that it has no limits. That is infinity’s one limit, that it can have none.
Our universe, our reality, in contrast has a ton of them. It has limits we need to deal with, and I suspect that any God we have is going to have limits of his own. He can’t do everything, and He can’t really know everything. He can do and know things in the context of our existence, but that’s not everything in the context of infinity. Nor should He have to.
On the Matter of Us
And we have a role in all of this, inasmuch as we have capabilities which enable us, and make us responsible. We’re not helpless, we can do things. We can be and we are responsible for what happens to us and what we do. We’re not helpless, our arms aren’t broken.
But some of us insist on dumping it all on God. To that I say, “Who died and made you helpless?” We can’t do everything, but we can do enough, and as adult human beings we can do a lot. When we insist that there must be things only God can do we foist off on Him what is our responsibility.
Then you have the matter of evil, evil as a thing, an entity, an object. To that idea I say “bullshit”. I don’t see evil as a thing, as an object. I see evil as what we do to each other. Bad things can and do happen to us, but that isn’t evil, just events. Doing evil requires consciousness, and that requires a mind. A wave can do no evil, for it is just an event. A wall collapsing and crushing people is not evil, only an occurrence. Be there any evil in it that would be the evil of the builders doing a piss poor job of building it in the first place. We make peace and create evil and that’s what it comes down to.
We have free will and that means that we are responsible for what happens to us. We refuse to take measures to insure we have better lives we have chosen to let bad things happen when we don’t perform them ourselves. You get right down to it, Shermer and Huffing are full of it, and both can not be called responsible human beings in this area. As far as I can see neither is old enough to handle adult responsibilities.
To Sum Up
There you have my thinking on this matter, we are responsible for what we do to each other and we can not foist this off on anybody else, no matter of puissant He is.