Among all the religions that have contradictory Gods…only One or None can be right. It is just as likely that none are right or that some other god with entirely different characteristics or that multiple gods with different characteristics exists. We have no irrefutable proofs of any kind that any proposed god exists. All we have (or have ever had) is personal anecdotal attestations of belief. As far as the Abrahamic religions go, two thirds of the world doesn’t think this God exists.
Muslims believe in a god who is utterly transcendent, non-anthropomorphic, and to whom we humans are required to submit in total obedience. The Christian god, however is partially transcendent, three persons in one, anthropomorphic, and whom we are supposed to show love. The Jewish God is less transcendent, has a special role for the Jewish tribes, and they are singled out from all of humanity. The Hindu God or gods are so alien to my Western way of thought that I can’t even go there yet.
All religions except possibly some small sects in India do not account for all the proven hundreds of thousands of years man has been on earth. Most all Jews, Christians and Muslims (the Abrahamic religions) believe life began on earth 10,000 years ago, or less, and this is despite all the fundamentalists’ claims provably false. Some of the Christian denominations of late are recognizing that science is actually right on the long ages, and evolution and accepting this, but have so-far not fully integrated these facts into their dogma. If you are a fundamentalist; Where do you think this god was for 190,000 +- years?
How is it rational for anyone to believe in something with logically contradictory characteristics? It is not rational to believe in something that is defined one way…when the alleged same thing is defined in a different way down the street in another Temple/Church/Synagogue.
Christians maintain that serving their God is what gives them purpose and that all their morality comes from this God, seemingly disregarding the fact that billions of other people can find purpose to living and loving and can act with morality, all without belief in a transcendent being.
Albert Einstein denied the existence of the traditional monotheistic God and refused to believe that said God could even be moral if He and the religionist’s claims about Him were true. If this God was omniscient and omnipresent as Christianity claims, He would be ultimately responsible for all of the suffering of humanity down through the ages. Gods that reflect human frailty are not moral or real gods.
Some Christian sects/denominations define God as being so powerful that free-will is nonexistent, that who we are and what we do is entirely up to Gods interference. Others will define god as one who gives us tremendous freedoms/free-will and hardly ever, or never, interferes.
A person looking at all these differences would be justified in just staying away from all of them. After all only one or none of them could possibly be right, and us mere humans could not possibly pick the right one…if there even was a right one.
“While 40 million people died of starvation in the last decade, churches spent $10 billion on campuses.” Steve McSwain
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