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Debunking the “Reality is Evil, Therefore God Doesn’t Exist” Claim

November 20, 2012

1. God is not bound to any moral code, rather, he is the moral code- meaning that because God is justice, everything he says, does, believes, and creates, is right, just, good and flawless.

2. God created us, and as we are created in the image of perfection, we inherit the goodness of God. So as the offspring of God, we cannot be evil in the eyes of God, and as he is the standard of good, we are good indeed.

3. Even if we were good or evil, it would be impossible for us to definitely determine was is good and what is evil, as we are not God, but merely his offspring. So any notions we have about what is right, wrong, good, evil, good, bad, just, wicked– these are human measures of morality, and do not hold and real moral value, cosmically speaking.

4. Human standards of morality, ethics, virtue, value, norms, etc….are constructs of society, culture, etc.– conditioned into our thinking in order to promote moral solidarity, and are based not on what is definitively known to by right or wrong, but on what the establishment determines, usually on a hierarchial basis (individual, family, workplace, boss; neighborhood, law enforcement, council, mayor, board; deacon, priest, pope; union leadership, special interests, Obama; grassroots coordinators, Tea Party, Sarah Palin….you get the point). This all has nothing to do with God, of course. For the most part, our moral conditioning is determined entirely by a complex bureaucracy of people using morality as a tool to exchange power.

5. As history is our witness, nearly every measure of right and wrong has changed through the evolutionary shifts of culture, and adaptations to accommodate certain core needs.

Throughout history, many things we consider “evil” today- blood feuds, human sacrifice, animal/child abuse, wife beating, slavery, prejudice, racism, intellectual property theft, trespassing, genocide, religious crusades, raping and pillaging, piracy, misogyny, persecution, gladiators cannibalism…..the list goes on and on– all of these things were throughout history considered either necessary or morally acceptable in major cultures, and all of them are considered morally acceptable in some cultures even to this day (even human sacrifice).

Conversely, many things we consider morally acceptable today (homosexuality, promiscuous sex, birth control, raising families outside marriage, female leaders, professional women, blacks in power, sexuality, violence, and illegal drugs in film and television, Christianity, monotheism, industrialization, hypnotism, dating, expatriatism, draft-dodging, writing (if you weren’t an authorized scribe), reading the Bible (if you’re not a church official), falling in love (with someone who wasn’t pre-chosen by your parents), a woman speaking (if she isn’t spoken first to), taking a different occupation than your family, talking to people from a different social class than you, etc. — as you know, none of these things are considered “evil” in mainstream cultures.

6. For the most part, morality is truly a luxury- In an impoverished city, being a good person is a good way to get robbed, bullied, and shot. In many parts of Africa, there is not any morality by any standard of right and wrong. People are regularly raped, abused, assaulted, and murdered, and it’s not considered wrong in many areas of Africa at all. It’s considered, in fact, a rite of marriage. The killings continue, but it is not in any way wrong, it only appears to be wrong to those that have the luxury of making such a distinction. You only believe it to be wrong because you don’t live in a country/region/city/neighborhood so impoverished that morality cannot be afforded.

8. Finally, and this point should be stressed the most: good and evil, right and wrong, just and wicked– these values are determined ultimately by one’s relative perception. Something is only appearing to be good or appearing to be evil, because of its relationship to your expectations of reality. If something happens that is different from your expectations of good, or fulfilling of your expectation of evil, then you apply those labels to it, and reinforce your perception of morality, in relationship to reality, through maintaining that contrast of values. In the end, right and wrong are not about interpreting reality, but about identifying with the perceived moral substance of reality via attaching values to it– the values of the individual, family, group, culture, society, government, religion, race, etc.

Ultimately, the underlying truth here is that morality as we know it is a human invention, so to try to discredit God’s existence by saying he does not conform to all our expectations of a moral God, and we as his creation are not projecting according to such expectations, is patently ludicrous.

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