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God Squad Review CXXXVII

August 8, 2005 | 14 Comments

It doesn’t seem fair that “some people skip through life, while others suffer tragedy after tragedy,” complains a Squad reader. The Squad has all the answers to this one, and I do mean all. No consistency between them, of course, so take your pick. They being with “luck”:

God gives us life. If we’re lucky, God gives us life and love, and if we’re terrifically lucky, God gives us long life, much love, and no big bumps. The truth is, luck is only part of it.

Sort of like a poker game, then. The luck is what cards you get and the skill is what you do with them. Exactly what you’d expect an omnipotent being to do. I mean, God is like your father

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14 Responses to “God Squad Review CXXXVII”

  1. AK
    August 8th, 2005 @ 11:44 am

    I wonder if those God Squad guys went to see Passion of the Christ together when it came out in theatres?

    Just curious…

  2. a different tim
    August 8th, 2005 @ 12:52 pm

    On the first letter – I seem to remember the book of Job is entirely devoted to this problem. The traditional Christian interpretation of this seems to be (as far as I can tell) “Sometimes god allows the righteous to suffer in order to test them (of course we’re not allowed to test him), and sometimes he does it for a laugh. Hey, he’s god. He can do what he likes. Don’t question it or we’ll burn you at the stake”.

    Of course I may have misread this as I find this a little unsatisfying.

    I would also recomment to you and RA (if you haven’t seen it – couldn’t fimd it on the links page) the Skeptic’s annotated bible (including the Koran and Book of Mormon) here [http://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com/ ] for handily indexed examples of god persecuting people for no readily apparent reason.

  3. Daniel
    August 8th, 2005 @ 4:24 pm

    Isn’t “evil” something we created ourselves? The only reason “evil” exists is because we created the category in order to explain many things we don’t like. “Evil” is a viewpoint, not some external reality.

  4. hermesten
    August 8th, 2005 @ 5:17 pm

    No Daniel, “evil” was created by God along with everything else. The reason “evil” exists is because God wanted it that way: evil is a lot more fun to watch.

  5. TG
    August 8th, 2005 @ 5:42 pm

    Forget about the dog. According to Leviticus 21:16-23 they have no business letting blind people in the door to begin with.

  6. simbol
    August 8th, 2005 @ 5:44 pm

    Daniel

    I don’t like mayonnaise. Do you think mayonnaise is “evil”?
    If I shoot you a round with an AK-47 without any reason and I kill you, would you think these bullets are not external reality? Well, ok. ok., at that moment you couldn’t think anything, because you would be dead. But how could you be dead if these bullets weren’t real?
    I expect the Jury don’t find me guilty since my viewpoint is that there is nothing wrong with shooting Daniel since I like shooting people, therefore there is not “evil”.

  7. Dave
    August 8th, 2005 @ 6:08 pm

    Wow, TG – I just looked it up. You’re right. That Jehovah’s a real motherfucker, all right.

  8. Daniel
    August 8th, 2005 @ 7:14 pm

    Shooting me is not evil, it’s illegal, and over the long run if anyone could shoot anyone else it would not be beneficial to society. If evil is not just a viewpoint then godhatesfags.com is correct, because it is shown to be evil in the Bible.

  9. PhalsePhrophet
    August 9th, 2005 @ 12:31 am

    I received more un-solicited messages from the alphabet food source.

    -Geeohhdee already knows that every single member of his flock is at minimum, a hypocrite? What appearances are projected and how the hypocrisy is dealt with is handled on a case-by-case basis. Sure, some appear to lead textbook Christian lives on the outside: take priests for example. However, Geeohhdee can use his omni-all powers to ferret out what it already knows about the evil/pedophilia pre-installed in the priest and can make it look like someone died a tragic, senseless death for their secret treason. Sometimes Geeohhdee likes to demo the humorous side. As a recent example, Geeohhdee would like to take credit for the dirty steroid test of that baseball player who testified before congress. Yep, made him wag the finger too. The whole thing was rigged. He shouldn

  10. MBains
    August 9th, 2005 @ 5:01 am

    Think for a second folks.

    Good = positively charged particles and Evil = negatively charged particles These particles interact in conjunction with quantum fluctuations which equal Luck.

    THIS is the only rational foundation for Morality.

    The only way to discern Moral from Immoral behaviour is by using the scientific method. Religions are protoscience so are, at best, capable of providing issues to be studied scientifically. The are worthless when it comes to actual objective examination and so are immoral as they excuse themselves from having to provide empirical evidence to support their veracity.

    They will all be gone in 1,000 years or so… It could be much sooner because, as everyone reading this particular blog might well know, bio-cultural evolution occurs in various ways; including “fits and starts*” and gradual change.

    Unless our species destroys itself (or gets hammered by a comet or what have you because we didn’t develope our TECHNOLOGY quickly enough to fend it off**) religion will inevitably lose it’s attraction for the masses. It could be much sooner or alot farther away but, either way, I ain’t holding my breath. I’m just happy science works predictably in explaining the nature of our existence.

    * wtf is the scientific name for this??? It’s just too damn early! LOL!
    ** There’s a Question of the Day for you RA. “Is it immoral to not utilize technological innovations?” or maybe “Is it immoral to reject the Scientific Method?”

  11. leon
    August 9th, 2005 @ 9:46 am

    *punctuated equilibrium

  12. hermesten
    August 9th, 2005 @ 9:47 am

    “Shooting me is not evil, it’s illegal,…”

    That depends on who is doing the shooting. The cops can chase you down, push you to the ground, empty a clip into your head, in public, and all they have to do to make it “legal” is say “oops.” In fact, the list of people who could shoot you “legally” is pretty long. So, technically, shooting you isn’t “illegal” –except in certain circumstances.

  13. greeseyparrot
    August 15th, 2005 @ 7:07 am

    Are the “comments” of MBains, the ramblings of a schizophrenic gone off his or her meds, or a work of satire, so profound, that it is beyond my feeble mental grasp?
    Leon, if it is a case of the former, your mockery is cruel, unfeeling and uncalled for. If the latter, you are simply full of shit.

  14. greeseyparrot
    August 15th, 2005 @ 7:30 am

    Leon, my deepest apologies for the part of my snark addressed to you, I didn’t read MBains’ comments as carefully as you, and didn’t realize you were responding to an actual question within his… well, whatever it is. Obviously the phrase “my feeble mental grasp” is a little more accurate than I would wish.

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