Contributor - Gordonliv
But suppose now - for a moment - that there is no god. Would anything be different? Might there be nothing at all, instead of this vast and ever changing universe? Or could the atheist viewpoint (incomplete as it is) also possibly prevail?
If there is a god/gods/God, who still is in existence (i.e. he hasn't died and turned to cosmic dust now that his work is done), who has the power to create a universe (a very clever thing, if you ask me!) and who has given us a book about it all... why - in his infinite power - would he allow the "horrors" that are spoken of in this life to prevail?
Let's think of a hypothesis:
I have a hamster and a guinea pig. Both of them know me. Both of them understand me - at least insofar (ooh, I sound like a lawyer... notwithstanding!) as they need me to provide them with the basic essentials of life. I provide food for them. I provide water for them. I give them a nice, clean, comfy cage full of straw and bedding and nuts (or whatever hamsters and guinea pigs eat!) and also provide them with lots and lots of love... you might say, in hamster language, I provide them with infinite love, given that they couldn't possibly understand the vast intellect (ha!) of their provider.
But then I find out that they're fighting. If I put them in the cage together, they'll bite and scratch and harm each other... possibly even to the death.
What would I do about this? Allow it to continue?
No, of course not. I'd separate them out. I'd say to them, "Stop it, both of you. I love you both equally, but if you can't get along with each other, because you fight over what I give you, then I'll put you in separate cages."
And that's what I'd do. Separate them out. Give one cage to the hamster, and another to the guinea pig. Then all the violence would be over, but they could still "know" me as their provider and giver of infinite love.
God could do that.
He could do anything.
So, why doesn't God create some new planets? The Jews could have one, the Muslims could have one, and the Christians could have one. Then all these horrible car bombs (they fill them with gas canisters and nails, you know) would no longer be necessary. What would the atheists get? Well, given that God has to stop the fighting, it would be only fair that each monotheistic religion would have to be moved to a new planetary development, otherwise there'd be bickering about that too.
So God may as well leave us atheists here on Earth! Then we could get on with everything without him... and them.
Makes perfect sense to me! God, did you get that? God? God...? Hello...?
He's not answering...