Having finished the first book in the Qur'an and the first month of writing I want to reflect on an issue that has been raised by the Qur'an and the Bible. Questioning God. From the time that we were throwing rocks at each others heads and looking up at the night sky and decided there must be a being over asking that being questions has been strictly prohibited. Oog and Cronk both knew that if they questioned the Great Light during the day that it would retreat and create darkness for some time. The Great Light of course did this because its feelings were hurt, It was doing the best it could to sustain all life and make sure that the dinosaurs did not eat the little people. Oog and Cronk both agreed that every day someone was hurting the Great Lights feelings, so they decided that everyone did such should die. And so our fear of God begins, not from logic but from consequence.
Oog and Cronk are not too terribly different from the modern theologian, both attempting to attain knowledge about something far above them. The current thinker however uses more refunded methods than bludgeoning to death with rocks or sticks, but that is a current development and there are still those today that hurl stones at those who would question or defy God or the customs laid out by Allah. Piles of rubble aside, what are the current reasons for denying our innermost thoughts from interacting with the on high?
First we have the punishment trap. You see this trap is quite tricky because it can get you coming and going paralyzing you with fear of any intellectual movement at all. Upon entering the trap God decides to "test" you and send a trial your way. Now, this trial will look and feel terrible, almost like a punishment, but remember that God is loving and kind and only kills your parents for good reasons. No, don't cry I know your only three years old in a war torn country but its all part of God's plan for your life so bear with me. God has now decided to scrutinize your reactions throughout life. At any point if you question the great providence that was given you, you will be smote. Boils, plagues and death are old fashioned today you get cancer or lose your job. All of this becuase you dared question God. Shame On You!
Second, is the ever entertaining idea that God is a gigantic hormonal sissypants. Thats right, God the divine eternal creator of the universe cannot take it when you say nasty things about him or his plans. In fact when you do it hurts him so much he just wants you to die, and go to hell forever. I understand that if we react like this we are condemned but you need to remember that this is God we are talking about OK. And even if we didn't like it there would be nothing that we could do, God is far to powerful and majestic for us to attempt to assail. Again, you may be confused and say, "But Ben, according to the Bible and Qur'an God/Allah has killed far more people than Hitler, Stalin or Satan combined" Yes, I know but unlike those people/celestial being we have no means of putting God on trial so we simply let him do as he wishes and deal with the swings in emotion every time a new episode of Glee or Will & Grace come on the in heaven.
Third and finally is my personal favorite, God is just and angry guy out to get jollies by squishing the unbelievers. Right away I know your thinking this idea looks exactly like what we do to people that disagree with us, and your right. There is NO WAY we could have fashioned a God that acted like us NO WAY AT ALL! So anytime somebody steps outta line ZAP, cancer, finances, economy, hurricanes, earthquakes even rape, murder and hell. All different settings on the Sin Punishing Raygun in the Hands of an Angry God. God is exactly like your Dad when he got too upset to think anymore and gave you one whack too many and the police got called, except this time nobody can call the police, because God would kill them too. Jerk...
Each of these options make a slight bit of sense but I would like to propose a fourth. God/Allah actually cares about the universe that was created and everything in it. The creator is not waiting for the "time and day" to become the destroyer. In fact it would make more sense that God would make every possible effort to ensure the salvation of everything ever made...But that is too nice. God, when fashioned after human thought, will always fall short of our expectations, or turn out to be a divine un-killable monster. I'm going to go ahead and place my faith in the creator God and not the one that is bent on destroying everything when the time is right. If i spent a lifetime creating a sculpture and thought it to be "good" there would not be a time for that work of art to be destroyed. I would exhaust my life protecting it if some were out to ruin my creation. And given that God has infinite life and power, the creator is more likely to do that than turn around one day with an hammer and yell "THATS IT!" So ask away, and fear not the mighty response, because there won't be one.