As I read through various YAR posts the other morning, I was struck with a realization about God. More accurately, a realization about my belief in, and loyalty to God. Here it is:
If God really is a white male hetero-bigot he can shove it for all I care.
That’s right. Not my God. I’ll take damnation over worshiping that crap.
So where does that leave us?
Fortunately that’s not the God I believe in, and so I can move forward with faith in a God that loves creation and all that it is.Does that color my interpretation of scripture? Absolutely. Have you ever met someone free of that particular problem of subjective interpretation? But that said, if I learned tomorrow that God was planning to damn people to hell for having sex with the wrong people, I’d call the whole thing off. That is one petty pathetic God, and not one that deserves any respect. Since when is omniscience, omnipotence or omnipresence a good reason for me to like you, or follow your word? So what if you are the one and only true god, if you are a petty, spiteful tyrant.
So the question raised is: Why do you worship your God? Is power a good enough reason? Fear of hell? Allow me one hypothetical: what if God does want you to kill your neighbor for their transgressions? Do you do it, just because God says so? Do you have any morality outside of your belief in God? Should you? Are you loyal to whatever God is, to the best of your understanding, no matter what? Or do you have some limits?
And it’s not good enough to say this is all hypothetical, because all theology is somewhat hypothetical. You believe you are right about God, and I believe different from each of you, so one of us (at least) is dealing in fictions of some sort already. And the actual question itself is not hypothetical in the least:
Does “The Bible” or “Gods Word” over-rule all your ethical and moral understandings, and on what basis?