Friday, March 25, 2011
Well, everyone seems to have a support group. Perhaps folks like me need one.
But first a word about misotheism, which the dictionaries define as a hatred of God or the gods. As I've explained before, after years of thinking about the matter of God and religion, in the which I slowly managed to de-indoctrinate myself of the beliefs instilled in me by my upbringing, I arrived at a position that recognizes God as a metaphor. I'm not literally a misotheist if that entails belief in a personal God. However, I do hate a popular and widespread conception of God. That is the fellow I so often take issue with on my blog. So perhaps it's more accurate to say I hate bad ideas about God.
I hate the idea that the universe may be something of a hoax because instead of being a self-explanatory and consistent system, it is and has been tinkered with from time to time by God's supernatural interventions (miracles) which skews the evidence. Creationists are the chief villains in this joke, but there are also those who think "natural" disasters either have or sometimes have a supernatural origin.
I hate the idea that good and evil are defined by God's fiat; that good and evil can be reduced to a set of commands or ideals based on God's will, and unbelievers are, therefore, bad people.
I hate the idea that God is supposedly omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, omnibenevolent, and somehow - to all appearances - totally indifferent to the abundance of evil in this vale of suffering.
I hate the idea that God has favorites. i. e., chosen or elect people. I much prefer the humanist ideal of equality.
I hate the idea that God punishes and tortures his creatures; that we are "worms" or so far beneath Him as to be comparatively insignificant.
I hate the idea that submission to God's will is human fulfillment, that slavery is really freedom.
These are all ideas that tear down the effort to come together as people and make this life all we can make it.
These ideas had a very negative impact on my own life in lots of ways, and I see that same effect in the lives of others. What I find extremely troubling are the people I interact with who feel the way I do but out of fear find themselves trapped in the mindset of that concept of God. I understand that more than most of you could ever know unless you have experienced it. Fear of an "angry God" and/or fear of disapproval and abandonment of angry-God-believing friends and family members are emotionally distressing.
I just strongly feel that silence isn't an appropriate response. And I feel we should stick together and hold out for the death of that type of God.