Today I Stumbled upon this article from AtheismResource.com, and it got me thinking a little. One question popped into my head – “What are we to God?” Being a Sunday morning and my not being in church it seemed appropriate to briefly explore this.
Firstly, lets accept the premise of the article, that it turns out that the Abrahamic religions are correct and God/Yahweh does exist, and shortly after we die we find ourselves confronted by God and needing to give an account of our lives.
The questioner in the article asks:
Will you say the magic words and suddenly I’ll understand how a child being raped, murdered, and left in a ditch fits in with you infinite benevolence? Will starvation and disease make sense?
It’s at this point that my mind wandered a little, and I tried to see if I could figure out a way that an apparently all powerful supreme being could be so callous as to allow things like rape, murder, disease and general suffering to exist when they could wipe them out in an instant. A moments cogitation, and the answer hit me.
Just as we think nothing of killing an ant on the sidewalk as we walk to work, or taking antibiotics when we’re ill and wiping out whole colonies of bacteria, God just doesn’t care about us.
It’s not too surprising when you really think about it either. He apparently created this unimaginably immense universe, that according to currently observable evidence is 93,000,000,000 light years wide. Given that our minds can’t properly understand even the size of our own solar system that’s just mind bogglingly big. There must be so much stuff going on in that whole universe that we’re not even a blip on a blip on a blip on his radar.
When you’ve got the ability to observe stunning galaxies coalesce, grow, merge, and die, and you’re a being for whom galaxy forming time is no more than a few minutes is to us then the entirety of human existence (even if you accept Creationists assertion of 6-10 thousand years) is nothing.
The Sombrero Galaxy. Quite possibly my favourite galaxy.
When you have the ability to watch things like that, why would you care what is happening to Joe Smith?