Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Heavenly fatherliness #1 - Sticking around

According to popular wisdom, a good father does not abandon his children.

Mormons like to think that God is always there watching and listening to you. He's never far away even though you might feel alone.

I say bullshit. We can make lists all day of people who claim to have seen god or to have been heard by God but let's be real here: there are no confirmed sightings in the history of humanity, just stories we have to accept on one's word.

Isn't it a little contradictory for us to say that God sent us here alone to test our faith and then claim that God's here too? We might not be banished eternally from Heaven like the evil third, but we are, according to the official story, not allowed back whenever we want. Is being banished all that different from being abandoned? God is very much out of the picture.

The evidence of abandonment is all too obvious if we look at the rampant suffering and chaotic nature of existence. Blame it on Satan if you want, but don't turn around and say God's in control. God's children suffer mercilessly and he is nowhere to be seen, heard, felt, tasted, or smelled.

If you were to walk onto some guys property and see his children starving, dying of sickness, naked, and killing each other, you'd think "holy shit, this jerk's the worst dad in the universe" and immediately call child services. 

*These attributes represent the popular thoughts of Ask Men’s Jullian Marcus,’s Tanya Tringali, and Open Talk Magazine’s Glenn Silvestre as per their respective articles on what makes a good father.

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