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Universe Still In Danger of Popping Out of Existence, But Now For a Different Reason

Priests from the Vatican Council for Divine Research have issued another dire warning to the good peoples of the world. Based on the conclusions of modern religions, an unseen danger lurks in the very fabric of reality.

"We all agree that God created the world. Right? But we don't really know why, do we? Was God lonely? Did he create man in God's image because he wanted friends? But how could an all-powerful, divine being be weighted down by such feelings as loneliness?" asked Brother Sceptickles.

"Let's put His divine motivations aside for a second. What if God decides that he wants to start over? I mean, just look at the world. It's pretty screwed up. Do you think God had all these wars in mind when he created us? Do you think he wanted to create "Keeping Up with the Kardashians"? Maybe, at any moment, he just pops the world out of existence, like a frustrated writer crumpling up a plot thread with a dead end. What's to stop him?" lamented Brother Sceptickles.

"Morality? But God created morality. It's only wrong to kill, rape, and steal because God said so. He could just change his mind at any moment and declare that it's ok to wipe out the human race in order to start over and try something different. Right?" continued the good Brother.

"Oh, Brother Sceptickles, how deluded you are," jumped in Brother Faithickles. "You think God created us in order to shepherd us into enlightenment and he thinks we are taking too long. You think God wants us to evolve by ourselves, to reach a state of divine grace, and you think he will lose patience? But the good Lord has infinite patience. God loves us."

"Does God loves us?" asked Brother Sinickles. "Or are we just deluding ourselves into believing that, to avoid the existential dread that awaits us if we really look around us?"

"Look at all the suffering in the world. Many people become atheists because religion has no good answer for suffering. Just listen to what Epicurus had to say over 2,000 years ago:

Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?

And we all read Ivan's speech in Brothers Karamazov about how he cannot believe in a God that would let a boy be torn apart by a pack of dogs before the mother's eyes for a general's amusement.

But has it occurred to you all that the question of suffering could have a simple answer? What if God is a sadist?"

Brother Sinickles smiled an existential smile.

"Yes, assume God enjoys suffering. That would explain a great deal, would it not? What if God created the Universe and the human race for his own amusement? Why is this not considered a possibility in the world's religions? I think the answer is obvious. Such metaphysics are too terrible to even contemplate. But if it's true, could not God simply get bored with the whole thing at any moment and end it? Yes, the Universe is truly in danger of popping out of existence at any moment at the whim of a malevolent deity."



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Upon reading this post a

Upon reading this post a Himalyan guru was said to have observed:

My friends, it is not that there must be a God of Gods. God created all, and because God is part of all, God created God. Nothing can be observed without consciousness, yet all is observed with consciousness. Take away consciousness and all equals nothing. The paradox is thus that there is no paradox.

With that, the mystic used a corner of his sleeve to wipe a bit of tarkari from the corner of his mouth, then lay on his back to observe the night sky.

I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be. Albert Einstein

Religion is faith

It is not subject to logic.

Humans are, unwillingly, rational beings. I say 'unwillingly' because it is far easier to latch onto a predesigned, predigested, set of rules and call it 'morality,' or 'truth', or 'salvation,' than it is to ponder the hard questions that lead to...doubt.

But once a question is posed, especially questions that lead to uncomfortable conclusions, Doubt is inevitable.

Doubt is terrifying to those who want the absolute certainty of a god. No wonder atheists are the most scorned people on the face of the earth, by every religion that has ever been. They are the silent reminders of nagging Doubt that haunts the True Believers.

I do not wish my religious friends any discomfort, and for their sakes I hope their faith is placed in the right place. I have found other answers that have brought me peace. May you have and keep yours.

thank you!

I have no problem whatsoever with faith. You can't argue with faith. Only if your faith is shaky will attacks on your religion bother you. A little Kierkegaard would do some good to all the people that are offended by humor posts such as this one.

In fact, the religious could very well welcome posts such as these. Look at it as a challenge to test your faith.

I also do not want to cause discomfort to others, but I think we are entitled some leeway when it comes to satire and humor. It's funny that people assume I am an atheist, just because of a post like this.

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

wow. the difference

betweeen your Christmas message and Edward Snowden's couldn't be greater. He's someone who has earned the respect of so very many and proved himself to be a true patriot on a world-wide scale.
For all he's gone through he is not bitter and his resolve, grace and candor prove him to be the best of men.
You need to divest yourself of your childish behavior and learn how to be a man like Dr Paul and Edward. I can't imagine either one of them writing drivel and posting it on a day that means so much to so many.

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
James Madison

I recognize your name as

I recognize your name as someone that showed such little knowledge of the story of the Tower of Babel from the Bible that your comment was memorable to me. I mean, even if you think the Bible is a complete fairy tale, some basic understanding of at least the major stories would seem a necessity for someone living in Europe or the Americas, to understand history, art, and culture of the past two thousand years. I made a mental note of your name to make sure never to pay attention to your comments again, but this 'humor' piece begs a response.

Let's assume the best case scenario that you are not talking about the God of the Bible, but just a creator of the universe, meaning all that exists anywhere. If that creator were 'bored' with this universe, why wouldn't they just make another? It's not like there is a limited amount of space. Assuming this creator is real, we have no evidence they are destructive, quite the contrary to create something from nothing.

If it were the God of the Bible you are referring to, then this article shows either a lack of knowledge of the Bible (probable) or is claiming that God is a liar.

I think it is arrogant to mock that which you do not understand, and it is certainly not funny. I'm not saying you can't mock a religion, it would just be nice if you showed a rudimentary understanding of it first.

We all know that ridicule is an excellent method of swaying public opinion, and its popularity is on the rise. Ridicule requires less logic and relies on emotion and superficial understanding of a situation by the audience, but not the mocker. The Daily Show, for example, is built on this principle of ridiculing that which you want to discourage. But the reason that sort of ridicule works, and yours falls short, is that they show an understanding of the topics they ridicule.

The Tower of Babel?

Wasn't that destroyed during Desert Storm?

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

Am I My Brothers Keeper?

Are parents willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then they are not competent guardians. Are they able, but not willing? Then they are malevolent. Are they both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Are they neither able nor willing? Then why honor them?

I see a problem with your analogy

If parents are able to prevent evil to their children and are not willing to prevent it, then they are definitely malevolent. Would you disagree?

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

Are they able to prevent evil?

You stated if.

So your Christmas message is

that God is evil?
Instead of listening to the Brother Sceptickles, Brother Sinickles, Epicuruses and Ivans of the world, why don't you seek council within your own heart? Or does no love, care or joy live there?
You want to see good in the world then start doing good in the world.
Taking material objects out of the equation:
If you give of yourself selflessly, then no one can take from you forcefully or take advantage of you.

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
James Madison

No, my Christmas message is

Merry Christmas! I wish you peace, love, and happiness on this wonderful day.

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

Now I'm gonna have to be

Now I'm gonna have to be double prepared for the event.