Universe Still In Danger of Popping Out of Existence, But Now For a Different ReasonSubmitted by Ed Ucation on Tue, 12/24/2013 - 15:49
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."