A common core belief amongst people of faith is that God is Good. The very definition of justice, righteousness, kindness. He created this beautiful, incredible, world and grants us life. Things that appear bad happen only for a good reason, and if we just believed hard enough, we would see the good in everything.
The atheist or agnostic retort is so astonishingly obvious that it’s a wonder believers don’t seem bothered by it: So much horrible crap happens in this world. There are innocent people starving to death, abused, neglected, murdered. If there is a God, He must be malevolent, pure sadistic evil.
I believe this dialectical rhetoric is false and allows each side to become frustrated and disengage with the other.
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks said he likes to call atheists “His Majesty’s royal opposition”, and I think this may be a helpful view for believers to hold. A healthy government needs a healthy opposition. It is important and necessary for the opposition to have an uncensored voice, and for the leaders of both parties to seriously consider each other’s points of view. We don’t only listen to what they have to say, but take their contributions to heart, be willing to change how we see and do things, even though we don’t expect our core belief system to change. The opposition needs to faithfully call out the One in office for corruption, cruelty, injustice, illusory promises, and allowing people to torture and slaughter people in Her name.
Disclosure: I am a theist. This is how I see God:
God is Existence. God is Source.
So yes, God is good. And yes, God is evil.
God is all encompassing.
I believe God to be innately good. God does a lot of bad stuff, because She is constrained in an unnatural form, strained in a world where humans fight each other to death, slaying babies, animals, and Her own essence in Their reckless wake, over ideology and land and money and humanity and God Herself. There is terror and there is a war on terror and all over the world innocent children full of potential having their lives cut short. These creatures also create art and science, because of or in spite of all this waste, and of Her. People are falling in love and babies are being born, and technology is being developed to help the blind see and the deaf hear and humanity learn how to communicate and connect with each other around the world, building things and breaking down the barriers They created.
Breathtaking beauty and mindnumbing ugliness coexist.
He cries when He causes depression, death, and tragedy, and He laughs when He causes joy, love, and life.
She is striving to be only Good, but since God exists in the form of universes full of conscious creatures, with their own independent strivings and ideas, She needs those humans to help Her get back to pure good existence. God needs humans to believe in that potential, that Goodness, to become Her truest Self. Then He as a separate, anthropormophized, appropriated, misused, and mistaken entity will cease to exist and Humanity will recognize who God as He has always known We could and should be.
If you believe in or are wondering about a God, how do you see Her? If not, has the possibility of His existence ever had an effect on your thoughts and outlook on the world?