Is God a Good Guy???
by Jen Hörst
I am proud to have the next submission for our little
Many of us were brought up to believe that God is good and
Satan is evil. When you go to bible school on Sunday, they teach
you all these neat little things about God's "goodness." How
God saved Noah and his family from the flood, how God helped
Moses part the Red Sea so that his people could escape the following
Armies of the Pharaoh, how he sent his son to die for our sins,
etc. But is this truly the case? I wonder. In my little article
here, we shall have a look at the evidence.
First let's look at God. We are talking Yahweh,
the Judeo-Christian god here. Is he really so "good?" Okay.
Well, first off, he creates a world that is somehow "imperfect"
and has to kill every living thing on the planet (save 2 or
7 of every animal and Noah and his family) in order to redeem
this creation. This omni-Max being sent his "son" to be killed.
Did he have to do this? Couldn't the man just forgive everyone?
He is all powerful, no? Why did anyone have to be "sacrificed?"
And now that I mention that, what kind of a sacrifice is it
to have someone dead for 3 days? I mean really! A sacrifice
is something that you don't get back! Otherwise, it's not a
sacrifice! It's an inconvenience. So, God wants your soul. Why?
I'm not really sure. Christians will tell you it's because he
loves you. He wants you to return to Him, so you can live in
"paradise" and always be happy. But this is a lie. We will get
Okay, now we have the devil, Satan, the horned
one, what have you. This being is the end all, be all scapegoat
of the Christian God. Why is that? Can't God take responsibility
for the "bad" things that happen? I mean really, if God is all
powerful isn't all the evil in the world ultimately his fault
anyway? If there is an earthquake and supposedly the devil did
it. Doesn't God have the power to stop it? Or is Satan able
to overpower God? Is Satan really some evil dude? Probably not.
Take what you know about the devil. What did he do in the bible?
Not much really. All the bad stuff was from God's evil creations
or from God himself. Satan wasn't even in the Garden of Eden.
There is no reference of him. Your Sunday School teacher will
tell you it is him, but there is no biblical reference of him
being there. So you have these stories of Satan trying to beguile
people into selling him their souls. But this is a myth. Satan
is willing to give you your heart's desire in exchange for your
soul. What will God give you? Nothing.
Maybe you should just be lucky that he didn't
strike you with cancer or epilepsy or something. Satan is not
the soul collector, God is. Basically, God has a good Public
Relations (PR) Representative. God's PR Rep hired some great
spin doctors (called priests and pastors, etc.) These people
make sure that you only learn the happy fuzzy bunny stuff about
God in the bible. If you really read the bible, God does some
nasty, screwed up things! What does Satan do? Well, he does
some stuff to Job, but God tells him to. So really. Who do you
think is the "good guy"? Satan, who gives you stuff and fulfills
your every wish? Or God whom you pray to and pray to and who
almost never seems to be able to find the time to help you out?
You make the call!