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Is God Corrupt?

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You'd better hope not, being a God follower and placing your faith in someone you nor anybody else has ever met.

But anyone who has ever studied human nature and history knows what absolute power can do. In the words of historian John Dalberg-Acton, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men. "

We have seen our fair share of despotic leaders through the centuries whether they be politicians, corporate bosses or clergy.

So, Here's a few questions to ponder.

 * Given that God is an absolute ruler and master, how do you know that he isn't actually a really bad-ar*ed bastard who is going to screw you good and proper when you "go up there"?

 * And, given that God is master and you, his subordinate, isn't your relationship with said master one of sado-masochism?

 * And the only thing you can count on is faith?

An entire nation had faith in Hitler.
An entire cult had faith in Jim Jones.
And other cults still have faith in Christ.
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  • Swolliw said:
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    "You'd better hope not, being a God follower and placing your faith in someone you nor anybody else has ever met."
    -- Pretty sure Jesus appeared to over 500 people post resurrection. Then there's the disciples too.

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    "But anyone who has ever studied human nature and history knows what absolute power can do."
    -- Which is why it makes religion terrible.  In the model Jesus preached, you make yourself less to make more of others. It's the anti-power religion. True Christianity gives no hierarchy for humans to assert power or influence over one another. Wonder why. 

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     "In the words of historian John Dalberg-Acton, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men. ""
    -- Yes, because all men are sinners and will all do bad things. 

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    "So, Here's a few questions to ponder.

     * Given that God is an absolute ruler and master, how do you know that he isn't actually a really bad-ar*ed bastard who is going to screw you good and proper when you "go up there"?"
    -- His actions certainly help. But what do you even mean by "go up there"?  Where am I supposed to be going? Jesus said we're going to live on Earth. What Bible are you reading from?


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     "* And, given that God is master and you, his subordinate, isn't your relationship with said master one of sado-masochism?"
    -- Father and son is a better model. And what would sado-masochism have to do with anything? God, the immaterial being. Utterly confusing premise. 

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    " * And the only thing you can count on is faith?"
    -- Nope. Used in that context you certainly aren't claiming "oligopistos". Nonsensical question given the words of Jesus. 

    You base your decision on evidence. Per the Bible's claim. 

  • @JustinC
    -- Pretty sure Jesus appeared to over 500 people post resurrection.

    According to who or what?  From anecdotal third-hand claims made in the Bible of course, which we know is completely inaccurate and discredited no matter how much you want to twist the meanings around to match your own nefarious ends.
    And what gives you the notion that I was talking about the version who Christians believe God to be? A bit presumptive and arrogant to make such an assumption, don't you think?
    The Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime is the first recorded religion and the Abos deserve the respect of being credited with following the original and only true religion. All the rest are poor fakes.

    JustinC
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