God seems to be slacking..
This is what happens when you redefine goodness from what it is truly Good and nourishing and kind and helpful for those around you, to what old books and religious institutions label as “good.” When the definition of “good” includes “inflicting evil on people”, then you’re working from a very corrupted and twisted definition.
What is Good will not change. What is Good is something even children can reason toward through the Golden Rule. What is Good works for the well-being of all, and comes from a sincere caring for all involved. It is tightly coupled to the reality of all involved. To try to change that, divorce the definition from reality, and declare that hurting and punishing others is “good”, does not change what true Good is. Instead it’s like slight of hand: trickery to make you think it is in the other hand, and mean something else, but true Good can never encompass evil, or work it, otherwise we’re not talking about Good anymore, just smoke and mirrors, a facsimile trying to pass itself off as something that it really isn’t:
“Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. War is peace. Working evil on others is good.”
Twisted, corrupted, hijacked definitions, meant to control and sway the populace.
If there is a God, and he is as these verses and people say, then he is not Good, but also hijacking and corrupting the nature of that idea, and I have nothing but loathing and rebellion for such a being and his followers who deceive the world by declaring that evil is “good”.
But if there is a God and he IS Good, then he (or she or it) is nothing like what these old testament verses and priests and religious institutions say. Good and Love are unchanging. We know what they are like. And if there is a God, and if God is Good, then there is only one verse I know which shows his nature clearly, Corinthians 13-4:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
If God is Good, if God is Love, then replace Love with God in this verse and then Goodness, Love, and God are one, and no evil can be worked from such a being, for it breaks its own nature. And obviously there is a lot that would have to be thrown out, book-wise and theology-wise, which just doesn’t mesh with the idea of a truly Good God.
And if there is no God, then I at least have a very good, strong, and consistent picture of Love and Goodness which is tightly bound to the reality of people around me, and I will follow that, and nurture that in me as I can, and find fulfillment there, and use what I know to see through the deception of those who would steal these words and use them for evil ends.
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