Originally posted by dystoniac
Strange, as only a retard cannot grasp a simple concept that God is a Holy God and cannot accept sin of any form. He gives us the choice; you choose. If you choose to hate God, you have made a conscious choice. One can't have his cake and eat it too. If you were God, how would you run things?
Wow, you're confused.
First of all, no atheist I have ever known has "made a conscious choice" to be atheist (i.e., to be without belief in God's existence). You attribute such choice to atheists because you simply do not understand the nature of belief. One cannot just actively choose to believe this or that. Rather, in deliberative belief formation, one is passively brought into belief based on the evidential considerations that sufficiently recommend this or that. I have never "chosen to hate God", whatever that would even mean. I just see no good reasons to think He exists. Actually, for the typical Christian formulation of 'God', I see good reasons to think God doesn't exist. So, I have been brought into atheistic belief based on evidential considerations (considerations that bear directly on the question of the truth of Christianity). Could you explain how I am morally blameworthy for that?
Second, you obviously have no idea what constitutes genuine personal freedom. The scenario where your God "gives us the choice" is simply a forced-choice scenario. It amounts to nothing more than coercion because supposing one has sufficient reasons to think your God exists in the first place, one then has overwhelming prudential reasons thrust on him to submit to your God's will. It's nothing more than coercion and scare tactics. Only in some bizarro world could freedom reduce to simply the ability to submit to another's will in the face of coercive threats. That totally perverts the notion of personal freedom since personal freedom is supposed to be about autonomy -- literally, about self-governance, which is of course diametrically opposed to being coerced in line with the will of another. Of course, I already said that I see reasons to think your God doesn't exist; so I don't take biblical threats of hellfire and damnation too seriously.
If you were God, how would you run things?
I can tell you some things I wouldn't do. I wouldn't create a bunch of little minions and then demand that they worship and love me at pain of their suffering the worst fate one could think up. Because that would just be really petty, jealous, and mean of me.
I would also be really smart if I were God, so I would not make silly notional mistakes, like stating that belief and dispositional/evaluative/motivational sets like love and hate are simply choice-based things.