Clip from the movie here.
I just watched this very moving scene from the movie "God On Trial." I was reminded of when I was a believer, and how easy it was to read the bible, hear the stories repeated and interpreted from church podiums, and not be emotionally attached to the harsh imaginings of what I was hearing. I was young, 13 when I stopped attending church regularly, yet I kept egoistically recycling the words I had heard, passionately, as if they were my own truths.
I wondered while I watched this clip, if all that information had been delivered to me like it is in this scene, how I would have received it. I wondered if I would have began actively researching contrary information sooner. I realized that part of my being influenced to be a believer (besides my youth) was due in part to the delivery of the message, and the fact that all those surrounding me would nod in agreement, or do things like verbally interrupt the sermon with "Praise the lord," so I never thought to go against that stream. All of that made it easier for me to believe, even though it was never honestly thoroughly conscious.
Please watch the 9 minute, 45 second video and answer the question afterward, if you would.
Toward the end, " God is not good" is said on the heels of what I consider to be very justifiable reasons to have reached that conclusion.
If you know me, you know I do not have a belief in any god, I'm simply intrigued by the psychology of those that do, and some of the reasons are stated in the video.
So, how does one maintain the idea that god is good, when they understand to the best of their ability, everything that is mentioned, straight out of the bible, in the clip?
Please forgive the length of this and thanks for investing your time.
Wow, thank you for posting it. I hadn't seen that before, and it was definitely well worth the time invested.
Personally, I don't know how anyone could justify the actions of "God" and call him "good", given the vast amount of cruelty he has inflicted upon the people he supposedly created.
I know that there will be responses that say things like "the Old Testament' doesn't count anymore because of the sacrifice of Jesus", but if the OT is the 'word of God', and the historic events described in it are to be attributed to him, then I have to agree... God is not good.
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