Christians have created a deity so perfect that he no longer needs to exist at all. God has become too perfect to exist. In essence, Christians have out perfected God out of existence.
The Christian god is so perfect, that he has no reason to exist. No reason for himself and no reason for us. Let’s start with God’s reason for existence. Why does God do anything at all? What motivation could a perfect deity have to do anything at all? Humans create things out of a need or a desire. But a God has no needs and would have no desires. After all, what is a desire, but an expression of a want for something that one does not possess. God, being perfect, possesses everything and wants for nothing. Therefore he would have no desire at all. So why create a universe? Why create anything at all?
Some Christians have told me that God wanted to “proclaim his glory” or something like that, but that is, one a want and two a bit egotistical for a perfect deity. So here again, I say that God is too perfect for his own existence… or at least for our existence.
God has no reason to exist for us either. Back in the day, God was an easy answer to questions we had no idea how to answer. Now, we have lots of answers and we have a method for discovering more answers to our questions. The existence of a perfect deity doesn’t solve any questions for us that we can solve for ourselves.
This is the old God of the Gaps issue. As our understanding of the universe has grown, the “god answer” answers less and less questions. In fact, it holds us back from discovering the real answers to questions. It’s the difference between answering a question with, “God did it,” instead of, “I don’t know, but let’s see if we can find out.” One stops the line of questioning and squashes curiosity and the other encourages curiosity and leads us to asking more questions.
My point is that God has no reason to exist. Not for us and not for his imaginary self.
- Heaven or Hell: I Choose Hell (skepticink.com)
- “God Delights In Your Calamity” (skepticink.com)
- Christianity In A Nutshell (skepticink.com)
- First Cause Argument… Again – Dangerous Talk (skepticink.com)