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God is a Self-Contradictory Notion
 
FOREWORD
 
God means the conscious being who is all-powerful and all-good and with whom a relationship is possible. That seems to make it simple but it is part of a bigger dimension. As God is related to morality you would need to make a list as long as ten arms about how you understand God. For example, is God okay with abortion to save a life? What does he feel about telling a white lie to an ugly bride?
 
Too many believers have never considered the possibility that their religion is based on the notion of a God that is incoherent They are not told by their conniving clergy just how bizarre the doctrine of God is. If they knew there would be less believers and less cash in the coffers of the Church.
 
Assuming God exists or needing him to exist doesn’t prove he should be assumed or that the idea is coherent. It has nothing to do with it.

 

A spirit God is an abstract one.  An abstract God is really an attempt to fake devotion to a personal God so that you can be the boss not God.  It dilutes God into little more than an idea. If that is what you have to do to believe in God then that is another reason for saying that if God is good then you are being inconsistent.
 
WHAT DOES THE WORD GOD OR DEITY OR DIVINITY MEAN?

The more "educated" believers think that God is non-physical - that is, he is spirit.
 
God for Christians is a being without parts - that is spirit because nobody made him but he makes all things. God is all-powerful and all-knowing and all-good. A being who is not all-powerful is not God. It means he is not supreme over all things and there are things he cannot control. A being who is not all-perfect is not God either for he cannot be fully trusted and also he is not fully in control. No being however great can be entitled to worship if he is merely a superhuman entity. If Superman really existed and was the kindest and most powerful person in the universe we would not worship him. We would be demeaning ourselves if we did.
 
The danger with the idea of spirit is that we think of God as a gas that is not made up of atoms or parts. But then this gas would just consist of one part. It is its part. This part does not consist of any other parts. Do you see the implication of all that? A God without parts is no more existing than a square circle. He is a something that is a nothing. The idea that nothing consists of two or more nothings would make more sense than that for something can never be nothing to any degree. Christianity degrades children by playing conjuring tricks with words. The idol worshipper adores a god of wood or stone or so the Christian says. They bemoan how demeaning that is. But how much more is it demeaning to adore nothing and call it God? At least the idol worshipper adores something real. And he adores something that is more understandable than a being that is supposed to be pure spirit. Christianity demeans all whom it gets to adore its God. To the mind of a child, God is just like pretending the naked emperor is wearing clothes as in the children's tale The Emperor's New Clothes. It's pretending that something that cannot be seen or examined or verified by the senses is real. The God concept is disrespectful and therefore an abuse of the mind of a child.
 
People feel they want nothing that is something and omnipotent and looking after them to exist. That is, their belief in spirit is not belief at all but a feeling that they hypocritically disguise as a belief. 

 

FRANK SHEED

 

"God’s knowing is not distinct from Himself.


God and His knowledge are one. God is His knowledge. God’s knowledge is God. Once again, there may be vast difficulties for the mind in actually seeing it so, but there is no great difficulty in seeing that it must be so. For if God’s knowledge were not identical with God Himself, then there would be some distinction between God and His knowledge, something that God has and that His knowledge lacks: but that would mean that His knowledge would not be infinite: which is impossible.  A moment’s reflection will show us that the same line of thought, which leads us to see that God and His knowledge are one, applies to all the other attributes of God—His love, His justice, His mercy, any you please. God’s mercy is not something God has; it is God.  If His mercy or His justice were in any way distinct from Him, it would mean that there  was something in Him that they lacked, and so His mercy or His justice would not be Infinite, and that again is impossible. Thus there is no distinction between God’s attributes and God, and therefore no difference between one of God’s attributes and another. God’s justice is God Himself, and God’s mercy is God Himself. Infinite justice and infinite mercy are not two opposing tendencies in God: they are one same God."

 

"Spirit is the being which has its own nature so firmly in its grasp that it can never become some other thing."

 

Comment: This is utter rubbish.  God having the property of wisdom and God having the property of being able to produce stunning forms of art is nonsense for it would mean that as God is one simple being that wisdom is artistic. Wisdom is an umbrella term not for one thing but for many different forms of wisdom.  Notice how he does not explain how knowing the dog has vomited is the same as making sure John gets a fair reward for what good he has done.  He says God must be his knowledge for it would follow that if he wasn't there would be something he does not know - in other words, it would not be infinite.  But that is like arguing, "John and Bert must be the same person for the evidence says that John pulled the trigger and shot Paul but other evidence just as good says it was Bert."  It is choosing the desired conclusion and working back to it.  Logic bans that for it is worse than a circular argument.  Justice is an umbrella term so in reality there are infinite justices.  It follows that if you think it is fair for God to send a baby to Hell forever just for fun then you have the wrong God even if everything else is fine.  The definition of spirit is interesting.   It follows that if it is true that our spirits are sinful from conception then if baptism takes away that sin then we are not the same person.  If our spirits are good then sin must not touch us at all and have no meaning.  The nonsense about God totally debunks any doctrine that God and morality or justice/love are somehow the same.
 
NEGATIVE THEOLOGY
 
Religion says that God has attributes or qualities but each of them are different aspects of the attribute of divinity.

Believers say the most accurate way to talk of God is to say not what he is but what he is not.
 
He is not hate. He is not visible. He is not unfair. He is not stupid. He is not human. He is not matter. He is not controlled by anything else. He is not fiction. He is not abstract in the way that a number is abstract. He is not limited by time or space. He is not complex. He is not changing.
 
It has been pointed out that you cannot tell the difference between this negative God and a non-existing God. Thus God is also unknowable so to talk about him and worship him is a waste of time. You don’t know what you are worshipping or serving.
 
God is not really God to you even if there is a God for you don't really know what you are talking about. And you are a deceiver for talking and acting as if you do.

DOES LOGIC COME FROM GOD OR RULE GOD?
 
We need logic and cannot avoid using it. When we are being illogical we are still logically trying to be illogical. Logic can be understood in a holistic way as in respecting yourself enough to avoid contradicting yourself.
 
Does God make the rules of logic or does he discover them?
 
If he makes them then he could make it possible for a dog to eat a dinner that consists of non-existent dog food.
 
If he discovers the rules then the rules matter and he does not if there is a choice. He would not be God - God by definition is that which comes first in everything and to be valued totally.
 
The Christians reply that this is a false dilemma and the solution is that logic is an eternal part of God's nature. But logic cannot be part of God's nature for if there were no God or anything 1 and 1 would still be 2. And we can ask, "If logic comes from God's nature, is God's nature what makes logic logic or is logic logic regardless of whether there is God or not? Does God's nature create logic or discover it?" It is not a false dilemma.
 
If God is an incoherent and anti-logical concept then no evidence for his existence is any good. And he is. 
 
THE METAPHYSICS OF GOD'S GOODNESS
 
Goodness would exist whether God existed or not. So would 2+2=4. These things are not dependent on a God to make them. They are necessary truths. God knows that goodness exists and that the 2+2=4 is true so he is the knowledge of these. He is goodness and he is 2+2=4 for these are part of his existence. This makes absolutely no sense whatsoever for they would have to be separate from him and are not things but concepts. To say that God is not a spirit or a substance but just abstract truth, in other words just to call things like goodness and truth and mercy and maths God, is to be an atheist. This shows us how many thought they were not atheists and they were!

Goodness would have to exist for God to exist. If God is goodness then it has nothing to do with him that he is good but it is just the way he is. He is good by nature. The Christians won’t be keen on that for it ruins the freedom defence argument. The freedom defence argument says that because we cannot be good unless we can sin God has to give us free will for he wants us to be good. It blames sin and suffering and death on human evil or the misuse of the freedom thus getting God off the hook.
 
Goodness then makes God and this is absurd for it denies that God is the Supreme Being or sovereign and goodness is not a thing or power.

 How do God and goodness connect? Three solutions have been proposed.

* Descartes’ view is that God is sovereign and nothing controls him or limits him. God is the Supreme Being. So he gives himself his properties instead of the properties being independent of him and controlling him and him conforming to them. They don’t make him the way he is. This is bizarre for God is outside time and cannot change. We are told that God invents the properties and conforms to them. So God could have been evil if he had wanted to be only we would have to call it good then.
 
* Others say that there is no such property as mercy or knowledge so God is the way he is and is sovereign and supreme because there are no properties. But of course there are properties. If blue does not exist the property of blue can still exist.

* Aquinas solved the problem by saying that God has a nature and in him his essence and his attributes are one and the same. It means that God is not a personal being but an abstract like goodness. It is nothing like the personal God of the Bible.

Those who have tried to solve the problem of God say that God has a nature which is made up of properties but God and his nature are not one indivisible thing. It is like my property of white skin and me are not the same thing. I am consciousness and whiteness is not a part of that. This denies the doctrine of simplicity but replaces it with a God that is made of two spiritual forces.

The notion of a personal God is silly in this day and age. Some say that since we accept one another as persons or minds and not machines without proof we should do the same for God (page 88, Doing Away with God?). But God is different for we cannot see or hear or know him like we do other people. It is more rational to regard them as minds than God for we can sense them with our five senses. It is more rational to regard a stone as a mind than God for we are surer the stone is there than that he is.

Aquinas held that God’s existence is his essence (chapter 21, Summa, Book One). Existence is not a quality. For example, if nothing existed goodness would still exist but the thing called existence does not exist for it is not a power but a concept. Aquinas did not realise it but he was really saying that God was existence which is lunacy for existence is independent of God – for example, if there were no God there would be the existence of nothing so existence would still be there - and if God is an abstract thing that is not even a power like existence then God is not a being or anything but just an idea. He exists only in the imagination. Aquinas turned the Church towards confused and garbled atheism. 

Religion says that God is aware of us and all things. He sees and hears all. Take an eye. An eye is a material thing. It is very unscientific to hold that a stone cannot see the sun rising and to hold that something that is non-physical can. How can it when it has no eyes? It makes more sense to say that a stone can see.
 
Much of the research has been gained from The Concept of God. See its chapter 7 called Simplicity.

 

God himself is nonsense in himself
 
To create is to make something out of literally nothing. It means not that nothing is a material from which things are made. It means that what does not exist comes into being - it now exists. The Church says it means that God made all things from nothing and not from his own power or energy or himself. It says his power is as unchangeable as himself for it is him. It says that if God made things out of his power he would be making it of himself and that would be mutation not creation (Question 650, Radio Replies, Vol 1; Summa, Book One, chapter 17).
 
All the Church is able to say in refutation of the fact that if God is an infinite creator then he must be the creation is that experience proves we are not God who is a being without composition or parts which is what they mean when they say that the solution is in the fact that our being, our existence is different from God’s (page 145-6, Aquinas). But if this God exists our experience is misleading us.

God is his attributes so if he is a logically necessary being then everything he does is necessary and as necessary as he does for he is what he does. It follows that even the most useless grain of sand on a far distant planet is logically necessary for it was logically necessary for him to make it. But this is ridiculous. Even if God could be logically necessary this observation would cancel out this argument and show that there was some big misunderstanding in our reasoning that led us to think God necessarily exists.
 
If you want to make God an explanation for creation then you have to show that the idea of God makes sense but you cannot prove that and indeed there is proof that it does not make sense. Also, nobody denies that if there is a God he is a mystery and the way he does things is a mystery. This means you cannot be sure if you are talking nonsense or not when you talk about your faith in God. Many religions have got people to accept nonsense as true by telling them it is a mystery.

 

Too Far-Fetched

 

Religion says a miracle is far-fetched but we can still believe if the evidence is still good enough. 

 

Believers say even a grain of sand is a miracle. But it is a material thing. What if you were to say that a being without parts would be a bigger miracle?  That would require massive evidence.  And evidence for nonsense is not evidence at all.  No evidence is ever good enough to justify belief in nonsense.  A God who does miracles would have to be the biggest miracle of all.  An unlimited God is an unlimited miracle.  Thus it is unreasonable to believe in God and unreasonable to suppose that the idea of spirit even makes sense.  Evidence for something that you are only guessing makes sense is as bad as evidence for outright nonsense.  No evidence "for" outright nonsense would be better for it is more easily demolished.

 

Atheism is not self-contradictory

 

All, believers and atheists, seem to agree that there is noting necessarily contradictory in saying there is no God.  If that is true then it is possible that God is contradictory though we do not know how for the doctrine is loaded with mystery.  Reason says then that to adopt belief in God is irrational for it is taking a risk with coherence.

FINALLY
 
There is no God. The belief is incoherent. It is therefore opposed to correct thinking which means it is opposed to people for we need to think correctly for our own self-confidence and our welfare.  That is our answer to fools who say, "Being anti-God makes as much sense as being anti-square circle."  God is not treated as a square circle though he is and that is where the problem is.  What about the notion that God may make no sense to us but still make sense?  There is no such thing as taking a risk with a view.  You cannot say it is okay to take a risk.  It is incoherent to say what may be incoherent is true or coherent.  It is a lie. 
  
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