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Do not give God any credit for the good they do, they did it!

 

WHY IT IS SINISTER TO SAY ANYBODY IS MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD
 
Religion sometimes makes people feel good with its suggestion that they are made in the image of God as in Genesis 1:27. But being like God does not imply that one has any dignity of one’s own. Rather it implies that if it does confer dignity then it is really God who is honoured for only the likeness to God in you really matters and not you. You don’t matter for yourself but for him. Anyway being like God does not mean you are important any more than your image looking and talking like you on TV is important as a person.
 
If you say the image of God doctrine confers importance on human beings you are saying that Atheists do not regard people as important – a hate-ridden stance to have.
 
To honour a person because they are the image of God is to honour the image of God, to honour God, not them. It is not about the person.
 
God is perfect and people with disabilities would be less important than fit people because they are physically imperfect. They would be further from the image of God. The doctrine reeks of Nazi master race ideology and yet it is the principle inference from the image of God theology in the Church.
 
The Church may say that the image of God is chiefly in the soul but this does not help the Church to avoid this accusation. It is because the way the body is that the Church infers that a human being is a person with a soul – an approach that declares the more disabled you are the less likely it is that you are a real person with a soul. I know nobody would question that a deaf person is a person but when you accept the principle that being in the image of God makes you a person it means you are slightly less likely to be a person and entitled to less respect and rights if you are deaf.
 
No matter what way you look at the image of God doctrine it degrades human dignity. To say as believers say that you should love God because he is all-good or perfection itself is to insult the more imperfect of us. Christians will say that God became a plain looking man who suffered and was frail so this is not true. But they say that God did not have to do this which means they would worship him as much if he didn’t so it is still as insulting as ever. They are good at the false charm.
 
You don’t need to do bad deliberately to be a bad person. All you need to be bad is to cause more harm than good. As a deaf person, I am bad in this definition. That is annoying and insulting enough but if you say that God made the laws that made me deaf that is worse. It is better to hear that chance made me bad rather than that it was done by God who is supposed to be an all-good being.
 
It is bad enough to say you fall short of good because you are handicapped but worse to say that you fall short of a being that is perfect. Religion will answer saying they can do no better for God exists but that is putting a belief before people. We must not assume God and make everything fit that hypothesis. We must start with what is empirical and learn from experience and from how people live and what and how they are. It is only fair to the people. A belief that insults us is not even to be considered for belief and that is final.
 
God is an insult to decency. People should not be insulted just because people want to believe in him for a belief is not worth more than a person. To call a person bad is to take away dignity and to imply that normal hearing people are better. It follows then that since human beings are the absolute value that no God has the right to let anybody be born deaf or to let hearing be damaged. No purpose can justify this. It is better for us all to have some machine that protects us from all harm than for that to be done and God could tell us how to make one. At least he could give us a machine that makes us better off healthwise.
 
Believers identify God with their morality. They say God is love. For Catholics it is love to prevent couples from using artificial contraception to limit their families. For Christians it is love to do the opposite. For the Catholic, one is more the image of God if one doesn't use contraception. For Christians, it is the opposite. When Christians and Catholics say you are the image of God they are really saying that you should live up to this image and reflect it better - in other words, "We only praise you being the image of God if you do what we would like you to do."

 

The Bible says God is a judge who is angry at sin (Psalm 7:11) so it follows that when we are made in the image of God it follows we are meant to be judges and angry at sin too.
 
Religion says like God we are to love the sinner and hate the sin. But this is impossible. If we can't love the sinner and hate the sin then there is no point in believing in God or claiming to be made in his image. Indeed we know by experience we cannot do it so it would be blasphemous to say we are made in his image when we are like that. It would hardly be flattering to say it!
 
When somebody does wrong to you maliciously, you want to hurt that person back. You hate the sinner and the sin. You see that the distinction between sinner and sin is a distinction without a difference. The sinner is the sin in the sense that sin shows what kind of person the sinner is. Christianity says you must hate the sin but love the sinner which really means, "Hate the sinner but pretend you don't". You feel personal about the sin. You cannot want to hurt a sin but only a sinner. Some say that loving the sinner and hating the sin is the whole point of believing in God for he loves all people and hates their sin and justifies the idea that revenge is wrong which is a basic principle of morality. If that is true then if loving the sinner and hating the sin is impossible then the whole point of believing in God evaporates. Religion pretends it is helping people by saying, "love sinner and hate sin". It is not. It is only giving them a burden of guilt for trying to do the impossible so that people will succumb to religion and its empty promises to help with this guilt. It is urging them to hate people. The lie is about control and enhancing the prestige that religious hypocrisy of that kind enjoys. Belief in God is not about enhancing human dignity but deforming it. It is about pretending you love the image of God in the sinner. As bad as it is to hate a sinner, it is worse if you do so believing they are the image of God. 

 

It is a boast to say that you love God for love is very strong and implies you really know the other person.  But if God is a mystery you don't really know him.  The image of God doctrine supposedly indicates that you can connect with God to know him.  The arrogance of loving God is outrageous and is really the love of the arrogant and the love of arrogance.
 
Loving God is inhuman. It is an intrinsically fascist idea. No wonder believers are often so fascist. Those that aren’t are ether lukewarm or under-informed.