If You Can Thank God, You Can Also Blame Him

Most religious believers never realize that in principle, a god that deserves thanks and praise for good things also deserves blame for bad things. To say that you cannot, even in principle, blame god for the bad he has done (or failed to prevent), logically means you cannot thank or praise him for the good. To say that mere feeble humans are in no position to criticize or blame an ineffable, omnipotent, omniscient creator means they’re in no position to credit him either.

It’s not a question of fairness: credit/gratitude and criticism/blame are two sides of the same coin. If an omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent and timeless creator isn’t responsible for bad things happening then he can’t be responsible for any of the good stuff either. That’s simply not how responsibility works. It’s like you’re crediting an author for a great novel but then blaming his characters for failing to produce a happy ending.

In order for it to be called responsibility, it must be applied consistently. Otherwise it’s like trying to play tennis without the net. You can either play it fairly, according to the rules, or admit that what you’re playing is just a rigged game that makes no sense. You can’t have your cake and eat it too.

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