(Original post by Christianlady)
One thing that has intrigued me a lot during my short time on this forum is the attempt to judge God by human standards. This is interesting because sadly, the majority of humans do not judge themselves or other humans based on how we treat other species. For example, if you have ever killed an insect on purpose, are you a murderer? Are you a bad, evil person? If you have ever eaten meat, are you a cannibal? Are you a terrible monster?
For those Atheists who are against eating the flesh of animals and are against the genocides of insects, I really respect you, because that is basically showing a marked understanding in the fact that superiority in whatever way over another species is not a good excuse, according to human ideals
, for killing/eating/harming another species. If you can be categorized into this group, then I would consider you to have more cause to wonder at the goodness of God.
If however, you are not in the category above, then one thing that I think it's important for Atheists to understand is that the vast majority of Theists do not believe God = human but rather that God is superior to humans, as humans are superior to insects.
However, most Christians, including me, do believe that God came to earth in human form (Jesus) in order to save mankind from sin. However, Christians believe that God in His original and permanent form is Spirit and is the Creator of earth, not an earthling!
Jewish people who believe in God have for a long time understood this idea, that God is not a human and is not subject to human standards any more than humans are subjects to insect standards.
In the Tanakh, humans are compared to grasshoppers and to grass, as well as to sheep, when compared to God.
This shows that we are on an entirely different and WAY LOWER level on the "power chain" than God. Because of this, for most Theists who understand this principle, the trust and assurance that God is good is through recognizing our vast differences from Him.
Even though I understand that Atheists do not believe God exists, please consider the following points:
1. Scientists are till this day attempting to find life on other planets, and to this day, the hope that there is life in other places of this universe drives them to keep searching. Why is that? Because people by nature do understand that there is a greater, more powerful force in the universe than humans. Nature, by the way, is more powerful than humans, but who controls nature? Is nature just chaotic, or is there a force, a Being, more powerful than Nature in the universe?
Scientists today do not know everything. They are still learning, and other dimensions are still not under their "control" and cannot be "manipulated" by them or even observed. Under whose control are the dimensions? Those who believe in God believe that He is the Controller of the dimensions, and is not limited to space or time like humans are.
2. When you question if God is good, first ask yourself if humans are good when compared to other species. How do most humans treat other species, including the ones most despised by humans? If you are guilty of treating "inferior" species badly (killing them, whether to eat or because they annoy you or whatever reason) then what is your excuse in judging God?
Theists believe that God exists and is superior to the human species. Most Theists believe that God created life on earth. To equate this with humans, it's like if you built a robot. You can create it and you can destroy it (unless you constructed a robot under a boss and company policy prohibits you from destroying it.) It's yours to do with as you want.
Theists believe in a higher power, higher even than the power of Nature. For many Theists, we believe that God is Spirit, limitless and immune to time and space. We believe that God knows the past, present, and future all at once, and is everywhere, with you and with me and in the Heavens (both sky, space, and His "Home")
Even though you don't believe this because you can't see, hear, taste, or touch it
. I hope you understand that most of the people who do believe in God are not crazy, but rather have experienced personally the existence of God which goes way beyond merely the physical realms we can see, hear, taste, and touch.