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Sunday, January 08, 2006 

They say "god'. I say WTF?

This word, god, is used so often around me. People are constantly thanking "god" for things that they perceive as good, but never giving "god" the same amount of blame for things that they perceive as evil. It's some sort of sick mechanism that religions have instilled in it's masses.

That's not the point of this post though. The actual word - god - makes no sense to me at all; as with most atheists who are honest with themselves. God comes out of their mouth and i'm legitimately at a loss as to what the person is talking about. Sometimes i'll ask an innocuous question to see if the person even knows what they mean by that word.

Here's a list of things that i've heard in describing what "god" is:

the Creator
all powerful - omnipotent
all knowing - omniscient
perfectly good - omnibenevolent
infinite
immortal
everything
immaterial
ethereal
invisible
unknowable
infinitely loving - caring - merciful - patient - fogiving - fill in the blank
infallible
master of the universe
supernatural
supreme being
father

I'll stop there before this post takes up the whole front page. So, go back and review that list and tell me if any of it actually describes what "god" is. Seriously, see for yourself.

Done? Do you have an idea of what "god" looks like in your head now? The nature of god's existence? It all makes sense now right? Well, if it does make sense then you've got some extremely honed perceptive skills that dwarf 99.9% of the human species. In other words, you're a liar.

That list is full of negative definitions, abilities, and general nonsense. There wasn't a primary attribute given. If this is still lost on you, scroll down and read the stupid "Woogiforkus" post. All anyone is saying when they offer up any of those descriptors for the word "god" is "I have no clue what i'm talking about so i'll just use some authoritative words here".

If this still isn't making sense, i'll break it down further. Someone says that god is the creator of the universe. That's only describing the relation of "god" to man and the universe. Another person says that god is omnipotent. This is an ability of "god" and nothing more. If someone says the word "table", we know what they are referring to based on the primary attributes of a table. Unlike god, table has meaning. Nevermind that this "god" is supposed to exist in an immaterial reality! Seriously, wtf is that?

You can use this as a way to make the entire concept of god null and void, as I do, but that's not necessary. Though I can't see how you wouldn't come to that conclusion.

Theists will sometimes claim, after pointing this out to them, that it's impossible to know anything about god other than that it exists. Wow, just wow. How did all of these mentally indigent asshats manage to come up with the crap on the list above then? And if you try to point out things on the list which contradict each other, these people just... I'll save that for another post.

WTF are you guys talking about?!?!

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