Sunday, June 20, 2010
Why do I get angry when God is insulted?
I remember listening to a talk by an atheist who said the most monstrous things about God. But every word of accusation he uttered against God was perfectly true. He called God, among other things, a homicidal, infanticidal ethnic cleanser. I knew enough of my Old Testament to know that every word was true. But I could feel my anger rising within me as he continued his just tirade against God.
Why do I feel anger? The truth is we all feel anger because deep down, we know God is INCAPABLE of reacting to the insults of the atheist. We pretend that he will deal with blasphemers in his own time but we all know that's a lie. We know there are enough examples of God striking dead people who did far less offensive things against his glory but these are examples that only appear in the Bible and there is not a single instance of it in real life.
We also feel anger because the insult is in a sense directed against us personally. The atheist is saying that we're DUMB. We kneel and serve a being who can't do a thing against the atheist's scurrilous taunts. Every Sunday, I play my instrument in church in praise of a supposed Creator who is powerless against the reasoning of a mere atheist. My pride is hurt and I direct my anger at the atheist.
Do we really believe in God? If we did, we shouldn't feel the slightest anger. Surely God must at least be able to fend for himself? We should blind ourselves to reality and pretend that God still strikes like the omnipotent being he's supposed to be in Scriptures.
But most believers who claim to truly believe in God are outraged at the things some strident atheists say. They feel a need to protect God who is otherwise defenceless against the attacks. In doing that, they are exposing their lack of belief.