The irrepressible (I’m sure people around here have other adjectives they’d prefer) Dan Marvin keeps on keepin’ on in the comments. This time, he thinks he’s come up with a real stump-the-atheist slamdunk. Behold.
So I pose to you “You are God” how would you do thing different then him to solve the issues that he has? Remember you have an entire race to deal with. Millions of variables how would you solve his issues? Play God for a day and set the world strait. Pick a subject of your choice and solve it better then him.
Ooo. Gee. If I were God. Wow. I have enough time trying to control my two dogs and my one-eyed cat. Don’t lay a whole God trip on me, man!
Dan here is basically saying, “Look, guys, don’t you understand that being God is hard work? I mean, he has an entire race to deal with! And having to choose between all the millions of variables, just think how hard it must be for him to solve all his issues! Could you do better? Cut the Guy some slack already!”
To which we calmly reply, Dan, you dink, your God is supposed to be omnipotent (no limits to his abilities), omniscient (no limits to his knowledge past, present, or future), and omnibenevolent (no limits to his goodwill towards humanity). Suddenly, we pesky atheists bring up things like war, pestilence, and child rape, and the only way you can defend your God’s inaction on these horrors is to transform him from the transcendent, supernatural, all-powerful deity you insist we must worship to save ourselves, into some pitiful, overworked middle-management schmoe who’s doing the best he can under really tough, trying conditions. And anyway, could we presume to do better?
Of course, any omniscient, omnipotent being who really wanted to sort out the millions of issues plaguing a whole race (I assume Dan means species; of course, there’s more than one of those around) could do so without lifting a finger, by an act of pure will alone. That’s the whole benefit of being, you know, omni-everything!
Dan really needs to understand what he’s defending before he tries to defend it. But it’s not as if I’m surprised his attempts at theodicy are as pitiful as every other argument he’s tried to present us over the past month.