Blogathon for SSA Week: Isaiah 41:21-23, “Demand evidence for the existence of gods — except, of course, for me”

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This post continues my leg of the Blogathon for SSA Week! From now until 9pm PDT, I will write one new blog post every hour. Plus, for every $100 raised during that time, I will post one new picture of our cats! And all donations will be matched by SSA Supporters Jeff Hawkins and Janet Strauss — so whatever you donate, it will be doubled!

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Ingrid told me about this. Don’t remember where she heard it from: Facebook, probably. Isaiah 41:21-23, Revised Standard Version:

21 Set forth your case, says the LORD; bring your proofs, says the King of Jacob. 22 Let them bring them, and tell us what is to happen. Tell us the former things, what they are, that we may consider them, that we may know their outcome; or declare to us the things to come. 23 Tell us what is to come hereafter, that we may know that you are gods; do good, or do harm, that we may be dismayed and terrified.


The Christina Revised Translation (also known as the The Waterbury Translated Form, or WTF edition):

When it comes to other gods, you should demand evidence. If those gods are real, and are really gods, they should be able to do things human beings can’t do — like make clear, accurate, consistent predictions about the future. But when it comes to me… you need to have faith. If I gave you clear evidence that I existed, it would demolish your free will and your ability to freely choose to obey me. Somehow. Don’t ask me why. Who are you to question me anyway, puny Earthlings? In fact, I’m gonna make a new rule here: Suspending your own judgement and simply trusting in the religion you’re being taught is an unmistakable sign of virtue, and doubting my existence and asking for evidence of it is sinful and blasphemous. Because, reasons.

And I say yet again: Dafuq?

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