The Cost of Belief

Christians: There is an emotional cost to accepting your belief that God is all-powerful and all-good. The cost is on display in the Book of Job when Bildud (aka: one of the three worst friends of all time) tells Job that we're all 'impure worms.'

The self-loathing implicit in your belief system can be startling. But it is logical. If God is all-good and all-powerful, as you claim, then the evil so obvious in the world can only have come from one place: Us. We are wicked and disobedient and we deserve to be punished.

How strange for you to have created, and held onto for a very long time now, a father who essentially despises us and sees us as vile worms. —Chris Matheson