Wednesday, July 17, 2013

God and hate?


"God Almighty hates a quitter."
 -- Gen. Samuel Fessenden, at the Republican National Convention, 1896.


It always amazes me to think of people who think they have an Almighty God who hates some people. That must be a truly, truly scary world to live in. 

Anyway, if he actually is almighty, why would he hate anybody or anything? Can't he afford better?


Update:
Steve F said...
Or that God would hate one of his/her creations?

Yes, a very good point. Seen that way, it's truly preposterous.

6 comments:

Steve Fisher said...

Or that God would hate one of his/her creations?

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Yes, a very good point. Seen that way, it's truly preposterous.

Anonymous said...

That's a concept for the Western so-called monotheistic religion who postulate the existence of a devil. The liberal and tolerant polytheistic religions of the East don't have this concept. They also don't get threatened when someone else brings along their god. Their attitude is -we've got a thousand gigs, so yours can join the party too

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Well, I'm not sure. If you include China in The East... I hear that it's very suppressed to be a Christian in China, actively enforced.

"It is not illegal, but it is indeed restricted. The government is concerned about untoward western influence on Chinese population, so they restrict what and where Christian activities take place. Many people were unhappy with this, so they founded underground Christian ministries, with masses held in private residences. But this can and do get reported by the neighbours, ending up with people getting arrested and jailed."

From:
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081008132431AA94VV8

Anonymous said...

I was not talking about the governmnet's approach to religion. I was talking about how practitioners of different religions interact with those of other religions. My point was that the practioners of the Abrahamic religions are the most intolerant. Once they've committed to one God, they are unable to accept another religion with a different God. But the eastern religions are more open to that. In any case, this discussing is way off topic, although interesting.

Ol'Ben said...

I was taught "Love the sinner but hate the sin." This idea traces back over a millennium and a half to St. Augustine. Where have these guys been for 1500 years?