Monday, 18 June 2012

The Heavens Declare The Glory of God

The theist says 'the heavens declare the glory of God.' He or she says it triumphantly, as if the pettifogging objections of atheists and infidels are swept away by the scale and majesty and the sublimity divinity of the cosmos arrayed, all around us.  But the theist stops there.  Instead, that is, of adding (for instance) '... and the way the heavens declare the glory of God should inform our declaration of that same glory. We should model our worship on the way the skies above worship Him.  Like them our faith should be silent, undirected, volitionless; it should be something we are, not something we do.

1 comment:

Nexis Pas said...

Ah, but if worship were what believers were rather than what they did, they wouldn't be able to sacrifice non-believers to their god in the hope that god would be satisfied with their sacrifice of others and perhaps ignore them for a while, and where would be the fun in that? What is religion if not the harassing of sinners? As many believers have noted over the ages, god seems curiously reluctant to chastise the wicked. What's a believer to do but step in and do god's work for him? The punishment of the wicked declares the glory of god.