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September 1, 2009

The Search for Comfort is Not the Same as the Search for God


Hellbound Alleee of Mondo Diablo fame gets it right on the nose.  There is no rhyme nor reason to the world and this life.  There doesn’t have to be.  But that is not the subject of this post.   I am responding to her episode number 195 of Mondo Diablo where a believer says that the number one question of non-believers is “Why is there evil if there is a god?”.  Of course it’s the number one question that non-believers asks because the answer, that normally involves how god gave us free will to test our faith, is incomprehensible. It simply does not answer the question.   This whole business of free will and its relationship to evil begs the question of god,  as Alleee points out in Mondo Diablo #195 :    “What, indeed, do we need god for if we have free will”, she asks.  What exactly would be the point?

The whole question of a free will and the fallen world is very foreign to all other non-christian religions because no other religion has this concept of original sin.   Why bother to create an Adam and Eve if they’re going to disappoint you and once they’ve disappointed you why not just destroy the world and all its sinners and start over?  Oh sorry.  Is that what is supposed to happen with the coming of the apocalypse and Armageddon?  One might argue that the ways of the superior being are not understandable to us.   Then why bother at all believing?  If his ways are not penetrable, then why should I waste one moment on it?  I’ll tell you why:  because there are only about 1.5 billion of us in the world who are self described non-believers in a god and the rest believe in one (or many), much to the  puzzlement of non-believers, who spend a considerable amount of time defending ourselves against this offense to our sensibilities called “belief in a god and all that it means.”

Alleee hits another one right on the sweet spot in that episode.  I have to say it again because I love it:  “The search for comfort is not the same as the search for god.”   These are indeed and importantly two very different things.  A god is a very terrible thing to believe in.  A “bubba meisis” as my mother would say, “an old wive’s tale”, a scary monster thing to tell your children to keep them in line.   And then we tell them that it’s ok to believe in the scary monster because they’ll be rewarded when they die by some other fabrication called heaven or resurrection or rebirth as a brahmin, or with virgins in an afterlife that they can rape with abandon.

On the other hand I would like very much to remind Alleee how she got here –  Her wonderful show Mondo Diablo, that I have been enjoying for 4 years wouldn’t even exist if it were not for someone’s belief in god.  How’s that for a slap in the face?




  1. I like to think that the number one question to atheists is: “How do you cope?”

    I would like to ask, “How do you NOT cope? What is the definition of NOT coping?”

    Everybody gets through everything, unless they die. That goes for everyone with every belief system. So, if you ask me, “how do you not just die if you lose your job, lose a family member, someone eats the last slice of cake?” I have to think “you’re not being serious.” We don’t have a choice but to be alive, because being is the default state. Maybe they wonder why we just don’t kill ourselves. I guess that’s a choice, but think about it: the person who has chosen atheism, meaning an apostate of some kind, has most likely looked eternity straight in the eye and said “I’m not afraid anymore.” Sure, there are exceptions, but one hopes that someone who stops believing in hell and heaven has at one point come to the realization that they, and everyone they love, will die one day, they are entirely responsible for their lives, and that comfort is something they’re going to have to look for themselves.

    But it’s not like religious people don’t live pretty much exactly the same way. They just screw their family and friends over for the credit they deserve–and give it to the air.

    Comment by alleee — September 1, 2009 @ 10:27 am | Reply

  2. I’m pretty sure i love you.
    And that means neurons releasing chemicals inside my skull, thus resulting in a rather pleasant feeling.

    Comment by Suzi — September 13, 2009 @ 2:04 pm | Reply

    • Thank god(?)for dopamine and serotonin and endorphins and of course electricity.

      Comment by Ninja — September 14, 2009 @ 1:08 pm | Reply

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