Atheists like myself so often like to criticize "God" and all of "God's" flaws. Meanwhile, theists, whether they are Christian, Muslim, or Jewish by faith, follow God blindly. However, neither group (as if atheists are a group) seems to think that perhaps God needs professional help. This is what Zach's Mind and I discussed on Twitter: How do we make sure God gets the help he so sorely needs?
God's problem with sin and hell
On October 4, 2015, I posted a satirical tweet (see embedded tweet), which basically goes, "Silly atheist, my god is a god of peace and love. NOW LOVE HIM BEFORE HE MAKES YOU BURN IN HELL FOREVER!" The tweet shows the contrast between God's supposed love and the extreme doctrine of Christianity: Most who believe in God claim he is a good god who loves unconditionally, and yet he cannot "save" people from hellfire unless they revere him as the supreme overlord, and he murders those who are "unworthy" either by drowning them or by having "his people" commit genocide; the god of the Bible is nothing more than a totalitarian and genocidal maniac.
A Christian called Richard Lee (@richard_2555 on Twitter) replied that "hell is only for volunteers" and "[Jesus] died so we wouldn't have to go there," thus completely missing the point I was making. I therefore explained myself with two more tweets: The first started, "Christianity: Blindly obey God so that God can forgive you for having ancestors who did not blindly obey." The second continued, "Guilt by association and totalitarianism are Christianity's central doctrine." Hell is only for volunteers in the sense that one must choose to believe in something without proof, which is impossible, as belief is no choice, and then one must submit to God as his slave; that is the choice: submit to the "king" or burn in hell. (See the two tweets embedded below.)
That was essentially the point Richard Lee missed: God is said to be about love, but he seems to be more about power. More obedience to God means more power to the church, which is why religion is and always was a scam, preying on children's malleable brains and our lingering fear of death and the unknown. These tweets led to a relatively lengthy conversation involving Richard Lee, some atheists, and myself, which I may write more on later, but one thread of conversation satirized God's mental condition; this conversation was between Zach's Mind (@ZachsMind) and me.
It started when fellow atheist Robert Raulerson (@RobRaul2) replied to my two tweets about Christianity's doctrine. He wondered why God created hell in the first place, if he does not want anyone to go there. (And if I may add, if hell were only meant for the devil and demons, as Richard Lee would suggest, why would God make it so human beings can go there, as well?) I continued questioning the logic of hell by wondering why God had to sacrifice himself to himself in order to forgive; it really makes no sense that God would have to offer up himself as a sacrifice to himself so that he could forgive us for our supposed sin(s), or rather our supposedly sinful nature. (See the fourth embedded tweet, below.)
It seems "sin" is a more powerful force than God himself, as God simply cannot forgive human beings for their sin, but must rather give their sin to a scapegoat, like Jesus, who is God and whom God sacrificed to himself in order to remove the sin. Thus, sin is not about moral and immoral actions, as actions are not inherent, hereditary, or forever bound to you; sin is rather a disease or a supernatural force, whose final consequence is hell. And if sin is not truly about morality and actions, but rather about a state of being or some kind of essence that can be passed from one to another, one must wonder why God created sin in the first place, as this makes sin so arbitrary.
Did people invent the concept of sin so they could more easily feel "forgiven" for their action, without actually changing or making amends to anyone? Did religious morality evolve into a supernatural force, rather than the consequences of actions, so "sinners" could lay all the accountability for their actions on someone or something other than themselves? Or was sin simply invented so that people would be more dependent on religion, and thus the church?
God gets the help he needs
Zach's Mind cited my tweet about God sacrificing himself to himself (the one I wrote about, which is embedded above), which initiated the satirical conversation you can read below. We started by agreeing that we should stop enabling God's destructive behavior with our worship. (See our tweets embedded below.)
We continued by suggesting how to help God. He desperately needs a therapists of some kind to help him overcome his psychopathy, if it can be done. But the hard part is to make God show up for his sessions; even though he is everywhere (supposedly), he does not seem to want help. I suggested an intervention, though not divine intervention, as that has never worked. (See our tweets embedded below.)
Zach's Mind then sent two tweets (both replies to my tweet saying an intervention might work). Let us start with his second one, just to get rid of that loose end. He suggested that we could invent a therapist for God, since we also made up gods that would support God (more on that below). This therapist could make house calls, which might get God to agree to the help he desperately needs. This was a great idea, and I thought that the sooner we do it, the better... for the world as well as God. (See our tweets embedded below.)
The first tweet Zach's Mind sent in reply to my tweet about an intervention was about how other gods could help by not showing up (because they are imaginary) as a sign of love and solidarity. Through the power of talking to myself, I used space magic to contact these other gods and ask if they could help. (See our tweets embedded below.)
Meanwhile, Zach's Mind used his imagination to make the different gods intervene on each other, so they could intervene on God. How else would imaginary deities help an imaginary deity in need of help? I was proud of our accomplishments, even though we didn't even do anything! We helped our pretend friend by pretending to help him, all through the power of prayer. (See our tweets embedded below.)
Conclusion (or tl;dr)
And on that note, our conversation was over and I stopped pretending imaginary deities from ancient myths were real, just like I did when I was a small child and found out Santa Claus was just my dad in a cheap costume. If my parents had been religiously devoted to Santa and had not provided me with something I could falsify, like my father dressing up as Santa, perhaps I would still dogmatically believe in Santa; after all, what keeps the God myth alive is indoctrination and the ability to disregard any and all evidence and arguments, despite all logic.
To summarize the conversation and this article, the central doctrine of Christianity is absolutely sick, and if God were real, he would be a psychopath, who would not, and probably could not, be helped. And yet, people not only believe in the myth that is God, but they worship this supernatural being who demands absolute obedience and at one time drowned the entire world, save a few individuals of every species (or "kinds" if one asks a delusional creationist). Quite frankly, it is disturbing that anyone would see the Bible as enlightened or God as a good god; the god of the Old Testament may be the worst, but even Jesus demanded absolute loyalty, lest one burn in hell for being "against him" (Matthew 12:30).
Another thing we made fun of is prayer, which is a way for people to feel as though they have helped, without having to lift a finger. Even when their prayers go unanswered, as virtually all implausible and many possible do (healing amputees will not happen, but a certain sports team winning could happen on its own), people continue to believe prayer actually makes a difference. The power of prayer is limitless, in the sense that there is no limit to how delusional those who pray can be.
So let us pray that God gets the professional help he needs, because only an imaginary solution can fix an imaginary problem; now, if only the consequences of the imaginary problem were not made real through those who believe the imaginary problem is real and is not a problem...
I will write a more thorough article on prayer, hopefully soon, but for now I will just give you this quote of mine (which I tweeted on October 6, 2015), as the final sentence of this article and the contrast between what some theists believe and what they do: "When right-wing Christians complain about the poor, they call them lazy. When they want to help the poor, they pray."