The one reason that there is such widespread belief in “God” is that pollsters who ask the public if they believe don’t define the word. Christians in America like to pretend that something like 90% of the people are Christians. Of course many, many Christians don’t in fact believe that other Christians are really Christians. The fundamentalists, the anti-intellectuals of Christianity, don’t think that Catholics are Christians. They don’t believe that Christian Scientists are Christian or Jehovah’s Witnesses, nor most main stream Protestant denominations.
A large number of “believers” simply believe in “something” but can’t tell you what it is they believe. For some there is a “force”, for others it is simply “all that exists”. God believers, for the most part, don’t agree with each other what this entity is that they believe in. One of the greatest problems that theism faces is defining what it is that they believe. The moment they start defining it they lose the consensus they brag about and open themselves up to logical rebuttals.
When I speak of God in this article I want to concentrate on the relatively orthodox view of Jehovah. This view of God has been widespread in most Christian sects but is also similar to the monster worshipped by Islam. That concept basically has God as the perfect Stalinist. That is, if you take the actual traits of Stalin and then look at God you find that He/She/It shares those traits except more so. God out-Stalins Stalin.
Stalin had police spies everywhere. He wanted to put every Russian under surveillance. He had informers spread throughout the country. He had wiretaps so extensive that they make George Bush orgasmic. Yet none of Stalin’s surveillance could compare with what the theists claims for their deity. He literally sees everything you are doing.
Apparently God watches you on the toilet, watches you in the shower, watches you having sex, etc. Stalin allowed some privacy out of an inability to spy all the time. God, on the other hand, offers no privacy whatsoever. Stalin’s henchmen might hear some of what you said but God hears everything you say. And, unlike the Stalinist bureaucrats, he supposedly remembers all of it.
Stalin punished dissent. If you disagreed with his rule he could imprison you, torture you, perhaps execute you. And he did all of this -- in massive numbers. But as tyrannical as Stalin was he was unable to punish everyone. Apparently God has no such limits.
We are told he will sit in judgement on everyone who has ever lived. Stalin didn’t act as his own judge in his system. He needed help for his crimes. But apparently God can commit genocide entirely on his own. He supposedly will personally preside over the trial of every human being who has ever lived. And he will be ruthless.
First, if you disagreed with him, or didn’t believe in him, or questioned him, they you are open to punishment. God will also torture you and imprison you. But he won’t kill you because he is not as merciful as Stalin. God’s torture lasts for eternity. Orthodox Christians get moist over the concept of eternal damnation. They preach extensive sermons over how their deity will damn and torture anyone who wasn’t one of them.
One of the most famous sermons in Christian history is the tirade “Sinners in the hands of an angry God” by Jonathan Edwards. Here are some excerpts which reveals how the God of Edwards is Stalin on steroids.
There is nothing that keeps wicked men at any one moment out of hell, but the mere pleasure of God." -- By the mere pleasure of God, I mean his sovereign pleasure, his arbitrary will, restrained by no obligation, hindered by no manner of difficulty,...
Sometimes an earthly prince meets with a great deal of difficulty to subdue a rebel, who has found means to fortify himself, and has made himself strong by the numbers of his followers. But it is not so with God. There is no fortress that is any defence from the power of God. Though hand join in hand, and vast multitudes of God's enemies combine and associate themselves, they are easily broken in pieces. They are as great heaps of light chaff before the whirlwind; or large quantities of dry stubble before devouring flames.
It is difficult to find one tyranny of Stalin which goes unsurpassed by the God of Christianity or Islam. Stalin ordered the executions of millions -- so has God, just more so. Stalin has tortured millions and God has tortured billions. Stalin’s torture was limited by the human body and time. God’s torture is unlimited and eternal. Compared to the God that many Christians believe in, Stalin was an amateur.