Discussion 2 to a A Miscellany 4
God's Population Control
by Julie DiMauro
Sort of ironic that the same divine entity that once commanded that the first humans "go forth and multiply" would then be forced to wipe out his overly-enthusiastic children.
I'm also not a theist, so I couldn't offer a credible explanation for why a God who allows strife and mass destruction and soul-crushing poverty should still be called loving, and should be worshipped. It does seem to me that any divine essence that exists must be at least apathetic to the bad things that are the result of natural catastrophes, freak accidents and human maliciousness.
Someone like Mr. DeLucchi, who once argued saying that the Holocaust was somehow part of the Jews' destiny to take Israel (apparently it was also in God's plan to have the Spaniards decimate the Aztecs and Mayans, and allow the peoples of Africa to commit genocide on one another even in present day, though these people haven't been promised any land for their troubles), might argue that God's apparent inaction is excusable because it makes us build "character."
Apparently the only way God can be sure of our faith is to see whether we still praise his name after he allows our lives to be ruined -- just look at Job. It is apparently just best to accept cruelty and disaster so that God won't feel jealous of our earthly happiness, and then we'll be rewarded by getting to hang out with the same deity who wouldn't come to our rescue when innocent babies were being drowned, for the rest of eternity. Sounds fun.
I find that one of the main problems with mainstream Christianity is an obsession with death and the afterlife, and that all too many zealots eschew the problems of the mortal world to focus on a dubious post-mortem reward. Instead of seeking to heal humanity, work for justice against oppressors, and commit to ending inequity and poverty, not all, but many Christians believe that the misfortune of others is the will of God, accept the status quo, excuse past atrocities such as slavery and genocide (because Christians eventually stopped doing those horrid things, so it's okay!), and focus on their own personal righteousness.