Friday, December 28, 2007

Nietzsche is Wrong

It's about God again. I get tired of God-bashers who don't even know what they're talking about. I saw Nietzsche quoted as saying God is indifferent to the Creation and doesn't even consult us. (Review by John Patrick Diggins of "A Secular Age" by Charles Taylor, in NY Times Book Review of 12/16/07, p. 15).

N is quoted thus: "An omniscient and omnipotent God who does not even take care that his intentions shall be understood by his creatures, could he be a God of goodness?" So wrong.

What I mean to say is, if you are going to bash get your facts straight. God does consult us. In Genesis, he tells Abraham His plan to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah: "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do....? No...." (Gen 18:19a). Abraham objects and gets God to change terms (Gen 18:23-33). The same thing occurred with Moses in Exodus (Ex 32:9-14). In Psalms, God says he wants to lead us through understanding, not as the mule is led with a bridle (Ps 32:8-9). And of course through Jesus (not to mention the numerous healings of the Old Testament; my readers' attention span is short) God demonstrates healing compassion, teaches prayer, and incarnates self-sacrifice (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, passim).

Nietzsche did not understand self-giving Love. He probably didn't have any kids.

P.S. I looked him up on Wikipedia and ended up feeling sorry for him. He was a great thinker who spent his last decade in major mental illness.



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