I Hate God.
My servants, I must say I’m in a deliciously good mood today. Reading of my peeps on earth exhibiting depraved minds, usually in tandem with insolent arrogance, just perks me right up. So it’s with great pleasure that I introduce a book by a Mr. Bernard Schweizer called, “Hating God: The Untold Story of Misotheism.”
Although not himself a misotheist, Schweizer looks at men and women who are, that is, people who do not question God’s existence, but deny that he is merciful, competent, or good, and otherwise live in senseless, faithless, ruthless pursuit of my kingdom.
Schweizer shows how misotheists go atheists one better, recognizing (like I do) that God certainly exists, but he exists to be rebelled against. I’ll bet most of them even disobey their parents.
Yes, my friends, I’m assigning required reading today. Found at Religion Dispatches, in an article entitled “Hating God: The Untold Story,” Mr. Schweizer introduces his readers to those brave souls who, unlike atheists, hold to ”an even more rebellious concept of religious dissent: misotheism.”
Believing that atheists cannot hate God because “one cannot hate that which does not exist,” Schweizer highlights those who believe the wiser path on earth is to acknowledge the obvious, that God exists, but act like puffed-up men and women who stupidly belittle God as stupid. Or, as he explains misotheism in contrast to atheism:
“Misotheism is a different kettle of fish. In fact, it may well turn out to be more threatening to the pious than atheism because misotheism makes the radically subversive claim that there is a God but that he is malevolent or at least incompetent, indifferent—in any case not worshipful.”
Ha ha ha ha ha. Yes, that’s my lie. Someone, or something, will always be worshipped. The worldly wise path is to worship created things rather than the Creator, who, by the way, is said to be “praised forever.” Blechhhh!
What if “forever” includes right now?
Reviving a “rarely used term—“misotheism”—to capture just this sort of antagonistic religious belief (“misos” meaning hatred in Greek and “theos” God),” Schweizer describes “a paradoxical religious phenomenon—people who cannot disbelieve and yet find that God is cruel, indifferent or incompetent.”
Now, my servants, here is kingdom knowledge: there is no paradox. A proper understanding of God and history leads one to a proper understanding of the human condition. Thanks to me (you’re welcome!), humans are born hating God.
Therefore hating God is the default human condition, and those who believe themselves big and brave to reject the remedy and choose pride in their fallen, blinded position merely perpetuate foolishness into eventual destruction.
Misotheist, then, is just another name for unregenerated human, who in his or her unrepentant state can be accurately described this way:
“They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy.”
How do I know?
Because that is the way God describes God haters. And by definition no one knows God haters better than God. Right?
God speaks of those who know he exists, but do not glorify him as God nor give thanks to him, so their thinking becomes futile and their foolish hearts darkened. These people, God says, claim to be wise, but are fools, just like atheists.
I love the irony of my lies fulfilled on earth. Here we have mere men who believe they boldly live a novel approach to relationship with God, and yet they actually live in their default, factory condition, as described by God in his word hundreds of years ago. Believing themselves avant-garde over cowardly atheists (who are fools), misotheists merely remain on a different path to destruction (and are also fools).
And I’m the one keeping them in blind conformance to a fallen creation, captive to the lie that their condition is hopeless.
And here’s another thing, my servants: misotheism is only an “untold story” to the ignorant. In fact, it is the told story of the Bible, God’s story (history), and I am the original misotheist.
I, my servants, am God Hater One.
And through all history, I have been leading as many captive fools as I can down my path of deception to sure destruction. I relish men on earth who with boastful denunciations poke little man-sticks in God’s eye , or nails in his hand, or spears in his side.
Irreverence in any form on earth is my will on earth. And seeing my gladness work God’s sadness energizes me to ensure that those who have escaped my plan don’t spring any more captives free.
And as long as men are ignorant of who and what they are, my job is half done. And while my servants did not invent God-hating, they please me greatly by arrogantly believing they did, and then going about inventing new ways of doing evil.
And I get to watch their thinking become more futile and their foolish hearts get darker.
It’s a beautiful thing!