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Meditation 182
"When you stand before Him, what will you say?"
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By: JT

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In Talk Back 35, David Harris asked: "Let's just say for the sake of consideration that there is a God. When you stand before Him, what will you say?"

Following is my reply to Mr. Harris.

There are far more assumptions involved in this question than simply assuming there is a god.

The point is, there is no more reason to accept any one of those additional assumptions than there is to accept the assumption that there is any god of any variety. Each one of these assumptions lacks objective evidence. And your biblical package which justifies you making these assumptions in your mind has the same validity as the package of holy scripture offered by any other denomination or religion.

I written on this before, when I took the position

"First, prove to me objectively that there is a god, any god. Only then do we need to discuss which particular deistic religion, cult, sect, or denomination happens to have the minor details correct."

So far, no-one has really been able to take up the challenge of providing that proof of a god.

But, suppose in some unexpected afterlife, I do encounter an entity who claims to be the Baptist version of god. Then what will I say?

First of all, I will challenge him to prove he is what he claims to be. If there is an afterlife, I would expect it to follow the same rules of logic as this world. I will not accept arbitrary claims. I will still want proof that this entity is what it claims to be.

Secondly, I will challenge this being's authority to exercise judgement over me. After all, he only claimed to be the god of the Jews, not of followers of other religions Perhaps Christians subsequently have accepted him as their god, but I have not. He has no claim upon me.

Thirdly, I would also question his moral authority to judge me.

Should I meet your god on Judgement Day in an afterlife, I will tell him he has been judged and found wanting. I will deny he has the moral authority to judge me.

And if there is an afterlife, I intend continuing to exercise my free will, not the questionable dictates of a questionable deity.