After reading an interesting article (Pastor faces death by hanging), I started to think about yet another flaw in the logic of Revealed Religion: if God is infallible and we have free will, then we would all believe in His Revelation, and thus not have free will. It’s a paradox.
Here’s how it goes. If God gave us Revelation to convince us that He is real and to tell us what He wants us to do, then how is it possible for us not to believe in that Revelation? If God is infallible (and I can’t think of any modern Revealed Religion that doesn’t claim He is), then any attempt He makes at anything will succeed. As such, His attempt to bring His Word to us, so that we read, understand and live by it, could not fail. This argument suggests that we can know that no Revealed Religion is correct because of the fact that if it were, everyone would believe it. And if everyone believed it, then we wouldn’t be having this discussion, would we?
If the existence of true Revelation implies that we all would necessarily believe it, then clearly we do not even have free will in the way that they like to say when they are begging us to “Come to Jesus.” If we do have free will, then that would not overrule God’s perfection and infallibility, so we would still necessarily believe in His Word, which would be not having free will. If we do have free will, then either (1) we would all be pre-destined to believe in His Word, or (2) it doesn’t matter what we “believe,” because we don’t truly “believe” it–it is all the result of a pre-destined path; nothing we think or do can matter because we have no choice in it.
With this logical understanding, it is clear that the idea of God’s infallibility proves Revealed Religion to be nonsense regardless of whether or not we have free will.
Okay, but what if God is fallible? That seems to be the only way that Revealed Religion could escape this apparent paradox. But wait, if we concede that God is fallible, then we have to ask a scary question: How fallible is He? Is His “Word” total rubbish–lies that He is telling us? Is the entirety of Creation a flaw? Maybe He made a mistake? Maybe, even, He is–gasp–a SINNER!… Against Himself? Against Us? Hm…
Are these consequences of believing in a fallible God too hard to accept? Well, every modern Revealed Religion I can think of would assert that God is omnipotent and infallible. It is part of the Christian Bible, for example–BUT, if God were fallible, then it doesn’t matter that the Bible says He’s not, because that could be one of His flaws. In fact, Christianity may have to admit the possibility that Jesus Himself was a Sinner, and that He was inable to escape the Cross no matter how much He tried, because of his fallibility.
So, the conclusion we reach today is this: If God is infallible, and we have free will, then it would be impossible for us not to believe in His word, so we don’t actually have free will; and if we don’t have free will, then either God would have made us all to believe in His Word, or else it doesn’t matter what we believe because it is the unavoidable result of God’s plans–plans that He made and enacted–meaning that God forces some of us not to believe in His Word. If God is fallible, however, then we still cannot accept Revelation because of the fact that, being written by a fallible being, we cannot trust any of it as being true.