An Infidel Reads the Quran: Surah 13: Thunder


Okay, if you’re looking for proof of God’s existence, God raised up the sky with pillars you can’t see.

That’s not how Astronomy works-

Just go with it, he’s on a roll…

God spread out the Earth (sure, if he used billions of years of plate tectonics and natural geological activity…)

There’s all sorts of different fruits and vegetables that you can eat everywhere. (Billions of years of natural selection and tens of thousands of years of human agricultural development.)

It’s somehow a sign of evil to wonder if you’re really going to continue to exist after your body turns to worm food. We’re off to the fire to burn up or burn away our sins or burn forever.

People who doubt like that encourage good Muslims to do evil. (But I don’t. I’m perfectly content to let others practice their religion and believe whatever they want to believe so long as they don’t try to impose their beliefs and values on me and I welcome good conversation and friendship from anyone, even if I personally think your religious ideas are not true.)

People who don’t believe are always asking why God just doesn’t do something tangible and unquestionably supernatural to show us that He exists.

He doesn’t really answer the question. He just says God doesn’t work that way.

God doesn’t change the condition of a people until they change themselves, so how do you know it’s God and not just the hard work and industriousness of the people making their lives better?

God destroys anyone he wants to destroy. It’s arbitrary and you can’t understand it. Sometimes he does it with lightning and the thunder.

You know that Good People get nice gardens, right? And bad people go to the Bad Place?

Mohammed has this image of the sovereignty of God where he is responsible for all of the good and the evil in the world and responsible for all of the belief and disbelief in the world. So, much like Calvin’s sovereign God, God is deliberately creating sentient life capable of feeling and understanding pain and causing them pain and suffering in this life and possibly in the afterlife when he could be kind and show goodness to everyone and cause everyone to believe and enjoy good things forever.

And he is the hero of the book.

Yeah, I don’t get it either.

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