Jared S says:
I know that just from the title I am going to receive never-ending waves of religious bullshit, but it will always be better to regret action than inaction. So here goes.
I'm an English major, so what the fuck do I know? I don't profess any special knowledge, expertise or insight; but I think that the tendency to (if not reject righteousness outright) persist in 'sinful' ways is a function of an inherent imbalance in our purported relationship with God.
For the purpose of discussion, I'll consider the hereafter from a Judeo-Christian perspective, with which I am most familiar, but alternative religious considerations are encouraged if adequately explained and evaluated.
God is, by definition, perfect. In theory, his omnipotence granted, God is above everything in every way. He is the most benevolent, the heaviest, the wettest, the fastest, etcetera. Think of a descriptive modifier and God is the epitome. He cannot be the least of anything, because that would (in the scale of things) put something above God (which is blasphemy).
God, as the summation of all things, is thus psychologically alien to the human. As people, we are filthy, undignified, perplexed, confused, uncertain beings, fraught with faults and failures. Even the most righteous among us, the myriad vaunted saints, can be considered despicable in the light of divine scrutiny. After all, isn't Original Sin supposed to be the kicker that gets most of us, an inherent shame tied up in our very being? Does not Christian salvation require the utmost inner rejection of the self and active surrender to the Divine?
Our antagonism towards God goes beyond our 'otherness' and propensity towards sin. Many people, in their hearts, reject the idea of God almost out of jealousy. Nobody REALLY wants to consider that there is a being so damned perfect he can be considered 'the best of all possible things'. At the very least such a thought causes us irritation. 'Yeah, yeah, we know, in theory the summum bonum, JUST SHUT UP AND GO AWAY.'
More so, as competitive beings we experience distress when confronted with an apparent superior. People love to secretly hate athletes and celebrities, or any person of supposed value. Why else would most of the popular media be devoted to their enshrinement in disgrace? We all want to be somebody important, it stems from our evolutionary need for dominance. When these needs cannot be satisfied, the mediocre masses experience resentment and jealousy. Who hasn't, in idle moments of fantasy, wanted to be God?
A more extreme and perhaps rarer sentiment is all-out rage against God. A typical thought in this vein runs like this: 'If the Almighty, All-knowing and all-loving God created me ('in His image', what a laugh), why did he make me so fallible? Why not create another race of angels, or at least more capable servants? Why lay in our paths so many snares, pitfalls and caltrops? (And you can't say pain is necessary: God is omnipotent and COULD HAVE MADE A MEANINGFUL WORLD OTHERWISE.) Why is his arrogance so great that he must create SERVANT races to stroke his ego? Why not create equals or superiors? Why BOTHER if this is the best he can do (Cheer, Leibniz)?
The problem of Evil is irreconcilable with our definition of God. From this, the most extreme feeling, obtained from a basic analysis of human experience, is hatred, and a declaration that God, if he exists, is morally unfit for worship.
I'm hungover and in pain, but I hope I've helped the creator of this group understand a few secular grievances against the Deity.