Problems with God

  • Carol P. Christ


He is an old white man with a long white beard, dressed in blue, white, or lavender robes, sitting on a golden throne in heaven, surrounded by clouds. He created the world out of nothing He rules it with His laws and could wipe it out at a moment’s notice, if He chose. At His feet is a heavenly host of angels in white robes, with harps. (Once the harps were swords and the heavenly hosts were the army of God, defending His heavenly palace.1) When we die we will go to heaven—if we are good— to live for all eternity with God. God loves the world and its creatures. But He sometimes gets angry and unleashes His wrath on the sinners. His punishment is always just. At the last judgment, He will separate the wheat from the chaff. If we do not follow His will, we will be punished by being sent to hell to be burned in eternal flames, along with Satan. Satan is also a man, naked because of his sin, and he has a forked tail. We must be very careful, or we will end up “down there” with him.


Divine Power Process Philosophy Eternal Damnation Feminist Spirituality Orthodox Jewish Woman 
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