With great power comes great responsibility. With all power comes all responsibility.
-- Brian Keith Dalton
Most of us have heard the first half of the above quote. It was spoken by “Uncle Ben Parker” to his nephew, Peter Parker, as wisdom and warning, though Ben never had any idea what powers had recently been inadvertently bestowed upon the teen in his care. The second half of that quote, though, seems to have shown up in multiple places, and Brian doesn’t give it an external citation. Still, it follows from the first statement pretty logically. If a being is all-powerful – if it has the means and ability to manipulate and control anything and everything in this reality, then that being bears the ultimate responsibility for the whole of it. That is the impact of the claim of omnipotence which has been claimed by believers in Yahweh.
Yet it seems as though Yahweh hasn’t treated his empowerment with a great deal of seriousness. He creates the world in six days, as described in Genesis 1 and 2, then four chapters later in Genesis 6, regrets his decision, decides to drown the world in water and tasks a 600-year-old man who is apparently the ONLY good man of all the world with preserving the non-human life he had created not that long ago.
And it gets worse from there. Yahweh himself admits that it isn’t all sweetness and light that he made in bringing the universe forth:
I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
-- Isaiah 45:7
Then, three books later, he comes right out and admits to playing mind games with his creation, for no other reason than to reinforce the fear and indeed terror they feel at the thought of their deity:
I gave them statutes that were not good and ordinances by which they could not live. I defiled them through their very gifts, in their offering up all their firstborn, in order that I might horrify them, so that they might know that I am the LORD.
-- Ezekiel 20:25-26
And these are but a handful of the horrors and depredations which are documented in the bible and which have been noted and categorized in The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible by Steve Wells.
The takeaway from all of this is obvious: having the ability to speak a universe into existence, control and manipulate each and every aspect of it, including all its living occupants and most especially Homo sapiens, Yahweh has behaved much like the “capriciously malevolent bully” Richard Dawkins accused him of being in The God Delusion. Without supervision, not needing to answer to any other authority than himself, he runs or ruins his reality to suit himself, little caring about inconsistencies he himself has built into the warp and woof of it. His utter lack of any kind of responsibility or answer-ability to his creation is as glaring as it is atrocious. And referring to the quote that began this treatise, there is a compliment to it which is highly apropos:
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
-- John Dalberg-Acton
From all of this and added to it the maddening inconsistencies committed by this inept cosmic architect who, according to Robert Heinlein, “… is a poor Artist, the sort who is always changing his mind and scraping the canvas,” there remains a sole and solitary deduction that can be made by those of us here assembled:
The only saving grace about such a god is that he does not exist.